Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    So is creating a separate admin account (with a different username and password) and not running my regular account as an administrative one: that blocks most privilege escalation attacks in one fell swoop. This is good practice for any computer...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    When I say "better" I mean more stable, easier to configure, more options, more easily theme-able, more free themes available, more aesthetic choices, and so forth. The only place Windows wins at this point is the software ecology, and for...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I could argue that it's pretty hard to accidentally insert a USB stick, too. I agree that in most cases something less drastic than the epoxy is enough, and having to open the case is a good hindrance. However, there...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Well, in certain situations the fact that removing epoxy from the USB port is somewhat more difficult than removing a blanking plate is a good thing. In this way you can't accidentally remove the protection and plug something in....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The main thing is that any "solution" that requires me to disconnect the computer from the internet is NOT a solution, any more than any "solution" that requires Windows10. I'm retired, but the very little bit of work I still...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I absolutely refuse to have Windows 10 on any computer I own. I'm biased and not giving proper advice, just what I'd do. (I work in computer security and these views are completely mine and not my employers, and given...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Chlorine trifluoride is the solution! And also the answer to all your problems! I kind of (read: not at all) would like to see a chlorine trifluoride anti-tank weapon. However, I'd think the byproducts of it eating through mostly everything,...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Disco Elysium is for you Yeah, you're not the first person to say that! Five hours (real-time) played already, and I did find a plastic bag. It was sold to me as "kind of an rpg" but it feels to...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I find depictions of bloodshed, cruelty and bigotry distasteful at best, and simply do not understand the way that many people fetishise weaponry (or cars, for that matter). While I've played a lot of computer games, and I still do,...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Also just by being widely-used - there are a lot of WordPress sites around there to attack....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I was thinking of black pigments so dark that they look like holes in the world, for example Vantablack. Coating your face with that could make it hard to recognize even a familiar face - you could probably see only...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    And heck, given the reports that software can't recognize dark faces due to problems with their training sets, I think we've actually got a socially acceptable use for black-face makeup... Hmm, I think Vantablack would be somewhat unhealthy applied directly...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I have no idea how people drive automatic cars every day without setting fire to the horrible infuriating devilspawn. I mostly set the selector to 'D', then use the throttle and brake pedals to control the speed and the steering...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    BTW, natural-sounding gender-neutral writing in Japanese or Korean is not actually easy. But pronouns are not the problem. I think it's easier in Finnish. We only have two gender-neutral singular third person pronouns, and the language as a whole doesn't...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    And then the bots get the jobs? And in an ideal world this is the point, to free up people's time for something they consider worthwhile rather than for something somebody pays them for. I also suspect that we don't...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Also, looking from outside (and as I've understood also from the inside) one of the real problems in your parliamentary elections is the FPTP system. I'm under no illusions that it'd be changed to for example representative voting, though....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Yeah, I admit that's somewhat of an understatement there... It's also quite common. Here in Finland, we had parliamentary elections last spring. We got a leftish government now (with the Social Democratic Party, the Greens, the Centrist Party, the Left...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I have also seen analysises(?) that Corbyn, while not optimal for many people, was fighting an uphill battle with the media. He couldn't get a neutral platform and voice was given to many people opposing him - in all parties,...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    This is enough comments in the post that I can say that this electronic voting thing kind of reminds me of a discussion on a roleplaying mailing list. I think we perhaps could get electronic voting thing working, but the...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    First is that you are assigned to a specific very local polling station within your electorate, and cannot vote anywhere else. [...] Second is that the elections happen on a Thursday, which is a work day. To counter this, the...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    [T]hey usually have a substantial annual deductible (you pay for everything up to the deductible), to discourage people from going to the doctor at all, and "copays" - you pay a little for everything, to discourage people from going to...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    It might be that when someone doesn't have a specific team it's easier to cheer for the winner, or not care. If I watch a team sport, like ice hockey, I can appreciate the technical things in the rink, but...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Then you get things like Pascal (which I really learned programming with), which has the datatype 'Real' which isn't a real number but a floating-point one......
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    <deadpan> Scotland isn't even the most isolated country in the United Kingdom. </deadpan> <deadpan>Physically or mentally? Or both?</deadpan>...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    I agree, and I was unclear in the previous post. I think that was mostly because differences in the sensors and less from the different displays....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    That's kind of the environmental difference I mentioned in my post. During usual winters (this far...) it often gets cold enough that the admittely old two-panes of our home don't quite cut it and feel cold. The construction does not...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Using coloured LEDs in groups to produce "white" light is problematic. I get really annoyed with modern LED stage lighting sometimes because it subtly twists the colour rendition you get. Glad I'm not doing lighting design any more. It also...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Everything would be properly insulated, with double-pane windows Fun cultural (and environmental) differences: while our current apartment has double-pane windows, it's because this was built in the 1960's. Every house I've lived in which has been built after 1980 has...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    So the data has to be converted from one to the other somewhere along the line. It makes a lot more sense for this to be done by the operators of the commercial printing machine, who can set the conversion...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Suspect it is also happening elsewhere in Europe but simply not making it into mainstream English-language media. Yes. In Finland we had parliamentary elections last spring, and got a left-greenish government. (The Greens here are quite a bit over the...
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