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Legendary tech opinion-former Stephen Pie is currently in Mongolia filming for the dramatised bio-documentary of the life of J R R Tolkien, Not Another Fucking Elf – expected to be one of the mega-hits of 2012 – in which he plays the great writer's imaginary pygmy butler confidante, Boggy. However he found time to send us his …

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I want an imaginary pygmy butler confidante

Ah - I've just realised how easily I can have one.

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So you want

an Oompa Loompa then? Just ask Willy Wonka for one, I think he may have some spare.

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Good

then I'll be off to pack my Bags, and head off to Mountain View then....

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Happy

the mouse ... clicking ... email, the web ... I could go on ...

Please dooo...

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Nicely inserted...

...IT Crowd reference!

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'He completely changed the way that human beings live'

I thought that was the bloke who invented the Segway. Or was it the person who invented the house?

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twaddle

"passion, and taste and belief are more important than a hard business head."

Think this quote from the "National Treasure" sums it up. The idea that Jobs is not a hard-headed businessman first and foremost shows a complete lack of understanding of him despite Fry's supposed good fortune in knowing the man for so long.

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Mmmm

Such sycophantic diatribe.

I'm surprised he could be heard with his head so obviously lodged up somewhere very dark indeed.

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@adnim

I don't think 'diatribe' means what you think it means

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Yup

You are right, my bad. I consider myself a little wiser.

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Pass me the sick bag....

I appreciate Pie as much as the next man for his bredth of knowledge & comedic skill but ffs this is just sycophantic bum licky drivel.

I dont 'do' apple and thank the deity of choice, if ony to prevent me from spouting shozbot like this once indoctrinated in to the cult.

Mac users in years to come will start to grow back webbed fingers to help with the vagaries of mega multitouch, also willing to bet a few quid apple will be the first company to (rfid) chip their customers, you mark my words its coming and will be lapped up by the followers.

Yes its Friday & Ive been to the pub, sorry you weren't there.

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"Pass me the sick bag...."

Yes...and send ANOTHER my way as well please. Mines already full.

What a load of crap.

Next thing you know he'll be saying Stevie "Boy Wonder" Jobs invented the Internet! And we ALL know that it was Al Gore who invented that.

Seems like he's just as much a megalomaniac as Boy Wonder.

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Mind if I join the queue

Anyone who thinks a purveyor of electronic *toys* is the mot important... {blah} is in serious need of a reality check.

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pretentious burke

Stephen Fry should go back to playing Jeeves - it is about the last half-decent thing he did.

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Excellent

Well done!

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Don't understand

Don't understand all the Fry-bashing on the Reg. Seems like an alright bloke to me.

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Ah, the seldom seen reverse ad hominem

Just because I think he talks a load of twaddle sometimes, doesn't mean I think he's a bad person.

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He is a nice bloke

But he pretends to know it all, whereas in reality he just has a lot of bookmarks. To wikipedia pages.

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Fry is awsome

I have a lot of respect for Mr Fry. Entertaining, observant, intelligent and witty.

However, I stand by what I posted earlier regarding such sycophantic mumblings. It appears I have now been down voted by four people (jobbie lovers perhaps), whom so it seems, also have their heads firmly placed where the sun doesn't shine.

<shrug>

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@Lutin

The problem with Fry is that he comes across as a total Apple Fanboi. It's as bad as when film or pop stars come out and support a particular political party. Their view is given far more weight than it deserves.

Stephen is not a tech expert - he can afford and likes shiny tech products. I'd love to be in his shoes - but the mainstream press seem to think that if Fry likes it (as he has 'a brain the size of the planet'...) then what he utters is gospel.

He's great on QI, I own an iPod - however - I can (and have) dropped my Blackberry without the screen breaking - can't say the same for iPhones. Apple stuff is nice, but over-rated IMHO.

Regards,

NoOnions

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@Adam T

"But he pretends to know it all, whereas in reality he just has a lot of bookmarks. To wikipedia pages."

Which we can all see when the autocue fails and he starts trying to explain how the internet works.

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@ adnim

I didn't realise that you were always correct about everything.

I apologise for impugning your obvious perfection by down-voting you (twice).

P.S. not a Jobbie lover.

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@Norfolk 'n' Goode

I am pleased for you that you realise this now. Education is not a bad thing and It's good to feel that I have contributed to your learning.

You perhaps now also realise that I am the most important man on Earth, which is why I took umbrage at such sycophantic twaddle in the first place.

Apology accepted ;-)

/removes tongue from cheek, awaits further down voting from those without a sense of humour. Perhaps I should just quit while I'm ahead.

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That's Fry's brand

He spouts his views on everything and his fans lick it up.

Clearly though he is completely disconnected from the real world where boring stuff like finding food and surviving disease is far more important than shiny pixels.

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n

dont forget surviving the zombies. I bet the posh place he lives has no zombies

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How very dare you!

Don't you realise that, without Saint Jobs, we'd all be using tablets with *square* corners!!

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Well, not quite..

We'd all be using tablets with rounded corners, a menuing system using icons and not getting sued for infringement of St Steve's intellectual property rights.

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Stephen fry vs author of this article

Stephen Fry is way more interesting to listen to, and makes a lot more sense than this pathetic parody article claims.

Im not a Fry fanbois, but this article is cheap in the extreme. Why not just put a link to his radio interview, instead of attempt to write it up as a half-assed article?

Possibly you could have spent your time better by doing some actual journalism?

Where is the well needed icon for "This article must contain content and or news"?

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New here?

So you are new to The Register, get over it and move on. Nothing to see here.

"This article must contain content and or news"

What? Since when? I think I speak for all of us when I say that the only thing we expect from any article here is that there has be to be a Paris Hilton angle.

ps: There seems to be a link to the radio interview at the bottom.

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"you are new to The Register"

about 8 years now.

"I think I speak for all of us"

you think wrong.

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on behalf

of all anonymous cowards: we hate you. You think you are all clever with your stupid names. well ur not

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How embarrassing

Though in 20 years Fry will still be remembered well but Jobs wont be - alas a new cult will have arisen by then and Fry will be spouting about that...

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Because we're already more than half way to forgetting Bill Gates?

Steve Jobs was one of the pioneers, on the front line during the early period when people were first pushing the radical idea that computers should be usable by anyone and sold to everyone. Whether you think he was unique or not, he was a suitably prominent member of a sufficiently small number of people that his position in history — like those of Gates, Sir Clive, Jack Tramiel and several others — is secure.

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you shall not be forgotten

To safeguard his memory, I propose we name a unix command after him.

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@Noons

Oh come on! You should know by now that there's already a unix command for absofuckinglutely everything. You just need to look it up:

jobs [-lnp] [job]...

List information about each given job, or all active jobs if job is not specified. With -l, list process IDs in addition to the normal information. With -n, display only jobs that have stopped or exited since last notified. With -p, list only the process group. See the "Jobs" subsection for a description of the format of job.

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@teecee

I'm guessing Mr/Ms Noons knew that.

It's a shame that the joke alert icon is so necessary, as it generally spoils the joke.

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Hmmm pie

*drools*

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WTF?

what drugs?

He must be on drugs, copious amounts of them.

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"He must be on drugs"

Moe importantly, does he have any left?

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title

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That luvvie is going the way of Amy

By god Fry, what are you talking about?

Homo loving or what?

Oi! Steven, cut it out.

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Shirley he meant to say...

'He completely changed the way that human beings -dont- live'

I think that's the correct expression for zombies.

(need a zombie icon...i won't sully Paris)

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agreed

...but don't call me shirley

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WTF?

WTF?

Seriously, WTF?

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Re: 'He completely changed the way that human beings live' (?)

I think it is clear that the article is a parody, with a link to the real thing - the interview at the end.

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RE "I think it is clear that the article is a parody"

Weeell, now you mention it, there I was all excited at the prospect of seeing "Not another fucking elf" and now I feel all let down.

On a more serious note it is quite clear that Stephen Fry really *does* believe that Steve Jobs has "changed all our lives". Er, no he hasn't, he has made some shinies that can only be afforded (in common with other high-end shinies from other companies) by a small minority of our fellow earthlings. If he had done something like invent a permanent cure for malaria and/or AIDS then we would be talking about something that *really* had planet-wide impact upon the lives of a huge number of our fellow earth-dwellers. It is not only that Mr Fry's opinions on matters outside his own field often are so gushingly twee, they are also so fucking western-world middle class head-up-own-bum parochial.

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RE My Post regarding Stephen Fry

I should also say that I also genuinely like the guy as a comedian and an actor, got a lot time for him in fact. However, almost every time he opens his mouth and starts to pontificate it gets right up my nose!

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As if

If only Stephen Fry didn't carry an Android phone around with him, along with his iPhone. Such is his lust for technology.

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He's a technology fanboy

Why all the Fry bashing? sure, he loves his Apple kit but he owns tons of gadgets and phones. Android, Apple and probably WP7 as well.

There's plenty of people who have never experienced anything other than the platform they're a "fanboy" of.

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