Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • 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who have a central HR system that they've used for a decade or more, and the cost to upgrade because it is so out of date is...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...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    A more-or-less taboo topic in SF is "downlift" — instead of increasing sociability and language capacity of apes, dolphins, elephants, and so on, could CRISPR and other techniques be used to manufacture a slave race? The GURPS Transhuman Space (which...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I skipped from AD&D 2e to the Fifth Edition D&D, so I don't know that much from the intervening editions, but 5e does have a new system: spellcasters can cast spells much more freely, though they still (mostly wizards) need...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Yeah, the KE problems in Traveller get their first peak in Megatraveller and its reactionless drives, which basically give uniform acceleration when given power. THe maximum they can do is 6 G, but that's plenty if you have a lot...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I think it might be a generational thing. Cowboy Bebop is an older anime, and I think everybody I know who recognizes it is about my age. Also, not many people of my age here generally know what Cowboy Bebop...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Traveller out of the box....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    And sure enough failed with the link....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I just found the thing: Traveller out of the box. This sounds fun to me....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Ah, true - I checked Megatraveller, and every other ship has been bought a 40-year loan except the Scout ship, which is not really owned by the character. It still is possible to own a ship without a loan, but...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I've only run a couple of Traveller campaigns and they have all been with mostly noble characters. I've basically ignored the piracy problem in them. One of the problems is of course that the owner of the ship could sell...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    This is because near-c rocks in Traveller are not mentioned, though they would be easy tonise. The piracy is also not elaborated....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Near-c rocks! So, how would piracy work in these settings? In Traveller, one of the careers in many incarnations is 'Pirate', and in many of those a pirate can get a big ship for pirating. Where do they catch the...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I kind of have enough Traveller that I decided not to buy it anymore. I read one idea on some blog, which I can't google up now, where the idea was to run Traveller with only the first three books....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    In this, the $CONCEPTpunk genres have a lot in common with Magical Realism. (Perhaps we punks are really just magical realists who know how to plot?) I like to think that, too. "Magical realism" is for me only poorly written...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    In most states, a local official certifies the vote counts and forwards just the totals to the state. The opportunities for hanky panky abound, especially since it's common for the county and state elections officials to be partisan elected positions....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Depending on the age group, living in communal settings is desirable...but there are also huge costs, and it's an age related thing. Once you are getting ready to start a family it loses most of it's appeal. And economic appeal...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Another thing I wonder about is what social & "family" groups will look like in 2117. Yeah, "family" as a concept in kind of flexible. I can see at least in some circles more options to the "traditional" monogamous hetero...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Apropos language extinction - I think it depends heavily on the political context. Somewhat related: what will happen to the sign languages? Cochlear implants are getting better all the time, so a big pool of people who would have been...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    The option of having a 100% loyal soldier that always follows orders, always acts within the scope of whatever law it is programmed to follow, [snip] I think the at least human-level AI you would need for a robot to...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    Some beards don't help with that at all. Last year in January I grew a beard like Lemmy Kilmister had, in his honour (kind of like Movember but Lemmyary). That didn't protect the chin at all. Also, my wife and...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    Yes, they do, the modern ones. I tried it with a couple of notes and various other items which shouldn't be copied, and they were almost black (something did show)....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    Also, "need" here is not a physical need, but a regulatory one, obviously. It'd be much easier to make a copier which would just copy everything without looking at the contents, but it'd get the maker into all kinds of...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    The copying can't be passive, really. The copy machines need to be able to tell when somebody is trying to copy for example a banknote and prevent it. It'd be quite hard to do that passively, really. At least color...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Unfortunately it appeals to elderly authoritarians who formed their world-view before the world began to change rapidly along the axis of habitability, and the sunk cost fallacy also applies to world-views. Also to them who think they can use their...
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