Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    No. The instructions on a projects web page, at least in the *Nix world, mostly assume you're installing from a tarball. Well, if you read the instructions for R on the linked page, it is definitely not a tarball installation,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    [B]urners have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Aside from the tracking, which is probably different in different jurisdictions, the other things that can be used to connect the burner phone to you seem just regular opsec to me. I'm probably...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    On phones being computers: I liked the Nokia N900 and N9, especially the N900, just because I could use them as computers. They ran Maemo and Meego, which were based on Linux, and you could even get a shell and...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Well, the SIM card behind the battery is just a design decision. I've had multiple phones where there is just a SIM card slot on the side of the phone, no need to open up the whole phone just to...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Studded ones are good on ice and snow. However, where I usually drive (Southern Finland) there are not that many days when they would be needed, and they damage the road surfaces quite much. Our paved roads are mostly asphalt,...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    We do get snow and ice practically every winter (if only for a couple of weeks on a bad one), but still each year the temperatures fall below freezing, for some days the roads are a mess. The expression here...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    1:can a self-driving car identify either black ice, 2: or water flowing over the roadway? The question is, in my opinion, can it do that better than humans do? I have had my driving license for about a quarter-century, and...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    I think one of the reasons for politics going in families is that when you have an example at home that politics is something that can be done, you are more likely to consider that career for yourself. This happens...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Yes, this is a good thing. But many, many people do not understand that loss of relative advantage is not a zero sum game; they see other folks getting richer and assume this means they are getting poorer. I've also...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    What they totally failed to discuss is that "mh" always pronounces "v" because there is no actual letter "V" in Gaelic, and the mh phoneme is used to represent V in the written language. This is interesting! For some reason,...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Falsifiability. Hmm. Ever looked at cosmology :-) I was never a cosmologist, but I did work alongside them for some years in a cosmological experiment, doing some "near field" stuff (Active Galactic Nuclei), and something rubbed off. My impression is...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    C++ is extreme, where its parallelism isn't (reliably) programmable by mere mortals. Though it can be improved. I worked some years with Qt, which is a toolkit built on C++, in the beginning meant for graphical inteface development. It...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Yeah. When we had a car (2000 model Toyota Corolla), occasionally it needed repairs and when the problem was preventing us from driving, we called a tow truck to get into a repair shop. Otherwise it was a nice car...
  • 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...
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