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I am primarily a Firefox add-on developer these days. My main areas of expertise is everything Mozilla-related (XUL, JavaScript, XULRunner etc.), web technologies (HTML5, CSS etc.), web application security, Perl, Python. Some C++, Java and PHP is also doable but I am by no means an expert here.


Oct
12
comment What unique personal experiences contributed to the formation of Mao's brand of Communism?
Interestingly, in Russia it was the exact opposite process - the communists first tried to appeal to badly suppressed peasants and organize uprisings. The uneducated peasants didn't want to follow them and would often betray them to the government. In the end the communist decided that change is only possible with the literate population and addressed the (relatively small) working class instead.
Oct
12
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Oct
12
answered Why did Italy abandon its alliance with Germany in WW1 and join the Allied side?
Oct
12
comment Why did the Dutch, French & British acquire minor colonies in South America?
Don't forget that they aren't really little bites: Guyana has an area of 215 km² which isn't much smaller than the territory of France. Also note that the Dutch were mostly interested in trading outposts (meaning coastlines) and had little interest in exploring or even conquering continental areas. Then again, I don't think they really could even if they wanted - at that point Brazil already existed and had enough power regardless of Portugal.
Oct
12
revised Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
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Oct
12
revised What factors related to the Eastern Crisis contributed to the outbreak of World War 1?
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Oct
12
answered Why didn't Imperial Japan attack the Soviet Union during World War 2?
Oct
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revised What factors related to the Eastern Crisis contributed to the outbreak of World War 1?
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Oct
12
comment Who were the Huns and/or Xiongnu?
While I also have a book claiming that Huns were one of the Xiongnu tribes, it seems that this is an older and now abandoned assumption - with good reason because there aren't many reliable historical sources for that period outside of China and tracing the way of Xiongnu from China to Europe that supposedly took several centuries is pretty impossible. Fact is, there don't seem to be any reliable facts about Huns before they entered the European arena and nobody really knows where they came from.
Oct
12
comment Why was the Western Front so static in World War I?
@LouisRhys: The Western front was approximately 750 km long, the Eastern front on the other hand 1600 km. Additionally, the Western front was located on an initially heavily fortified territory - the French expected the German attack and prepared for it. While the Eastern Front had its fortresses as well of course, they weren't nearly as close to each other as in France.
Oct
12
comment What are the factors that caused the new world civilizations to be less technologically advanced than the old world?
@LouisRhys: I did. Still, it is way more luck than geography, no matter how you turn it. It is always easy to retroactively declare something as inevitable by choosing the right factors to consider.
Oct
12
comment Why did Saladin show kindness to Richard I?
I second @LouisRhys, I wouldn't consider any of these historical facts - more a legend that might be based on real facts but distorted them very significantly.
Oct
12
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
What makes you think that Moscow was important? Napoleon invaded Moscow and it didn't do him any good. The Soviet Union relocated factories to Ural and eventually restored production to the previous levels, relocating the government would have been even easier. So I am not really convinced that the plan made sense strategically, I am rather thinking that the whole operation was doomed from the start despite the initial success. So I expect more serious reasons on Hitler's side than "just because he could".
Oct
12
answered Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Oct
12
comment What is the difference between the Middle Ages and the Dark Ages?
Well, if you look at the Wikipedia article, "Dark Ages" in its modern use includes everything up to the 13th century. It is a period with only few written records so that it is "dark" to historians (which is the primary reason for th ename). But that is connected to a general cultural decline of course.
Oct
12
comment Why was the Cuban Revolution (1953-1959) ultimately successful?
Actually, all communist revolutions received economic and military aid from the USSR. And one cannot really say that only the Cuban Revolution succeeded - see China and Vietnam. But it was the only one that succeeded despite being very far from USSR.
Oct
12
comment What new technology/tactics allowed the breakthrough of the trenches in WW I western front?
@LouisRhys: The server seems to be temporarily down, you can use Google Cache.