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Basil Zaharoff (wikipedia.org)
30 points by gwern on June 22, 2014 | hide | past | favorite | 9 comments



This is a low-quality article. "Zaharoff has his own evil skills to operate.", "In spite of it, Zaharoff used perverted methods, well-known later on".

That's not the kind of language one expects from an encyclopedia, even if you give the poor quality of the writing a pass. That said, I'm not convinced the international arms industry has grown more honest and open since the days of Zaharoff.


Low quality though it is, it was a great bus stop to exit at. I spent about an hour reading about Peral's submarine, torpedoes, and dreadnaughts. Good trail-head, if nothing else.


A low quality article from Wikipedia? Poorly written? Dubiously sourced? That's unpossible!


More to the point, a low quality wikipedia article on HN's front page.


I think that's because 1) it was submitted by gwern and 2) it's weekend


What's the point of posting non-descriptive link text? The ridiculousness of this policy is demonstrated here.


Don't look at me, my original title got edited.


:)


    Zaharoff was known for his crafty, aggressive and
    corrupt business tactics. These included selling
    arms to both sides of conflicts, selling fake or
    faulty machinery to clients, and sabotaging
    demonstrations.




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