Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Anyway ... all of our classes were coed except for Gym Class (Phys-Ed) and Shop/Home Economics. Shop & Home Economics were interesting because for one six-week report card period we got swapped. Boys took Home-Ec and girls took Shop. I...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Did you use https instead of http? That is, access this blog with https://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/. I have problems with logging in if I use http only. (Also, apparently annoyingly my Chrome doesn't display the "https://www." portion of the URL...)...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Re sports, recalling physical education classes several decades ago in (US) high school, they were co-ed. In my upper secondary (comparable to high school, but that's the official translation), we had five study periods each year, and could choose courses...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    All of these companies and many others got confused after their success about what business they were really in. Sears, JCPenny, Montgomery Ward, etc... All claimed to be in the retail sales of general stuff to people business. But what...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    They are all upset that someone is building where the trees are across the street. Even though it has been zoned that way for decades. Well, for my suburb, the area was planned to be a 'garden city' - different...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Now, about housing. First problem is that it's really profitable to build high end houses on empty land, so developers want to build these as much as possible. There's no shortage of these homes Kind of the same everywhere. Where...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Hm, I've had the same problems. Now I tried logging in using https and it seems to have worked....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I consider it amazing that everyone reading the HP books is presumably a muggle, and yet Rowling managed to get the vast majority of readers to be on the side of the wizards. It might also be partly because the...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Gibson was not really a tech person but he was wise enough to show first drafts to friends in Computer Science and he corrected his manuscript accordingly. I just re-read 'Neuromancer' and while I like the book (I usually re-read...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Is it really such a stretch to conceive of a town where there's basically no really poor people? (excluding some with mental health issues). Is it such a stretch to think that there are people who are just bad people?...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Uh, are you presenting one personal anecdote to prove that no one starves where you live? That's kind of... not very comprehensive study. Have you also been studying those kids stealing from cars, or do you perhaps know them personally?...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Centerlink has emergency payments, so no one needs to break into cars to eat "today". I tried to explain to you that not everybody knows how to get those. See also Pigeon's comment at @1053 - that's more insight than...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    What I don't understand are the kids that wander the streets at night going through unlocked cars. If they got a night job stacking shelves or running a petrol station they'd earn 30 dollars an hour. Well, I'm speaking from...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    That's why I specified that even in 2 or 3 generations from now we would get dependable long-term digital storage only by having an automated method ensuring the copying of digital data every four years to a new set of...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Given a planet that's even explorable I can see half the ship wanting to move there just for the joy of not being subject to Captain Bullshit every second of the day. Then a month later wanting to come back...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Here, for most children in basic comprehensive schools, the school is close enough that it's possible to walk there. Now we are a bit farther from the school than most, but it's still only a bit over a kilometre there,...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I also think that even if you would start trying to accuse somebody using your browser to mine Ethereum, there'd be a lot of finger-pointing, avoidance, and obfuscation. Ad systems apparently (not my specialty, please somebody correct me if I'm...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I find instructional videos occasionally useful, for example when trying to dismantle electronics, but written instructions with pictures would usually work, too. For learning how to make music I find videos very good - for me it's very different seeing...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Nothing has a True Name, but some names are better than others. So if you're trying to put names on everything, the process is going to get screwed up somehow, whether you call it a lie, a mistake, a gremlin,...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Working as a 'software engineer' I sometimes get the feeling that the history of the word is quite fitting. (Currently I'm debugging a problem which seems to be quite genie-like.)...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Hm, might be. I'm used to the EU style molded plugs which often come with the cord coming from the back. There are also a lot of those with a 90 degree angle between the plug and the cord, but...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    With cables that have moulded-on plugs, the stranded cores are usually attached to the contacts of the plug simply by spot-welds, which are a weak point. And of course occasionally somebody pulls from the cord instead of the plug when...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    You all had me look up the Irish gauge. I'm used to the 1524mm (5 feet) gauge in Finland, but the 1600mm (5 feet, three inches) in Ireland doesn't sound that bad, either. The 4 feet 8.5 inch gauge is...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Police should not be committing murder. Nor should soldiers. But, if you are not mentally and morally prepared to do your duty, the duty you have trained for, you should not BE a law enforcement officer or a soldier. Living...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Supercars are more like superyachts - you have them because you want to be seen to have them rather than because you like doing the thing with them. I kind of like the 1980-1990 models of Porsche 911 - especially...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I kind of wonder why the need for trusts would end. They are not, in my view, only for tax avoidance, but also specifically for that next generation problem. By limiting how much the progeny can spend, and using professionals...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    If you rely on goods produced in another country, they have leverage over you. Even if they are an ally — look at Canada and the US over the last four years, for example. Well, yeah. My perspective is from...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    The rest of the world could quite simply build its own bloody fabs. Emphatically yes. I'd hope all the crisis planners, for example in Finland, would realize how dependent we are on the bloody chips and make sure we can...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Also in ice hockey! Ice hockey has sticks which have a blade at the bottom. The blade has a curve which defines the "front" side of the stick, and players do have a preference. You can use both sides to...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Here? Daytime temperatures are on the order of -7 degrees celcius, lower at night, and going to be lower in a few days. It has snowed quite a lot in the last couple of weeks, and will snow more soon....
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