Steve Jobs Dies

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Apple tycoon Steve Jobs has passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, aged 56.

The cancer which afflicted Jobs had a particularly low survival rate, and pictures of him taken some months ago left no real doubt as to the terminal nature of his condition:

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He also took medical leave from his position as CEO in January as a result of the illness, finally resigning in September.

None other than Nobel Peace Prize winner President Obama paid his respects:

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike.

Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

Various top technology company CEOs were quick to offer tribute – most interestingly, in light of their global legal feuding, the CEO of Samsung, who had this to say: “His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world.”

Bill Gates, familiar with the innovative nature of Apple products for some time now, also praised his “profound impact.”

Online, the awe with which Apple products are regarded in Japan ensured even 2ch offered a sympathetic obituary, although one rather less gushing with praise than those offered by Apple fans:

“Uwaaaaaaaaaaaaah ・゚・(ノД`)・゚・”

“Apple’s done for!”

“Surely it’s just another false report!?”

“No, it’s on CNN – he’s dead.”

“Didn’t he die before?”

“Apple is doomed without him – nobody can match his charismatic leadership.”

“How many billion dollars is this going to knock off their market cap then?”

“Their balance will probably go now, their products will become more American.”

“To think he’d die so soon…”

“I hate Apple but R.I.P. Steve Jobs, he was a genius.”

“The passing of a great man.”

“I’m going to cry!”

“The age of Apple is over.”

“It’s rather splendid how he resigned properly before passing on, rather than just hanging on in the post.”

“I’m a Windows user so I owe him a great deal – may you find peace in the next world.”

“Thank you, Jobs. Rest easy.”


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    Avatar of Athrun Zala 02
    Comment by Athrun Zala 02
    20:48 06/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Even though I'm not a big Apple fan, but Steve Jobs did innovate computing technology by many years, a long with Bill Gates.

    See ya,Steve Jobs

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:37 06/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you, even though I'm not an Apple fan, there's no doubt that Steve is truely a visionary and genius.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:08 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He didn' t a freking thing , he basically made technology asccessable for newbies and poor people

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    Comment by Crowbar
    06:21 07/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Newbies, yes. Poor people ... not so much.

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    Comment by ollie
    14:06 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Made technologies for newbies, yes, for poor people? No way! He made toys for children ages 3-9 that I could never afford!

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    Comment by Upskirt
    20:50 06/10/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Thank You Steve...

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    20:44 06/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    “I’m a Windows user so I owe him a great deal – may you find peace in the next world.” This dude gets it.

    Love him or hate him, you have to respect the guy for living his entire life Like A Baws.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    20:51 06/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Bill Gates was still one of the first to make a public announcement of condolences. I would have to say there is little bad blood even with the competition.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    23:56 06/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I'd expect the software developers to know their history (and their debt) better than the general public, though.

    Gates at one point saved apple from bankruptcy, because it was developing stuff far more interesting than what he had in the pipe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 08/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's a common misconception. Microsoft bought $150 millions of Apple stock back in 97, as part of a deal to settle a lawsuit.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Computer,_Inc._v._Microsoft_Corporation

    Apple was NOT about to go bankrupt at the time, they had billions in the bank.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Such is the way of a visionary, to always acknowledge another visionary and moan the loss of one as great as he.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 06/10/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Bill Gates was just monitoring the actions of his rival so of course he'll know it faster than anyone else about his passing.

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    Comment by kumu
    20:48 06/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Thanks for the Ipad. R.I.P truly, an Thomas Edison in our time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 06/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Although most of Edison's work was done by Nikola Tesla

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:45 06/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    So, yeah, he's right to compare the man to Edison.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Steve Jobs is a crook. He got what was coming to him for cheating Woz.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    00:08 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Linus Torvald wants to be Alan Turing

    ...IN BED.

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    Comment by 9lantern
    01:06 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    "Bill Gates is more like Edison, and Steve Jobs is more like Tesla"

    Were Edison more successful, I would say Steve Jobs is more like Edison, and Bill Gates is more like Westinghouse.

    Whilst both Edison and Westinghouse were engineers, Westinghouse had Tesla do most of the engineering work for him, while he (Westinghouse) played the role of a businessman.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Not really

    Comment by Anonymous

    Bill Gates is more like Edison, and Steve Jobs is more like Tesla

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:19 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tesla was a true genius, perhaps the single most important man that laid the very foundation for the modern society, Edison was very smart and a good business man, but he had nothing on Tesla, Tesla never reached his full potential due to Edison shooting him down for business reasons, i can nothing but despise the man, Tesla was more important for mankind than Edison could ever hope to be, and it's all too late now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:47 06/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I'm a PC user, with that said, RIP Steve Jobs.

    Comment by Anonymous

    great...who are going to control the masses now?
    i dont want everyone else to have the same electronics i do

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:24 06/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    what are you guys talking about?? Steve job never made or invent anything by himself his engineer team did it.

    he is not even college graduated, the one who did all the hard work was Steve Wozniak, not the greedy old Job, he was a slave driver, money hunger monopolist.

    kids nowadays now nothing about the truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 06/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can have all the smartest people in one area, but you need someone to lead them. Without someone like Steve jobs to lead the people, Macs wouldn't have shown up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, he was the guy in charge on both instance when the company hit the sales. The guy knew what he was doing.

    He pretty much WAS Apple. That means that all the decisions went by him. Steve Wozniak is a talanted inventor for sure; but he'd never have become anything without the backing of the corporation.

    Geez...kids these days. No farsight.

    So you should reevaluate your comment from that standpoint.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:16 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which is exactly what the guy you are responding to is saying.

    Jobs was a businessman who understood advertisement and branding, not an inventor or innovator. The apple cultists who just can't wank enough over his dead body though, will never realize this, because they would rather stay uninformed and think that Jobs invented things like the ipod, ipad and the iphone, when all he really did was take existing tech, branded it, had his engineers make it userfriendly, and then shipped it to the big masses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:27 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wozniak did fine in apple without Jobs. Apple bought Jobs's new company, not the other way around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:41 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It does make me wonder what happens to Apple now that their visionary leader has departed.

    Comment by Anonymous

    just brush your teeth and go sleep. or i'll tell mom

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    Comment by Surrender Monkey
    00:28 07/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Kind of sobering when you see that even a man with billions of dollars and the best care science can offer could not beat the Reaper.

    The "Great Equalizer" gets us all in the end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:39 11/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "even a man with billions of dollars and the best care science can offer could not beat the Reaper"

    No, you can't beat the reaper, but it can buy you a few more years when you buy a house in a state with a shorter organ donner wait list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, most people live under the impression that they are immortal. Especially in here where greed and jealosy is so pronounced.

    As you said, its good to remember that no matter who you are, death always comes to take you. That also means that its good to have made a mark on history. Jobs did this, for good and for bad.

    In my book, he did more good than bad however. Cheers for Jobs!

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    Comment by Asian Guy
    20:36 06/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    RIP god of apple.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    04:16 07/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Come on now people. Why do not we show Steve some respect? The guy has done a lot of wonderful contributions for technology. Insult some evildoer like Ishihara instead. We will definitely not miss that moronic LDP dictator.

    RIP Steve Jobs. Your legacy will forever live.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:25 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Jobs took existing tech, had his engineers make it stupid-friendly, and put an apple logo on it, and the masses bought it for twice the price. Because it was white and had an apple.

    He was a genius at advertisement and marketing, but from a technology point of view, he did close to nothing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:16 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    God? No, he was more of a prophet, like Muhammad.

    The God of Apple is Steve Wozniak. You know, the engineer who actually built the stuff and had the real technical knowledge that Jobs jut sold.

    Jobs was great at business and marketing so he'll be missed on that front but all the actual work came from others in the company like the co-founder Wozniak (no, I don't count Ronald Wayne). Jobs is exactly like Bill Gates, either buying existing technology and integrating it or hiring people who can actually do the work needed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:42 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, yes, and no. Gates did do many of the things he did, however, Gates WAS an actual Engineer. He started Microsoft on he and his friends' programming and technical knowledge. Jobs was just a drugged up hippie that Woz let run his company cause he didn't care about the business side at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 08/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Woz sure was a circuitry wizard. But Jobs was the one who insisted on giving the ][ that elegant, professional-looking case that made it stand out in an ocean of computer kits; he always pushed for "the computer for the rest of us", one that anyone could use - a rather farfetched idea at the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lots says that picture is just PHOTOSHOP MADE!

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    Comment by Bob
    07:54 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wise words R.I.P Jobs

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    20:48 06/10/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.1)

    Yeah His next invention is I-tomb.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 07/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I guess selling thousands of Apples a day didn't keep his doctor away. ;D

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    too soon :(

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    Comment by TNinja
    00:20 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know if I'm supposed to laugh at this, but I will anyway.

    They reinvented the phone. :V

    Well, I'm not much of an Apple fan. The only thing I ever used from them was iTunes. And I liked it.

    I suppose, another great loss happened.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 06/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well they basically have that already.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiIPhYKgNsI

    Headstones with RFID chips in them that connect with cellphones, computers, ect.

    Now I'm not an Apple guy but still; it sucks that Steve Jobs died. I mean anytime a visionary dies it's a great loss for the whole world.

    R.I.P Steve Jobs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Watch him come back to life with the iRespawn

    Comment by Anonymous

    And the next revolution I-Grave.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 07/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    @ Anon 01:12:

    Steve J. *used* to have a sense of humor, though I don't know about that in recent years.

    I know I would -- if I could hear them -- appreciate funny puns made about me when I die.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:55 07/10/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "This guy (together with other big names) pretty much laid the fundation of electronic communication"

    i didn't know Jobs created the email, chatrooms, website scripting, social networking sites like facebook or twitter, etc.

    oh right, you did mention "together with other big names".
    glad all the others got a little offhand recognition...

    the foundation of electronic communication at this point is built on the work of so many people that to even suggest one man did anything more than a small part just goes to show how little you know.

    but you wonderfully illustrated my main "Apple Problem"
    i never hated Apple.
    and i never hated Steve Jobs.
    he was a great inventor and business man whose company, to be honest, rarely was actually at the forefront of developing anything new (no, Apple DID NOT develop even a majority of the technology they supposedly pioneered), but Jobs had the acumen to know what new technology could be actually sold to the average consumer. often long before his contemporaries figured out the same.

    what i hate are Apple hipsters who pretty much by definition are "techies" that don't know anything about the tech world.
    hell that's what Apple make their money marketing to = the people who want technology but don't want to know anything about technology.

    yet despite that, the Apple hipsters insist on making comments as if they actually know things, but it mostly consists of blindly believing Apple and Steve Jobs created the technology world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:35 07/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Now, Apple = iDontKnowWatToDo

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 07/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Well your "i" jokes aren't funny even if he wasn't dead :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:35 06/10/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    we all know he has already has a patent for iDied :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:53 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    the guy maybe the biggest jerk in history, but I still have some respect of what he have done to us (or at least what apple has done to me)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    He is still a visionary though. He will be missed.

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    Comment by Firaku
    22:44 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @ 05:55 Anon: My thoughts exactly! He took technology and turned it into fashion accessory. For that I will hate him, but gg on the base design of the iPod. The circle and central button was pretty good.

    And onto the topic of Mac vs PC, At least my OS creator is,'t dead. How's them apples techfags?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    You guys might be the most insensitive assholes ever by bringing up stupid fucking jokes.

    This guy (together with other big names) pretty much laid the fundation of electronic communication, and you make his death a JOKE?

    You disgust me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 08/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Y'know, it's sad he died and all, but people should stop treating him like a god or genius.

    He was a good businessman, and that was about it. He took over a faltering company he helped build and gained control over the intellectual properties they licensed to other companies... good business sense. However, he gets all the credit for designing the "iDevices" even though they were designed by other people within the company, he didn't design them.

    He outsourced thousands and thousands of jobs to China. The company made billions of dollars by paying underpaying workers to build a device that they charge $200 or more for. He was a good businessman and knew how to please a crowd in press conferences.

    He wasn't a saint, he wasn't a genius, he wasn't a god. He had an illegitimate child, refused to acknowledge that it was his kid, then told the courts he was unable to have children because he was sterile. He then got married to a different woman and had 3 kids before he admitted the illegitimate child was his. He died an early death, and karma got him in the end, if you ask me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 07/10/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    01:12 Anonymous
    Someone here doesn't know dark humor.

    I am sure Steve would appreciate it better than you. He had a sense of humor at least.

    Comment by Anonymous

    If by "laid the foundation" you mean put inside a streamlined white plastic case then you are correct.

    Ding Dong the Witch is dead, the Wicked Witch is Dead

    Comment by Anonymous

    Job never created any shit, its his friend Wozniak that created and designed breakout.

    Job never had IT technical background, let alone designing electro circuit, he couldn't write program with BASIC.

    His most genius part is brainwashing people into believing that he is the god of IT in this Newage and makes them think buying overpriced apple product would makes them cooler, smarter.

    Sorta Cult Master.

    And these people who targeted by people is believing that they know more technology than someone that have informatics degree.

    Hilarious, now you call that a good brainwash aren't you??

    Thing is Jobs did for $$$ and he never give a fuck about you nor development in IT.

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    Comment by Akari Ichinose

    but we already know why he invent iCloud

    Comment by Anonymous

    Hey I got a secret

    Apple doesn't have any jobs on offer now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 06/10/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Wasn't it Ireaper or something??









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