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Lemme be the frist to say: (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198172)

SELL SELL SELL SELL!!!!11!!!

Re:Lemme be the frist to say: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198402)

Well, if the stocks take a plunge, you know it's a great time to BUY BUY BUY!1.

Re:Lemme be the frist to say: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198470)

One dollar?

50 cents? ....Anyone?

This is a sad day for the tech world (4, Interesting)

arcite (661011) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198194)

Well on one hand, its better to do these things while everyone is still healthy and of sound mind. It's a sad day for sure, but on a positive note, Steve has set a high bar for Apple to maintain. Combine this news with the fact that Steve's official BIO has been pushed up to be released sooner than expected...it doesn't look good. Be well Steve!

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (3, Insightful)

ge7 (2194648) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198234)

He mostly set it in design. But realistically, he took the whole open platforms and devices to really bad direction with the closeness of iOS and maybe upcoming Macs. Would you really want that for computer world?

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198280)

He mostly set it in design. But realistically, he took the whole open platforms and devices to really bad direction with the closeness of iOS and maybe upcoming Macs. Would you really want that for computer world?

Millions of people would say "yes, we do".

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (1)

arcite (661011) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198324)

I think iOS is set for the next 10 years. After that, the path is obscured by the sands of time. Well...unless Steve made some super secret long term development plan that is...

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (5, Funny)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198354)

Millions of people also said "yes we do" to MS-DOS.

Being the vanguard of those with absolutely no taste is not necessarily something to brag about.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (4, Insightful)

bonch (38532) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198334)

Let's be blunt. Only nerds on tech sites worry about "closeness." They're a tiny niche that wants to keep their nerd playgrounds around. The vast majority simply wants good products that work.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (-1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198434)

Wrong. Anyone who cares about owning their own data cares about openness. Many of them simply don't know it yet.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (2, Interesting)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198586)

"A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing."

"owning their own data"? "openess"?

Really WTF are you going on about?

Has Evil Steve Jobs sent his Apple Ninjas to steal your harddrrives again? Did you catch your Time Machine drive phoning The Great Mothership in Cupertino?

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198592)

I see. You're just more enlightened than the majority?

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198454)

All they up to the point they want to do something that isn't allowed, the they care. as a nerd, I don't want that to happen in any industry, tech is just the one I know the most about.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (0)

Oliver Wendell Jones (158103) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198602)

if only your post ended with "Sent from my iPad" it would have made my day... sadly I am now led to believe that you were using a keyboard when you kludged together these words and almost, but not quite made a sentence.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (2)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198598)

Only nerds on tech sites worry about "closeness."

Probably because PCs (yes, this includes Apple's line of computers, sorry fanbois) are so widespread and people still hold significant control over their own computation. If all computers were like the iPad, you can bet that more people would care about openness and all the things that gave rise to the PC revolution in the first place.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (0)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198394)

Steve Jobs lost me as a supporter when he started following the Microsoft playbook. Although he is much more important to the computer world than Bill Gates ever will be (Steve Jobs actually had some original ideas) he's still one of the most overhyped individuals over the past 30 years.

I wish him well as a person, but I can't say I support any of the directions he's taken technology since he's made to move to close everything off.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (3, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198582)

As much as Bill Gates may have been a royal thieving bastard, and as much as I loathe most of what Redmond has done over the last twenty years, anybody who says that Bill Gates was less important that Steve Jobs to the computer world is out of their minds. Gates' MS-BASIC became THE interpreted language of the late 1970s and right through the 1980s. Whatever the source of MS-DOS, the fact is that he built a mighty software empire at the same time as Apple was treating its product line like a walled garden. Yes, Gates had significant help from IBM, but the mere fact that the overwhelming majority of personal computers out there are running one of Microsoft's operating systems, and have been doing so since the final bell tolled for the 8-bit world in the late 1980s pretty much indicates that what you wrote is pure nonsense. Steve Jobs has his place in history, no doubt, but Bill Gates' role, particularly for that twenty year period from the mid-70s into the mid-90s is a primary one in the development of modern consumer and business computing.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (1, Insightful)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198328)

Why exactly is the resignation of any CEO, of any company, 'sad' news? I don't wish him ill, but I don't see how this is sad at all. Times change, people change, employees (yes even CEO's) come and go. It's just business.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198418)

I think it's probably seen as sad in this case because it's assumed that if Jobs has felt the need to resign, it is because his health is deteriorating. Probably terminally.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (2)

sribe (304414) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198458)

Why exactly is the resignation of any CEO, of any company, 'sad' news? I don't wish him ill, but I don't see how this is sad at all. Times change, people change, employees (yes even CEO's) come and go. It's just business.

Because in this case it means it his health is deteriorating.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (5, Insightful)

vux984 (928602) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198476)

but I don't see how this is sad at all.

The most probable reason for this particular change is that Steve's health is failing; and this announcment is a proxy for "Guys, I'm not going to be ok."

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198490)

Because it is, in all likelihood, due to his declining health. Also, it's sad news if you own apple stock, because no one can drive apple like Jobs.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (3, Insightful)

arcite (661011) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198492)

Steve Jobs is the embodiment of the American Dream, there are scant few individuals on this earth than can attest to the scale of success that he has achieved. Others can better write platitudes of the specifics than I; however it is always a sad day when a great leader is forced to step down, especially when they are at the height of their success. Such is the human condition I suppose.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (4, Insightful)

MarcoAtWork (28889) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198506)

do you really think he'd resign if his health was 100%? The fact that he's stepping down is definitely worrying, it's not likely he's stepping down to go work for another company or doing something else.

And no, I don't know him in person, but I definitely respect him and his accomplishments, and wish him well, and I'm sure a lot of others are feeling the same way.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (3, Interesting)

Vancorps (746090) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198516)

If Apple history is any indication, tough times are ahead for Apple as they've only been successful in the past under Jobs direction. That might be why it's considered sad news by some. Me, I'm more curious about how things will change with a different CEO.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (4, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198426)

>>...it doesn't look good

Don't worry. When he dies, Jobs will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.

Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (2)

Man On Pink Corner (1089867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198600)

He already did the Obi-Wan Gandalf Jesus thing, remember, when he came back to Apple and saved their bacon after they fired him.

Jobs proved once and for all that F. Scott Fitzgerald was full of shit when he said something to the effect of "There are no second acts in American success stories," but it's pretty clear there isn't going to be a third, at least not this time.

So... (5, Funny)

NecroPuppy (222648) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198202)

Will the Turtleneck of Power be passed on to Cook?

Or will it instead be enshrined in a glass case at Apple HQ?

Now that WebOS is Gone, Jobs can relax (1)

Haven (34895) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198216)

Take it easy... didn't want to work himself into an early grave.

And in other news, the iPhone 5... (5, Funny)

MrDoh! (71235) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198218)

is rumoured to have Flash, USB ports, AND a 3.5" floppy disk.

Nicely done, Number One (or was that Zero?) (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198220)

Become, beget, begone. Thanks for all you've brought to market, Steve. Cheers...and, best wishes.

that was fast (1)

halfEvilTech (1171369) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198232)

it usually takes weeks for news to get here, erm Slashdot may be turning a point multiple stories withing minutes of happening the last few days

Re:that was fast (1)

MaxBooger (1877454) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198462)

If it takes weeks for news to get here it is because no one submits a story on that subject. The editors on /. may occasionally take a lax attitude towards grammar and punctuation but I've found that they're fairly quick on approving breaking news articles.

this mean Apple's general douchebaggery goes down? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198246)

like suing for shit they have no solid claim to.

What happens next? (0)

jdpars (1480913) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198254)

Will he actually surrender control over the company's direction, or play puppetmaster instead? I'd like Apple to use their resources to make laptops and desktops the way they've made iPhones. Focus on encouraging manufacturers to make better, more efficient, cheaper products (or buy them outright). Get rid of the ridiculous prices around right now. Then, maybe, just maybe, I could consider buying a Mac. But then again, more factories like Foxconn wouldn't exactly be great.

Re:What happens next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198560)

Maybe they get Woz to run the show, and Apple can finally be a hacker-friendly company once again.

To Quote Obi-Wan (2, Funny)

darthservo (942083) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198256)

I felt a great disturbance...as if millions of fanboys suddenly cried out in terror...

Re:To Quote Obi-Wan (1)

tekgoblin (1675894) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198264)

I'll admit, this shocked me.

Re:To Quote Obi-Wan (2)

robotandrew (1167027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198360)

yes and no. This has been coming for awhile, ever since his last leave of absence. Its sudden in that the tech world hadn't heard rumors, but the timing makes sense, as Apple is more profitable than ever and Jobs will still be involved with the company at a high level--he's phasing himself out. It's very sad to see him go out this way (because of health). Say what you will about his approaches to software, the man was a brilliant product designer.

Won't be long now... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198258)

Steve Jobs is going to be patent trolling in heaven soon.

Unless God hates fags as much as the Tea Party... If God is a member of the Tard Party then Steve Jobs will be suing competitors in hell.

SJ leaving (1)

vxone (668809) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198262)

well he was getting up there and his health matters so its not all that surprising .. Tim cook is not SJ but he's a good boss, besides I am sure they will be in close contact.. apple can go on with out SJ .. but I am sure they will miss him. Yes its a sad day apple will never be the same, I think the world will miss SJ but wait ! he's not dead lol just looks like it hehehe

Loved his work or hated it, he was big (4, Insightful)

BBTaeKwonDo (1540945) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198266)

We'll miss you, Mr. Jobs. Wish you good health.
Sincerely,
Apple fans everywhere

Tomorrow is another day (1, Informative)

object88 (568048) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198268)

Apple will continue. They still have strong leadership, Jobs will be chairman, and progress will continue. It's not like they're suddenly going to stop making Macbooks, iPhones, and iPads.

If I were into buying stocks, I'd watch to see whether APPL takes much of a dive, and get ready to buy.

Re:Tomorrow is another day (2)

CodingHero (1545185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198432)

Apple will continue. They still have strong leadership, Jobs will be chairman, and progress will continue. It's not like they're suddenly going to stop making Macbooks, iPhones, and iPads.

When Macbooks, iPhones, and iPads are old news and no long pushing the creative envelope, then things may well take a turn the other direction. Jobs drove those things to be what they are and it's hard to imagine someone else taking over and having the same impact and ability to drive the company forward.

Did you notice... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198274)

They waited until after the NYSE had closed to make the announcement.
Everyone's going to jump on the short train anyway.

Well, if you have short-sales on Apple stock.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198278)

Then you're good.

Even the mere rumor of this would cause Apple to drop, but it really happening, even if it means no harm whatsoever, will mean some people will get antsy and try to get out.

Ding dong... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198282)

The witch is dead!

Slashdot enjoys swallowing Steve Jobs semen (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198294)

Admit you are all Apple fanboys who are drinking his semen infused kool aid by the barrel right now. The ipad 3 with retina display and macbook air with icloud will take all your money making him a trillionaire.

The end of an era (3, Insightful)

mailman-zero (730254) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198296)

This is the end of an era. I can only hope that his health is not too bad, but I have my concerns.

Genius with a Thousand Helpers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198332)

Looks like we get a chance to find out if the "Genius with a Thousand Helpers" model of corporate leadership is really as fragile as many people claim it to be.

*GASP* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198338)

The king is dead!

Long live the king!

Steve's impact on the world (5, Insightful)

dreadlord76 (562584) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198358)

Even though I don't qualify as an Apple Fanboy, Steve's impact on the world of computing is felt everyday by all of us.
While Xerox PARC did the original GUI environment, and invented little things like the Mouse, Steve's vision with the Mac changed the computer world. It made computer accessible, influencing Windows and other OSs to make their system accessible to the masses.
Apple, Next, Pixar, Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPads.
I believe Steve made the world better.

Re:Steve's impact on the world (1, Informative)

Nyder (754090) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198484)

Even though I don't qualify as an Apple Fanboy, Steve's impact on the world of computing is felt everyday by all of us.

While Xerox PARC did the original GUI environment, and invented little things like the Mouse, Steve's vision with the Mac changed the computer world. It made computer accessible, influencing Windows and other OSs to make their system accessible to the masses.

Apple, Next, Pixar, Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPads.

I believe Steve made the world better.

That's weird, I believe Woz made the world better.

Jobs? Not really. And Mac were pretty expensive when they came out and honestly, that really hasn't changed much. Now the last three you listed, the iCrap stuff, were actually accessible products for the masses.

Re:Steve's impact on the world (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198496)

I believe Steve made the world better.

I believe you are thinking of that other Steve who used to work at Apple. Steve Jobs abandoned the spirit of openness and respect for computer users from which Apple itself was born a long time ago. The iPad, the attacks on hackintoshes, the attacks on reporters, the enormous and complex licenses they expect people to agree to...these are not things that make the world of computing better.

Re:Steve's impact on the world (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198590)

I think you're thinking of the other, other Steve. The Steve we know saved millions of hapless users from people like you.

Re:Steve's impact on the world (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198512)

And to those who read the parent post and made a fart noise: We now have Android cellphones and tablets. Thanks Steve!

Re:Steve's impact on the world (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198580)

Not just the Mac. One could argue Jobs, and Woz, were responsible for the PC becoming viable and on everyone's desktop and pushing IBM to come out with the IBM PC. Digital music at a relatively inexpensive price is another of Jobs gifts to the 1st world. His creativity will sorely be missed.

Strong CEO, weak corporate culture? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198374)

Now we get to find out who has the stronger corporate culture...

Down the rabbit hole... (1)

MBC1977 (978793) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198380)

Steve Jobs got them this far, its up to Cook and the rest of Apple, to either (1) remain the new king of the hill or (2) fuck it up royally. Should be interesting either way.

Poor New York City (1)

Sarusa (104047) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198406)

First the earthquake, then this. And this is probably more frightening for them.

Re:Poor New York City (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198578)

The aftershocks are being felt through a thousand Starbucks and Barnes And Nobles as we speak.

Make your bets (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198430)

on where AAPL stock will be tomorrow.

Re:Make your bets (1)

Nightwraith (180411) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198532)

SELL! SELL! SELL!

I'm sure someone will help trigger the programmatic trading tomorrow and drag everything down. That stock price will do more rising and falling tomorrow than a collapsed souffle.

Enjoy a happy retirement (5, Insightful)

Kittenman (971447) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198438)

Put your feet up, go fishing, read some books. Lord knows you've earned it. And nope, I'm not an Apple man - but I recognize hard work when I see it.

Oh well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198448)

So much for "an apple a day keeps the doctor away".

We are all going in the same direction (1)

drobety (2429764) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198450)

Illness sucks :-( Time pass by fast, isn't. (Disclosure: The last product from Apple I bought was over 25 years ago.)

Letter of a man going home to die.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37198482)

If Steve Jobs resignation letter is not the work of man returning home to die don't know what is. God speed Steve.

I wonder if he'll just delegate design to Ive (1)

Dr. Spork (142693) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198514)

Jobs has certainly been a brilliant CEO for Apple, but I think their biggest wins have been from their good design and their cheap but decent supply chain. It's not clear to me just how much Jobs had to do with that. Jonathan Ive had the lead on the design, and maybe it was Tim Cook all along who played hardball with Foxconn and Intel to squeeze out those healthy profit margins. I sure hope so. I don't want Apple products to become just ordinary now that mere mortals are in charge.

And Ive remains... (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198542)

For those wondering if Apple will continue to enjoy success after Jobs, remember:

* He has left before off and on to little effect.

* Jobs has worked hard to instill a corporate culture with the same values he shares, and not just at the top levels...

* Most importantly, as good as Jobs is Ive is probably as much or more responsible for the designs we think of as being Apple - he's still quite alive and designing like mad.

Good stock buying opportunity ahead...

High standards is the lesson (4, Insightful)

QuatermassX (808146) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198558)

I'm rather saddened by this news. Jobs' attention to detail and intolerance of crap amazes and inspires me.

It's simple, really. We should all have such high standards, perhaps then the world would be full of more exquisite and useful things.

Rain in Texas (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198562)

Dallas is experiencing thunderstorms and now this?!? I'm holding my breath. Something bad is round the corner.

Let me wish him well (1)

Alain Williams (2972) | more than 2 years ago | (#37198574)

Although I do not like some of what he has done, he has had a great influence on the shape of PCs and we would be poorer without having had him. I hope that he can keep his health problems at bay to enjoy his family and continue as chairman.

Oh, before anybody winges - an Apple Mac is often used as a Personal Computer and is thus a PC -- regardless of what the marketing people want you to think.

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