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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.


Mar
1
comment Is there any research explicitly contradicting facts in Suvorov's “Icebreaker” book series claiming that Stalin intended to attack Hitler in 1941?
@Oldcat: I helps if you read the books before discussing them ;). Suvorov actually brings up counter-arguments to everything you say. E.g. he claims that the Soviet Union being unprepared is a myth created by Soviet historians to explain the losses at the start of the war. Also, if you look at raw numbers (like Suvorov does), the Soviet Union indeed outnumbered Germany both in soldiers and most of the equipment. Still, his argumentation is everything but solid.
Dec
17
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
@SchwitJanwityanujit: That's where option 3 kicks in - regardless of Hitler, Germany had to recover the costs of their war somehow. Giving Ukraine, White Russia etc. independence without getting anything in return just wasn't an option. Besides, German superiority was at the core of the prevalent ideology in Germany at that time, Hitler or not.
Dec
6
comment (War Guilt Methodology) Was Germany solely to blame for WWI?
possible duplicate of Is Germany responsible for World War I?
Nov
9
comment Was Russo-Polish of 1919-1920 a war of independence?
@Anixx: Fair enough, fixed this.
Nov
28
comment How was Israel able to build a powerful military within days of the formation of the state?
@DVK: Interesting, thank you.
Nov
27
comment How was Israel able to build a powerful military within days of the formation of the state?
@DVK: I would be very surprised about that - how would the Czech republic trade weapons to Israel without USSR's approval?
Nov
26
comment How was Israel able to build a powerful military within days of the formation of the state?
@corsiKa: You are wrong.
Nov
25
comment How was Israel able to build a powerful military within days of the formation of the state?
@kubanczyk: Your point posting this non-sense?
Nov
24
comment Why didn't Moldova unite with Romania?
@PhilDin: No, it shouldn't. This post is written in English, not German.
Apr
18
comment Did Joseph Stalin kill anyone personally?
I doubt that Stalin actually killed anybody himself in Tsaritsin, he already had a leadership position by then. Even if you look at the Tiflis bank robbery, it seems that Stalin merely supervised the operation and wasn't involved personally. Still, it is likely that somewhere during his early career he had to kill somebody with his own hands (e.g. when he escaped his Siberian exile).
Mar
23
comment Why didn't Moldova unite with Romania?
@Anixx: I don't think that the part about languages is true. Moldova had a large population of Russian-speakers with close to no knowledge of Romanian - now almost all of them are gone (with the exception of Transnistria) so the Russian language doesn't really play a role. Also, I don't think that English is significantly more widespread in Romania than in Moldova - it is definitely not required for the EU and good English knowledge is IMHO equally rare in both Romania and Moldova.
Mar
21
comment Was Russo-Polish of 1919-1920 a war of independence?
@mzuba: If you look at the wars led by the Soviet Union - there isn't, not really.
Mar
20
comment Was Russo-Polish of 1919-1920 a war of independence?
@mzuba: And they would support these communist movements exclusively by peaceful means, right? Neither the rhetoric nor the actions of Lenin's government left any doubts that it would be an armed conflict.
Mar
20
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
@ErikSchmidt: I don't think that I am assuming anything. Yes, at the end of the war the atomic bombs played their role. But I have doubts that they would achieve the same effect against an enemy that isn't weakened (e.g. Britain in 1939). You should also consider the fact that efficient delivery systems didn't exist - so air superiority was essential to deliver the bombs. Altogether, my point is simply that there isn't a single weapon that would allow to "magically" win the war.
Mar
20
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
The distance that the Japanese troops would have to travel in this scenario isn't exactly small either. Occupying India in one summer? That's about as realistic as occupying the Soviet Union in one summer. And why do you think that the Soviet Union would stand by and watch Germany occupy Iran?
Mar
20
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
Theoretically - yes, Germany could have stopped. But if you look at the development of the German national debt in the years leading up to the war, you have to wonder whether they had any other chance but to continue. Also, a peace treaty with France was simply unrealistic - and Hitler's followers would have never accepted it, taking revenge on France was one of the main ideas of the German Nazi movement.
Mar
20
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
Your assumptions seem to be all wrong. 1. Nobody could develop nuclear weapons in 1939, it took years of research and even then the numbers were only sufficient to demoralize the enemy, not to defeat him. Germans tried demoralizing with V2, didn't work. 2./3. The Germans realized that they didn't have any chance to defeat Britain - that's why the invasion of Soviet Union was necessary in the first place. 4. Even if ME262 could be created sooner (which is doubtful), it was far too expensive and not meant for mass-production - producing significant counts to change something was impossible.
Mar
19
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
@quant_dev: Americans wouldn't be able to achieve much without using Britain as a platform for the invasion. All the supply lines went to Britain, not USA.
Mar
19
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
@quant_dev: This is all extremely hypothetical, as I said. But you are overstating the significance of nuclear weapons - while they did have a demoralizing effect, they didn't change the course of the war. There were just too few of them, the mass-production didn't start until several years after the war.
Mar
19
comment World War II - Have Historians Envisioned How The Axis Powers Might Have Won?
"Germans were not able (didn't think about it?) to organize a reliable supply of spare parts" - don't forget about the length supply lines. Germans were fighting more than 1000 km away from their factories. Supply issues were inevitable.