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World Cup Memo Written By Steve Jobs Going Up For Auction

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the gate-gate-paragate-parasangate-bodhi-svahdl dept.

The Almighty Buck 206

New submitter Dega704 writes with an excerpt from El Reg: "Before Steve Jobs came up with the iPhone or even the Apple II, he designed paddles for ball-flipping games at Atari where the scruffy 19-year-old was employed to improve game design. Sotheby's New York will auction off a document dating from Jobs's time there: a 1974 report that Jobs wrote for his boss suggesting ways to improve arcade game World Cup. According to Jobs' biography, his Atari days are most notable for his clashes with colleagues, who he considered to be 'dumb shits'. He was made to work night shifts there partly because he was in a phase of refusing to wash and so he apparently smelt bad, causing complaints from his co-workers. But Jobs obviously did some work at Atari too, with the document laying out his ideas for improving player experience. The typed four-page document includes three circuit designs in pencil and additional designs for the paddles and alignment of players defending a soccer goal."

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that ain't nothin (0)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138209)

Once, I found lint in my ear. Clearly, an Italian spy put it there and formic, smoryhtnremw.

Steve WHO? (3, Insightful)

russotto (537200) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138225)

Steve JOBS came up with the Apple II? I don't think so.

Re:Steve WHO? (1, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138269)

Speaking of The Woz, I kind of wish he would install his office web cam again... One wonders if he took it down because it caught him surfing porn one too many times...

Re:Steve WHO? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138413)

I was working as a sales rep in a Silicon Valley computer store in the early 80's. I knew the Woz and many other notables (I sold 3com their first 100 PC's). One day Woz's mother came into our store, looking for a joke present for the computer geek son who had everything geeky he could want. I sold her a bottle of "Bug Off" - anti-static spay for his monitor! ... :-)

Re:Steve WHO? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138731)

One day Woz's mother came into our store...

I was worried where that was going there for a minute.

Industrial designer (4, Insightful)

k(wi)r(kipedia) (2648849) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138321)

Well, he may have come up with the design for the thing. After all, if a computer or a smartphone is simply a bunch of chips soldered, screwed or superglued together, then Apple would be selling iBoards and the iBerry Pi, instead of selling the iMac and the iPhone.

Re:Industrial designer (-1)

muon-catalyzed (2483394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138489)

Did he also design the Apple Pippin game console ? That was such a huge success compared to PlayStation, SNES or even Sega Saturn? /s

Re:Industrial designer (2)

shiftless (410350) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139057)

Yeah? Maybe? Your point is? Every person who achieves success, is sure to fail a few times along the way.

Re:Industrial designer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138743)

The Jobs biography says that he was responsible for coming up with the molded plastic case. So in that sense, yes, he did design the thing.

Re:Steve WHO? (4, Insightful)

TheWanderingHermit (513872) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138479)

Kind of shocking the guys at Slashdot would miss something as big as this. Wonder if they're just too young and inexperienced to know about Woz.

(Yeah, I know they're not -- which means only temporary idiocy could explain them making that mistake!)

Re:Steve WHO? (2)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138625)

temporary idiocy

Temporary? - Don't be such a tease.

Steve Jobs Invented REFUSING TO WASH!!! (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138699)

Steve JOBS came up with the Apple II? I don't think so.

I think what they're crediting him with is the idea of refusing to wash. Why not, he is the chosen messiah of the Apple fanatic is he not?

Re:Steve WHO? (4, Informative)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139049)

Putting the thing into a plastic case and embedding the keyboard was Steve's idea. Trying to keep it simple and not suck is still kind of a revolutionary concept.

We're all so willing to live with things that suck. I mean, even OSX sucks in many ways(I prefer it because it sucks less than Windows, and while Linux is great for stability, living with the OS is a kind of suck I can't deal with; even if it sucks less overall).

Re:Steve WHO? (3, Funny)

hawk (1151) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139241)

Bah.

Including a keyboard, case, and power supply.

computers for sissies that can't handle a soldering iron.

What's next--put a program in rom so you don't hae to key it in???

humbug

Hawk

Re:Steve WHO? (5, Interesting)

tyrione (134248) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139329)

Steve JOBS came up with the Apple II? I don't think so.

Steve Wozniak is on record stating that Steve designed the layout of everything on the Apple II down to how to layout the ICs. Wozniak could have cared less but saw the merit in Steve's constant design critique to make things organized, minimalistic and right down to the look of the inside of cases not to be nothing but some piece of crap sheet metal cover, ala today's typical PC Clone shell.

"refusing to wash.." (1, Funny)

Severus Snape (2376318) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138229)

Further proof towards geniuses are normally mad.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (4, Insightful)

king neckbeard (1801738) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138275)

What does a post about Steve Jobs have to do with geniuses?

Re:"refusing to wash.." (5, Funny)

starworks5 (139327) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138295)

He employs them in his apple stores

Re:"refusing to wash.." (5, Funny)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138319)

I laughed, then I realized you might be serious... so I laughed harder.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138381)

Apple stores have troubleshooting areas called "Genius Bars" where employees with the designation of Genius work.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138407)

You suck McBain!

Re:"refusing to wash.." (1)

Severus Snape (2376318) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138481)

You win the be funny battle.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (5, Insightful)

kiwimate (458274) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138375)

You may want to look up the definition [merriam-webster.com] of the word. It probably has many more meanings than you suspect.

P.S. - why are some people never happy unless they're ripping down someone else?

Re:"refusing to wash.." (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138399)

It's not about deriving pleasure from ripping people down. It's about treating pond scum like Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs like they did something good for society.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138507)

It's about treating pond scum like Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs like they did something good for society.

Yes, I can see where that might require a bit more abstract thinking than most people around here are accustomed to.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (0, Flamebait)

shiftless (410350) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139079)

What the fuck have you ever accomplished in life? No, don't tell me, let me guess: not a goddamn thing...which is why you have so much energy available to hate on those who did and have achieved.

The only pond scum is you.

We need more chlorine in the gene pool.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (2, Informative)

king neckbeard (1801738) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139161)

Let's assume for a moment that your claim that he has not accomplished anything in his life is correct. That would make his value to humanity practically zero. That puts him above those that have had negative net effects on humanity. I don't think it is unreasonable to say that Edison and Jobs fit into that category.

That said, Edison and Jobs being total cunts says nothing about whether or not they were actually geniuses.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139179)

"hate on"? Even your syntax gives you away as a cunt.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138747)

why are people never happy unless they're ripping down someone else?

FTFY. Are people any nicer in New Zealand? Please let me know. I've discovered that everyone I have ever known sucks, to varying degrees, and I'd like get as far away as possible from this society of liars, where cruelty and rudeness are poor but accepted substitutes for humor.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138969)

where cruelty and rudeness are poor but accepted substitutes for humor.

Dunno about New Zealand but you probably want to steer a wide berth around Australia.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (0, Flamebait)

caitsith01 (606117) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138405)

As a psychopath, he was excellent at identifying and exploiting them for personal gain.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138459)

Like him or not, you'd have to be batshit out of your mind not to apply the term "genius" to Jobs.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (1)

king neckbeard (1801738) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138781)

I can dislike someone and still think they are a genius, and I can like someone and think they aren't a genius. Most of the time, Jobs wasn't even the best person in the room to apply the term 'genius' to.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138985)

"Most of the time, Jobs wasn't even the best person in the room to apply the term 'genius' to."

Oh REALLY ?

Jobs made things happen. Jobs changed the world.

What the fuck have you done that anyone will remember ?

Huh, bitch ? My bet is that you haven't done fuck all that even matters in the slightest in terms
of the betterment of humanity in ANY measurable way.

Jobs was a genius at making things happen. His kind, unlike your kind, is rare, and that is why
smart people celebrate the existence of Jobs and care not the slightest for your miserable POS
life.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (1)

king neckbeard (1801738) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139077)

Being memorable or important doesn't make you a genius, and being a genius doesn't make you memorable or important. Also, being a genius has nothing to do with bettering humanity. A person can be malicious and still be a genius, and if I had to throw out guesses, I'd say that geniuses as a whole are less benevolent on average than other people, either tending to have a misanthropic viewpoint or often acting in their own self interest to the detriment of others.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (4, Insightful)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138835)

Jobs was not a scientific genius, more of an organisational genius (re: Edison), so 'not a real genius' to some nerds. Geniuses are human, I know, it was a shock to me too when I first dicovered it! I'm 'smart' and I'm a nice person, so by inference geniuses are nice people, right?

To see the same phenomena in a scientific genius just pick up any bio of Issac Newton, he was widely recognised in his own lifetime as genius of the highest caliber by the public, and a common arsehole by his collegues and relatives. "American idol" style fawning over an arsehole who happens to also be a genius is definitely not something new.

Like him or not

I don't go out of my way to read about Jobs, Woz, BillG, et al, but I I like Woz as a person from what I've seen of him, Jobs I'm still undecided. None of that detracts from their status as modern day geniuses.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (5, Insightful)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138483)

He was a user-interaction genius, not necessarily a technical genius. He knew what people would want without them first knowing they wanted it.

Social Genius (0)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138511)

He was a social genius... he knew how to hack human brains and make them do what he wanted.

Re:"refusing to wash.." (-1)

shiftless (410350) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139069)

Because Steve Jobs was a design genius. Duh? Or do you think all "geniuses" have to eccentric old men with chalkboards full of math equations and exotic stamp collections?

Re:"refusing to wash.." (0)

rts008 (812749) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138455)

I thought something was stinking in Cupertino...

I refuse too wash too! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138233)

I'm going to be a billionaire!

Re:I refuse too wash too! (2)

cheater512 (783349) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138307)

Or die of cancer?

Re:I refuse too wash too! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138361)

It's been done. Think different.

Suitable for framing! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138243)

One of a kind! Snot rag that Steve Jobs blew his nose into at an organic food restaurant in 1979! Yours for only $200K! Suitable for framing!

Re:Suitable for framing! (1)

fatherjoecode (1725040) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138331)

And thus started the deluge of sacred holy relics onto the market place.

Re:Suitable for framing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138751)

Why is it most new on the Internet never includes images??? Or at least a link to them? What is wrong with the editors of news sites? We want graphics! Maps! Diagrams, pie charts, and honest to goodness photo images! [tinyurl.com]

Venerated as a demi-god (5, Insightful)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138265)

He's venerated as a demi-god but like many high/over achievers he was also complete prick.

Sorry Steve.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (3, Insightful)

starworks5 (139327) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138299)

Basically the bully that got to boss around and fuck over all the nerds, but doesn't actually possess much along the lines of ability, at least i had some respect for bill gates and his skills.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (3, Funny)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138393)

Steve Ballmer with better fashion sense.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (3, Funny)

Man On Pink Corner (1089867) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138493)

Yeah, I guess that explains why Ballmer followed Jobs around like a bipolar chimpanzee, repeatedly insulting and dismissing Apple products on Monday and paying legions of engineers to try their best to copy them on Tuesday.

Yeah, Jobs and Ballmer, two peas in a pod.

Just one question: were you dropped on your head as a child?

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (-1, Flamebait)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138533)

Just one question: were you dropped on your head as a child?

I'll have to reply later.......right now I'm too busy fucking your mom.......

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (1, Insightful)

daktari (1983452) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138787)

right now I'm too busy fucking your mom.......

I guess that answers the question whether or not you were dropped on your head as a child.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (1)

ganjadude (952775) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138833)

The answer is yes, because the mother in question is dead.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (1)

altoz (653655) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138499)

Bill Gates with better design sense.

Fixed that for you.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138415)

Dude, please. You don't have and never will have what it takes to work for a company like Apple. Trust me, having a demanding CEO pushing you to the limit is not a problem somebody like you will ever have to worry about.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (2)

kenh (9056) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138707)

I think you overestimate his limit - I suspect he hits his limit all the time.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138831)

...at least i had some respect for bill gates and his skills.

I respect Gates, too, but you make it sound like he's a ninja or something. It was his mother's skills and handiwork, to put it politely, that got him the IBM contract before Microsoft had any such software to license to them. Whatever coding skills he had he used to nameplate "Microsoft" into DOS to make it MS-DOS, and that was probably the last piece of coding he did. Interestingly, it isn't dissimilar to the way the original software pirates used to nameplate software after cracking it, except Bill didn't need to crack it, he just bought it. Though I seriously doubt he coded one line of it personally, the original Windows GUI was definately coded at MS, even if the concepts were borrowed from Xerox/PARC and Apple, but the original NT kernel code, from which all the flagship MS Windows OS have decended, was taken, literally stolen, from Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).

Bill Gates is awesome, and exceptional because he literally gives away fortunes, unlike other billionaires that merely pay lip service to charities for tax breaks.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138945)

You make it sound like some guys from Microsoft broke into an office at DEC and stole an operating system. Here's a chance for you to explain how it really happened.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138909)

Basically the bully that got to boss around and fuck over all the nerds, but doesn't actually possess much along the lines of ability, at least i had some respect for bill gates and his skills.

Really? What skills? BASIC? MS BASIC sucked so bad they replaced it with GW Basic in MS DOS 3.x (3.3 came with GW Basic, don't recall if it was put in earlier than that). After that, I'm kinda hazy on what he may have worked on that required technical skills. Conning skills - definitely.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (5, Funny)

caitsith01 (606117) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138425)

Yep, would you rather be (a) uber successful but smelly, nasty, humourless and loveless, or (b) less successful but regularly bathed, kind, funny and loved?

Of course this is slashdot so I should offer option (c), unsuccessful, smelly, nasty, humourless and loveless.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (4, Funny)

Bacon Bits (926911) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138951)

Of course this is slashdot so I should offer option (c), unsuccessful, smelly, nasty, humourless and loveless.

I have a perfectly good sense of humor, thank you very much.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (3, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138477)

It's ok, look around, most of the people you work with are pricks, your boss is....so are the people at the gym, in the super-market, and everywhere. So am I, and so are you, most likely.

Fact is, most people are pricks. So what?

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138683)

Thing is, if you take all those people who are pricks, and consider them "normal", Jobs is still a prick.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (1)

swillden (191260) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138695)

It's ok, look around, most of the people you work with are pricks, your boss is....so are the people at the gym, in the super-market, and everywhere. So am I, and so are you, most likely. Fact is, most people are pricks. So what?

Right, because it's a boolean attribute. Frequency and degree aren't relevant.

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (1)

kenh (9056) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138715)

This is slashdot - what's a gym?

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138737)

There are fitness geeks too, you prick!! I mean, you insensitive clod!

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (2)

hawk (1151) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139259)

It's where your lunch money went . .v. :)

hawk

INVENTED being a prick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138721)

It's ok, look around, most of the people you work with are pricks, your boss is....so are the people at the gym, in the super-market, and everywhere. So am I, and so are you, most likely.
Fact is, most people are pricks. So what?

Yes, but according to Apple fans Steve Jobs INVENTED being a prick.

Seems to me that's all Apple fans and employees ever do - claim that Jobs invented everything in sight and was a genius. Create a mythology around the company and the men. Everyone who knows no better and buys the product then feels like they're choosing creative genius over the mundane. How else do you sell inferior over priced walled garden shite by the ton?

Re:Venerated as a demi-god (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138895)

I'm not a prick. I genuinely am low on nails.

High bidders only (0)

mikkelm (1000451) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138325)

Next up is a set of pinball schematics drawn by an arrogant teenager who refused to take showers. Yours for only two million dollars!

Re:High bidders only (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138385)

Ooooh! I wonder when the used square of Charmin will be up for auction!

Re:High bidders only (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139025)

Here you go [ebay.com]

Re:High bidders only (0)

shiftless (410350) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139099)

Are you mad that your schematics will never fetch a tenth of a fraction of that?

Re:High bidders only (1)

mikkelm (1000451) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139115)

Is that really the only plausible explanation that you can come up with?

Only a video game? (1, Troll)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138505)

Damn, it's only a memo about improving a video game? I thought it was going to be a memo about how to improve the snoozefest that is soccer/futbol. (Yeah, and here come all the non-Americans to talk about how superior it is to basketball/baseball/football. I don't care. Any game that ends in a 0-0 tie is not entertaining to watch.)

Re:Only a video game? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138583)

If the above comment isn't "flamebait", then I don't know what is... (regardless if you think he may be right or not).

Re:Only a video game? (1, Flamebait)

Kittenman (971447) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138589)

Damn, it's only a memo about improving a video game? I thought it was going to be a memo about how to improve the snoozefest that is soccer/futbol. (Yeah, and here come all the non-Americans to talk about how superior it is to basketball/baseball/football. I don't care. Any game that ends in a 0-0 tie is not entertaining to watch.)

You mean, the majority of the world's population?

Re:Only a video game? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138733)

The majority of the world's population live in tar-paper shacks, and shit in a hole in the ground. That doesn't make them smart.

Re:Only a video game? (3, Insightful)

GrahamCox (741991) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138957)

Any game that ends in a 0-0 tie is not entertaining to watch

Not always, but it often is. It's not always about the score, or winners and losers but how the game is played.

No doubt though, you also only watch car racing for the crashes.

Re:Only a video game? (4, Funny)

Man On Pink Corner (1089867) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138597)

I thought it was going to be a memo about how to improve the snoozefest that is soccer/futbol.

Let's see...

1.1.14.a: All players will be issued 9mm handguns with one cartridge each, except that the goalkeeper shall receive three cartridges. Players are allowed to handle the ball with their elbows, heads, feet, or rackets. All horses, except for those participating in the game, must be tied securely on the sidelines with sponsors' logos removed or covered. Matches will continue for 25 minutes or until no players remain awake. Players may purchase supplementary PCP at the on-field concession stand. Broadcasts, recordings, and retransmissions in any form are prohibited without the express written consent of Batman. The use of polearms in excess of 3 meters in length is prohibited except during league play.

Nope, still not worth watching.

Re:Only a video game? (1)

mixmasta (36673) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138687)

It's not the most action packed sport for sure ... but it is accessible. You only need one ball and some empty space. Of course baseball's a bit dull to watch as well, though I do enjoy playing it.

Re:Only a video game? (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139151)

I actually prefer to watch baseball.

But yes, there is no more accessible sport than soccer. To play.

To watch? Not so much. It's better than golf, but not by much.

Re:Only a video game? (1)

Faluzeer (583626) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138841)

Damn, it's only a memo about improving a video game? I thought it was going to be a memo about how to improve the snoozefest that is soccer/futbol. (Yeah, and here come all the non-Americans to talk about how superior it is to basketball/baseball/football. I don't care. Any game that ends in a 0-0 tie is not entertaining to watch.)

Hmmm

So it is the act of scoring that makes a game exciting? Personally I don't think so, certainly not in regards to basketball, where I believe the opposite is true... As a Brit I have seen many scoreless football matches, yes, quite a few of them have been dire, however a fair number of them have been very tense and exciting. The best have been those matches where one side has dominated the match but have been denied victory by a perfect performance from the other team's goalkeeper.

Re:Only a video game? (1)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139285)

Of course, your mileage will vary. The one nice thing about a game that scores is that it usually means that very good plays are rewarded with a score at the end of them, so it is easier to follow who is making good plays and when they are doing it.

In soccer it also means that a 1-0 score is a much larger deficit to overcome than the goal would lead watchers of other games to believe. If the game ends on a 1-0, that zero can mean anything from no offense on the loser's side to good, but not quite good enough offense. It could make some people feel like the losing team accomplished nothing, when they may have played very well indeed.

It's all psychological and what you are used to, of course. If you are used to high scoring games, it will be strange for you. Going from basketball to soccer is an interesting change of perspective.

New Poll (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138569)

Who are the worst religious extremists

(1) Shia Islam Jihadists
(2) Sunni Muslim Fanatics
(3) Christian Fundamentalists (Protestant)
(4) Catholics
(5) Ultra Orthodox Zionists
(6) Vegan Eco-freaks
(7) Apple Fanboys
(8) Scientologists
(9) Is there a Cowboyneal-is-God religion?

I found this memo, auctioning it off (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138593)

I'm out of here.

When I first came to Atari three months ago, I figured there must be some pretty smart people in this place. People that wanted to change the world a little.

But no.

Instead, I have to deal with bozos nonstop. Clowns to the left of me. Jokers to the right, I'm stuck in the middle with all of you.

Like the boss who told me that Pong was great the way it was, we just needed to add some fade-in fade-out transition graphics and add three-stripe color to the paddles.

BOZOS!

I just sat there, looked at him and said, Nam Myo'ho Renge Ku.

Now I'm off to put Wang and Digital Equipment Corporation out of business.

- Fake Steve Jobs
    1974

Re:I found this memo, auctioning it off (1)

Genda (560240) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138823)

Hey Beavis... he said Wang... Huh,huh,huh,huhuhuhuh.

no one fucking cares (0, Troll)

cforrester (2474734) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138655)

how much can i get for a magazine he farted on once

Re:no one fucking cares (1)

Genda (560240) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138815)

how much can i get for a magazine he farted on once

A breath mint and some hand sanitizer. Ewwww.

Mantra FTA (1, Offtopic)

vencs (1937504) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138709)

An insightful Buddhist Mantra:

gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha

"gone gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond, O what an awakening (end)!"

Well, (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138713)

the title has Steve Jobs in it, so I'm excited!

I wish he was still alive. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40138769)

Atleast when he was alive I could go months without ever hearing him mentioned and he only popped up every 10 months to show the new ipad or iphone to the press on stage. Now that he is dead I cant go anywhere without someone sobbing and masturbating at the same time about what a great and wonderful man he was as if he were jesus christ himself sent from the heavens to take us all into the wonderful eternal bliss of the afterlife.

Socities way of deifying someone just for being rich, famous or attractive is fucking disgusting. Far better people than him die everyday and no one gives a shit about them. Thousands of people die every year and we only seem to care about the ones who are rich or on magazine covers.

Fuck steve jobs.

Re:I wish he was still alive. (-1, Troll)

shiftless (410350) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139117)

Far better people than him die everyday and no one gives a shit about them.

Really? Founders of multi-billion dollar companies (who each touched the lives of everyone) die everyday in your country? Where is this land of milk and honey, so I can move there?

Thousands of people die every year and we only seem to care about the ones who are rich or on magazine covers.

Well fuck, man. You did know that life is a competition......right? We have too goddamn many people here already as it is, and things are only going to get worse the more who are born into it. Some people I care about, sure, but others simply aren't worth the effort to help. No, sorry, I don't give a fuck if some random hobo on the street, or some idiot elsewhere dies because he's too damn stupid or mentally ill to take care of himself. Go ahead and spend all your resources trying to save him if you want. I'm too busy contributing towards humanity's future.

Re:I wish he was still alive. (2)

tnk1 (899206) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139327)

Generally only people who other people care about end up on magazine covers. Magazines don't make these people up. That's what Reality TV is for.

Seriously, though, unless you're reading the Entertainment/Tabloid rags, you're reading about people who attained notoriety independently of being on some cover because magazines are not going to be bought if there is a Nobody on the cover. Perhaps their achievements get blown out of proportion or amplified by later coverage, but in general there's a reason they are there and people are writing about them.

Note that Apple became the behemoth that it is now when Jobs came back. That's worthy of note. Perhaps he rode on others' shoulders while being a dick to them, but it is an open and valid question to ask whether those same people would have combined in the way they did to achieve without Jobs being there and being an asshole to them. I'd say its a safe bet he made things happen, even if he couldn't actually create the hardware himself like Woz might have been able to.

I mean, who would Woz be without Steve Jobs? A really good engineer that very few people had ever heard of. There are probably engineers who have 10x the considerable skill of a Woz who will never do shit with their ability because they couldn't find opportunities to make their stuff count. There are a lot of bullshit artists in the world, but few have the capability to actually turn that into something that delivers.

ironic? (3, Interesting)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138793)

I find it odd that, with his background is video games, the mac is not a more successful gaming platform.

Re:ironic? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139197)

Are you kidding? The iPhone has basically destroyed the handheld gaming, and the console gaming market is in double-digit decline year over year. Steve Jobs has basically taken over video gaming just like he's taken over everything else.

Re:ironic? (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139297)

I find it odd that, with his background is video games, the mac is not a more successful gaming platform.

The Mac entered the market in 1984 with a nine inch 512x342 black and white screen, 128 KB RAM and a $5200 price tag, adjusted for inflation. It would be three years before the Mac supported color with the introduction of the Mac II. MacIntosh [wikipedia.org]

It always breaks my heart... (4, Insightful)

Genda (560240) | more than 2 years ago | (#40138797)

To hear about a young man on a path to providing joy and happiness to millions, only to lose his way and become a business executive. Where did we fail you Steve. You clearly had the potential. Antisocial, poor hygiene, you had all the traits of a budding young geek. Then somewhere a terrible turn south. Perhaps we'll never know.

Re:It always breaks my heart... (-1, Redundant)

shiftless (410350) | more than 2 years ago | (#40139123)

....is this a joke?

A fool and his money are soon parted. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40139073)

A fool and his money are soon parted.

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