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  1. Roxane says

    I don’t see how being adopted into a family where neither parent had even graduated from college constitutes “privilege.”

    The trouble with having FTB on your RSS feeds is that you get this junk as well as the good writers.

  2. slc1 says

    Mr. Jobs may have been a rich mother fucker but he earned every dollar on his own, unlike the rich mother fuckers that inherited their bucks from their parents.

  3. Andrew G. says

    but he earned every dollar on his own,

    Apart from the ones he cheated Woz out of, of course.

  4. crissakentavr says

    No one who knew him would say he wasn’t demanding.

    When I was younger, I was worried that Jobs would go the same way many of our pioneers did – never being able to put their ideas and their knowledge back to work. Business was really unfriendly to making ‘better’ more useful – or even making what they had, less ugly and hard to use. Jobs got that chance, and didn’t blow it.

    That should be a hero to everyone, whether or not you like his products.

  5. crissakentavr says

    Apart from the ones he cheated Woz out of, of course.

    I don’t think Jobs even ended up with those. Remember, the company was eventually taken away from both of them. It seems like a short time in retrospect, but it was a huge impact upon the industry.

  6. davidct says

    I did buy a Macbook and it has been fine as a laptop. I have PCs and Linux boxes and they are fine too. My netbook folds up smaller than a tablet and it is fine. Itunes is a pain or maybe it is too much for my antique brain to handle.

    I am sorry Steve Jobs died young but in the end I do not us that much of his stuff. Bye Steve.

  7. Darron Spohn says

    I agree with #1. On point #2 you are not only mistaken but arrogantly sententious.

    Jobs was not born privileged: he earned his money and his place in history. Yes, he had faults, as do we all, but we owe to his vision many of the technical toys we often take for granted.

    You use a falsehood and a straw man argument to denigrate a person who left the world a better place than it would have been without him. You are a sad, strange little man.

  8. jakc says

    Jobs rode the wave of technology better than most, but I’m tired of how the Apple cult goes on about it. He didn’t invent pcs, smart phones, digital players or selling music downloads. He didn’t invent the technology wave; it was happening without him. He didn’t invent anything – he marketed it. He made a billion dollars so he got plenty of credit for what he did, but he didn’t make the sun rise every morning (that was Ronald Reagan). Most pcs aren’t Apples, most smart phones aren’t I-phones and more people have mp3 players than I-pods. Maybe 56 is “too young to die now” as Warren Zevon sang but it’s also “too old to die young.” Zevon died at 56 and I miss the songs he didn’t write a hell of a lot more than the Apple products Steve Jobs didn’t market.

  9. Frank Pajonk says

    That’s the most stupid socialistic post I ever read on this blog. Do you homework physioproffe or stick to cooking noodles.

  10. Lord Shplanington, Not A Frenchman says

    but he earned every dollar on his own

    No. No one ever earns billions of dollars. The idea that they do is a myth.

    Sometimes people do things that are worth significantly less than billions of dollars but are given billions of dollars anyways. This is called “injustice”.

  11. Saxaclone says

    @12
    Sorry for being nitpicky, but what the fuck does “socialistic” mean? You mean as in socialism, right?

    If so, since when was that an insult?

  12. Ramel says

    Steve Jobs is dead, but his legacy of overpriced, tightly controlled, pretentiously marketed technology will live on…

  13. says

    I was thinking about how I don’t buy stuff from Apple because it is way more expensive than the stuff not made by Apple. I was also thinking about how I buy mp3’s without DRM so I don’t have to pay too much for a digital file. I was thinking about how people just upgrade and upgrade and upgrade to the newest “iSomething” whenever it comes out and how I don’t appreciate Jobs so much.

    But then I started thinking about how much easier non-Apple products are than they otherwise would be if he hadn’t convinced manufactures of pc’s and smart phones and mp3 players that simplicity in design would lead us to buy their technology as much for their attractivess as their “specs.” And I am glad for my Toshiba laptop’s keytboard and slick design and I think of how clunky it would be if not for the MacBook, and I miss Steve Jobs.

    No, I don’t like the Apple “Cult,” but I like its effects for us normal people who weren’t pissed that the iPhone 4s isn’t an iPhone 5.

  14. Darron Spohn says

    “I was thinking about how I don’t buy stuff from Apple because it is way more expensive than the stuff not made by Apple. I was also thinking about how I buy mp3′s without DRM so I don’t have to pay too much for a digital file. I was thinking about how people just upgrade and upgrade and upgrade to the newest “iSomething” whenever it comes out and how I don’t appreciate Jobs so much.”

    The iTunes Music Store dropped DRM several years ago, and Steve Jobs led the way in getting to music publishers to agree. BTW, DRM was not Apple’s idea, the publishers forced it on them. As for Apple products being more expensive than competitors, that may be true for portable music devices and smart phones, but it has not been true for computers for the past 20 years. And for the upgrading comment, you’re just repeating a falsehood that PC users have been spreading since Jobs returned to Apple. My six year old Mac Pro still works just fine.

  15. Corvus illustris says

    @14

    Oh, do not annoy sheeple like @12; they’ll only bleat louder. He’s just using “socialist” and its derivatives as all-purpose terms of abuse, as our lords and masters have taught him via their propaganda organs (e.g., Fox News and the tea partiers). “Communist” served a similar purpose back in the 1950s and ’60s, the difference being that one could from time to time find communists then (or people who had been communists twenty years earlier). Even Senator Sanders, who calls himself a socialist, is no farther left than an FDR Democrat–and FDR saved capitalism (and his class).

  16. mirax says

    Everyone seems to be having a Princess Di moment over the death of Jobs. Hugely exaggerated emotions and hyperbole about his contribution to mankind,with the media driving much of this outpouring.So I am glad for this post.

    Not because it is callous over his death – it isnt despite the indignance of many above but because it offers some corrective perspective over the man. Just as Di was a shallow, self-absorbed and woo-loving individual rather a goddess of mercy and charity, Jobs was simply a hugely successful businessman. Not the most ethical one either. Just someone who sold us some machines. The prettiness and the efficiency of these machines is appreciated but come on, many other consumer machines are well designed and efficient and we dont go into paroxyms of grief because their sellers/designers (all worthy people I am sure) dropped dead. Jobs sold and marketed mere thingies, and rather embarassingly was a wooish and fashionably hypocritical thinker … buddhist billionaire anyone?

  17. Who Knows? says

    Jake @ 11 has it right.

    My personal opinion is Jobs is just one of the many thousands of people who died on October 5, 2011.

  18. says

    ah jeez

    Mr. Jobs may have been a rich mother fucker but he earned every dollar on his own, unlike the rich mother fuckers that inherited their bucks from their parents.

    Having a shitload of people work for you and taking the profits of their labor for yourself =/= “earning every dollar”. The only way that it could possibly work that way is if you are ignorant enough to think that hourly wages accurately reflect a worker’s contribution to a company/product. I’m sure jobs earned some of his money, but he was a fucking millionaire. It isn’t possible to earn that much honestly.

  19. says

    Physioprof says:

    Jobs was a hugely privileged rich motherfucker selling the lie that all you have to do is “choose” correctly–and buy the shitte he just happens to be selling–and you can be just like him.

    That seems a much better description of the fashion industry, than of Jobs. Yes, Apple’s success depended a lot on branding, and yes, the products often doubled as fashion accessories. But to claim it is just says that Jobs played no role in changing computer an communications technology in important and functional ways. Which frankly, seems as silly as saying that Henry Ford was just a good salesman.

  20. mandrellian says

    (1) I agree.

    (2) So, let’s pile on the guy for being rich? Does not compute. His success didn’t happen in a vaccuum; he made shit people liked so he made money. It happens.

    (3) This blog is on FTB why, exactly? Baseball? Symmetry on the home page?

  21. Dustin says

    @21 Jobs took a $1 annual salary. All his profits came from his shares, at least in his last run with Apple. He was the most liberal, and most successful, CEO this generation has ever seen. Read the biography when it comes out on the 24th. It sounds like you could use a little of his philosophy.

  22. says

    lard knows money made from the stock market never exploits anyone. thanks internet!

    (2) So, let’s pile on the guy for being rich? Does not compute. His success didn’t happen in a vaccuum; he made shit people liked so he made money and kept it for himself while millions of people suffered and died from want.

    fixed it for ya

  23. jane says

    I’m sorry he died young, but why is he a hero?

    Hero must be one of the most ovrused words in the dictionary at the moment.

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