Mikko Parviainen

Mikko Parviainen

  • 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...
  • 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...
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