Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    You can travel in a sleeper car from Helsinki to for example Oulu, Rovaniemi, or Kolari. We did the Helsinki-Rovaniemi a couple of years ago and drove further North. https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/night-train-car-carrier-train-timetables-routes...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The key point most folks miss is that Musk has a stick up his ass about global climate change and is determined to get us off the fossil carbon fuel cycle ... and has worked out how to make a...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I don't think Mhari is a "gamer gurrl", so she likely wouldn't have much familiarity with computer/console games, especially games released after she split from Bob. And while she was with Bob, I expect games would have been a point...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    I'm sorry....
  • Commented on Book day!
    I finished the book today (it took a week for it to travel from the UK to Finland, I like physical books occasionally). I liked it, especially that it really drives home that the Laundry are not the 'good' guys....
  • Commented on Book day!
    [YesYes] I've come across it some too, usually from non-native English speakers. I think I could say that, and probably have. I'm not a Hebrew speaker, but Finnish, and we do use expressions like "joo joo" to express agreement. "Joo"...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Credit cards and cash made me remember a couple of points which have been made much better with them. Firstly, buying stuff from abroad, especially from established stores. Even though there are obvious risks with web stores, mostly they have...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Older equipment is sometimes less secure; but as standards move forward, things get safer. One has to remember, with respect to the payment cards, that the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard - the security standard used in...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    And you might be surprised how many people (in, say, the UK) don't carry mobile phones, or carry them switched off (to use as substitutes for telephone boxes at need). Yeah, I know I'm both locally and globally biased -...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Today, he'd know immediately, because Facebook. Swapping FB and other social media handles is the new phone numbers. You know someones 'public' life in detail. Even if people were on Facebook, nothing forces them to tell there their relationship status....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Part of this is because I don't recognize the portrayal of "my" decades - were the 1980's really a decade of racist, sexist, homophobes? I didn't think so at the time and I don't now although I grant you that...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Host, you are no-where near cynical or jaded enough. Well, yeah. $10,000 worth of prizes, of which two are for me useless pieces of crap, and while I could visit Japan, I would rather do so on my own accord....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Thus in the 90s, the most urgent goals for the Baltic states was to avoid what happened during WWII and join protective alliances such as EU and NATO as soon as possible. Here's a good summary of Estonia's official position,...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    making it increasingly obvious that death is a gift. (note: this is not a German poison joke.) You can also make a Swedish joke here: 'gift' in Swedish can mean 'married', as in 'we are married'. It can also mean...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Both my parents and myself have remarked how unthinkable people would consider such a procedure these days, even though the objective "danger" is almost certainly a lot less. Some years ago my child wanted to go to piano lessons for...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    On a side note, why oh why do people say they want to live in Middle-Earth (or similar worlds)? Now that it's summer here on the Northern hemisphere and at least here people are going to summer cottages, I am...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    No worries here in Finland, even the division of one party in the cabinet and the expulsion of half of them is not enough to trigger the disbanding of the cabinet - so no new elections, just some minister rearrangements...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    battered*, finger-sized knight[...] * Beaten, not breaded. Just to be clear. So, not battery-powered either?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I started writing "The Atrocity Archive" in first person present tense before I realized that 1PPT implies strongly that the narrator survives. Yeah, it's basically not the same series you started writing. As a reader, it's not that bad especially...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Well, Bob has already told us earlier in the series that he intends to use his last bullet on himself--and fully expects this to happen. This kind of made me wonder about the larger picture in the story. I'll try...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I remain perplexed by Alex's prefatory apology to Cassie: Which Cassie is he apologizing to, and for what? My impression is that he apologizes to the merged "Cassie" - the original died before she even met Alex, I think. This...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    The point isn't that the Host's attack was likely to succeed; the point is that the Host's attack was a never-happens event that presented the Laundry with an outside context problem (and not the one the Laundry had been anticipating...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Several western conscript armies took it away and made it workable; progressing from the Finns with the Valmet, Of course one of the reasons conscript armies can use AK-47 derivatives is that the accuracy is also limited by the user,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Carbon is a single atom, while methane is a molecule with four hydrogen atoms for each atom of carbon. It's been a while since I last did chemistry, but this is complete bunk in regards to the greenhouse effect. "Carbon"...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Well, except that "only want to profit" is a problem in the private sector, too. Yes, that is what I was trying to say. Even in private companies doing things "only to profit" is not that productive in the long...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    It doesn't mean it's run by the government directly, you create a private company to run it at a profit, the country owns 100% of the private company and gets to keep the dividends etc along with having occasional input...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    The other problem case I've seen a lot lately is small HR companies, who have a central HR system that they've used for a decade or more, and the cost to upgrade because it is so out of date is...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Don't quite get this. You had car insurance where the insurers gave you money if you didn't claim, but you still had to tax your car at several k a year even if you never moved it off your own...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    It's not just brand awareness, but a lifestyle thing. Yeah, and I know people for whom it's quite hard to imagine that somebody would not want to own a car. We sold our car three years ago, because we live...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Ack. I'm weary to pay €10 or more for an eBook (but will certainly buy more books at €2,99). For me, this depends on the book in question. For example, for me the price point of easily buying an eBook...
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