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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 :)

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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.
Apr
20
comment Historical examples of replacing blood heir by impostor?
@PieterGeerkens - "imposter" - "One who engages in deception under an assumed name or identity" implies that the woman who Russians called Catherine wasn't actually the wife of the Tsar. Which wasn't the case Catherine, AFAIK.
Apr
20
asked Historical examples of replacing blood heir by impostor?
Apr
20
asked How much did it cost to maintain Gustavus Adolphus' army? How much of it was paid by Richelieu?
Apr
20
comment Why were Albanians the only nation in the Balkans who converted to Islam during the Ottoman occupation?
Sorry, -1. While factually correct, the answer doesn't actually address the crux of the question (what was different between Albanians (and Bosnians) as opposed to the rest of Ottoman holdings in Balcans) that led to total Islamisation.
Apr
17
comment Recognition of Palestine?
@LouisRhys - Nobody criticizing Israel ever criticized Russia for keeping troops in East Germany. And almost nobody criticizing Israel criticized China for Tibet and certainly not to the point of advocating for boycoytts of China (I can probably find a tiny principled subset that does both).
Apr
17
comment Were there historical examples of “citizen's arrest” concept in history independent of British common law?
The latter. Basically, where you escaping your civilian capturer is equated to escaping real arrest