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Differences between racism and stereotypes

 I think people confuse racism with stereotype.

rac·ism

noun

  1. prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

“We don’t hire Asians because we need diversity in our company. We already have too many Asians.” is a racist policy. It’s discriminatory.

Meanwhile, a statement “All Asians play piano and are good at math” is not racist, it’s a stereotype. There’s no discrimination there. This is a racial stereotype about asian people, and stereotypes do come from truth, that’s how things become a stereotype in the first place.

The problem with stereotypes is that you are making a generalization about a broad group of people that might not apply to everyone. While that might be truth to a large portion of Asians it’s not true for all of them, of course. This is why stereotypes bother some people (although I personally do conform to a stereotype because that’s who I am).

So before we call someone racist, let’s be clear on what is racist and what is a stereotype.

Btw, the same thing applies for sexism and misogynist. These words get thrown around so much these days people forget what they mean.

“Misogynist” means you are a person who hates women. So something like “Playboys are misogynists because they sleep with a lot of women” is totally false. Playboys actually love women, they don’t hate them.

Sexism means you are discriminating someone based on sex. So “We don’t hire women because we think men are better at programming ” is a sexist policy.

Whereas, “women are better at taking care of children and cooking” is a gender stereotype, not sexist.

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Diversity quotas are BS and gaming madness

there are alot of articles like this proclaiming that tech companies should be more diverse.

The results are largely disheartening: While firms may be talking a big game, most have made very little progress.

I have a problem with this kind of criticism in general. Why is it the tech companies fault that they are not diverse? Should they just go out on the street and hire some random blacks and women? No, my point is, the reason why tech companies are full of whites and asians is because whites and asians are the most qualified, period. If more blacks and women applied to engineering jobs, then there would be more diversity, but speaking as a tech interviewer I can tell you the majority of candidates I interview are Indian men. If there was a qualified black person or woman, of course we would hire her. I don’t think we would hesitate given the gender imbalance in the workforce.

Its the same with top universities. They use affirmative action to increase their diversity quotas even though its not merit based and therefore unfair. Some schools restrict the Asian population there. But its not right because the reason why there are so many Asians at top schools and top companies is simply because more Asians work harder and study harder to get into those places. If more blacks and Mexicans worked just as hard as Asians do, then of course they should get in. But my point is that we shouldn’t limit people simply because there’s too many of that race. That sounds like reverse-racism to me.

If we do the same with universities and tech companies, then we should do the same for everything. For example, the NBA has too many black players and not enough diversity, we should let in more Asians and Mexicans. Does that sound absurd to you? Because thats using the same logic.

On another note, I got my Asus beastly gaming monster:

Asus G751 + Aorus K3 + Logitech G502
Asus G751 + Aorus K3 + Logitech G502

Asus G751 + Aorus K3 + Logitech G502 + Creative Soundblaster E5 + Sennheiser Momentum + (soon) Shure Motiv MV51 for streaming. Awesome setup. Especially love my mechanical keyboard. Once you go mechanical, you can’t go back.

I played the game ARK Survival Evolved and man it looks fantastic. Unreal Engine 4 my goodness. On my Nvidia GTX 970M I can get about 15-20fps on high now you might say thats unplayable but with G-Sync on my Asus it is actually quite playable. Here are some screenshots below, and yes these are from the actual gameplay:

ark2

ark3

ark4

ark13

ark15

ark20

Pretty crazy right? Oh and Hearthstone finally released a new expansion, which means new decks to play with! Here are three decks I’m testing with right now:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXUe7TVgORA

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZDiNS2ZJr8

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixIVZEFpQAs

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XJeecKDc0s

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHTZ0Ivvp3o

Oh, and a tin can shaped guitar. Yup. $300 and doesn’t sound too bad.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqesx9i96p4

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Business General School/Work Tech

Hunger games, Korean grammar, and Mobile Computing

Hunger Games

I just finished watching the Hunger Games in theaters. You probably all heard of it by now. I’ve never read the book, so after watching it here’s my thoughts. I think the story seemed like it jumped a long too fast, a common problem when adapting books to movies. Some characters are not fleshed out at all. There’s gore in the movie even though its PG-13. but overall it was an okay movie. If you’ve watched Twilight and Harry Potter, there’s more of the same teenage fiction here, though somewhat more mature. I still can’t help thinking the book should have been written with an Asian American or Hispanic American lead. The movie felt like it was out of the 1950s. I mean, mostly Caucasian crowd with some scattering of African Americans. If this takes place in the future United States, wouldn’t white people be a minority by then? But I’m sure even if the book did have Asians, Hollywood would never cast an Asian American actor for a blockbuster film, of course not. Though I might add that the Asian American community is really looking for a rolemodel right now. What Jeremy Lin has demonstrated is that Asians are underrepresented, and overlooked by media, and we should strive to have more Asians out there doing creative arts like acting and performing, and being athletes, rather than being the usual business people / scientists / engineers / etc that are not prominent in the media.

Korean Grammer

Still some outstanding questions about Korean grammar.

-what does adding -ㄴ to a verb do? ie. 한다vs하다, 가다vs간다

-what does adding -긴 do?

-difference between 이야 and 이니?

-내가 vs 나는?

-겠다 vs 거야 vs 야지 for future tense (will do)

-what does adding -지 do? like 하는지,하지서 vs 하면,하지면

-what does adding -나 and -까 do?

-무슨 vs 뭐?

I’m studying Korean.
‎1. 난 한국어를 공부해.
2. 난 한국어를 공부하고 있어.
3. 난 한국어를 공부하지.
4. 난 한국어를 공부한다. (more for writing).

I’ll study Korean.
1. 난 한국어를 공부해야지.
2. 난 한국어를 공부할 거에요.
3. 난 한국어를 공부할거야.
4. 난 한국어를 공부할게.
5. 난 한국어를 공부할래.
6. 난 한국어를 공부하겠어.

I should study Korean
1. 난 한국어를 공부해야 돼.

I studied Korean.
1. 난 한국어를 공부했어.

나는 사과를 먹었어.
나는 사과를 먹었는데.
나는 사과를 먹었잖아.
나는 사과를 먹었지.
나는 사과를 먹었다고.

Mobile Computing Trends

There’s a good article on mobile computing right here:

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-future-of-mobile-deck-2012-3?op=1

Basically it talks about the future of mobile computing. We know that mobile apps and mobile web content will continue to grow at a rate faster than PCs did. But I think this article draws its results primarily from research done in the US. The USA is not a proxy for the rest of the world. We are the richest country in the world, and that explains part of the reason why mobile penetration and mobile content consumption is so high here. The key to get from this is that feature phones are still widely used in developing nations in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Those emerging markets are where most of the growth is going to be. Thus to make smartphones more popular, we should focus on making them more affordable to everyone. Once that happens, I can imagine many more apps designed and interpreted with multilingual use, and locale-specific implementations. Right now China is one of Apple’s biggest consumers, and they will only get bigger. In fact, the mindset we have to adopt for the future is not only to cater to US consumers (where the majority of smartphone users live) but to the rest of the world as well. In time, I believe this is what will happen.

On a side note, ever wonder why Chinese sites look so different than American sites? Look at www.netease.com or www.sohu.com and you can see that its very cluttered and alot of information on once page. Contrast this with the simpler web 2.0-style interfaces that American sites use, a la Twitter or Foursquare. I wonder what would happen if we take some American apps (most of which deliver content through the cloud) and port it over to China? How would sites like www.mint.com or www.foursquare.com or www.groupon.com be perceived if we make a chinese version and locale specific? That would be interesting to find out, and a good opportunity as well.