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FBI File Notes Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the are-you-now-or-have-you-ever-been dept.

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Hugh Pickens writes "Bloomberg reports that the FBI has released a decades-old file it kept on Steve Jobs, the deceased Apple co-founder, after a background check for a possible appointment by former President George H. W. Bush conducting interviews with unnamed associates of Jobs to judge his character, drug use and potential prejudices. 'Several individuals questioned Mr. Jobs' honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals,' according to the materials. Several people commented 'concerning past drug use on the part of Mr. Jobs,' according to the file including marijuana, hashish and LSD during the period 1970 – 1974. The file also noted that Jobs was not a member of the communist party."

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Breaking news (-1, Offtopic)

bonch (38532) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984443)

As we all know, most CEOs are honest people who never twist truth or distort reality to achieve their goals.

Meanwhile, Google is officially becoming an enforcer of Motorola's patents [bloomberg.com] and will demand a billion dollars a year in royalty fees [allthingsd.com], contrary to everything about patents that they complained about six months ago and everything their defenders have claimed about their values. But, yeah, it's good that this old Gawker story about mean Steve Jobs was posted instead.

Re:Breaking news (2, Interesting)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984631)

Might I ask exactly whom you believe will fall for your rubbish? This article is about the absurdity of the FBI having such a file, not about "mean" Steve Jobs. Your article quotes Florian fucking Mueller, and that billion in royalties comes solely from Apple, who (a) can afford it, (b) was already paying it, (c) has been racing to the bottom with Google's business partners for quite some time now, and (d) started it. Learn how to troll.

Re:Breaking news (4, Insightful)

bws111 (1216812) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984753)

What is absurd about the FBI having a file on someone who was a potential presidential appointee?

Re:Breaking news (3, Funny)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984923)

Hmm. Point taken. Then I guess it's really just a point of curiosity, and there's nothing to get upset about. I'm still new at this "yelling at bonch for being a horrible person" thing, so there may be a few rough patches to work out.

Exactly bws111 (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984993)

Exactly.

Also, Steve did publicly lie, repeatedly, about Apple never using Intel cpu's such as "...it will be a cold day in hell...".

Companies and individuals made huge investments in Apple products and Steve bold faced lied through his teeth. Overall he was a great individual but, like any human, he definitely had his no good, snake in the grass, piece of crap, lying moments.

Re:Exactly bws111 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985125)

Overall he was a great individual

Everything I've heard said he was basically a douche bag. Brilliant but a douche bag.

Re:Breaking news (1)

Jawnn (445279) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985327)

What is absurd about the FBI having a file on someone who was a potential presidential appointee?

Better question... "Why didn't he get the job?" I mean, come on. After that "...will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals,” observation, you'd think that he'd have fit right in with that bunch. And he wasn't a communist either. Apparently, that was somehow important back then.

Re:Breaking news (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985587)

Fuck that I got all excited from the Title. I fully expected that Jobs created a working Reality Distortion Field. Not just him dispelling myths or outright lying. People do that daily, why is it newsworthy?

I'm not an Apple fanboy, but Christ let the man rest.

Re:Breaking news (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984711)

As we all know, most CEOs are honest people who never twist truth or distort reality to achieve their goals.

Meanwhile, Google is officially becoming an enforcer of Motorola's patents [bloomberg.com] and will demand a billion dollars a year in royalty fees [allthingsd.com], contrary to everything about patents that they complained about six months ago and everything their defenders have claimed about their values. But, yeah, it's good that this old Gawker story about mean Steve Jobs was posted instead.

Oh thank god, Bonch is back! Here to remind us that if you are using an apple approved reality distortion field, you too will be able to deny the existence of a story that is critical of the character of the glorious Mr Jobs. And WTF does motorola patents have to do with this story? Oh that's right, everything Google does is wrong (including using patents to seek royalties.) If they were an upstanding company, they would say royalties be damned, and use every penny of their cash available to "right this wrong" and to "go thermonuclear war on this." Because that's what sane companies with IP to protect do. Right.

Re:Breaking news (0)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985309)

And god forbid a company use patents to seek royalties! That's just so evil, what will Google do next, patent some touchscreen gestures? Patent concentric rectangles!?

Re:Breaking news (4, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984851)

Get a life bonch. A Slashdotter who lives in one of the most boring places in the world is telling you to Get. A. Life.

Re:Breaking news (0, Offtopic)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984883)

Even though Google hasn't been 100% faithful to it's "Do no evil" policy it's done better than most companies.

I hope among Motorola's patents Google finds a patent trump card it can use to point a cannon at every other phone maker out there to strong arm everyone else into dropping all of their own patent suits. "The Nuclear Patent" that way we can get on with actually improving things and getting better phones instead of just tiptoeing around the patent wars.

Hardly a unique trait (5, Insightful)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984473)

Most people (we are not all paragons of virtue) do that. The difference was that Jobs was apparently good at it.

Re:Hardly a unique trait (4, Interesting)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984939)

Most people (we are not all paragons of virtue) do that. The difference was that Jobs was apparently good at it.

The difference between SJ and most people, not referenced in his report but available from anyone who ever worked closely with him, was that SJ was addicted to backstabbing even when it would hurt him as well. Do a favor for SJ? Either disappear immediately or count on him going out of his way to hurt you.

Re:Hardly a unique trait (0, Flamebait)

mapfortu (2567463) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985023)

There are many many many more younger people than older people. What do you suppose happened to them all? ... Backstabbing. If you don't get good at it then you are relegated to bagging groceries before you achieve forty years.

Re:Hardly a unique trait (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984959)

Only the USA it's considered natural to have such an extensive experience with recreational drugs.

Re:Hardly a unique trait (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985373)

Drug use in the 70s? Two minor drugs and one that was extremely popular? Preposterous.

Re:Hardly a unique trait (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985085)

Most people (we are not all paragons of virtue) do that. The difference was that Jobs was apparently good at it.

With his wealth, at the end, as a yardstick, he wasn't merely good at it, he wrote the book, the preface, table of contents and the index, plus did a bang-up job for the cover art.

Old Pot/Kettle drama (5, Insightful)

losttoy (558557) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984505)

Wondering if the FBI does background checks on Senate, Congress and Presidential candidates? Pretty sure 99.9% would have the same issues with "dishonesty". My favourite line from the TFA is "Others mentioned that Jobs couldn’t be trusted and that he was able to create a reality-distortion field." Wondering how strong this force field was and was it able to warp the time-space continuum?? :P

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (4, Funny)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984561)

Wondering if the FBI does background checks on Senate, Congress and Presidential candidates?

Of course not, that would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (4, Informative)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984601)

Also, there are these really cool things called 'elections' in which you get the chance to periodically vote for a candidate you like. The majority rules and the candidate that pleases the most people is elected. Did you know that you can even run for election?

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (2, Insightful)

nschubach (922175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984713)

You can run, but you won't win... People keep crying out that they want to curb career politicians, but when you have Joe Nobody on the ballot vs. someone you've seen on the TV, people will vote for the one they saw on TV.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984795)

Circus.

None of that matters if the vote counts are forged.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (4, Interesting)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984817)

This is the 21st century. Traditional TV is going away and its becoming easier to get followers without taking out millions of dollars in commercials. We are approaching a critical point where the little guy can get as much exposure as the big guy if they use the medium intelligently.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (3, Insightful)

nschubach (922175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985163)

You can try (and by all means, I support any efforts) but there's a membrane (glass ceiling?) that has to be broken through for people to even seriously consider someone running via Youtube, etc. You'll never be invited to any debates, people will not do research on their own to find out what you support and they will continue to vote for the person with "experience". You pretty much have to start from the city/local government at a young age and work your way up to be considered for spots that are intended to be filled by common citizens, but you're not going to be a common citizen if you work up the ladder and you have to dedicate your life to it unless you have a ton of money to spend on ramping up that campaign.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985175)

We are approaching a critical point where the little guy can get as much exposure as the big guy if they use the medium intelligently.

Yes, and we are also approaching the year of Linux on the desktop.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984685)

Wondering if the FBI does background checks on Senate, Congress and Presidential candidates?

Of course not, that would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Not only that but they would have to put all candiates in jail. So it would be a quite counterproductive action.
Show me an honest politician and I'll sell you the Golden Gate Bridge.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985063)

Probably not today but Hoover did for 48 years

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (1)

newsman220 (1928648) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984599)

Yes, it can distort the space/time continuum. And the FBI doesn't background check political candidates. That's your job, and the media's. Nobody bothers, since nobody will listen anyway.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984603)

And what would do they do if they did find something? There is nothing in the constitution allowing someone to be kicked out or denied office for failing a background check. Unless they find a crime they can prosecute, the best the FBI could do is go public and let the voters decide.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (2, Interesting)

losttoy (558557) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984677)

So anyone holding a government job, working on a government project or deemed a person of public trust is required to go through a FBI background check, except the political masters at the very top. Boy! that sure makes sense to me :-D Because we all know the masters at the top are beyond blackmail and corruption! Right.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (1)

bws111 (1216812) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984999)

I guess the lack of FBI background checks for candidates is why we never, ever hear about things that might make a candidate open to blackmail and corruption. We never hear about candidates extra-marital affairs. We never hear about sexual harassment. We never hear about past actions or statements that appear to be in conflict with what they are now saying. We never hear about drug use, or school performance. We have no idea where a candidate gets his income, or what companies/industries he has ties to.

What do you think campaigns are, besides one enormous background check?

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984951)

Well, here's something I think they could do if they found something:

"Senator Blowhard, we acquired a very interesting audio recording made in the hotel room next to the one you were staying in on April 14, 2006, with a certain Miss Dupre saying something about how much she liked a 'Mr Hotdog'. Now, it would be a real shame if a public servant such as yourself were so demeaned by this happening to find its way into the hands of a reporter for a major TV network. By the way, how were you thinking of voting in the upcoming law enforcement funding bill? Just curious."

And if you're thinking "But this is the serious crime of blackmail!", then ask yourself who's responsible for investigating such crimes.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (1)

KingAlanI (1270538) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985427)

The reason for failing the background check might be an impeachable offense or the candidate not meeting the age/residency/citizenship qualifications
Also, Congresscritters can be expelled by a 2/3 vote of their chamber for any reason.
So the information would need to be made public, but you wouldn't need to wait for the next election and hope they get voted out

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (5, Interesting)

Guidii (686867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984751)

Interesting snippet:

[Retracted] concluded the interview by stating that even though he does not consider Mr. Jobs to be a friend, he (Mr. Jobs) possesses the qualities to assume a high level political position. It was [retracted]'s opinion that honesty and integerity are not required qualities to hold such a position."

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984755)

When government engages in this flavor of oppression (and yes, spying on innocents is a form of oppression), it says much more about government than it does the victim. I don't care if Steve Jobs told lies every time he opened his mouth -- I'd sooner trust him (or any common man) before government with my own safety and well-being.

Similar to when somebody talks behind another person's back: it says much more about the person doing the talking.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985153)

really? spying? it was a background check for a job, a high level government job no less. Yes the government spies, yes it is wrong for the most part, no a background check is not spying. And what oppression are you talking about, the kind where things you say and do influence who and what you are, oh the humanity.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985117)

My favorite paragraph was this one:

_______concluded the interview by stating that even though he does not consider Mr. Jobs to be a friend, he (Mr. Jobs) possesses the qualities to assume a high level political position. It was ______ opinion that honesty and integrity are not required qualities to hold such a position. _____ recommended him for a position of trust and confidence with the Government.

He said this after the beginning of his/her interview where he characterized Jobs as a "deceptive individual and not completely forthright and honest," and then mentions the usual reality distortion field stuff.

Good enough for CEO work, good enough for Government work, lol.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985349)

Wondering how strong this force field was and was it able to warp the time-space continuum?? :P

It can bend concentric rectangles into a unique shape so I'd say it's pretty damn strong.

Re:Old Pot/Kettle drama (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985357)

President for sure. I don't think there's a person on the planet with a higher security clearance than the CiC of the US military.

Job Requirements? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984587)

>> Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals,

Sounds like a politician to me!

Re:Job Requirements? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984797)

They figured he wasn't as good as Karl Rove though.

Re:Job Requirements? (3, Informative)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984857)

I am not sure what Karl Rove has to do with the consideration of Steve Jobs for a posible appointment by President George H.W. Bush. Karl Rove was an advisor to George W. Bush, who had yet to run for governor of Texas when this took place.

Re:Job Requirements? (2)

HBI (604924) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985245)

Rove worked for the elder Bush as well. His 1978 and 1980 campaigns were primarily Rove's work. Rove was engaged in Texas to shepherd Bush's son and keep him out of trouble after the elder Bush went to Washington as the Vice-President.

Would have fit in just fine! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984605)

twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals

Sounds like Jobs would have been perfect!

Drugs (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984613)

Tons and tons of people have used a bit of hash and LSD in their past, but few will admit it to their employers if they work in the professional world.

It's not that these activities actually make a person of bad or suspicious - it's that many people _believe_ that they do. This turns casual and innocent drug users into liars because they have to protect themselves from the horribly ill-informed and paranoid power structure.

Re:Drugs (1)

HomelessInLaJolla (1026842) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985387)

I have no idea why the major media panders to the ignorant lemmings by continually hyping up "hash(ish)" as if it is some evil distorted mutated cousin of unholy origin. Hash(ish) is no more sinister than a mulch box for recycling grass clippings and weeds pulled out of the garden. Modern marijuana consumers are, technically, obsessive about the top buds. Real smokers know that, since we grow acres and acres of it, we more or less harvest it like wheat and pulp it together like a crazed cotton gin. If you're lucky you'll get a blob which includes some of the opium (poppy), too.

Similar to the ignorants who do not know that their jedi light saber is really a mock [slashdot.org] up of Alephel's stick.

Those who do not know history are doomed to be a nuisance to society.

wrong (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984619)

with the amount of business Steve sent to China, he should be an honorary member of the Chinese Communist Party

Re:wrong (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984855)

As should just about every other business and industry executive. But wait, they were doing it because of lower costs. Hmm . . . reeks of capitalism to me. I guess the world isn't so black and white.

Re:wrong (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984971)

Ok, but then you have to complete the deal and really present "Communist" China for what it is - the freest market on this planet.

Re:wrong (1)

hercubus (755805) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985095)

... he should be an honorary member of the Chinese Communist Party

Right, because Apple is the only company that found it had to move manufacturing to China. Apple was actually pretty late to the party in China, I believe they kept manufacturing in America longer than a lot of companies did. (party pun intended)

Whatever we do, let us not wonder what it is about our national character (I want stuff cheap) or our national trends (cutting local labor _always_ boosts stock price) or national policies (yes we subsidize moving jobs overseas) that creates a situation where a whole buttload of manufacturing went to China, including Apple's

"Communist" is just branding (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985137)

Communist China is communist like Roman Meal bread is from Rome.

Re:wrong (3, Insightful)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985413)

Everybody is quick to blame business - but look at the environment that led to it: Americans love their cheap widgets. You have an American made widget on the shelf next to a Chinese made widget, your American widget is usually 20-30% more expensive. What do you suppose people are going to buy? We've created an economy around disposable goods where competition is primarily on price. If a business tries to stay American made, they will fail to their competitors that import. *ALL* Americans have been happily exporting our economy to China. Now it's starting to bite us back and of course we are playing the blame game.

what's with the all-caps emails? (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984649)

What kind of computer system were they using in 1991? By 1991 it wasn't very common anymore for users of email, Usenet, or FidoNet to do everything in all caps.

Re:what's with the all-caps emails? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984919)

What kind of computer system were they using in 1991? By 1991 it wasn't very common anymore for users of email, Usenet, or FidoNet to do everything in all caps.

The FBI likes yelling.

Re:what's with the all-caps emails? (1)

number6x (626555) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985107)

1991 was the year windows 3.1 came out, but the windows socket API did not appear until 1992.

email was almost exclusively a Unix thing and a little on the mainframe. Mac had a pretty good stack for email but everything else was hit or miss. A lot of Mainframe and some Mid-frame (Honeywell, Unisys) systems defaulted to all caps.

Windows, Apple II, and others usually did email through BBS's or BBS-like providers like Prodigy and Delphi.

And we had to walk to and from school through 6 feet of snow, uphill both ways!

Re:what's with the all-caps emails? (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985405)

IBM mainframes (think iSeries, AS/400 etc) have been mostly case-insensitive uppercase by default until recently. I'd imagine it's quite common on the ancient-history-mainframe side.

Not a Communist at that time. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984687)

Sure in support of Communism later.

So, in other news, absolutely nothing unexpected. (2)

thesandtiger (819476) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984715)

None of those things are surprising or unexpected. None of those things, or even just the combination of those things, are unique or special to Jobs, or uncommon among humanity at all, let alone people of his generation and initial environment. Hell, the fact that he had an FBI file isn't even surprising or unexpected - I'm sure quite a few /.ers have FBI files just by virtue of where they've worked etc.

This is "news" in the same way that saying Mr. Jobs was a carbon based life form would been news.

Jobs was who most people expected he was, even when they had vastly differing opinions as to his worth as a human being.

I'm not trying to say that /, shouldn't report this stuff, but rather that I'm just surprised the guy's file was so mundane - you'd hope for *something* juicy.

Re:So, in other news, absolutely nothing unexpecte (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984941)

This is "news" in the same way that saying Mr. Jobs was a carbon based life form would been news.

To be fair, that revelation would have surprised a lot of the Apple Faithful.

"twist the truth and distort reality" (5, Insightful)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984835)

to achieve his goals.

The man outright stated he was willing to bankrupt the company he was in charge of making a profit for in order to avenge a perceived theft.

I would say the guy has reality, vengeance, and anger issues that rivals that of women I've let into my life.

Seriously, the guy had a very elegant approach to things, that's why Apple is very popular among those who don't mind having choices made for them, because despite the premium they're good solid choices as long as you don't have anything outside the box to accomplish. There's no doubt in my mind the guy had control issues, the fit he threw when the iPhone boot-loader was cracked, the fact he won't let you deal with multi-media data on external USB/FireWire drives on Mac OS X, the FUD he had the company spread about OGG/Vorbis, and the face Apple officially doesn't even acknowledge Linux exist even though it counts MS/Windows as a bonus feature combined with temper and obsessiveness stories that leaked about his first term as CEO tells me Jobs was likely a sociopath.

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (2)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984963)

"tells me Jobs was likely a sociopath."

or a spoiled little shit of a man child

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985003)

I would say the guy has reality, vengeance, and anger issues that rivals that of women I've let into my life.

Jeebus --- pot meet kettle! I can just picture the spittle frothing at the corner of your scowl as you wrote this comment...

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (3, Insightful)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985059)

none of that, I've got a nice set of knife scars to remind me how some people react to not getting their way, or at least having their supply of drug money cut off

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (2)

supercrisp (936036) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985025)

"the guy has reality, vengeance, and anger issues that rivals that of women I've let into my life" -- The women are variable; the constant is you.

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985141)

I've only had one that went nuclear on me, I've had another go into a self harm spiral, and another that still contacts me trying to get back together despite breaking it off 17 years ago when I was in high-school. The others were parted for various other reasons. Sure I'm the constant, I'm the constant that watches others wig the hell out because they have no control over their emotions.

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (2)

liamevo (1358257) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985067)

The problem with the world today is that most high profile business people, CEO's and the like all show symptoms of being a sociopath. Our society is setup to reward sociopath's who are intelligent.

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (1)

ImprovOmega (744717) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985337)

The problem with the world today is that most high profile business people, CEO's and the like all show symptoms of being a sociopath. Our society is setup to reward sociopath's who are intelligent.

I would add: and don't hurt others too much. Although the level of hurt that society is willing to put up with is directly proportional to how much money the sociopath in question is able to raise.

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (1)

liamevo (1358257) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985439)

Sure they don't hurt us too much in our own society, but look at the societies we use for resources and man power, those people are being buttfucked by our industry leaders and their own political and business leaders.

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (1)

DreadPiratePizz (803402) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985225)

"the fact he won't let you deal with multi-media data on external USB/FireWire drives on Mac OS X"

What do you mean by that? I have no trouble playing multimedia files off of Firewire drives. I have no trouble saving them. I have no trouble moving my iTunes purchases to them. Can you clarify?

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (2)

RollTRS (894613) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985229)

the fact he won't let you deal with multi-media data on external USB/FireWire drives on Mac OS X

I know this is irrelevant to your point, but you've piqued my curiosity. What are you referring to here?

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (3, Funny)

thefixer(tm) (1906774) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985385)

People who "don't mind having choices made for them"...? Um, that's like the entire population of this country. On the count of 3, everyone say "baaaaaah!"

Re:"twist the truth and distort reality" (1)

getNewNickName (980625) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985485)

Given the amount of media exposure Jobs had, anyone else under the same spotlight would appear sociopathic. Media loves to focus on faults and sensationalize even the smallest issues. It's doubtful that any typical slashdotter would look saintly under that amount of scrutiny.

Silly statements that get blown out of proportion like bankrupting his company to avenge a theft, that's buying into the idiocy of mass media... right, because Jobs "bankrupted" Apple all the way to becoming the largest company in the world. Jobs was a fabulous marketer who stretched the truth where it benefited the company. He wasn't a saint nor the devil-incarnate, he was just a guy who sold you shiny toys, just like the rest.

iRapture (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984863)

no reality distortion field in our politicians. wasn't that the administration that had a secretary of the interior who wasn't concerned with pollution and resource depletion because he was expecting the rapture during his term?

SSN? (1)

JStyle (833234) | more than 2 years ago | (#38984931)

I don't know the rules, but is it okay for the FBI to post the man's social security number? It's on nearly every page. 549-94-3295 if anyone was wondering.

Re:SSN? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985121)

* submits credit card application *

Re:SSN? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985291)

I thought that was weird also. And why did they need to redact Jobs' birth father name from the report? I didn't understand that because I thought it was already publicized in the press .

Re:SSN? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985303)

It's OK. Nobody's using it anymore. Except for probably a handful of illegals who pronounce their assumed name "Staybay Yobs."

Re:SSN? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985543)

Staybay Hobs! If you're gonnna racist,, get it right, man.

Honest not required for government (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38984957)

In Jobs' defense, the interview subjects still recommended him for the high-level [government] appointment, which he didn't get.

"Honesty and integrity are not prerequisites to assume such a position," one of the interview subjects reportedly said.

Source [nydailynews.com]

Whoever it was that said that to the FBI has serious chutzpah.

TOP SECRET clearance at PIXAR? (4, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985031)

There's a note that Jobs once held a TOP SECRET clearance while at Pixar. I wonder what Pixar was doing for the Government.

Re:TOP SECRET clearance at PIXAR? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985215)

There's a note that Jobs once held a TOP SECRET clearance while at Pixar. I wonder what Pixar was doing for the Government.

Bush was afraid Toy Story was real. He was worried his dolls were all spying on him at night.

Good to know, that he was not a communist. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985073)

Good to know, that he was not a communist. I would have hated myself for buying any of his products.

Best quote from entire document (5, Interesting)

johnthorensen (539527) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985129)

[redacted] concluded the interview by stating that even though he does not consider Mr. Jobs to be a friend, he (Mr. Jobs) possesses the qualities to assume a high level political position. It was [redacted]'s opinion that honest and integrity are not required qualities to hold such a position. [redacted] recommended him for a position of trust and confidence with the government.

That quote alone is awesome on so many levels I can't even begin to describe the joy and mirth I experienced while reading it.

Re:Best quote from entire document (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985283)

[redacted] concluded the interview by stating that even though he does not consider Mr. Jobs to be a friend, he (Mr. Jobs) possesses the qualities to assume a high level political position. It was [redacted]'s opinion that honest and integrity are not required qualities to hold such a position. [redacted] recommended him for a position of trust and confidence with the government.

That quote alone is awesome on so many levels I can't even begin to describe the joy and mirth I experienced while reading it.

The only thing more awesome than the comment itself is the fact that the guy said it to an FBI investigator's face.

Re:Best quote from entire document (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985285)

The background check was for a position in the George W. Bush White House. Honesty and Integrity might have been detrimental to a candidates success.

Ah, the seventies... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38985257)

Basically everyone spent that decade high on everything imaginable.

Our government is just paranoid (1)

techgeek0279 (2530106) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985415)

I think sometimes people are just too paranoid. Being too paranoid is just counter productive in my honest opinion. I mean, investigating Jobs' life, where did it get them anyways?

FBI doesn't distort the truth? (1)

na1led (1030470) | more than 2 years ago | (#38985527)

So they like to point out all of our faults, as if the FBI is the most honest organization on the planet, Yea Right!
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