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Steve Jobs Takes Leave of Absence From Apple

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the get-well-soon dept.

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An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Network World: "A number of sites are reporting that Apple's CEO Steve Jobs is taking a leave of absence till June at least. Speculation over Jobs' possibly failing health has run rampant in the past few weeks. Prior to the recent MacWorld show, Jobs said he had a hormone deficiency that had caused him to dramatically lose weight. In a memo today Jobs told workers his health issues are more complex than he thought." Reader Bastian227 adds a link to this letter from Steve Jobs on Apple's website, which also says that Tim Cook will be responsible for daily operations, though Jobs will remain involved with major strategic decisions.

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RIP Apple (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457207)

An appropriate tag

Shoulda eaten more meat, Steve-o! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457309)

Meat is good for you, and good for AAPL. Now, it's gonners for the both of yous.

June... (1, Interesting)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457219)

That's usually when WWDC happens. I think he's planning on doing that keynote.

-jcr

Re:June... (1)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457319)

I think he's planning on doing that keynote.

On what basis?

On a different note, this is a sad day for those owning AAPL shares - expect them to plunge even further than they have over the past year.

Re:June... (5, Insightful)

johnsonav (1098915) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457375)

On a different note, this is a sad day for those owning AAPL shares - expect them to plunge even further than they have over the past year.

Well, if you didn't see this coming a mile off, you probably shouldn't be in the market at all.

Re:June... (1)

Trillan (597339) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457327)

That's a big chunk of work to schedule yourself to return to. But he could probably do a recap and introduce Bertrand Serlet to do the Mac stuff, then Scott Forstall to do the iPhone stuff.

Re:June... (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457419)

That's a big chunk of work to schedule yourself to return to.

It doesn't all have to be done at the last minute, and he does know what Apple's plans and projections are already.

-jcr

Re:June... (5, Informative)

Phroggy (441) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457403)

That's usually when WWDC happens. I think he's planning on doing that keynote.

-jcr

I don't think so. WWDC was June 9-13 last year, and Jobs' announcement [apple.com] specifically says "until the end of June." There will be tons of cool stuff to show off at WWDC this year, and it doesn't make sense to bet on Jobs' health improving enough to be able to do the keynote, especially if he won't be involved with operations beforehand.

Re:June... (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457493)

WWDC doesn't always happen at the same time, and it was even postponed after announcement in 2003 to include the G5 introduction. It could easily be late June or early July.

-jcr

dead (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457229)

beat

Get well, Steve (4, Insightful)

Rayban (13436) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457231)

Love 'em or hate 'em, he's changed a lot in the tech sector. His presence will be missed.

Re:Get well, Steve (5, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457273)

Love 'em or hate 'em, he's changed a lot in the tech sector. His presence will be missed.

He's not dead yet!

Re:Get well, Steve (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457341)

Love 'em or hate 'em, he's changed a lot in the tech sector. His presence will be missed.

He's not dead yet!

He doesn't want to go on the cart.

NETCRAFT CONFIRMS IT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457395)

Steve Jobs is dying

you heard it here first, well, 2nd right after Netcraft

best wishes in the next life, Steve!!

LOL, No... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457385)

OS X continues to be niche OS just like when he took over with the most exciting news about Macs over the past few years has been that you can run another company's OS on them.

The huge success of the iPod is nothing more than a footnote as cellphones are taking over the predominate role of portable media devices. Microsoft is looking to phase out their Zune efforts as the market is not going to be worth bothering with a few years from now.

And, yeah, 'teh iPhone'. Millions of emo Starbucks drinking retards posting their unboxing vids on youtube and looking for every single possible way they can somehow work their phone into their conversations to try to make it clear just how 'special' they are.

The amazing Palm Pre unveiling shows just how irrelevant Apple is to the computing world outside of endless and tiresome hype. And bullshit about 'changing a lot in teh tech sector'...

Re:LOL, No... (4, Insightful)

Rayban (13436) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457443)

He still built up a ton of excitement around all of the Apple products. MP3 players were drab and virtually useless before the iPod - a few years later everyone had one.

Apple products have influenced design across the hardware and software landscape (for the better IMHO).

Without the iPhone, there just wouldn't be any exciting phones out right now. It changed the playing field and helped bring us the G1 and Palm Pre.

Re:LOL, No... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457819)

He still built up a ton of excrement around all of the Apple products.

There, fixed that for you.

Re:LOL, No... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26458135)

Without the iPhone, there just wouldn't be any exciting phones out right now. It changed the playing field and helped bring us the G1 and Palm Pre.

Does time flow backwards for Apple fanboys whenever it's convenient? Quoth Wikipedia:

Apple announced the iPhone on January 9, 2007.

In July 2005, Google acquired Android, Inc., a small startup company based in Palo Alto, CA.

Re:LOL, No... (2, Funny)

Xocet_00 (635069) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457569)

And, yeah, 'teh iPhone'. Millions of emo Starbucks drinking retards posting their unboxing vids on youtube and looking for every single possible way they can somehow work their phone into their conversations to try to make it clear just how 'special' they are.

Fuck. This is totally why I hide my iPhone from view when I'm on the bus or in public in general. It was the best, cheapest option (seriously) for me to get an effective browsing/email client on the road (BBs are crazily expensive and the iPhone 3G was having a launch sale) but I'm deeply embarassed to be seen with it.

It's a great device. It does what I need it to do. I'm happy I own it. I just wish nobody else knew that I own it.

Re:LOL, No... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457735)

"It's a great device. It does what I need it to do. I'm happy I own it. I just wish nobody else knew that I own it."

Get over yourself. It's a phone. Do you really worry about what other people so much that you are embarrassed that your phone is shiny and white?

Re:LOL, No... (0)

Xocet_00 (635069) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457793)

No, I'm embarrassed that it's shiny and black.

Seriously though, no, I'm not hugely concerned. That said, the iPhone is, at least in my area, associated with a particularly type of person (i.e. the type who works it into conversation for no reason other than to brag). I'd rather not be thought of that way. Excuse me.

Re:LOL, No... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457753)

You could try my approach, and just not give a crap what other people think of your choice of cellular telephones.

But I guess the lack of drama rules that option out, huh.

Re:LOL, No... (1)

donstenk (74880) | more than 5 years ago | (#26458077)

I sympathize with you, it's hard for a nerd to own fashion statement.

There are older phones on the market (Nokia's with Opera for example) that would probably suit you better and save you money. But you couldn't resist, could you? And now all you can do is play it down; the ultimate snob.

He shall return as iSteve (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457247)

He had to lose weight and do hormone therapy before all of the bionic implants could go in...

On the upside... (5, Funny)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457421)

... Apple now has the thinnest, lightest CEO on the market.

Re:On the upside... (5, Funny)

Keen Anthony (762006) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457511)

That is just sick... freaking hilarious... but sick. Mod up. I mean down, I mean up. I feel so guilty.

xkcd comic... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457763)

http://xkcd.com/527/

Re:He shall return as iSteve (3, Interesting)

Phroggy (441) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457599)

When he first came back to Apple in 1998, he was known as the iCEO, because for awhile it was thought that he would only be interim CEO until they could find a replacement.

Re:He shall return as iSteve (3, Funny)

jrothwell97 (968062) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457683)

...so Apple will have a cyborg in charge, like MS had the Borg in charge until not so long ago? It's true. Apple IS the new Microsoft.

Sell quick (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457253)

the market says "sell sell sell!"
watching the stock price collapse is almost funny if it wasnt so sad
.

Re:Sell quick (3, Insightful)

johnsonav (1098915) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457303)

the market says "sell sell sell!"

Makes me glad I'm long Apple put options. Ahh, schadenfreude.

Re:Sell quick (5, Funny)

Bryan Ischo (893) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457307)

I bought AAPL at $50 a few years ago, it's the only individual stock besides AMD (which I got burned on in the late 1990s) I have ever purchased. For a while there AAPL was touching $200 and my wife and I said that our stock in AAPL is going to pay for our daughter's college education someday.

With the way that AAPL has been going lately, I think she's going to have to go to a community college :/

Re:Sell quick (3, Insightful)

Fulcrum of Evil (560260) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457345)

Yeah, well adversity does help things along - reading the millionaire next door, people who had to work for their success did much better than those who didn't. Of course, Bill Gates and Paul Allen went to the Lakeside School, so there you go.

Re:Sell quick (1)

Keen Anthony (762006) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457637)

They got a bit of a head start at Lakeside vs some kid in the inner city with no access to computer technology, but they Gates and Allen did work for their success too. They could have easily been swept under the rug during the first years. Wasn't one of the themes of millionaire next door also that people who invest in stock as a way to get rich aren't actually working for success and so deserve not much at all being that they assume the smallest risk unlike the entrepreneurs behind the companies investors buy stock in? Maybe I'm thinking about Netscape Time.

Re:Sell quick (4, Interesting)

Fulcrum of Evil (560260) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457863)

Not that I recall - the major theme that I recall is that millionaires tend to be the winners of a high risk bet - entrepreneurism. They're also people of normal taste and lifestyle, with a large difference between what they bring in and what they spend.

My original point was that, on average, people don't value what they're given, just what they have to work for.

Re:Sell quick (1, Insightful)

unitron (5733) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457667)

If you spent "x" buying Apple at $50 you should have sold half of it when it hit $100. Then you would have still had "x" dollars worth of Apple and "x" dollars with which to diversify into other stocks. Even after Apple's share price takes a big hit tomorrow, it'll probably still be above $50.

Re:Sell quick (2, Interesting)

Bryan Ischo (893) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457957)

I'm already heavily diversified. The amount I have in 401K is many times larger than the amount I have in AAPL. And AAPL has done much, much better for me over the last four years than my 401K has done. I kinda wish I'd put it all in AAPL to be honest :/

I could spend time researching and trying to figure out what would be a good stock to complement AAPL in a diversification scheme, and sell off half of my AAPL when it gets back up to $100 (which it will, I have no doubt) as you have suggested. But that just seems like too much *work* when the only company I can really say for certain that I have a sincere belief in the future of is AAPL. I'll just keep it all in AAPL. I'm still confident that when my daughter is ready to go to college in 16 years, AAPL will have done quite well for me.

I'm buying calls in the morning. (2, Interesting)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457311)

I expect another record earnings report for Q1, so I'm grabbing as many February $95 calls as I can afford.

-jcr

Re:Sell quick (1)

Cally (10873) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457353)

I dunno, doesn't look so bad to me [google.com] (and that's AAPL vs the NASDAQ over the last year; the latest 24h doesn't look so bad either.) Though Google != Bloomberg or Reuters, so those are old prices by now.

WSJ on possible health reasons (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457261)

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2009/01/05/steve-jobss-health-what-the-pancreas-has-to-do-with-weight-loss/

Rest well deserved (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457267)

He's busted his hump over the last few years. He deserves some time off to focus on himself and his family.

i feel sorry for the guy but... (0, Flamebait)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457275)

.. next we are going to have a post telling us steve's stool isn't a healthy colour. seriously people, post something news worthy for once.

Cancer (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457297)

It is a sad day.

6 Months = Chemo

Here's to a long life for Mr. Jobs.

Nah. (4, Interesting)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457389)

If he was going for six months of chemo, he wouldn't be talking about returning in six months. More like a year. I think he's taking the leave between now and the next major event, which would be WWDC.

-jcr

Re:Cancer (1, Informative)

thejynxed (831517) | more than 5 years ago | (#26458095)

Honestly...if he's already been treated for pancreatic cancer, his chances of living much past this year are grim....

As of 1996-2001 [emedtv.com]:

* 7 percent of pancreas cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)

* 26 percent of pancreas cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes or directly beyond the primary site

* 52 percent of pancreatic cancer cases are diagnosed after the cancer has already metastasized (distant stage)

* 14 percent of pancreatic cancer cases had staging information that was unknown.

  The corresponding five-year relative pancreatic cancer survival rates were:

* 16.4 percent for localized
* 7.0 percent for regional
* 1.8 percent for distant
* 4.3 percent for unstaged.

Info is only a few minor percentage points different now, according to the American Cancer Society.

I am sorry to say it folks, but he's either had a re-occurrence or it had already spread to his lymph nodes before he was treated the first time around. Seeing as 2004 was when he got treated, 2009 is the 5-year mark. 5% survival rate at five years isn't too great. The rapid weight loss is very common with this particular form of cancer. Patrick Swayze is going through the same thing.

Wonder what affect it will have on stock (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457323)

having the keynote delivered by a head in a jar?

Re:Wonder what affect it will have on stock (1)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457361)

As long as we can have the jar sitting on top of a black turtleneck, maybe with the turtleneck part sort of fitting around the bottom of the jar, we should be okay.

Hmm. (0, Troll)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457333)

SELL SELL SELL!!!

And best wishes for Mr. Job's health in the future.

But, SELL SELL SELL!

Re:Hmm. (1, Insightful)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457429)

And I'll BUY BUY BUY tomorrow... do you seriously think anything has fundamentally changed in Apple's business? It still remains to be seen.

Re:Hmm. (2, Insightful)

johnsonav (1098915) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457697)

do you seriously think anything has fundamentally changed in Apple's business?

Stock price doesn't have anything to do with the actual fundamentals of a company, only how those fundamentals are perceived. Like it or not, Job's absence may have an effect on stock price, even if the company is run exactly the same as it would have, were he still at the helm. Perception is reality; at least in the market.

Re:Hmm. (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457737)

And I'll BUY BUY BUY tomorrow... do you seriously think anything has fundamentally changed in Apple's business? It still remains to be seen.

The reality distortion field has been compromised!

What else do you think has been keeping the viruses at bay? Technology? NO! It was Steves' own convictions which overwhelmed the surrounding paradigm, but no more...

Re:Hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457801)

Well, we actually have data from the last time Jobs left Apple. It wasn't pretty. I'm actually surprised that Apple lasted long enough for them to rehire Jobs because they were selling seriously overpriced crap.

What's changed? (2, Insightful)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457845)

And I'll BUY BUY BUY tomorrow... do you seriously think anything has fundamentally changed in Apple's business? It still remains to be seen.

Well, yeah, something fundamental has changed. Steve Jobs won't be there. Look at Apple's history. That makes all the difference in the world.

When the guy does die... whenever that is... it's going to be earth shattering in the tech sector, and you'll never see anything like it in this business again. Jobs is the Elvis of the computing business. When he goes, you'll see people weeping on TV. Silly or not, that's the way it will be. And the endless speculation for months (and years) will be "Can Apple survive without Steve Jobs?".

Re:What's changed? (4, Insightful)

jalefkowit (101585) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457981)

Steve Jobs won't be there. Look at Apple's history. That makes all the difference in the world.

Jobs has had more than a decade with which to root out the nonperformers at Apple and replace them with performers. Performers can carry on in the boss' absence. Nonperformers cannot.

If over all that time he did nothing to replace the people who couldn't run Apple with people who could, he's not as good a CEO as we all thought.

Then you're a FOOL FOOL FOOL (1)

GuloGulo (959533) | more than 5 years ago | (#26458055)

And not the kind from Motley Fool either.

"AAPL
85.33 -2.38 (-2.71%) Jan 14 4:00pm ET
Open: 86.24
High: 87.25
Low: 84.67
                          Volume: 37,805,239
Avg Vol: 31,669,000
Mkt Cap: 75.90B

After Hours: 80.00 -5.33 (-6.25%) Jan 14 6:24pm ET"

The after hours drop is said to be directly attributed to Jobs health, according to pundits.

I am not a pundit, but I agree with their assessment.

Soo... (4, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457335)

Would it be safe to say that there is a Jobs opening at Apple?

Or would that be Steve closing?

One more thing... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457351)

This is all just part of the build-up for what will be the most astounding corporate marketing stunt of all time: the death and resurrection of Steve Jobs.

Re:One more thing... (1)

Phoenix Rising (28955) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457505)

If I have to buy the entire collector's comic series in order to find out which of the four Steve Jobs' is the "real" one, I'm switching to Windows!

Re:One more thing... (1, Funny)

unitron (5733) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457747)

This is all just part of the build-up for what will be the most astounding corporate marketing stunt of all time: the death and resurrection of Steve Jobs.

So the next product announcement will be for ... the iCorpse?

What? (-1, Flamebait)

tsotha (720379) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457437)

The AIDS tag? Seriously? I've never heard anyone shopping around a rumor that Jobs has AIDS.

Re:What? (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#26458041)

Look, this is Jobs, so it's not AIDS, it's iAIDS. If he's got cancer, it will be iCancer or iMalignancy. I'm really quite worried that he might have iSyphillis or iLeukemia. Get better soon, iJobs!

Nothing To See Here, Move Along (5, Insightful)

gustar (125316) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457441)

Even with the prospect of Jobs having of an extended absence from the day-to-day at Apple I think we will see the company continue to do fine, or at least continue on their existing business path.

While leadership is a key element of business success, so is having a well balanced team of professionals driving your development/innovation teams.

I have to image Apple has this balance in their organization.

Re:Nothing To See Here, Move Along (1)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 5 years ago | (#26458061)

Even with the prospect of Jobs having of an extended absence from the day-to-day at Apple I think we will see the company continue to do fine, or at least continue on their existing business path.

As long as there is not a cadre of MBA's ready to come in and cut costs. Really, how many companies who have sold a premium product have we seen destroyed by excessive cost cutting, resulting in the premium nature of the products being lost, further resulting in the premium price of the products (and hence profits) being lost?

Pancreatic Cancer (-1, Flamebait)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457457)

Funny thing about Pancreatic Cancer. It can easily cause a "hormone imbalance" because the pancreas secretes essential hormones like insulin. Pancreatic cancer is also usually incurable once it is diagnosed, with a less than 5% 5 year survival rate.

He's as good as dead. Let's move on, shall we?

Re:Pancreatic Cancer (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457679)

Learn to discriminate your pancreatic cancers. Adenocarcinoma has a 5% survival rate. Steve had a islet cell neuroendocrine tumor, which has a 50 to 75% 5 year survival.

Life after Steve (2, Funny)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457497)

"Jobs said he had a hormone deficiency that had caused him to dramatically lose weight..."

In related news...

Shareholders show that a Common Sense Deficiency(CSD) causes them to dramatically lose faith in Apple whenever the mere thought of their beloved Steve leaving in any way, shape, or form is mentioned...

Re:Life after Steve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457841)

While other employees are perfectly capable of emulating Steve's design sense, management techniques and perfectionism, he is, unfortunately, the only one who can maintain the Reality Distortion Field.

Just wait til he dies and everyone suddenly realizes there is no iPod, just a shiny piece of plastic that vaguely reminds you of your favorite music.

Re:Life after Steve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457865)

So... wait, you're saying that when the Reality Distortion Field (RDF) starts to fail due to Jobs's failing health, there's a common sense deficiency?

Short Sell AAPL (0, Flamebait)

teshuvah (831969) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457515)

Man, I would love to short sell about $20,000 worth of AAPL tomorrow.

Re:Short Sell AAPL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26458153)

Too late. The stock is already trading, post announcement, around $79.75, in the after markets.

Good thing Pixar bought Apple (1, Funny)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457535)

Now they can get ready to slide Stevie boy in the company freezer next to Walt.

Good luck, Mr. Jobs (5, Insightful)

AlpineR (32307) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457621)

I wish him well. As someone who had to retire at age 33 to fight cancer, I know how discouraging it is to have your body spoil what your brain wants to do. But I also found that giving up the full-time job really did improve my health and led to greater productivity in my remaining activities.

The best luck for him (2, Insightful)

cuby (832037) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457643)

He was already missed before even leaving, as recent speculation testifies.

Python (2, Funny)

GFree678 (1363845) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457669)

Oblig.:

The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.

[a man puts a body on the cart]

Large Man with Dead Body: Here's one.
The Dead Collector: That'll be ninepence.
Steve Jobs: I'm not dead.
The Dead Collector: What?
Large Man with Dead Body: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
Steve Jobs: I'm not dead.
The Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
Large Man with Dead Body: Yes he is.
Steve Jobs: I'm not.
The Dead Collector: He isn't.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
Steve Jobs: I'm getting better.
Large Man with Dead Body: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
The Dead Collector: Well, I can't take him like that. It's against regulations.
Steve Jobs: I don't want to go on the cart.
Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, don't be such a baby.
The Dead Collector: I can't take him.
Steve Jobs: I feel fine.
Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, do me a favor.
The Dead Collector: I can't.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
The Dead Collector: I promised I'd be at the Robinsons'. They've lost nine today.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, when's your next round?
The Dead Collector: Thursday.
Steve Jobs: I think I'll go for a walk.
Large Man with Dead Body: You're not fooling anyone, you know. Isn't there anything you could do?
Steve Jobs: I feel happy. I feel happy.

[the Dead Collector glances up and down the street furtively, then silences Jobs with his a whack of his club]

Large Man with Dead Body: Ah, thank you very much.
The Dead Collector: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
Large Man with Dead Body: Right. ...

Too soon?

Re:Python (-1, Troll)

GFree678 (1363845) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457767)

OK, I can understand a joke in poor taste, but since I got modded immediately to Troll I gather than Slashdot doesn't appreciate black humor, probably due to its relatively large Apple fanbase. Time to break my login so I don't bother with comments again.

Re:Python (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26458043)

No, I think the problem is that you're extremely late with that joke, and the circumstances don't actually add enough to it to justify including the entire sketch.

Seems like a good idea (4, Insightful)

Ohio Calvinist (895750) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457723)

Seems like a good idea for Steve to take some time. It gives him a chance to see how well Cook handles the shop when no major new products are shipping and seems to indicate that he is at least semi-comfortable that he's got the right management to oversee day-to-day operations, and gives them a chance to fine-tune anything should he want to retire or passes away pre-maturely. As die-hard as he is, I can't imagine him doing the keynotes if he is too frail (physically) to "wow" the crowd.

Since the major aesthetic overhall in the iMac, MBP and MB lines in the past year or two, and OS X 10.6 shaping up to be a smaller update (aesthetically and technically) to 10.5 than the 10.4->10.5 jump was; it doesn't appear that there is going to be much "new business" from now to then. Maybe some hardware line updates to faster chips, and some 10.5.x updates; but nothing major. I'd imagine 10.6 won't even ship until summer [wikipedia.org]; just in time for the WWDC in June.

Wow... (0, Flamebait)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457871)

I'm going to make a /. post next time Michael Morhaime (head of Blizzard) is hung over. Honestly, what other CEOs get this cult level of worship?

Cancer sucks (5, Insightful)

groovyPost (1452085) | more than 5 years ago | (#26457877)

I'll bet there will be no returning for Jobs. Sad news but a lesson to all. A company should never be about "A" person. None of us are eternal.

Re:Cancer sucks (5, Insightful)

jalefkowit (101585) | more than 5 years ago | (#26458063)

A company should never be about "A" person. None of us are eternal.

Story goes that Charles de Gaulle [wikipedia.org], who was often referred to as France's "indispensable man" due to his huge influence in setting that nation's course after the Nazi conquest, was asked what he thought of that title.

His response: "The graveyards are full of indispensable men."

Anonymous? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26457883)

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Network World

Oh come on, coondoggie, don't be so modest!

Get Well Soon (2)

Gricey (154787) | more than 5 years ago | (#26458001)

Regardless of the trolling and fanboyism, I for one would like to wish him well and hope he gets better in due time. Enjoy your rest, Steve, and get well soon!

Simple Advice (1)

PingPongBoy (303994) | more than 5 years ago | (#26458073)

For Mr. Jobs, the advice is simple. An Apple a day is what you need to keep the doctor away.

Then who is going to take care of him?

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