ev�o�lu�tion (v-lshn, v-) n. A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form. See Synonyms at development. URL=http://www.dictionary.com/cgi-bin/dict.pl?term=evolution]reference[/URL] I believe that this process holds true for threads too. If someone tries to hijack a thread, he only succeeds if the hijacked topic is more interesting than the original topic. If the original topic is more interesting, someone will always "police" the hijacked thread back on track. Another example of evolution in this scenerio is excessive consumption of alcohol kills all the weak braincells, leaving only the smartest, strongest, most efficient ones in place. Thus, my brain is fully evolved. I am better for it. /****-- DISCLAIMER --****/ myThread = new Thread(this); myThread.allowHighJacking(true); myThread.start(); /***- END DISCLAIMER -***/ Jamie
Originally posted by Jamie Robertson: If someone tries to hijack a thread, he only succeeds if the hijacked topic is more interesting than the original topic. If the original topic is more interesting, someone will always "police" the hijacked thread back on track.
Have you taken into account the fact that the average attention span of a MD regular is about 2 posts??
Originally posted by ersin eser: And after this post it will be hijacked.. What if the original post was senseless , no direction: jc-type of a post, could it be still hijacked ?
their is a phrase that encapsulates your thoughts above in 2 easy to remember words: "Meaningless Drivel". So that leads us to the question if the answer to Ersin's question is no, then you can't really hijack a meaningless drivel thread, because by definition it has no sense to it, and no direction. Maybe we need a separate forum for "Meaningful Discussions" in which a thread could be highjacked because "Meaningful Discussions" make sense and has a direction, but the the forumn would not allow hijacking. I say, if the topic is meaningless and the person just drivels, then who cares if you change the topic? And how old is C. Montgomery Burns anywho? Jamie
I believe that this process holds true for threads too. If someone tries to hijack a thread, he only succeeds if the hijacked topic is more interesting than the original topic. If the original topic is more interesting, someone will always "police" the hijacked thread back on track.
This logic is flawed. A fish didn't just automatically turn into a duck. There was a gradual progression from one related form to another. Hence, if I'm discussing the best collections class to use for a given requirement, and someone else comes in and starts discussing large wooden badgers, as entertaining as that may be, it is truly not an evolutionary step of the original thread. That being said, Mr. Burns is 104 years old. Nope, don't care to see the Count, though I really would like to see The Brotherhood of the Wolf (though I despise the French language. Give me a gluttural language like Gaelic or German any day over that whiny gibberish).
yeah, yeah, yeah... but this wasn't and assignment submission for my discrete mathematics class . But in my research(also known as google-search) on evolution, I came accross another theory of evolution. One that emphasizes that evolution is actually a very rapid process. Thought it was interesting, and maybe better describes the evolution of a meaningless drivel discussion quick synopsis 2 definitions of evolution 1. Gradualism states that evolution is a relatively slow, constant process, producing changes over millions of years. 2. Punctuated equilibrium states that environmental constraints hold species remain unchanged for millions of years, which then undergo rapid evolution when environmental changes demand it there is a short, interesting read on this topic of 'Rapid Evolution' here [ February 05, 2002: Message edited by: Jamie Robertson ]
yeah... but in the Count of Monte Cristo, Jim Caviezel (the Count) and the boy who plays Albert are hot. So there's reason enough to see it. Brotherhood is subtitled, not dubbed... I think we're seeing that next weekend...
Ah, forgot about the whole rapid theory (took a couple of Evolutionary Zoology courses MANY years ago, so forgive the lapse). Nice article, thanks for the link And I love subtitles, it's how I learned what little Japanese I know. Crouching Tiger is much better subtitled than dubbed, it just takes away from it all. Though I definitely won't be paying attention to what is actually being said in French. (yes, I know Crouching Tiger is Chinese, the Japanese is in reference to all the anime I used to watch). Any interests in Queen of the Damned? [ February 06, 2002: Message edited by: jason adam ]