On JavaRanch, it's pretty safe to assume that you're interacting with Java developers. What more would you need to know?
To take it a step further, I'll say that I don't even like the [INDIA], [US], [EUROPE] tags that I sometimes see in the subject line of specific posts.
One of the nice things about JavaRanch is that it is international and open to all. Limiting discussions to particular countries, or regions, in my opinion, runs contrary to all of the things that helped build this community in the first place. [ November 16, 2006: Message edited by: Ben Souther ]
We could also include species, so the robots amongst us have to identify themselves
Seriously, I suspect that if we did ask for country name (whether current country or country of origin) we would get a lot of incorrect information entered - assuming it gets entered at all (I can see no way this would ever be mandatory).
But it seems from your second post that you are agreeing that this is not good from a community perspective, so perhaps we should just let this drop. Without a benefit to our community I cant see it ever happening.
Originally posted by Jim Yingst: [Ben Souther]: Planet of origin.
You Earthers and your obsession with meaningless boundaries! :roll:
Problem is: You try to open things up to other planets in OUR solar system, and next thing you know, you've got to deal with riff-raff from every stray comet that flies by. We have to draw the boundaries somewhere.
As long as WWW stands for WORLD wide web, I think we should limit JavaRanch to Earthlings.
Originally posted by Rahul Bhattacharjee: So I suppose that , I have continue to guess the country of the rancher who has just taken me out of trouble by answering my post. Oh ! that cool.I am very good at country guessing. ;-)
Or, you could ask them. The forum software has private message capability.
Originally posted by Jim Yingst: [JY]: You Earthers and your obsession with meaningless boundaries!
That's what I thought - you could deal with my question type, without quashing the first round of recurrent-descent locks on meaning-inversions at digressive junctures in "Removing Entries From a Collection" & realted devolvements such as whether join() blocks.
I just had conversations with Gene and Frank, telling them that I had pissed off a hornet's nest of Ph.D's .... Frank knew what I was talking about, Gene had to digest it for 800 ms.
The absolute beauty of WWW - weird world of wired - rests on the fact that even as I speak, I have no absolute way of determining you are not a twelve year old female, at email kiosk #13, in the Moscow Bus Station. Katrina Lottabulski - Agent for Tunguska Snake Oil Company.
It is the IDEAS THAT MATTER. Not the identifiable set of characteristics usually labeled Nation, that we are assembled for. I can tell all forthrightly that Nationality, as an identifiying tag, will become a Mustard Gas , making a Fog of Oblivion in which no further societal progress is possible, leaving accomplishments in computer science saying: bye,bye - java
Massively parallel machines are in existence - even consumer grade hardware now implements 1 megabyte L2 points in information orbitals. With deep-branch prediction and speculative execution pushing thought-trains down the information super-highway at one billion operations per second effective throughput, there is no utility in devolving present fora to Common Language Information Technology.
It's the ideas that matter, but Jim .... do you really feel comfortable stating: " You Earthers and your obsession with meaningless boundaries! " in these guys mindset ?
"The differential equations that describe dynamic interactions of power generators are similar to that of the gravitational interplay among celestial bodies, which is chaotic in nature."
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[NJ]: It's the ideas that matter, but Jim .... do you really feel comfortable stating: " You Earthers and your obsession with meaningless boundaries! " in these guys mindset ?
Uh, sure. Why not?
Jeroen T Wenting
Joined: Apr 21, 2006
The WWW is no longer confined to this dirtball anyway They're using it in orbit regularly and a probe sent to Mars contained a wireless router (with somewhat increased power I guess compared to the ones sold in stores) to enable it to send life data onto and over the internet (though it was processed on earth before being put onto the web)
Judging from the answers in some threads, sometimes I think people are answering from the weirdest places, e.g.: [AT WORK WITH BOSS WALKING AROUND] [AT THE DINING TABLE] [IN BED, ABOUT TO SLEEP] [IN THE TOILET]
Why not associate this to the name
Gian [ABOUT TO HAVE LUNCH] [ December 03, 2006: Message edited by: Gian Franco Casula ]
Half the fun of a forum like this is wondering where people might be from.. There are plenty of clues if you're that bothered by it:
1) Look at a name - it generaly gives you some clue as to the cultural environment of the posters parents - "Rajaneesh Patel", "Patrick O'Callaghan", "Xian Lee", "Jean-Pierre Blanc" for example are (in this case fictional) names that have more than a hint of cultural baggage...
2) Times - If all my posts happen between 00:00GMT and 10:00GMT then theres a good chance thats when I'm at work and massively increases the probability of you being able to predict what timezone I'm in!
3) Attitudes - If, for example, someone talks frequently about the dangers of an excess of government and suggests that arming ourselves with handguns for personal protection is an important idea then the probablity of us succesfully predicting roughly where they come from increases. Other attitudes also have very strong cultrual/geographic ties and help us to determine some of the environment of the poster..
Ultimately any one of these techniques can only help us to guess where someone is from - and it doesnt really matter, but I do think that understanding someone elses frames of reference in any debate can be useful in helping to understand the points they try to raise.