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Areas of strength:

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

Areas of familiarity:

  • 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.


14h
comment Does prohibition of polygamy always correlate well with democracy?
@MichaelF, TED - Case #1 - Striking down antipoligamy law. Case #2 - dissenting judge basically quoting the same argument I made above. Case #3 - this time a liberal judge instead of a conservative. How many more judicial examples do I need to post before an apology is warranted?
14h
comment Does prohibition of polygamy always correlate well with democracy?
Amazing answer and analysis! Could you please expand on what glm means in-text (I'm assuming generalized linear model?)
Jul
24
comment Did Stalin believe Israel would go communist?
@Oldcat - given that Stalin prepared to send a large chunk of Jews to Siberia in 1950s (see "Delo vrachei"), sds's comment is on the nose. Stalin needed Israel as a solution to USSR's "jewish problem" like a cow needs wheels.
Jul
21
comment Has anyone ever been punished for Project MK-ULTRA?
What is the basis for assuming someone would have been punished? Did anyone do anything illegal?
Jul
18
comment Recognition of Palestine?
@Midas - I think most Egyptians would dispute your notion that they aren't Arabs :) Palestinians are genetically Arab more than anything else.
Jul
17
comment Recognition of Palestine?
@Midas - of course they share genetic similarities. They lived in the area for centuries and interbred. The point is, Arabs - who migrated in during Islamic expansion after 600AD - have nothing to do with Philistines, and thus there never WAS a "Palestine" Arab country. Everything else if irrelevant.
Jul
17
comment Recognition of Palestine?
@Midas - They were not Indo-European as proven (there's too much vagueness). But their language was more Indo-European in origin than Semitic. They clearly were NOT Semitic and thus not Arab. And yes, that far back there were no Arabic-speaking non-Arabs. That's a recent post-Islam-expansion situation since Arabic was spoken by expansionist dominant culture (similar to English in a much later time).
Jul
11
comment Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
@Olivier - unless I missed something, your answer is just links to Wikipedia with no details?
Jul
11
comment Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
@CGCampbell - in Russia itis
Jul
10
comment Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
Why the downvote? Russia gets a free pass?
Jul
10
comment What currently existing IT companies collaborated with Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy?
Sources please?
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
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)
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