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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.


Mar
15
comment Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
Damn, George Lucas had his long grubby licensing arms even there!!!
Mar
15
comment What was Finland's position in World War Two?
@Anixx - how does the latter invalidate the former? Does the name "Molotov-Ribbentrop" mean anything to you?
Mar
15
comment Did the Germans use a “Verdun”-like strategy at Stalingrad?
"sent the armor from Voronezh due south for the Caucasus oil fields" - the whole reason for needing Stalingrad (or one of major reasons) was specifically access to those oil fields.
Mar
14
comment Organized and intentional suicide attacks during military conflicts
As a small comment, if you restrict this to vehicles only, you would have a VERY small window of time, between when the planes or vehicles became powerful enough to be able to do enough mass damage to make the attack worth bothering with and fast enough to make it plausible; and the time where control systems evolved to the point that human controller was no longer necessary for a missile and other weapons became dangerous, powerful and effective enough than a car full of explosives didn't really have much benefit over a rocket battery on a battlefield.
Mar
13
comment How historically accurate Life is Beautiful is when it comes to Jewish extermination?
+1. You should probably expand a bit on the last paragraph - it's probably the most important to understand the big picture visavi Italy and Holocaust.
Mar
12
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
This is a very informative answer, but I'm not sure it addresses the root of my question. Why was this such a big disctinction between China (using high-tin) and other non-Chinese cultures who mostly used low-tin. Was it specifically the lack of knowledge of how to create bi-metal blades?
Mar
11
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
@T.E.D. - Thanks. I started out asking about Ulfberht swords, but figured that there probably wasn't enough info to answer what I had in mind - and stumbled on this tidbit researching metallurgy of sword steels (being from near-Urals, I'm a sucker for metallurgical details)
Mar
11
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
Are any of those points backed up by historical evidence (e.g. ore analysis, tin resources in Europe, weapon/fighting style?
Mar
11
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
Why the downvote?
Mar
10
comment Why did Catholic chruch wait for 350 years to accept “Galileo's idea”?
Also, Galileo in general tended to behave like a total a$$ and made enemies of a bunch of people. Some of them were all too happy to testify against him, just out of spite.
Mar
10
comment Why did Catholic chruch wait for 350 years to accept “Galileo's idea”?
@user37324 - it was a combination of factors. Politics - both personal, AND Vaticanish - was part of them.
Mar
6
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Do you have a citation for the last sentence? I haven't heard of that factoid before
Mar
5
comment Inflation After Executive Order 6102 (FDR Leaving GoldStandard)
Or, if you're used to debunking fake medicine claims on skeptics, you might note that the economic revival may have simply naturally happened because things have hit the bottom, and revival would have happened indepenently of any claimed reasons. Causality is pretty hard to establish when you dataset is of size 1. +1 for the last paragraph.
Mar
3
comment Earliest examples of “pop culture” in history
I'm gonna guess looking at funny cats. Why ELSE would someone domesticate the bloody nuisances all those thousands of years ago?
Mar
2
comment Why did Churchill accept the Order of the Garter in 1953?
Sour grapes dissipating?
Feb
25
comment Motivation Behind the USSR Assisting China's Nuclear Program
The main threat to USSR at the time was from NATO, whereas Communist China was a natural ally. And having small scale nuke arsenal would not make China into any more of a practical threat than it already was due to demographics and geography.
Feb
24
comment Are there non-russian sources related to how Rurikid Dynasty became rulers of Russia?
then edit it to be more ontopic so I can undownvote :)
Feb
24
comment Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
... free healthcare being total crap (admittedly, less of an issue in GDR than USSR)
Feb
24
comment Are there non-russian sources related to how Rurikid Dynasty became rulers of Russia?
I tried to make that explicit in the subject :) I flagged your answer for deletion so you can avoid -2 from my downvote.
Feb
24
comment Are there non-russian sources related to how Rurikid Dynasty became rulers of Russia?
I'm sorry this doesn't answer the question AT ALL. NONE of the sources mentioned there are mentioned to discuss Rurik and Rurikinds (except for a mention of Olga in one which confused her with a German tribe); only Rus as a tribe.