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Apple boss Steve Jobs has pitched Cupertino's City Council with plans to build a new company campus on the land it recently bought from Hewlett-Packard. The company has outgrown its current home at 1 Infinite Loop in California. "We've come up with a design that puts 12,000 people in one building," Jobs told councillors. "It's …

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Joke

That's not a threat is it?

"The last thing we want is for anyone to get hurt," said Jobs.

Just saying.

ttfn

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Happy

Well...

This is what I read into that little story, "You either make sure we can stay or we take our ball and leave, you decide!".

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Boffin

"The last thing we want is for anyone to get hurt,"

Anyone outside of Chinese labour camp-style factories anyway.

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@Fuzzy

Yeah, the bit about moving to Mountain View was a clear threat, extortion even. Definitely not sinister ...

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IT Angle

Hmmmm

"We spend a ton of time identifying and hiring what we think are the best people in the world for doing what we do. The last thing we want is for anyone to get hurt," said the man who sources his components from a factory where suicide happens on an almost monthly basis.

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That's the way.

We need more space for our business and we think we have a nice plan for a nice building in a nice park.

If you don't like that, we'll oblige and don't spoil your nice obliterated HP remains.

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This wouldn't happen with HP

They just fired the employees in Cupertino and moved to brazil.

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possibly...

Or they could be ready to be bought by Google. With a little work, that building could be converted into a Gigantic 'G'.

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Erm

Who also produce components for Acer, Amazon, Asus, Intel, Cisco, HP, Dell, Nintendo, Nokia, Microsoft and Sony Ericsson.

Good luck finding a computer or phone without parts from the above list.

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Luckily,

Apple has subcontractors in China to handle "getting hurt" duties. Better known as Foxconn employees.

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WTF?

Next it will be a Horse's Head in Bed.

"The last thing we want is for anyone to get hurt," Said Jobs

Blimey. Didn't know that Jobs was a member of the Mafia!!!

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Anyone noticed the centre?

Very Apple - a nice, ringfenced/walled garden, surrounded by something pretty and slightly impractical.

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Oversized Airport

Looks more like an oversized Airport a hole in the middle.

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New address

2 Infinity End (Beyond?)

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Anonymous Coward

Really ?

Someone caring about workers health and safety ?

Don't tell Dave & Co.

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No ...

..... and don't tell foxconn either.

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Devil

"The last thing we want is for anyone to get hurt," said Jobs,

with an evil look in his eye, as he sat gently stroking his white cat.

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Devil

MMmmmmm

Doughnuts ...

Also anyone else notice the distinct cross hairs?

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We've come up with a design that puts 12,000 people in one building

This reminded me of the black hole of Calcutta. I trust apple ensures that all it's own workers and those of it's suppliers have slighlty better condtions than those found there.

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The correct way to design a building

Adequate car parking spaces for all the staff, should be a mandatory requirement for all planning applications is the UK

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Anonymous Coward

Re: The correct way…

It already is, along with provisions for employees to use alternative mean of getting to their place of work.

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Devil

Re: Re: The correct way

Er, actually I think you'll find that it's precisely the opposite.

For some reason, councils (and government) seem to think that by reducing the number of car parking spaces provided with a new building, more people will use public transport. Of course this does not work. What it does do is create a massive parking problem in the immediate area, resulting in the introduction of a resident's parking scheme (with paid permits) and charged short-term parking. This is of course the *real* reason for the nonsense, profit.

They are obliged to ensure that developers provide adequate parking. The problem here is that anyone sane's version of adequate is currently running at about five times what a council thinks it should be.....

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Meh

Sycophants!

Anyone else notice how easy it is for Apple to simply say that they ARE going to do something in Cupertino as opposed to to ask IF they can do something in Cupertino?

Also his assertion that an increase of 20% in the working population on that site is small is plain wrong. It's an extra 2000 people a day, twice a day. Even with busses and bikes that is a lot of extra people all going on to one site every day.

Ooh, ooh, ooh Steve! Notice me!! ME, STEVE, ME!!

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Gimp

Understandable

Seriously, is there anyway a sane city council would refuse a plan like that? I believe that Apple would easily have got the authorization with only half as much glitter, and without even having Saint Steve come hit them with the ol' reality distortion field.

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Nice curves....

Curved glass all the way round? Hank Scorpio would be proud...

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Paris Hilton

Wasted space

Problem with curved buildings is that you can't get things up to the wall/up against the walls, which results in wasted space. Not very green.

For details see: London Gherkin.

No angles for Paris...

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Mushroom

So the mothership is landing...

And its time for the Cupertino city council to give up the funk?? :)

Nuke icon, because Steve Jobs dropped da' bomb!!

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Genius

"It's a circle and so it's curved all the way around" - have Apple patented that sort of circle yet?

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An Apple Doughnut ..... now theres something Novel and Sweet .... and Sticky to Boot?

GCHQ ...... ahead of its time ..... and a Big Brother Mother of a Leading Space Ship Complex which is destined for Cupertino Copying. Now there's a Jobs Quantum Leap in the right direction .... Bravo, Steve ...... http://www.fas.org/irp/world/uk/gchq/index.html ..... although Ballmer and crew will be cracking up at the balls of the upstart throwing dirty great virtual rocks at their steamy cracked Windows operation, which has lost its steam.

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That was my first thought

My first thought was that it looks a lot like GCHQ.

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Gimp

A great quote

"We are growing like a weed" - Steve Jobs

No kidding.

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Curves?

Glass for that sized radius can be flat but leave it to apple to pay to have it curved the tiny amount.

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And all you'll see from the street...

... is a multi-story car park.

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@Saggar

Which part of most of the parking being underground did you not understand again?

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Not quite...

Which part of "and this structure is a 4-storey parking facility" did you not understand?

The majority of the parking will be underground, but there's a long building by the side of the highway that's going to be parking. So you'll struggle to see the donut from the highway, but you'll still be able to see it from most other directions, if you can spot it through the trees.

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Design and build quality are important to Apple

So it'll be drawn up by a Brit and build by the Chinese.

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No Surprise ..

.. it's supposed to look like a flying saucer: the Apple-ites already refer to the offices in Cupertino as "the Mother Ship" (least, the ones I know do)

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It's a circle and so it's curved all the way around

I can't believe it! The guy who "invented" the wheel copied Apple.

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23456

And if he was around today he'd be 'visited' by Apple lawyers!

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Introspection

As a poster elsewhere said, it really is a walled garden.

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Launch iPad

I didn't see specs for the sliding doors for launching rockets as per Thundbirds Tracey Island or You Only Live Twice Volcano.

BTW does Steve own an island?

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WTF?

"It's a circle and so it's curved all the way around..."

Gosh, really? I wonder why they didn't go for one of those circles with the flat sides........

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IT Angle

Mistery Units

Would anybody care to translate the IT based units in the article?

What exactly is a "ton of time", and how can you do things "a zillion times better" than HP? This being apple, I assume it'll be a matter of the user interface.

At least the comment about the circle ("curved all the way around...") not being the cheapest way to build something explains why everyone tries to copy the much cheaper square with rounded corners.

Go Apple!

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The plans have a hollow ring to them...

sorry.. not really

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akward

anybody else feel incredibly uncomfortable at the amount of ass-licking going on by the people behind the desk? The main guy even whipped out an ipad to show to jobs, like somehow jobs may not have seen it before....

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