Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Yes, I know - I used to live with a biblical exegete as a flatmate. It just amazes me how somebody could not see that the book(s) are a collection of stories....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    I have this hypothesis (which is probably more than half bunk, because dammit Jim, I'm an engineer) (and which is also more properly said in some book): There are at least three different questions religion can answer. Namely: How was...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    (It's virtually impossible to write a space opera that gets away from terrestrial date, time, and distance measurements without annoying the hell out of the readers, so we tacitly ignore them in order to willingly suspend our disbelief. I just...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I'm aware of that; my point is that if people don't need encryption because they're not carrying out transactions that require "security" then there's no need for an https connection and the resultant "security certificate" hoopla. Though there are other...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    You do that King Canute's point was that he *couldn't* hold back the tide? Fighting the tendency towards centralisation has hardly worked anywhere, and never cheaply. We in Finland have the centralisation problem, too. Compared to Scotland, Finland has about...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I have the same opinion, living in Finland......
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    There's a common misconception that C is a high level language. It's actually more of a machine independent assembler... I've heard the quip that it combines the expressiveness of assembler with the clarity of assembler....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I know a bunch of biologists and psychologists and an astronomer who have all ended up doing a lot of software development, more or less having to teach themselves some quite complex stuff from scratch. This was kind one of...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    If I recall correctly, the pointers were at least in Turbo Pascal the correct way of implementing dynamic data structures. It's been a while since I last used Pascal, though....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I do have a working knowledge of German, which is a three-gender system German gender did confuse me a bit in the beginning, but I did manage to get by it. My native language is Finnish which has no grammatical...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Meanwhile, Tcl. Just, no. The delights of using an interpreted language within production code? What a wonderful idea, nothing could possibly go wrong... (You can't tell I had to suffer it for several years, can you) While I haven't written...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I believe my acknowledgement of my own mediocrity makes me a better, safer programmer than a lot of people who don't known that they're mediocre. Really, properly, genuinely good programmers are always going to be in short supply and, given...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Now I'm lost. Please share my assumed assumptions with me? What I'm trying to say is that implementing something complex and on a quite fundamental specification level broken (like TCP/IP) from scratch as an exercise is quite different from working...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Isn't everyone friends with at least four people who have independently implemented IP stacks? Not really, no, only the people whose friends have taken enough CS courses. Most people don't do IP stacks as a hobby. Also, is every one...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Mediocre programmers are only employed because of the shortage of better programmers. The indications are that the demand for programmers will continue to increase faster than the supply of good programmers resulting in both increasing salaries and an increasing proportion...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Charlie, gaining German citizenship (and passport) as a backup plan and alternative is perhaps worth considering. There still is the problem that Germany requires (at least from a Wikipedia reading) working knowledge of German, and years of residence....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Nope. Because an armed society isn't a polite society, it's a violent and aggressive one. If you want a polite society? Go look at Japan (with some of the strictest firearms laws in the world). Politeness doesn't correlate with firepower....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Eric Raymond and drones remind me of something I bumped into years ago fwhen reading about him, mainly his views on guns. I seem to remember that he at least earlier said that "an armed society is a polite society"....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    [T]he "Red Pill" misogynists (irony: their touchstone is a reference to a movie produced by two transwomen). Also, as somebody pointed out, the choice of the pills is offered by a black man and a woman. The "Red Pill" misogynists...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Frankly, if we had stopped all technological and agricultural development in 1970, we'd have starved (for gigacide levels of starvation) by 1990; the Green Revolution — which most of us never even noticed — saved us. The time when I...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    If you put Lebensraum and the doctrine of eternal struggle together with overpopulation and global anthropogenic climate change, and if you're a true believer, what policies will you try to implement[...]? Well, closing the borders from refugees seems like a...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I have no objection to beige liberal social-democracy, as long as there's enough social democracy in the mix. Well, yeah. In Finland, last year we "finally" got a right-wing government, with the addition of the populist-racist party. Some thought this...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Trenitalia (Italian Railways) looks to me as one case where you are getting the worst of two worlds, actually. The government split the Railways system in two: one would take care of "trains", the other of the infrastructure (rails, and...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    You can get really good commentary and insightful, informed discussion here... right until the crackpot turns up. Then it always turns into stream of insane babble and people pushing back against the idiocy. Yeah, only Greg is now contributing more...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    I happen to like your stories because they are entertaining and (scarily enough) somewhat plausible, this according to actual research papers by people who do know what they are talking about and not winging it :). I also like the...
  • Commented on Empire Games in the UK!
    And there it was today when I got home. So, I pre-ordered the UK trade paperback from the Book Depository, and they sent it to me 14th of January. It arrived today, and yes, it's the UK trade paperback (which,...
  • Commented on Empire Games in the UK!
    Well, Book Depository said that they have sent me the book on 14 January, but it hasn't arrived yet. A book they sent me two days later arrived on Monday, so I hope I'll have the book in my hands...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I will tell you when I get the Book depository package - the information I have is that they sent me the UK paperback last Friday, but I still haven't got the book in my hands....
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    I remember an ad for Microsoft Word in a Finnish computer magazine some ti e around 1990. The ad mocked WordPerfect for having these codes in the document and even a view for editing them. The MS Word apparently a...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    You have Empire Games? Wow! Sadly, not yet! The Book Depository sent it to me on Friday, but due to the realities of international post, I suspect I will get it in my hands sometime next week......
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