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Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the rest-in-peace dept.

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SoCalChris writes "Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was found dead in his Cupertino home this morning. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him — even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon."

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Lameness (2, Insightful)

cfalcon (779563) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619500)

RIP. He was a visionary.

Re:Lameness (4, Insightful)

FyRE666 (263011) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619548)

Love or hate him, no-one can deny the guy achieved a hell of a lot in his life. Even though he'd resigned his post the man still had a lot to offer.

RIP Steve.

Re:Lameness (4, Insightful)

exomondo (1725132) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619674)

Love or hate him, no-one can deny the guy achieved a hell of a lot in his life. Even though he'd resigned his post the man still had a lot to offer. RIP Steve.

amen to that, he contributed more to driving the technology industry than just about anyone else.

Re:Lameness (0)

nicholas22 (1945330) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619596)

Rest in piece, you run yourself to the ground, for the rest of us?

Re:Lameness (2)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619738)

They'll bury him face-down so his lover can stop by for a "cold one."

Re:Lameness (1)

krygny (473134) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619622)

The World just experienced a discernible brain drain.

R.I.P., Steve.

Next to the word "visionary" in the dictionary will be his photo.

Re:Lameness (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619628)

I can only hope he doesn't become a martyr for a new generation of fan boys.

Re:Lameness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619702)

I was never an Apple fan, I'm more of a Windows fanboy really, but it is sad to see him go. I always assumed he'd be around a lot longer. Man, fuck cancer.

Re:Lameness (4, Informative)

oakgrove (845019) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619752)

RIP

Sent from my iPad.

Goodbye (4, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619502)

Sent from my iPhone

Re:Goodbye (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619660)

Sue you later.

Sent from my Galaxy S II

http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/ (5, Informative)

Fireking300 (1852630) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619506)

Re:http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/ (5, Funny)

Kagura (843695) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619566)

His final will stated that he be buried in a glossy white coffin with no visible hinges or latches.

RIP Steve.

Re:http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/ (4, Funny)

electron sponge (1758814) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619646)

His final will stated that he be buried in a glossy white coffin with no visible hinges or latches. RIP Steve.

with rounded corners

Re:http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/ (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619760)

Wearing a single-button shirt.

I read somewhere... (4, Insightful)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619508)

Bill Gates put a computer on every desk. Steve Jobs put one in every pocket, purse, dorm room and bedroom.

His contribution will be sorely missed.

Re:I read somewhere... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619626)

Oh come on. They mass produce gadgets that have been around by other companies for a while. They make theirs shinier than the competition and sometimes take over the market. mp3 players, slate/tablets are their best examples.

Re:I read somewhere... (0)

techsoldaten (309296) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619654)

Don't turn this into an Apple versus M$ you dolt, a man died today!

Oh wait...

See, even trolls can't overcome the remarkable sadness on the news of his passing. Beyond the hardware, he inspired a lot of debates here and elsewhere that will have a lasting impact on people. I can't believe how awful this is to hear.

Re:I read somewhere... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619766)

what are you talking about? the poster is, basically, correct.

Re:I read somewhere... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619684)

Well... everything except for the massive Flame War he started.

Re:I read somewhere... (5, Informative)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619696)

I think you're not giving Jobs enough credit even for the first wave of personal computers. The Apple II was probably the most important step into the world of computers in the home, school and business, moving us from the era of hobbiest kit computer to what we view as the standard computer, keyboard and monitor. Jobs was instrumental in that as well. This is a man, whether you liked him or not or approved of everything he did or not, who was in fact instrumental in a number of steps in the post-1960s computer revolution.

Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619512)

that sucks

RIP Steve Jobs (4, Insightful)

crafty.munchkin (1220528) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619516)

Thank you for giving people something to be smug about, no matter what side of the argument they are on.

I recommend people read this blog (5, Informative)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619520)

If you haven't already, filter through http://folklore.org/ [folklore.org] , his antics at the beginning of Apple are hilarious.

Steve Jobs is dead. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619522)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Stephen Jobn was found dead in his Lake Jackson home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Grassroots community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to Freedom and true American patriotism. Truly an American icon.

Re:Steve Jobs is dead. (1)

Arivia (783328) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619650)

Yeah, it's poetically awesome that the summary is just the good old Steve is dead troll. RIP Steve, we will miss you. (typed on an Apple keyboard attached to an MBP)

RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619524)

Amazing (short) life.

RIP (2)

flosofl (626809) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619526)

RIP, Steve. Love or hate you, you definitely made a huge impact on the tech industry.

RIP (2, Interesting)

danbuter (2019760) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619528)

While I'm not a fan of Apple's business practices, Steve made a lot of advances in technology. RIP.

Re:RIP (5, Insightful)

willie3204 (444890) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619558)

At times like this it is best to remember the good contributions from a man who provided so much to our industry. Thank you Steve wherever you are now

Mod Parent Up (0)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619734)

This guy has a total of six posts on Slashdot... he got hit with a downmod for some reason I can't figure out. An upmod or two would get him out of Slashdot purgatory.

Re:RIP (0, Flamebait)

bug1 (96678) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619670)

Well, he didnt advance technology so to speak.

What he did was copy other people advances and make them appeal to superficial people.

He was very good at it though, deserves respect for that

Re:RIP (1)

blahbooboo (839709) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619774)

wow talk about passive aggressive comment. Geesh. Even now you give an asshole comment.

What have you achieved in your pathetic life....

Re:RIP (3, Informative)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619780)

Everything builds on everything else. He was instrumental in the Apple II, and that was, no matter what anybody may say, a titanic shift in the manufacture, marketing and public perception of the computer.

Au revoir. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619532)

I wasn't a fan of the man in the past half-decade. But before that, he was a pretty awesome guy. In hindsight, he must have known this was going to happen for a while now, seeing as how he stepped down not too long ago.

Re:Au revoir. (1)

Lyrael (1196443) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619618)

Considering he's been battling this cancer for years...I'm gonna have to say that yeah, he saw it coming.

rest in peace (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619534)

rgds

Sad day (2)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619538)

:(

The iKing is dead (1)

Mr.Fork (633378) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619540)

The iKing is dead. Long live the iKing! Hail Steve Jobs!

So Long Fearless Leader (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619542)

He's whipping Chinese kids in heaven now...

RIP Steve. (4, Insightful)

bartyboy (99076) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619544)

Also, if CmdrTaco's trend continues, tomorrow will be a very bad day for him.

Last Post (1)

nothajan (2457380) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619546)

... RIP. Not a fanboi, but a great contribution.

Steve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619550)

rip steve u will be missed

What he took away is more precious than given (5, Insightful)

unity100 (970058) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619552)

He brought user friendliness, usability concepts to top of the pile, and caused computer technology to go for more style, but what he did with locking in his customers, limiting their freedoms and then making enormous profits over these, has caused almost all other companies to follow the same style. now every company, even google, is trying to lock in people to things so that they can cash-cow them. imagine how internet would be if it was limited to 10-15 companies and their app stores, estores, media stores etc from the start.

unfortunately, due to what he did, this is the direction the movers and shakers of the information technology are taking.

talk about the openness, freedom of apple at the starting stages, and talk about after jobs. i wonder if the other steve can turn things around and make apple more in line with the spirit of information technology freedom and progress again ...

Re:What he took away is more precious than given (0)

jo42 (227475) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619706)

Don't be a 'tard. If it wasn't for Apple, then Microsoft, Google, Samsung and the rest of the industry wouldn't have anyone to copy. Before Windows there was Mac OS, before any Android-base product there was iPhone with iOS. Apple blazes a path, everyone else follows.

You will be missed, Steve. :[

Slashdot's Decline (-1, Offtopic)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619554)

Let me guess, you had to wait for all those little voting people to click the plus sign on your stupid firehose before you could, you know, post probably the biggest tech-related story of the week, or the month for that matter.

Pathetic, Slashdot, absolutely pathetic. I mean, you let a stupid autism story get posted before the Steve Job's story.

At any rate, whatever you may have thought of his motives, the tech world has lost one of its towering figures. Condolences to his family.

well, (1)

ganjadude (952775) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619560)

i wasnt a fan of his, especially later on in life, however no one can argue his contribution to society and the tech industry specifically, you will be missed steve. RIP

Even if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619562)

I wasn't the biggest fan, Steve did good and brought great things forward. For that Thank You, and Rest in Peace.

Bummer, and that's no exaggeration (5, Insightful)

milbournosphere (1273186) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619564)

You may disagree with his ideologies, but you have to admit that he changed the world we live in. Allow me to hold up my glass and tip my hat to a man to made the world just a little bit better.

Re:Bummer, and that's no exaggeration (1)

DRAGONWEEZEL (125809) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619630)

Here Here!

I may be a PC, but him and apple made a huge impact on the way I live my life.

RIP

Rest in Peace (1)

Sailor Coruscant (713289) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619568)

I didn't know you, and I was never lucky enough to get an email reply from you, but you changed my world and made it a better place. I'll miss you, Steve.

You will be remembered.. (1)

thegreatbob (693104) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619570)

..fondly by some, but here I can't say for sure.

Battery? (2, Interesting)

jmac_the_man (1612215) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619572)

If only he had a user replacable battery.

jk...I'm not a big fan of his company, but RIP.

Thank you Steve Jobs (0)

Xaedalus (1192463) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619580)

For Toy Story 1, 2, and 3, Finding Nemo, Up, Wall-E, Ratatoille, Cars, The Incredibles. Oh, and for all the shiny toys :-)

RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619582)

RIP and may you find peace.

Farewell, vision guy... (1)

Millennium (2451) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619584)

I haven't been a Mac zealot in years. I switched to Linux quite some time ago. But the fact remains that large portions of my life, online and off, would be very different if not for this man. Rest in peace.

Some interesting insights (4, Informative)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619586)

Some inspirational speeches
"Focus is not about saying Yes, but about saying No"
http://www.businessinsider.com/steve-jobs-1997-video-2011-6 [businessinsider.com]

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc [youtube.com]

âoeThis was a very typical time. I was single. All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo, you know, and thatâ(TM)s what I had.â ...Steve Jobs, at home in 1982.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pacman3000/4042368287/ [flickr.com]

As awesome in person, as you might expect (1)

MacTechnic (40042) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619588)

It is regrettable that Steve Jobs has died. He was remarkable person to meet in person as well as experience through the media. I expect that much will be written about him the days ahead. However, there is no doubt he changed the world as we know it. Like him or not, he could not be ignored or underestimated. Take Care and be well!

Gone too soon. (3, Funny)

ethoxyethaan (2261350) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619590)

The IPhone 4S announcement must have hit him really hard.

Great Man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619592)

Great Man

Rest in Peace (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619598)

Not only a visionary, an inspiring business legend.

Send from my iPad.

fucking finally (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619602)

if this means no more reality distortion field, then hooray for pancreatic cancer.

Re:fucking finally (1)

Caerdwyn (829058) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619726)

May the Cupertino shooter feed you a bullet.

Seriously.

I hate Apple (1)

Severus Snape (2376318) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619608)

but I'm close to tears, very sad day for the technology world.

Credit where it's due (1)

anlag (1917070) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619610)

I'm not a fan of Apple, but there's no denying Jobs was one of the greatest legends of the IT era. RIP Steve, far too young.

Poor taste from Slashdot (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619612)

The phrase "American icon" is familiar trollbait for fake death announcement here. Are Slashdot editors not even aware of their own culture, and what poor taste that is?

That aside, RIP Steve Jobs. You and Woz both shaped the world of the PC (Personal Computer as well as what would later become called the PC as opposed to Mac). You had your opinions, and we had ours. There was plenty of room in this town for all of us.

Re:Poor taste from Slashdot (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619716)

I can't think of a better description of the man. He very much was an American Icon, and he is very much dead now.

Re:Poor taste from Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619758)

> Are Slashdot editors not even aware of their own culture, and what poor taste that is?

Are you aware you have no sense of humor? That brought a smile to my face in otherwise sad news. Lighten up.

RIP Steve (1)

NivenHuH (579871) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619624)

What a bummer... Steve was one of the few people who inspired me to be as crazy as I have been over the years.
It's weird to have chills after hearing the news. As an ex-Apple employee, I hope that the engineering culture he created continues to live on.

Here's to the crazy ones. (5, Insightful)

bheer (633842) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619632)

The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

====

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. --George Bernard Shaw

====

Goodbye Steve, and thanks for everything. Even the stuff I hated.

RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619634)

Don't take Steve, take Apple insted!

Thank you for inspiring us... (3, Informative)

SixDimensionalArray (604334) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619636)

Thank you for inspiring millions and helping make some really cool dreams into realities.

Crippling Bombshell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619638)

So OS X 10.8 will move away from the BSD kernel?

Number of submissions (1)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619642)

Holy cow... have you looked at the Firehose and counted the submissions?

Interesting how many submit a blank story with nothing but a few words without checking for pretty obvious dupes.

even worse: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619644)

Lee Kun-hee, CEO of Samsung, just announced that he, too, was dead.

here's to a man (1)

nopainogain (1091795) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619652)

here's to a man so despicable that not only did he fire programmers without warrant or warning who had worked 90 hour workweeks for him, that stole his first success from Xerox, but also to a man so evil that he alone could create working conditions so bad in a third world country used to seeing death from curable diseases like cholera... that the workers in his sweatshops in those countries would rather commit suicide than work for him one more day! The king of silicon valley evil is dead!

I wonder if they'll leave the icon in... (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619664)

Old versions of Mac OS (back when it was called "System " had a little 16x16x1 icon of Steve Jobs. The story on folklore.org is here [folklore.org] .

I hope they leave in in, or put it back in the ROMs, from now on. Come on, guys, 32 bytes.

What he'd always dreamed... (1)

AnotherAnonymousUser (972204) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619666)

At long last...Jobs is in the Cloud.

I Completely Called It (-1, Troll)

RobinEggs (1453925) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619676)

I point you to this angry post I made when Jobs retired without explanation very recently.

Didn't this already happen with his cancer sabatical? And by this, I mean dropping major announcements with no warning and no real explanation? They've done everything they can to make the company a cult of Steve Jobs (I mean, have they ever had *anyone* else doing or even assisting with the product demos on that big, dark stage?), and then when Jobs is sick or changing roles or whatever they fuck around and won't tell people what's actually going on. It's complete fiduciary misconduct, in my opinion, consistently playing coy with or outright withholding the specifics of major changes like this. They're responsible to their stockholders and to their customers to tell people what the hell is really going on. Plus, every time Steve gets a friggin head cold the stock price plunges; they know this by now, and yet they said exactly nothing about why he's moving on this time around. We're forced to wonder whether no news is in fact very, very bad news they're hoping to hide for as long as possible; what if Steve's cancer is back and he's going to die within 6 months, but they're shoving Tim Cook up to the firing squad and hoping he can prove his worth before it happens so that the stock price doesn't *completely* vaporize?

At the time I got modded troll, told to calm down, blah blah blah.

And I was absolutely, 100% right.

And Thus Spoketh The Lord (1)

cosm (1072588) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619678)

And thus spoketh the Lord to Mr. Jobs, "here dost thine golden ipad".

iReturn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619680)

He'll be back in 3 days

iPhone4S (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619682)

iPhone for Steve.

WTF, this story on homepage, really? (0)

Garabito (720521) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619688)

Steve Jobs' death, a big deal news event, something that will make lots of users coming here, and this old and lame troll meme is on homepage? Really? Come on, Soulskill, do you even care about this site?

i wonder? (1, Interesting)

johnsnails (1715452) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619690)

cant help but wonder how long ago he died and if they wanted to wait till after the iphone 4s announcement?

RIP Steve (1)

Pirow (777891) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619700)

Like many I've certainly never been a member of his fan club and I'm not a fan of Apple, but you've got to admit, the guy was good at what he did and it's a real loss. My thoughts are with his friends and family.

Bye Steve (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619708)

While I feel it was Steve Jobs who really created to home computer revolution and I feel sad at his death, I'm angry that now I have to sit through a bunch of incorrect tributes on TV. CNN already implied he invented the mouse (that was Doug Englebart). Next they will say he invented the gui. *sigh*.

CNN also just said his "greatest invention" was the ipad. First, he didn't "invent" it, secondly... his GREATEST contribution? Come on.

We will miss him, though, even if he did go from being one of the best promoters of computer hobbyist culture to one of the most proprietary loving bastards on the planet...

Well there goes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619710)

Half of Apple's market value.

iSad (4, Informative)

xjerky (128399) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619718)

'Nuff Said.

God Damn It All (2, Insightful)

gelfling (6534) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619722)

Damn it all

Having met him in the hallways of Apple with a Hi (1)

recharged95 (782975) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619728)

Truly a visionary. Nice guy, passionate about tech, brutal at business.

RIP. We will miss you Mr. Jobs. This.... is his ultimate game changer--cause this event will surely change "the game".

Couldn't believe it when i heard the news... (1)

Tasha26 (1613349) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619732)

R.I.P :( Steve Jobs, February 24, 1955 to October 5, 2011.

So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37619740)

Yea yea, "visionary." Yes, he and Bill Gates ripped off Xerox PARC.
He was just as ruthless, if not more so, than Bill Gates.

In the end he did copy some products in a way that people liked, but his business practices were as bad as business gets.

I weep not. If it is a trend, business leaders kicking the bucket, I call it a good start.

Sad (1)

zennyboy (1002544) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619744)

Shit. I honestly did not see that coming, despite all we knew... Like Michael Jackson of the software world :-(

RIP Steve. (2)

Deathlizard (115856) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619748)

I'll be honest. I've never been a fan of Apple products, But I have and will always be a fan of Steve Jobs.

The man was truly one of the last great manager's and CEO's of American Business. Competitive to the end, Dedicated to the end, and capable of pushing people to their absolute limits for better or for worse to the point that something insanely great gets produced.

Final One More Thing.... (1)

Cryophallion (1129715) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619750)

Impressive. Only Steve Jobs could pull off the final "One More Thing" after the most recent Apple announcements. It was as timely as could be, and it's sad to see a true visionary go.

He brought an artistic sense to the usually boxy engineering and computer world, and aethetics can make a big difference.

Good on you Steve. Thanks for giving as much as you did.

Isstevejobsdead.com is down for the count (0)

mykos (1627575) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619754)

I had to go there first to confirm it's true. Thank goodness there's slashdot as a backup!

He was not 'found' dead! (1, Informative)

Golgafrinchan (777313) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619762)

Nowhere in the actual story does it say that Jobs was 'found' dead... yet somehow that's what the summary says.

It makes it sound like a homicide. Fix it, please.

consumers (1)

kirkb (158552) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619764)

Now who's gonna remind the industry that user experience comes first?

Google? Your personal information comes first.
Microsoft? Derp derp derp first.

Thanks for creating the reality distortion field (1)

agent_vee (1801664) | more than 2 years ago | (#37619782)

His greatest invention but doesn't get enough press.
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