Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

Mikko Parviainen (he/him)

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Let's face it, humanity in general is not likely to accept the kind of reduction in standard of living that saving the planet ecosystem would require, not without a *lot* of people dying before, and this does not seems to...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    (Dungeons & Dragons) Don't forget the antisemitism. Well, no, but the issues of D&D are numerous, and in the 'Traveller' context I was more interested in the colonialism. Discussing all the other problems in D&D is probably not for this...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The drive to interplanetary colonization is expansionist, and as such, it's imperialist. There's been recently talk on the internets about the colonialism and imperialism in 'Dungeons & Dragons'. When the main idea of the game is to go about, kill...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    #556: The gravitational field strength of a sphere of mass - whether it's solid or a hollow shell - is greatest at the surface. Inside the shell it falls off until it gets to zero at the centre. With the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    So yeah, decent enough films if you can ignore the really screwed up combat scenes, but still disappointing. I watched the first two, but in the second one the story went so far away from the book that I didn't...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I have NEVER seen a vehicle licensed to drive on public roads in the US without mirrors allowing the driver to see rearward on both sides of a vehicle. And this is on large older trucks (20+ years) I drove...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    That would require more than one per segment with semitrailer size trucks. Well, yes. The accidents recently here have been only lorries, I think, so no trailers. Bigger ones are a problem, too. But every truck driver will tell you...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I should have remembered reversing cameras: yeah, those should be (are?) mandatory on all new vehicles. No more backing up over stuff you don't want to squish, or ramming the kerb. No more squinting at a mirror showing a view...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    The Difficulty is what stops competing versions of the ledger; if Alice wants to repudiate her payment to Bob she needs to come up with a list of blocks which doesn't include her payment. To do that she needs to...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I've been considering of building a small web service where you would put an URL (well, any relatively short string), and it'd calculate a digital signature for a hash of that URL. I'd like to put on a Paypal button...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    This is also fun for us non-native English speakers. In Finnish, the sweet, big kind are called "paprika", and come in various colours (red, yellow, orange, green at least commonly available). The small spicy ones are "chili", though occasionally they...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I mean, if I had to write anything serious these days it'd probably be in python. I quite like Haskell but (like EC I guess) would only ever dabble in it. If not python, maybe javascript, just due to ubiquity....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I think all programming languages can be used for read-only programming... Of course I meant write-only programming here. I blame late night and being tired....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I know of cases where it has also been used to produce "only read by me programing"... I think all programming languages can be used for read-only programming......
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Anyway ... all of our classes were coed except for Gym Class (Phys-Ed) and Shop/Home Economics. Shop & Home Economics were interesting because for one six-week report card period we got swapped. Boys took Home-Ec and girls took Shop. I...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Did you use https instead of http? That is, access this blog with https://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/. I have problems with logging in if I use http only. (Also, apparently annoyingly my Chrome doesn't display the "https://www." portion of the URL...)...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Re sports, recalling physical education classes several decades ago in (US) high school, they were co-ed. In my upper secondary (comparable to high school, but that's the official translation), we had five study periods each year, and could choose courses...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    All of these companies and many others got confused after their success about what business they were really in. Sears, JCPenny, Montgomery Ward, etc... All claimed to be in the retail sales of general stuff to people business. But what...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    They are all upset that someone is building where the trees are across the street. Even though it has been zoned that way for decades. Well, for my suburb, the area was planned to be a 'garden city' - different...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Now, about housing. First problem is that it's really profitable to build high end houses on empty land, so developers want to build these as much as possible. There's no shortage of these homes Kind of the same everywhere. Where...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Hm, I've had the same problems. Now I tried logging in using https and it seems to have worked....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I consider it amazing that everyone reading the HP books is presumably a muggle, and yet Rowling managed to get the vast majority of readers to be on the side of the wizards. It might also be partly because the...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Gibson was not really a tech person but he was wise enough to show first drafts to friends in Computer Science and he corrected his manuscript accordingly. I just re-read 'Neuromancer' and while I like the book (I usually re-read...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Is it really such a stretch to conceive of a town where there's basically no really poor people? (excluding some with mental health issues). Is it such a stretch to think that there are people who are just bad people?...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Uh, are you presenting one personal anecdote to prove that no one starves where you live? That's kind of... not very comprehensive study. Have you also been studying those kids stealing from cars, or do you perhaps know them personally?...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Centerlink has emergency payments, so no one needs to break into cars to eat "today". I tried to explain to you that not everybody knows how to get those. See also Pigeon's comment at @1053 - that's more insight than...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    What I don't understand are the kids that wander the streets at night going through unlocked cars. If they got a night job stacking shelves or running a petrol station they'd earn 30 dollars an hour. Well, I'm speaking from...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    That's why I specified that even in 2 or 3 generations from now we would get dependable long-term digital storage only by having an automated method ensuring the copying of digital data every four years to a new set of...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Given a planet that's even explorable I can see half the ship wanting to move there just for the joy of not being subject to Captain Bullshit every second of the day. Then a month later wanting to come back...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Here, for most children in basic comprehensive schools, the school is close enough that it's possible to walk there. Now we are a bit farther from the school than most, but it's still only a bit over a kilometre there,...
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