Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Well, I'm not that much of a bike person, but I can try to give some reasons. For starters, each gear connection introduces losses. In a regular bike you basically have two gears and a chain, but doing "regular" bike...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Are region restrictions on DVDs and DVD players even still a problem? From my experience, DVD players, not really - but mostly for the reason that you can't really buy one. It's all Blu-ray which play also DVDs on the...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    You've never used a pair of modern wireless earbuds like Apple Airpods, I take it? Especially the Airpods Pro, which have some moderately serious on-board signal processing? (Beam-shaping microphones, active noise cancellation, a mode to amplify external speech frequency sounds...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    In order to use my 1-200 pound 'smartphone', I need a 4-500 pound dongle to connect to my 5-6,000 pound hearing aids. Worse, to set them up needs a mildly complicated ritual involving very small and well-hidden buttons, doesn't always...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I think this also kills things like the World of Darkness, where it's a conspiracy that there is this secret magical society within our own. Well, I have a hard time with basically all current-day or near-future roleplaying games. Cyberpunk...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    It's somewhat similar over here; I don't think it's so much down to too many non-native species as to too much concrete and tarmac and the general orc-like tendency to exterminate nearly everything green and hack all but the first...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    I understand that that was tongue-in-cheek, but there are a lot of countries with unicameral parliaments and they seem to be working quite well. I'd also argue that Scotland might do an election reform and go full D'Hondt, but that's...
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    Ah, my bad, I read it wrong. Sorry!...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    An even more interesting mass-laminating job was the production of the "Termite's Dream" a.k.a. the De Havilland Msoquito. The Nazis couldn't get any Balsa & the aircraft was manufactured, in bits, all over the country & then assembeld - as...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Also, about the good and evil in fantasy worlds, there is a good webcomic called Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, which at the moment of this writing has a big conflict between the 'good' goddess and the 'bad' goddess, and...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Orcs... I mean, Tolkien *said* they were bred by Morgoth as anti-Elven, and evil. Well, later Tolkien was not so sure about this. I have the impression that from the later writings you can tell that he wasn't really comfortable...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    As I understand it, modern malware detection systems are quite sophisticated. Some systems running even on Windows, for example, check executable files against a database of known ones, and if they do not find a match, pass the executable on...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    About the D&D and its problems: here is an new article about diversity in Dungeons and Dragons. They are taking steps to be more diverse and I think it's a good thing. I bought the Eberron: Rising from the Last...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    But your critique is not entirely wrong; IMHO D&D 5 works much too hard to avoid killing characters. I agree, the D&D 5e makes it hard to kill characters. Its philosophy seems to be that the characters are something you...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Of course, from this distance in time, we see that the ultrawealthy decided that wage slavery was far cheaper, with more ROI (to them) than traditional slavery. Now they don't have to feed, clothe, house, and provide medical (come on,...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Also, about the D&D: my view is not from England, but from Finland, and only a small portion of the tabletop RPG scene here (there are a lot of people who just get together and play), and on the Internet...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Coming in late, missed the new topic, but about those gods which could exist: My first ideas were about Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (in our world I think in the fourth edition by now) and the various roleplaying games set in...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Re: Not visiting the USA Well, that's a shame. Some of us can be quite pleasant, I've heard. I have friends in the USA and some friends who occasionally visit. I would very much like to visit the USA, and...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Maybe I'm not understanding you but this comment seems internally inconsistent or contradictory. I have heard a related thing often when talking about taxes. Some people think that basically income (from various sources) taxes should related on how much work...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    In a perfect world, no-one should pay. If I had had health insurance at the time, I wouldn't have had to pay a cent as it was an emergency. But we are where we are and if we changed that...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Well, I don't know you nor your relationship with your brother, but I'd consider whether it's worse that he is offended or your mother (and possibly other people) are put at risk of COVID-19. I know it's possible that you...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    And most hormones and animal drugs, and many pesticides and herbicides, tend to accumulate in fatty tissue and then get excreted in the lipid phase of milk. Now that this is a long thread, this comment got me thinking how...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I have the impression that one of the reasons is that much of the media in the United States doesn't really have stories abou other countries that much or objectively even if they do have them. It's not all the...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    On 80386 and earlier models in the series, the integer multiplication instruction IMUL took something like 40 cycles. I coded a bit with the 8086 assembly, and I remember doing some multiplication by constant by shifting and adding, because that...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    COMEFROM considered harmful. Hey, extending the specification to allow multiple COMEFROMs from the same address easily added multiprocessing to INTERCAL!...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Yeah, people are different. There is also the way you learned the language. English is obviously not my native tongue, and while I did learn it in school, I mostly learned it by reading. I like to think I'm quite...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    About natural languages: I can speak languages of a couple different language groups at least on a basic level (Fenno-Ugric, some Germanic and Romanic from the Indo-Europeans, a bit of Mandarin and Japanese, and Finnish Sign Language). They're mostly "big"...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I have done thought experiments of what communication might be like if that were not so, with the 'intent' of having a language that couldn't easily express concepts that we can in normal English, and conversely. As far as I...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    How are other countries/areas dealing with such. Finland is a cautious re-opening of some things. Primary schools and kindergartens open mostly on next Thursday, and libraries are allowed to loan books and get returns (all the library book loans were...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Also the UK is quite Southern, in my view. I live at 60 degrees North, and this is Southern Finland, so it's North of Aberdeen, and most of the country is North of that. Of course, during summer the sun...
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