Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The thing about the units of fuel efficiency of vehicles that annoys me the most is that the units haven't been simplified enough. Whether you have litres per 100 kilometers or miles per gallon you have one unit which is...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    - If you have a flat earth, no spin, no tumble, gravity would pull all of the atmosphere, water, soil, into the center of the disk. There would be a hemisphere of wet soggy mess sitting in the center of...
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    Well, here in Finland in many places we have these outlets for car engine and indoor warmers. It's just a normal socket with a timer, usually settable for two hours, to get the car warm for the morning drive to...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I remember in the beginning of the 2000's in the University of Technology (or maybe end of the 1990's) when a high official in the IT department said that there are no more problems with Scandic charsets. The Finnish phrase...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    About those Unicode characters: interpreting and displaying them sometimes have problems: some iOS programs crash with certain Unicode text....
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    WTF is wrong with WORDS? For me, the emoji are not something that should replace words. They're symbols in their own right, and that can be a good thing, too. Also, they are not new as an idea, even on...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    That would apply to many or most native English speakers; trebuchet is not commonly used in speech. Well, yeah, my English-speaking friends are probably quite biased and many of them probably have used the word 'trebuchet' in speech. It's probably...
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    I don't think the spelling differences are the biggest problem. Now that I think of that IPA idea, it still would have problems generally: English is not a language with a unified pronunciation. While this is probably obvious to native...
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    In S.M. Stirling's Dies the Fire, there's a scene where an engineer is building a trebuchet to repel the attack of the bad guys. He discusses it with his helpers, and one of them asks, "Tree bucket?" Now, that might...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I'm sorry about Hugh....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    It's true that people still have jobs, but that makes sense because it's not a post-scarcity future. Well, in the Expanse universe, at least in the beginning of the story, most people on Earth don't have jobs, and that's kind...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I'm going to disagree with sales, there. It doesn't have to be a time-filling job. Yeah, when the sales people try to figure out what I want in the long run and give me that, it's great. That advertising, though....
  • Commented on I get book covers
    Thanks, I have to check that out!...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    The argument that exercises my father-in-law is "why should I be taxed twice over?". His perspective is that he's already paid full taxes on the money he earned, and it's his decision as to what he does with it thereafter....
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    Book Depository is Amazon. Amazon acquired it in 2011, and did a pretty good job of not drawing public attention to it, apparently. Yeah, I know - should've been more clear. I don't know how it works behind the scenes,...
  • Commented on I get book covers
    I hope the Book Depository handles the changing publication date better - I checked and had this already pre-ordered... Also, I consider a death in the family a perfectly understandable reason for being late. Don't overwork yourself - it's better...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    What I really think is a shame is that kids don't seem to make crystal sets any more. I think it's a shame, too - I made some radios as a kid and it was fun and taught stuff. However,...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    When he retired he had time to learn to weave, get decent at watercolours, get a degree in a subject he found intriguing, and serve on a number of committees for causes he felt were important — none of...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    In '09, I installed the "Ubuntu netbook remix" on my then-new Netbook, and it just worked. Well, yeah. I have only used desktops at home, and I've had more problems with Linux installations than with Windows. For example, for a...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Also witness the downfall of the BBC. While notionally independent, its budget is paid by the broadcast license fee levied on TV receivers in the UK: Tony Blair broke the BBC's independence in 2003 over the Iraq war by threatening...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    That model has been broken for longer than any of us have been alive, for the same reasons that we consider it broken now: acting as a mouthpiece for the owners, excessive dependency on advertising, and peddling unrelieved utter bollocks...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    At least the comments in the car park news seem to indicate that the cars left in there were test cars. Of course proving that via the comments is hard. As for the technique, you need to re-invent yourself as...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I saw no clear indication one way or the other, or both, or neither. Mostly just getting away from the Dauphin, no time for romantic entanglements right now. A close relationship with a lady-in-waiting, but still no indication on preferences...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I kind of wonder about the history of Finland in TL 3. The appendix in the book states that it was taken from the Russian empire in 1811. In our time, in 1811 Finland had been a Grand Duchy of...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    And my work week seems to have taken a toll in my mental faculties. I meant that most of the engineering and science material imported from timeline 2 to timeline 3 most probably uses SI units, even if the imperial...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I haven't yet read the book, so I might well be wrong, but much of the science and engineering in timeline 3 was imported from the United States analogue, and I'd suspect they use the same kind of units we...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    In other words, if you do an FTL jump to a readily observable point in space (like a place where you can look back and see yourself jump out when the photons catch up with you) you come out in...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I have considered that immunising people against peer pressure should be a fundamental part of education for far longer than internet phones have existed. To some extent, yes. However, I think it would be very difficult, at least when done...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    This should have a previ... wait, it does. "Ten year-old iMacs" is different (and probably somewhat more expensive) than "ten-year old iMacs"....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Said iMac is never used for any kind of online commerce and the AppleID associated with it has no associated payment information. There is nothing on it that would be a security risk if it was cracked. Seriously, I wouldn't...
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