Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • Commented on Upcoming events
    And of course I left something out from the fertilizer: that means that growing cereals here means getting fertilizer from somewhere, and traditionally animals weren't quite enough. That's why we use artificial fertilizers today. There used to be slash-and-burn agriculture...
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    Sometimes it looks like the best we can do is to disconnect and go off grid, but that’s a massively privileged option that helps few if any, other than individuals involved, their domestic groups and their consciences Even that helps...
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    Being in the lane I need to be to reach my destination - I do that usually if I know the correct lane. At least here in Finland it's somewhat hard occasionally to change lanes, so it's easier for me...
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    Well, we had played D&D for a couple of years when we started playing RuneQuest, and I still have many, many sheets of graph paper filled to the brim with dungeon corridors, monster, traps, and treasure. It was fun getting...
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    I also like fantasy maps. I remember the time when our game-master got the RuneQuest module 'Griffin Island' (the 'Griffin mountain', but taken outside of Glorantha and made into an island), and made us adventure there - we got the...
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    I like maps, too. Also, I'm going hiking in a couple of weeks, and I already bought a paper map of the area. I wouldn't trust an electronic device for that, though we will take with us a hand-held GPS...
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    Yeah, sat nav is not a panacea, but it helps me a lot. For example, Google maps tells the user where the traffic jams are right now, so even if I don't know the places I can route (or let...
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    Not on your life, some of these things have a fucking 32-bit ARM core in them. Indeed it seems next to impossible to get one that doesn't. Those are apparently cheap enough that it's easy to put one in mostly...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    You'd kind of need to make it so that the expectation is that people will join. Of course the societies are different, but I haven't at least heard of much draft-dodging happening here. It used to be so that having...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    As for a universal draft, the original post was #635, about the US (in a post-consumerist fantasy future) instituting a universal service draft where people spend part of their service year sorting garbage, rebuilding infrastructure, and dealing with disasters. It's...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Yeah, I get that kind of ideas, that's why it was brilliant. ;) A friend of mine once wrote a Befunge compiler, that was also brilliant piece of work. Not very useful, mind you, but that wasn't the point. On...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    (NB: this is the bloke responsible for CLC-INTERCAL, which to the best of my knowledge is the only implementation of the INTERCAL programming language with a compiler written in INTERCAL (and self-modifying at runtime).) Uh. I only wrote a BF...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    And if the political leadership had a gram of sense they'd maybe realize that paying for climate defenses and rushing in to fix infrastructure in the wake of climate-induced weather disasters would reduce refugee pressure: with the right spin it...
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    There's also the thing that native speakers learn the language by listening to it, and many non-natives learn the language by reading. For example, that "wrecking havoc" is an easy mistake to make if you've only heard the phrase and...
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    Also for us non-natives it's somehow what we learned first. To me, "I could care less" sounds oddly wrong, because if you could care less you still care for the thing in question. We were taught mostly British English (and...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I'm about a decade younger than OGH, and I haven't watched that much "traditional" television in the last decade or so. I watch Youtube much more than even Netflix - though I occasionally watch series on Netflix. My children seem...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I don't like open-plan offices that much, though for much of my career I've been forced to work in them. This is even while I'm often one of those loud people. I like to talk, and when one of the...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I'd bet something that she didn't return to the village she was from after graduating. At least here in Finland ISTR some news about the countryside and small towns declining - the women get a higher education and then just...
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    I'm not a historian, so take this with a large grain of salt. As I have read, the swastika as the symbol of the Finnish Air Forces was taken because Eric von Rosen, a Swedish count who donated the first...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    The simple version is that making an LED flash in a controlled way can be done with a bunch of analogue discrete components or a cheap microcontroller. There are differences of what people want from their bike lights. I, for...
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    This discussion reminds me of the one time I ran Netscape on X11 over a modem connection to the University's computers for one reason or another. I think it was 28800 bps, might've been 56k. It wasn't fun or fast...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    The Amiga was most notable for being one of the few operating systems available to the public at the time which was not cooperative. Thanks for correcting me! It's been a while since I last did anything with it, and...
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    Win 3.0 didn't have intrinsic memory management and it only had a half-assed suspend-and-restart capability to provide some kind of multitasking. I'm young enough that the first Windows platform I really (professionally) developed for was NT 3.51, but I seem...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I'm kind of a plaintext-tagged-text guy, and while I've written much of my own stuff in just that plaintext, lately I've taken to writing even the plaintext stuff in Markdown. It's very much human-readable (unlike HTML or LaTeX...) but can...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    There's a Finnish joke that says that mozzarella cheese is Moomin meat. Then there is this actual product which basically says "Minced Moomin meat soup". The character on that package is Snufkin, the best friend of Moomintroll, and the joke...
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    Ah, now I realize that Finncon is next weekend! Alas, I can't attend, because summer weekends are a scarce resource and I spent last weekend(ish) far away in space, playing in a space larp. Do you have plans to see...
  • Commented on Downtime coming up
    I'd go even further and say that a backup that is never verified is not a backup....
  • Commented on Story time!
    If either one had the 266Mhz processor the program crashed. The development team traced the problem back to something in Turbo Pascal that didn't like the faster CPU. I ran into this, too, but by that time I was mostly...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Undoubtedly. Or on a 6502. It would be pretty much a doddle to do it on a PET. Hmm, I do have a C=128 lying in a box somewhere. Perhaps its high-res graphics mode could be used for something like...
  • Commented on Story time!
    CUI could probably be implemented on Z80-based hardware easily enough. That could be a nice retro-project... Then there was GEOS, the graphical user interface for the Commodore 64. I've never seen it live, much less used it, but apparently it...
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