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Ad riposte

If you're going to put an ad like that on the Red Line, you have to expect somebody to reply. Jessie Bennett provides the proof.

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What's the full URL?

http://www.software.com/careers gives a 404 error.

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Never mind, I found it.

It's http://www.itasoftware.com/careers.

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I saw the same ad but someone had written the response instead of using a post-it

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= people who can not only solve the puzzle, but realize that the ad is making a YER MOM joke?

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Then a better response would be "Dude, I explained it to your mom last night."

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That is *so* what I thought when I saw that ad. Only said by a stick figure wearing a black hat.

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The point is can the person who wrote the note solve the puzzle. I am willing to bet Mom already has a job.

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I took it as: "mom" needn't be used to represent the less intelligent lay person who needs to have difficult problems distilled down to her level.

Perhaps someone's mom has a Ph.D. in math, and therefore has the mental skills to understand the problem on her own.

I like the ad, and I like the response to it, too; they both make their points nicely.

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Keep in mind, if this ad were written in the 1950's, it would have used slang for "african american" instead of "mom."

I was offended.

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huh?????!???

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It wouldn't have said that. No way. Come on. Grow up and read a book.

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"Can you explain it to your maid?"

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I'm a mom, with a grown son. I've been working in IT for close to 30 years, and would be overqualified for most of the jobs they're hiring for.

I wonder if this stereotype they're perpetuating that my demographic is dull and inept would influence their hiring practices.

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They used to just ask you to solve the puzzle. Guess that didn't work out perfectly.

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I banged your right in the phd

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