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Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 4, Insightful) 529

by jordanjay29 (#49709741) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

In Japan, in Korea, in China they do not have AA --- and their economies are growing leaps and bounds and everybody can attest to their technological achievements

Wait, you mean in a country with low ethnic diversity, there's no need for special measures to prevent ethnicity-based discrimination?!

Comment: Re:sampling bias (Score 1) 405

by jordanjay29 (#49652223) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?

Back when I was young I remember one of the older guys feeling the same way you do when I asked a lot of questions. He saw it as whining, but I was actually just trying to get a full understanding of the issues and why things are done the way they are, not complain about them.

That's my quintessential problem. I want to ask questions and learn everything I can about a problem before I start, because it will save me time. My boss wants me to stop asking question and figure it out myself, because it will save him time.

Comment: Re:sampling bias (Score 1) 405

by jordanjay29 (#49652191) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?
A (face to face) chat is only efficient for the person with all the authority. For the person expected to follow it, it sucks. There's no inherent record. There's little or no time for follow-up. There are so many pieces of needless filler "um," "ah," "you know," and so forth.

But this isn't the problem, the dilemma is not between a face-to-face chat and IM or email. The problem is bad management, caused by managers who don't know how to address their direct reports and ensure that their instructions are delivered appropriately. If Mr. Baby Boomer is perfectly fine with an in-person chat, then a good manager will know that and strive to speak face to face with them. If Ms. Millenial needs to use IM or Email, a good manager will know that and use one of those methods as much as possible.

Comment: Re:sampling bias (Score 1) 405

by jordanjay29 (#49652179) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?
Both my parents, both from rural areas of the Midwest, either had no refrigerator in their childhood or had one in late childhood (1960s). Icebox, sure, but if you were a farmer in the mid 20th century, which a lot of people still were, were you going to pay for ice in summer or just eat perishable goods quickly or less often? Cellars were useful in winter, smokehouses in summer, canning jars all year round, but a lot of people still didn't have an icebox, much less a refrigerator.

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