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Areas of strength:

  • Perl expert (specifically enterprise software development)
  • Sybase (including design and optimization)
  • GUI design

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  • Web programming (EmbPerl, JSP, CSS, HTML, JavaScript)
  • C++

...P.S. I'm not really 42. But 42 is way cooler than a real answer :)

...P.P.S. Don't read too much into the icon. Just a minor nod to Cryptonomicon.


Jun
20
comment Why are the “Three Musketeers” called musketeers?
anime series called them Musketeers because they were called that way by Dumas. Dumas caleled them that way because they were fictional characters set in a real Misketeers unit. Just like Tom Clancy puts Ding Chavez into a real Army Rangers unit, or other writers their heroes into 82d Airborne.
Jun
20
comment Why are the “Three Musketeers” called musketeers?
the Musketeers weren't fictional.
Jun
8
comment Why did Martin Luther hate the Jews?
@Anixx - I don't think you can call Protestantism or Catholicism separate faiths, even though there definitely was cross persecution, especially around first half of 17th century
Jun
7
revised Why hasn't Russia maintained significant numbers of Aircraft carriers?
added 247 characters in body
May
9
comment Why is no one claiming the title of Caliph?
This is a good answer buit I also wonder why none of the Sunni state leaders did that, since they don't face the same religious restriction.
May
8
comment Mouse as an Ancient Remedy - Official Critique
@SamuelRussell - slightly reworded, it'd be a good fit for Skeptics.SE
May
8
comment Are there instances where collective farming has actually brought benefit to the population
You can have collective farming in a local context in any larger scale system (feudalism, socialism, whatever-the-hell-aism that Israel had in 1950s for economic system)
May
1
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
29
comment Did King Porus's men use snake poison against Alexander's troops?
While it's impossible to verify authenticity, the answer itself is good with excellent reference, so it doesn't really matter if the real author was or was not posting it.
Apr
29
comment Was the penal system used to colonise Australia?
+1 for "due to a local uprising there in 1776"
Apr
29
comment What motivated Germanic tribes to accept Christianity?
@kubanczyk - the party line taught in Soviet schools was that they embraced it since it helped pacify the oppressed classes (mostly slaves) by promising them a better lot in afterlife
Apr
29
comment What was the attitude of Mongols to conquered peoples?
It'd probably be a good idea to look at Chinese sources. They had less incentive to lie about Mongols.
Apr
29
comment What was the attitude of Mongols to conquered peoples?
Good answer but would benefit from sources
Apr
29
reviewed Leave Open What was the attitude of Mongols to conquered peoples?
Apr
29
reviewed Leave Open Is external expansion an element of fascist ideology
Apr
29
reviewed Leave Open How close were the living standards of India compared to England during the medieval period?
Apr
29
reviewed Leave Open Did Roman troops suffer from PTSD?
Apr
21
comment Historical examples of replacing blood heir by impostor?
@andy256 - there are always witnesses to things. Who tend to leave memoirs. Or genetic research. I don't see it as even remotely impossible to discover.
Apr
20
comment Historical examples of replacing blood heir by impostor?
@PieterGeerkens: from Wikipedia: "Catherine, although not descended from any previous Russian emperor, succeeded her husband as Empress Regnant. She followed the precedent established when Catherine I (born in the lower classes in the Swedish East Baltic territories) succeeded her husband Peter the Great in 1725.==== Historians debate Catherine's technical status, seeing her as a Regent or as a usurper, tolerable only during the minority of her son, Grand Duke Paul". Note that there's no dispute that she legitimately ascended to the throne in 1762.
Apr
20
comment Historical examples of replacing blood heir by impostor?
@PieterGeerkens - Again, imposter implies pretending to be some other person. NOT holding a post under your own name, whether illegitimately or legitimately. Now, if Catherine held the post by pretending to be an offspring of Romanoffs (as opposed to a wife), that'd be an imposter; but I don't recall her doing so.