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Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the zomg-everybody-panic dept.

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Uttini writes "Apple CEO Steve Jobs has just announced that he is taking a medical leave of absence, according to a release issued by the company today. While it's unclear what the reason is for the medical leave, Jobs' previous medical history includes pancreatic cancer as well as a liver transplant. While Jobs is out, Tim Cook is to be responsible for all of Apple's day to day operations."

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Wishing him well (5, Insightful)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904032)

I hope that no matter what operating system or computer manufacturer you love or hate, everyone can come together and wish him well. Whether you love or hate what he's done in the industry, he's a fellow human being first, and I hope he has a speedy recovery.

Re:Wishing him well (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904048)

Please extend the same sentiment when gates is not feeling well.

Re:Wishing him well (4, Insightful)

pyalot (1197273) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904072)

Please extend the same sentiment when Bush, Palin, Limbaugh, Stewart, Castro, Chavez, Gaddafi, Sarkozy, Uwe Boll and many others do not feel well.

Re:Wishing him well (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904170)

you forgot bill gates

Re:Wishing him well (4, Insightful)

digitalchinky (650880) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904316)

Although I'm nobody special, please do extend the same sentiment to me also. Thankyou. That is all. : )

Re:Wishing him well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904410)

What about all the people nobody likes?
If you want to prove you're a human being how about the same sentiment for every human, not just the ones who agree with your political/moral beliefs. I want Osama Bin Laden to have a long and happy life just as much as I wish the same for Barack Obama, Bill Gates, my own family or Robert Mugabe.

Re:Wishing him well (4, Insightful)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904662)

I want Osama Bin Laden to see the error of his ways and find happiness and then live a long and happy life. If that won't happen I'd really not wish for him to continue living. He's preventing thousands of others from having a long and happy life. And that overrules any worries I have for him.

Re:Wishing him well (0)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904242)

I can agree to that, except if Palin is off her feet a couple weeks during primary campaigns and then recovers fully. Just to be on the safe side. If the economy takes another big dive, anyone on the other side could win.

Re:Wishing him well (5, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904650)

Some of those people are not like the others. Some have killed others to further their own goals.

Re:Wishing him well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904552)

They won't. People here are illogical and stupid, and hate Microsoft for no reason half the time, the other half having a valid reason but usually using it to troll like a child.

Re:Wishing him well (3, Insightful)

Kokuyo (549451) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904058)

Absolutely. Yet I must ask: Why should I care about this? I don't know him personally and have thus a hard time seeing the news-value in this... now if this was a stock market news site...

Re:Wishing him well (4, Interesting)

RDW (41497) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904236)

'now if this was a stock market news site...'

The BBC is reporting Apple shares in Frankfurt are down 7% already, and CNN notes that Apple is due to release an earnings report tomorrow. So I guess the announcement was particularly carefully timed, not only falling on a US public holiday, but coming just before an earnings report that will presumably be positive and help to mitigate the damage when the US market re-opens. But that's just good business, of course. Best wishes to Steve!

Fucking stupid (4, Interesting)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904324)

I never understood the volatility of Apple's stock. Jobs could stub his toe and the stock would drop. Someone who works at Infinite Loop could get constipated, and the stock would drop. Someone's iPhone could get a scratch on the front glass, and the stock would drop.

Why is Apple's stock so prone to heavy fluctuation at the even the slightest hint of something not being perfect?

Re:Fucking stupid (5, Insightful)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904358)

It's because Apple's not based on product, it's based on image. If anything seems like it could even start to threaten that image, people want out before it crashes.

Re:Fucking stupid (2)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904546)

If it wasn't for that meddling Apple it be the year of Linux on the desktop!

Like all warfare is based on deception, all business is based on image. You could have the best product ever but if your company has a bad business image no one will touch it.

Re:Fucking stupid (3, Insightful)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904364)

Because much it's value is based on the cult of personality that's been built up around Jobs. They make some good products and have strong market performance but their stock has been overvalued for quite some time. Beware of any stock that relies on a cult of personality for much of its value.

Re:Fucking stupid (4, Informative)

BlowChunx (168122) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904576)

Really? Not that I am invested in AAPL, but it's got a PE of ~23. Going by Benjamin Graham's rule of thumb it needs to grow at 7.5%. What with the healthy product stream (iPads, new customer base with CMDA iPhone), that doesn't seem terribly overpriced.

Re:Fucking stupid (4, Informative)

RJHelms (1554807) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904396)

Why is Apple's stock so prone to heavy fluctuation at the even the slightest hint of something not being perfect?

I suspect it's because it's horrendously overvalued. Apple investors get scared that the bubble will burst, and no one wants to be the last one out. When it doesn't turn out that the "correction" is actually happening, people regain their senses^H^H^H^H^H^Hgreed.

Re:Fucking stupid (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904420)

It is valued to perfect (or perhaps better) future performance. Makes people twitchy.

Re:Fucking stupid (4, Insightful)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904542)

Why is Apple's stock so prone to heavy fluctuation

Apple doesn't pay dividends, so its stock is owned by speculators, not investors. Its value is based solely on the belief that there will always be another sucker along in a minute who thinks its worth more than you paid. When you stop believing those suckers will appear, then it's time to bail.

Re:Wishing him well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904660)

> Why should I care about this?

Obviously you care enough about this to comment on it. So the question should rather be "why do I care about this". Think about it

Re:Wishing him well (2, Insightful)

RCGodward (1235102) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904060)

I hope that no matter what operating system or computer manufacturer you love or hate, everyone can come together and sell their AAPL stock. Whether you love or hate what he's done in the industry, money is money.

I'm a horrible person.

Re:Wishing him well (4, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904318)

Buy them today as the market dips, sell them tomorrow after the earnings report showing the iPhone and iPad christmas sales.

Re:Wishing him well (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904526)

The market is closed today in the United States due to the holiday.

Re:Wishing him well (2)

davidbrit2 (775091) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904078)

Came here to say this. I'd probably disagree with him on a lot of points regarding business, and he doesn't seem like the kind of guy I'd hang out with, but as someone who's spent plenty of time in hospitals myself, I hope all goes well.

Re:Wishing him well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904198)

I doubt you've spent much time in the kind of hospitals he goes to.

Re:Wishing him well (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904090)

I was hoping to see this post early. :-)

I wish him good luck in a recovery and that it's nothing serious, although I have a feeling he won't be back in his former position once again this time, after the cancer treatment and liver transplant. I don't think he looked to be in the same shape as after the past medical absence, and energy is exactly what a CEO needs to lead a company of this size, and at the pace of the IT industry. :-/ I unfortunately have little doubt in that this is related to his past medical struggles.

Re:Wishing him well (3, Interesting)

Bloodwine77 (913355) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904106)

I am not a fan of Macs, but the man initially bankrolled Pixar and was smart enough to stay out of their way. I also can respect that he turned around Apple Computer and thanks to that we have more choice in desktop and mobile devices now.

Re:Wishing him well (0, Flamebait)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904114)

He's not my fellow. If he saw me starving on the street he'd stroll past. He's a repressive censor. I don't wish death on him, I only wish someone else would run Apple. Of course, they will probably run it into the ground again, but that arguably will increase freedom in computing so I wouldn't shed any tears.

Re:Wishing him well (4, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904164)

Please; I disagree with a lot of Apple's policies and decisions regarding their products, and I strongly suspect Jobs is behind many of those policies, but that does not mean that Jobs is not a human being. He may just stroll past beggars, but that does not make him any less human either. As you said, he does not deserve death, and I would add that he does not deserve to suffer from whatever ailment he is on medical leave for.

Re:Wishing him well (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904644)

Everybody deserves death. Its the price for life. The idea that death is cruel or a punishment is wrong. Instead of saying he doesn't deserve death, how about we all say he deserves the great life he has lived?

Still Parking in Handicap Spaces, Steve? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904138)

I hope that no matter what operating system or computer manufacturer you love or hate, everyone can come together and wish him well. Whether you love or hate what he's done in the industry, he's a fellow human being first, and I hope he has a speedy recovery.

Sure. Though I wish he had the same respect for disabled people [cultofmac.com].

Severe illness survivor, remember? (1)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904408)

Yeah, maybe he's just parking where he wants on the private property he (colloquially speaking) owns and operates.

And maybe he does have reason to park in a handicapped spot. Not all debilitating medical issues are obvious, and Jobs is quite private about what is, well, private. The man survived a nigh-unto-unsurvivable disease, and may have limitations you are not aware of.

Anecdote: an acquaintance stops breathing when sleeping, and is prone to narcolepsy - not a good combination. Otherwise healthy, she often garners snide comments from such as yourself for parking in a handicap space so she is close to the crucial breathing machine kept in the car.

Just sayin'.

Re:Severe illness survivor, remember? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904620)

Anecdote: an acquaintance stops breathing when sleeping, and is prone to narcolepsy - not a good combination. Otherwise healthy, she often garners snide comments from such as yourself for parking in a handicap space so she is close to the crucial breathing machine kept in the car.

I don't really know her situation at all, but hopefully she isn't driving herself around. Prone to narcolepsy yet driving a car anyway sounds like disaster waiting to happen.

Re:Wishing him well (1, Insightful)

bughunter (10093) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904150)

I agree. Thank you.

But unfortunately, this thread will turn into yet again another opportunity for anyone who even implies indirectly anything positive about Apple or their products to be accused of Trolling and met with mind-bogglingly uncivil replies by people who can find insult where none exists merely by reading a comment which can be interpreted as a slight against the brand of computer they're typing on or the operating system upon which it runs.

I've been a happy Mac owner since 1988 and while there are times I am unhappy with AAPL, now included, I still believe that Jobs has made one hell of a positive impact on society. We wouldn't be where we are without him, and he continues to trailblaze. Go. Steve!

Re:Wishing him well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904470)

See it's that kind of talk, that makes it sound like you have a huge man-crush on the guy, that leads to the comments that Apple fans are the cult of Jobs. I've owned Windows and Linux machines for the past 15+ years but I don't feel I owe some kind of special allegiance to Linus or Bill. And Jobs is making a positive impact in the same way as all dictators - i.e. if you're in the majority group he's pandering to he probably sounds awesome, if you're on the fringes of that society you're SOL.

Re:Wishing him well (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904186)

There are almost 7 billion people on this planet and if we were all being brutally honest that's almost 7 billion people we don't give a damn about. This isn't insightful, it's fake emotion.

Re:Wishing him well (2)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904496)

There are almost 7 billion people on this planet and if we were all being brutally honest that's almost 7 billion people we don't give a damn about. This isn't insightful, it's fake emotion.

I would have to agree. I'm not sure why people become attached to famous strangers while not caring about obscure strangers. In both cases, they are people you do not know and who don't know you, and never shall the two meet. Now, I get that sometimes we can empathize more with someone dying of lung cancer (as an example) if we have had a loved one die of the same disease, so we can understand how the family might feel, but again, why not a total stranger?

I would wish anyone that is dealing with illness the best of luck, but if anyone has deep emotional feelings about a 'famous' stranger, you have to ask where it comes from. My only guess is a culture of hero worship, but there has to be more to it than that.

Re:Wishing him well (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904192)

Yep I hope Steve survives so Apple survives. I'd hate to think of a future where Apple Mac disappears like Atari ST and Commodore Amiga disappeared.

Steve Jobs seems rather young to be having so many health problems?

Re:Wishing him well (1, Troll)

Assmasher (456699) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904194)

I don't wish him any harm, but he's a terrible person by most objective accounts.

Re:Wishing him well (2)

ceeam (39911) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904278)

I disagree and demand that you elaborate.

Re:Wishing him well (3, Funny)

Assmasher (456699) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904378)

You 'demand' that I elaborate? LOL. Well, I demand that you give yourself a swirlie...

Re:Wishing him well (5, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904430)

Not sure about 'most accounts' but how about the time He and Woz got a $5,000 payment from Atari. He told Woz it was $700, and gave him $350 as his half. Fortune described him as 'one of Silicon Valley's leading egomaniacs'. He banned all books published by Wiley from Apple stores because they dared to publish an unauthorised autobiography of him. He refused to acknowledge his daughter, who his mother initially had to raise on welfare payments.

You don't often get to be as successful in business as he has been by being a nice person.

Re:Wishing him well (0, Flamebait)

ceeam (39911) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904594)

> He refused to acknowledge his daughter, who his mother initially had to raise on welfare payments.

This is not quite true. Jobs doubted that he could have children so he was not *quick* to acknowledge her. And I doubt anyone will (or should) be quick to take responsibility for the children born from such occasional sleepovers.

Anyway, her name was/is Lisa and Jobs calling their first proper computer "Lisa" kind of contradicts the claim that he "refused to acknowledge" her.

Steve Jobs plans "most unique" death ever (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904366)

AIDS demise to have innovative interface
January 15, 2009
ANUS News

CUPERTINO, California (NNN) - Steve Jobs, the polymath CEO and star evangelist of Apple Computer, Inc., publically announced a medical leave of absence from the company, but in private promised "the best AIDS death ever" from the affliction no one will publically recognize he has.

As HIV-positive test results leaked onto the web from the last five years of Jobs' fight for health and secrecy, former lovers raced to the clinics on Segways looking for solace. Unflappable as always, Jobs vowed to make the best of the situation.

"There's AIDS deaths, and then there's AIDS deaths," Jobs said in his strident baritone with a slightly ironic lisp. "As with all Apple products, my demise from pneumonia brought on by full-blown AIDS will be poignant, witty, ironic, aesthetically pleasing and have an interface that breaks new ground for the industry."

Turning to a reporter he said, "That's off the record. Officially, my hormones are unbalanced because I did not care enough about Darfur." On the news of Jobs' leave, Apple stock plunged $7.38 as people feared the cool had left their Macs, but then rebounded by almost four points once rumors of HIV-death leaked.

"If Christ were to die today, he'd die of AIDS," said Jared Hvitles, who has owned four Macs, three iPods, an iPhone and a Steve Jobs Picking Up a Quarter blow-up doll. "He's going out like he's lived, as a Christ for the new millenium -- with a better interface."

About ANUS

The American Nihilist Underground Society advocates nihilism, or a removal of interpretive layers from our perception of physical reality, as a means of transcending illusion. Nihilism denies value and purpose, which are byproducts of the human desire to judge reality and make a consensual "social reality" that by seizing on a single material factor misses the intelligible, or design-based, knowledge we need to adapt to reality. ANUS has been promoting nihilism since 1987.

http://www.anus.com/ [anus.com]

About Nihilism

Nihilism is the belief that nothing we perceive has Absolute value; reality exists, but beyond its inherent meaning to us as the physical container of our existence, it has no significance outside of what we perceive. "The world is my representation," indeed. When we strip away all of the values projected onto physical reality and its outcomes, we are left only with personal ideal and natural ideal, and bringing the former into adaptation with the latter is the lifetime task to which nihilism is a gateway.

http://www.nihil.org/ [nihil.org]

Get well soon, Steve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904040)

Peace.

Re:Get well soon, Steve (1)

TheCRAIGGERS (909877) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904380)

He has more money than god. If a cure exists for whatever ails him, you can be sure he'll receive it.

AAPL (1)

JoeWalsh (32530) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904068)

AAPL fall down, go BOOM!

Actually, there might not be much effect this time. Maybe investors are getting used to this.

Re:AAPL (4, Informative)

Xest (935314) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904196)

Well this is why they announced it on a US bank holiday when no shares are trading there.

In Frankfurt, Europe meanwhile, Apple shares are already down 7%.

Looks like it's business as usual in the crazy world of Apple shares.

Re:AAPL (1)

smug_lisp_weenie (824771) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904398)

It's down about 10% now in Frankfurt- This seems like too much to me. Steve's health issues are already priced into the stock.

I bet it will be down more around ~6% when the US stock opens. I'm tempted to buy some stock on the Frankfurt market.

Re:AAPL (1)

dunezone (899268) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904428)

Those are probably the knee-jerk responses from short term investors or those who take any bad news as GTFO out of that stock ASAP. Anyone who has invested a decent amount of capital into Apple has already considered the risks of Steve Jobs leaving this world tomorrow. Long term investors are the investors who are wondering or asking whats next in the pipeline to bring in profit not whats the daily status of Steve Jobs liver. Additionally, its not like Apple doesn't have a plan in place for this scenario, even before Steve Jobs left for the first time several years ago they were writing up transition plans to make sure business operations and management transition as smoothly as possible.

Re:AAPL (1)

smug_lisp_weenie (824771) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904498)

Agreed. It's important to note as well that he's planning on staying on as CEO during the leave, involved in strategic decisions. He's _probably_ expecting to be in pretty good shape during the leave- If he was getting another transplant or some other serious surgery I think the statement describing the leave would _probably_ be worded differently.

What this means... (1)

snakedot (1919282) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904076)

This could be somewhat troubling for Apple. The company is doing extremely well at the moment, and I'm guessing that's thanks to Jobs. If he is forced to retire permanently, could Apple enter another death spiral?

Re:What this means... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904142)

Na, Apple is to big. They will just become another MS and circle around soaking up money with no real goals in sight.

Re:What this means... (2, Insightful)

twidarkling (1537077) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904612)

No, Apple is not too big. And that's the problem. Apple effectively has 4 products. iPods, iPhones, iPads, and laptop/desktops. The only reason Apple continues to make money is not because of that 4th one. It's because of the first three, and only because they've convinced people that they need to continually upgrade their mp3 player or phone. If Apple fucks up on even one upgrade cycle on one of those three products, they're likely to lose a chunk of those people on the annual upgrade cycle, and the entire company's fucked and without Jobs' RDF, it'd probably not have time to recover. As much as I hate Apple as a company, I will freely admit that they've done well in continually making a product that's clearly superior to the last, and maintaining a pretty fierce brand loyalty. Unfortunately, most of that loyalty isn't based on product quality, but image, and Jobs is a HUGE part of that.

As an MS fanboy, and a proponent of choice and freedom in use of hardware I've purchased, and as a human being, I wish Jobs a long, healthy life; no one else could make a viable commercial alternative to Windows at this point, everyone else will see the walled garden, try it, and fail, bringing more openness, and really, I can't wish harm on another human, especially if all they've done is be a douche.

This does not bode well for Apple (2)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904084)

While Steve leaves Apple in capable hands for now, no CEO is as closely associated to the public image as Steve is with Apple. Seriously how many people can name the CEO of another company much less recognize the person? There are few: Larry Ellison, Philip Knight, Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet. The stock is going to take a dip just on this news alone.

Re:This does not bode well for Apple (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904136)

I think you may not know as many CEOs as you think. How about Vince McMahon and WWE?

Re:This does not bode well for Apple (1)

Bloodwine77 (913355) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904520)

Bill Gates and Microsoft. Microsoft didn't nosedive when Bill left. In fact, Windows 7 is a great product and Microsoft is doing fine. If Steve Jobs were smart he'd hand pick his successor and start touting him up and building the new person as the face of Apple so that when Steve jobs step down it won't obliterate the stock. Apple is a very image-driven company and Steve is the central pillar of that image.

SELL SELL SELL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904088)

SELL SELL SELL

Re:SELL SELL SELL (1)

amiga3D (567632) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904166)

This will cause apple stock to drop. The question is will it mean the end of innovation at apple. If not then once it is seen that apple continues to operate at the same level the stock will rebound. In that case it should be buy, buy, buy. When the panic ends and apple is still there the time to buy will be gone. In the stock world it's buy low, sell high.

Re:SELL SELL SELL (4, Insightful)

delinear (991444) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904610)

Apple aren't in the market of innovation, they're in the market of aspiration. Nothing they've done has been "innovative", every product they've release in at least the last ten years has already been done, but they package it in a format that makes people desire it. They're pretty much like a top clothes designer. A top designer can charge a premium way above the cost of his materials or the price of his competitors because people want to be seen in his clothes. If he loses the ability to design, he can still sell mass-produced pants, but they lose their elite appeal and have to compete purely on price, that's a downward spiral. Don't underestimate just how closely linked the health of Jobs and the health of Apple actually are.

iAids (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904098)

is it iAids ?
anyway, whatever it is, SELL SELL SELL

I wanna be a rich man... (1)

Fizzl (209397) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904112)

Man, it would totally suck to die as a billionaire at his age...

Re:I wanna be a rich man... (2, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904208)

I wanna be happy. We all die. Stacking up zeroes isn't making The Jobs immortal, only immoral.

Re:I wanna be a rich man... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904434)

wouldn't it suck to die as a billionaire at any age?

Meanwhile, back in Steve Ballmer's secret lair (0, Flamebait)

Deathnerd (1734374) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904116)

Steve Ballmer sits in his swivel chair, reading slashdot on his oversized jumbotron, petting his hairless cat.

Steve (evil overlord voice): "Yes. Good. Everything is going according to plan. Soon I will rule the world!"

Re:Meanwhile, back in Steve Ballmer's secret lair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904280)

Meanwhile, another slashtard just can't get over himself. Any excuse to bring out the hate is good enough.

It's good Tim is getting more exposure (4, Interesting)

DTemp (1086779) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904118)

(Orthogonal to the fact that everyone wishes Steve good health,)

It's good for Apple that Tim Cook is getting so much exposure at the helm. There are many shareholders, as well as a significant amount of the tech press, that think Apple can't stand on its own without Steve. Any way Apple can show that it can continue it's current success streak with or without Steve is good for the long-term health of the company.

Re:It's good Tim is getting more exposure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904272)

Yes. Absolutely. There are two or three good CEO Material people just there right now. Either Tim Cook, or Johnatan Ive, or Bob Mansfield for instance.

Re:It's good Tim is getting more exposure (1)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904354)

Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if Cook has been pretty much running the show for quite some time. Jobs likes to work, he wouldn't be taking a medical leave unless it was interfering with his job. Things like this don't just crop up, he's probably been dealing with these new complications for some time and hasn't been putting in his full work week and handing off a lot of power to Cook.

Also, how do we know that Jobs coming back after his liver transplant isn't just to appease the stock market and that Cook has been running the whole show since the first time Jobs left? From their perspective, it would make sense. Jobs hasn't been such a big voice lately, ever since his medical problems started in fact.

Re:It's good Tim is getting more exposure (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904406)

Probably, but the tech press doesn't love Jobs for his day-to-day operations. I don't think anyone expects Jobs to be really 100% gone unless he's deadly ill. Unless he's really so out of it that Apple must make major strategic choices without him, people will think he's still running the show.

Yeah.. (-1, Troll)

NuKe_MoNgOoSe (1941452) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904228)

I am sure when approached, Jobs when told "Hey man Duggan Coates is out sick, I think we should wish him well" would take the time out of earning billions to do just that. I really dont care if he is sick or not it doesnt impact me in the slightest. A billion people with less money than Jobs are suffering 10x as much.. some in unimaginable ways..you think about it too much and you might want to blow your head off. Steve Jobs is sick, boo hoo, kids are getting raped and killed in afghanistan lets wish them well too... ffs.

Re:Yeah.. (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904254)

You have no idea what Jobs is suffering from; it could be a recurrence of his cancer. Being a billionaire will not mean that he suffers any less if it is indeed another bout of cancer. Other people are suffering, and you know what? We should hope that their suffering ends also.

Re:Yeah.. (1)

NuKe_MoNgOoSe (1941452) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904340)

Oh I do, Earth is hell or at least my definition of hell anyway. I just hate how much people fawn over celebrities Lindsay Lohan cant break a toe without it being in every paper coast to coast. 13 yr old gets shot in the face and it makes headlines in the city where it happened... its the way of the world, it doesnt mean I have to like it though.

Re:Yeah.. (2)

Spad (470073) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904370)

I'm not sure what you're saying here; are you saying that we shouldn't wish well those who are being raped and killed? Or that we shouldn't wish well those who are rich and successful? Or that we shouldn't have news stories about significant events in the life of multinational tech companies?

Or is it simply a case of the usual "You're doing X while more important thing Y is happening, so you're a bad person"?

Re:Yeah.. (1)

NuKe_MoNgOoSe (1941452) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904486)

I could be a bad person.. I think the way I think. I dont put much stock into why to be honest. I certainly dont wish suffering on anyone. I simply hate how some people are devalued just because of their social status. Again, just the way of the world but it doesnt mean I have to like it. It comes into line with other things which are just 'the way things are' like sports stars and celebrities getting paid collectively hundreds of billions of dollars when the rest of the world is falling to rot around them? See what I am saying? People will fire back with all kinds of logical and economic reasons why this is the way it is... it doesnt change the fact that the world really is slowly falling apart as the human race just continues to pour resources into anything and everything that doesnt really matter. I doubt I explained that very well and for that I am sorry.

Announced on a trading holiday.. (2)

WarwickRyan (780794) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904250)

..to dampen the blow to the stock price... smart..

Re:Announced on a trading holiday.. (1)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904404)

Not just on a holiday, Apple releases their quarterly earnings statement tomorrow [zacks.com]. Obviously they know it will be a big quarter which will further cushion the impact. As I said earlier in the thread, I suspect Jobs returning to his job after his liver transplant was just to appease wall street and the media, and that he hasn't been doing his full work week for some time.

Interesting times... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904252)

As a substantial Apple shareholder (and fanboi), this makes me think of the chinese curse. You were born to live in interesting times...

Tomorrow should be very interesting because (with the markets in the U.S. closed today due to the MLK holiday) it will be the first impact of this news on Apple stock. However later in the day, Apple will release their earnings report which is expected to blow through their estimates.

Unfortunately as "interesting" as all this is to us shareholders, it is much much more so for him (and his family). Regardless of whether he ever returns to Apple, I sincerely wish his recovery so that he live a full and satisfying life with his loved ones.

It's amazing (1)

rsilvergun (571051) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904256)

How well you can do when you've got a lot of money. I'm pretty sure if I had pancreatic cancer I'd be dead right now.

Re:It's amazing (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904376)

yah, worked out well for Patrick Swayze... if you had pancreatic cancer you would be a cancer patient.. if you were dead right now, you would be dead... you cant be both

Tim cook will make a good replacement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904286)

Tim cook streamlined Apple's supply chain and increased profit margins considerably. Although he is not a designer, he is a great choice to replace Steve Jobs. (In saying this, I obviously hope that the iPod, iPhone, iPod were not solely motivated by Steve Jobs, but by Apple's design team. If not, we as consumers are screwed)

Re:Tim cook will make a good replacement (1)

rudy_wayne (414635) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904466)

Tim cook streamlined Apple's supply chain and increased profit margins considerably. Although he is not a designer, he is a great choice to replace Steve Jobs. (In saying this, I obviously hope that the iPod, iPhone, iPod were not solely motivated by Steve Jobs, but by Apple's design team. If not, we as consumers are screwed)

Given all his health problems, Steve Jobs needs to retire and enjoy life a little. One of weird things is I keep reading all these articles that say Apple doesn't have anyone who can replace Jobs and Microsoft doesn't have anyone who can replace Steve Ballmer. I find that very hard to believe. But, even worse, it it's really true, they're pretty well screwed.

Re:Tim cook will make a good replacement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904564)

Think it's more like 'MS didn't have anyone to replace Bill'.
MS appears to have stagnated recently. Ballmer going would be... not a bad thing perhaps.

Re:Tim cook will make a good replacement (1)

smittyman (466522) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904572)

The issue here is that Steve IS behind most of the designs. He is the one that pushes the products according to his wishes. No, when Steve leaves i predict a very hard time for Apple, it will not stay the same at all. I would expect a number of products lined up but that's about it.

It is not my favorite brand, i'll be honest about that, too expensive and way too much hyping but i do hope he gets better, looks like he had no other options so looks like bad news indeed.

you know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904322)

Given all his health troubles, he would very likely be dead by now if he wasn't a billionaire. Making money is the thing to do..

Now he's getting a neck transplant (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904394)

Turtles are reported running for cover.

Privacy for Jobs? Maybe that's not realistic. (3, Interesting)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 3 years ago | (#34904400)

Perhaps no other company is more tied to its CEO than Jobs, except maybe Warren Buffett. For as much as he and his family wish for privacy however it is reasonable for stockholders, especially HUGE stockholders to know how his condition is. When you buy a stock you are buying the leadership also. If anything this is probably going to drop AAPL's stock valuation down a bit to a more realistic level. 2nd biggest market cap in the world? Really? It certainly doesn't deserve it and with their margins getting squeezed and the fact that there only so many worlds they can conquer means that the shorts are probably going to make some $$$ on AAPL soon. Given that the survival of pancreatic cancer is so low and that Jobs decided to do more hippy dippy holistic approaches doesn't bode well for his survival. That's just the way it is. That being said, there probably is no visionary that comes close to Jobs and I am thankful for my iPhone, my iPod, my Mac and my iPad.

Other Leaves (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34904642)

I guess it goes with his leave of senses.

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