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Data warehousing/ETL developer, specialising in Teradata but now mostly working with DataStage. Had a brief foray as a Ruby on Rails developer. Also making iPhone games in my spare time (Objective-C is a terrible language).


Apr
15
comment Execution at the scene of the crime under Australian law
@Razie Mah The book I'm reading, Citizens Without Rights, has an endnote referring to legislation of 1971 and refers to it in the context of events after the 1967 referendum. Can you confirm that it really ought to be the 1952 amendment that is relevant here?
Mar
28
comment How did the modern hyper-appreciation of antiquities develop?
Did they value them for their age or only for artistic reasons?
Mar
9
comment What caused the turning point in Hundred Years' War?
England reached the height of its power in France under the regency of Bedford. Burgundy completely changed sides by 1435, the year when Bedford died and when Henry VI was just 14. England may have had a few reverses but remained in a very strong position when Burgundy started moving. Gloucester was certainly a troublemaker back home, but his meddling was inconsequential to the war effort. If England were visibly in terminal decline, Burgundy would never have been able to extract the concessions from France that it did in the Treaty of Arras.
Mar
9
comment Did any other countries try to breed a race out like what happened in Australia?
I'd like to see some evidence of policies to force marriage of Aborigines with whites. There were certainly policies in place to prevent them from marrying certain people that the department deemed inappropriate, but that's a different thing.
Aug
9
comment Why, in the US, is Japanese brutality ignored compared with the Nazi brutality in WW2?
This also varies from state to state, as they each have their own syllabus. Growing up in Victoria, the 20th century Australian history I was taught only covered Gallipoli and Vietnam. Were it not for picking an elective subject, I would also have learned nothing about the rest of the world in the 20th century either.
Jun
3
comment What did Mesopotamian beehives look like?
As someone who knows absolutely nothing about beekeeping, I'm interested to know why would might think their beehives are different to what we have today.
May
28
comment In ancient Rome, did a lot of people feel guilty about owning slaves?
There was guilt about owning slaves in the same way that one might feel guilty about having heaps of expensive jewelry. Not so sure if there was guilt about the maltreatment of fellow human beings aspect.
May
19
comment Eastern and Southern Europe in the medieval time period?
As you're interested in knights and castles, you could perhaps confine this question to military structure. You can always post a new question about peasant life, commerce, etc.
May
17
comment Why didn't the Arab states industrialize?
@JoeCoderGuy Can you provide sources to back your claim and perhaps turn it into an answer?
May
3
comment What was done to prevent electoral fraud in Texas following the controversial 1948 election?
No worries. I've tried cleaning up a bit. Please edit if you think there are still problems.
Feb
26
comment Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
What are your sources?
Feb
25
comment Who kept noble prisoners captured in battle?
This goes against what I have read on the topic (basically Juliet Barker's books). What are your sources?
Jan
23
comment Historical examples of secessionist movements fighting alongside their de jure governments
Sure, they had exclusive power over some territory, but the intent was to take over all of China rather than to secede and in the meantime, no one (including themselves) recognised that territory as being a separate country, so to classify them as secessionist would be very tenuous and doesn't address what the questioner is asking.
Jan
22
comment Historical examples of secessionist movements fighting alongside their de jure governments
The CCP wasn't secessionist.
Jan
22
comment Are the Neanderthals a subspecies of Homo sapiens or not?
Perhaps biology.stackexchange.com would be a better fit.
Jan
9
comment What is considered to be the pivotal battle between Caesar and Pompey?
@Drux Can't help you out with any modern literature on this period, unfortunately, as I haven't read any myself. Of the ancient sources, I found Caesar's to be the most detailed and interesting.
Dec
24
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
How does the ability to expand allow for easier reunification? I would have thought it was the other way around. Also, China has plenty of mountains. If you want to make the claim that they're in unimportant places, I'd like to see some citations. Off the top of my head, I can cite the case of the mountains in Hanzhong as a huge barrier to reunification during the three kingdoms period.
Dec
6
comment Internal customs in the Roman Empire
Import of goods from other parts of the empire, presumably.
Nov
2
comment What kind of heavy horses did the Manchu use?
And while we're on the topic of Chinese classic novels, there's a mention of chained cavalry in Shui Hu Zhuan, a Yuan dynasty novel based on legends about a bunch of bandits during the Song. Huyan Zhuo, a Song general, leads chained cavalry to attack the bandits, who eventually defeat him with the help of Xu Ning, a master in wielding lances with hooks. I would not be surprised if some of the tactical elements or weapons mentioned did have a basis in history, even if the storyline itself is intended to be pure fiction with a slight smattering of historical backdrop.
Nov
2
comment What kind of heavy horses did the Manchu use?
@Russell Whether there are plenty of lies or not in Chinese history, the cited examples are poor ones. They hail from San Guo Yan Yi, which as a historical novel is expected to be full of fantastical things. The history San Guo Zhi has a far more sober assessment of these men and their feats. I'd also like to see citations for the claim that pre-Ming Chinese history is unreliable. I've only seen this said of history about eras prior to Qin.