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I'm the Grumpy Old Ape sometimes answering C++ questions on Stackoverflow.
Usually you will find me in the C++ Lounge of the Stack Overflow chat.

I occasionally retweet something on my Twitter account, and I'm known to even generate my own tweets once in a while.


Sep
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awarded  Autobiographer
Jan
7
awarded  Yearling
Oct
20
comment Is there evidence that communists did supply drugs to West Berlin?
This answer seems quite reasonable, +1. Also note that, if East Germany would have supplied the drugs, they would have to be bought using hard currency, which was in short supply in East Germany.
Oct
20
comment Is there evidence that communists did supply drugs to West Berlin?
The airport is named "Schönefeld", alternative spelling: "Schoenefeld". (I can't fix that myself due to it being to few characters I'd change.)
Oct
20
comment How high the death rate on the Berlin Wall compared to other borders?
What might make the comparatively low number so prominent might be 1) the border was dividing a country, a city, into two countries/cities, splitting right through families, friends, neighbors; 2) people weren't trying to get into somewhere, they were trying to get out; 3) the border cut right through one of the worlds industrial and cultural centers.
Oct
20
comment How high the death rate on the Berlin Wall compared to other borders?
Are you asking about the Berlin Wall or about the whole German-German border?
Oct
20
comment How high the death rate on the Berlin Wall compared to other borders?
Most of those serving at the border weren't paid for it at all, but were drafted for military service, and were just unlucky to end up "protecting" the border. There were indeed soldiers killed by comrades who wanted to flee.
Aug
25
comment Did Native Americans ever fight the indigenous people living in Mexico before Europeans arrived?
What is the difference between "native Americans" and "indigenous people" in America?
Aug
23
revised Are there any archaeological evidence for the Dorian Invasion in Greece?
fixed a few typos
Aug
23
comment isn't islam reason the undevelopment in the middle east?
If it weren't for Islamic scientists, the Western world would have lost most of its classic cultural inheritance. It was Islamic scholars who kept copying those classic scrolls, and if it wasn't for them, we'd know a lot less about Greek and Roman times. So, even if your axiom was true (which is debated for good reason), it obviously is not the religion which would be to blame for it.
Aug
23
suggested suggested edit on Are there any archaeological evidence for the Dorian Invasion in Greece?
Jul
5
comment What are the factors that caused the new world civilizations to be less technologically advanced than the old world?
Except for Australia and the Americas, all major landmasses occupied by humans had contact with each other and could communicate ideas. Discoveries made in the old world had a good chance of spreading throughout three continents. The civilizations of the old world could be far enough from each other to not to be direct rivals, yet they could cross-fertilize each other with their knowledge and ideas.
Jun
21
revised Why did the US, Britain, France, Denmark and Sweden vote against the UN resolution that condemned Nazism and SS glorification?
fixed title
Jun
21
comment Which European countries did not have a revolution in the aftermath of the French Revolution and why?
@dan04: Because revolutions come up because the time is ripe for them, and this more often than never is not hindered by borders?
Jun
21
suggested suggested edit on Why did the US, Britain, France, Denmark and Sweden vote against the UN resolution that condemned Nazism and SS glorification?
Jun
21
comment Who is the earliest recorded person?
@RISwampY: There are written accounts of persons that go back further than 3200BC. The problem is that they become increasingly mystical, since they were written later. So IMO Anixx does have a point with his question. I think this all boils down to the question: Recorded by contemporary scribes, or recorded in retrospect? If it's the former, it might be possible to identify some ruler (likely a Pharaoh or a Mesopotamian king) who first had his name recorded in clay or stone for some deed. If the latter, things become muddier the further back we go, until they're lost in the mists of time.
Apr
8
comment What was the most important cause of the Second World War?
Excellent answer, IMO. +1 from me.
Apr
8
comment Are there any theories about what health problems would a man of the past suffer in the current age?
Note that native Americans died of those diseases because they had been cut off from the rest of the world and had had no contact to the germ. Europe, Asia, and Africa were always quick to share their diseases. (I think the plague is supposed to have jumped from rats to humans somewhere in Asia, and then went to kill half of Europe. When the measles hit Faeroe island after 65 years in 1846, 99.5% of those younger than 65 became infected. Measles also killed more than a 4th of the Hawaiian population in 1848 and a 4th of the inhabitants of the Fiji islands in 1874.)
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awarded  Critic
Apr
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answered Resources on the History of African Civilization