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In the latest example of the tsunami of adulation that has followed Steve Jobs' untimely death – and the latest reminder that there's a dollar to be made from every tragedy – the eyeglasses worn by the Apple cofounder on the cover of Walter Isaacson's biography are flying off store shelves. As reported by The Wall Street Journal …

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Trollface

Do they come with a free black turtleneck sweater and a smug attitude?

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Anonymous Coward

Yes, but they seem to give you cancer.

Also there's other manufacturers around than Lunor. The NHS, for example.

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Boffin

Accept no substitutes

Actually, I'd guess it's at least even money that SJ was following the lead of canonical different-thinker John Lennon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEPhLqwKo6g#t=0m17s in his choice of specs, and apparently Lennon's were a gen-u-ine NHS-issue model http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S30dv5OsK0Y , so arguably the NHS ones are the real thing.

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Oh dear god...

"p.s anyone want to guess if i own any gadgets beginig with i ?"

I'm guessing not, as all the iDevices I have include an in-built spell checker.

I'm just surprised you're bright enough to use the Internet.

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Anonymous Coward

Value

Evidently, your opinion is worth every penny I paid for it.

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Mushroom

Tragedy?

The only tragedy here is your hateful bile, towering ignorance and depressingly low level of literacy.

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oh rly

all that cash stashed.all that influence and it did not get him one extra day

So, do you think that with him being an American (and thus subjected to the American health care "system"), that if he were poor and not the head of Apple that he would have got that liver transplant, which gave him an extra couple of years of life?

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how bout the late Mahatma Gandhi's glasses?

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We have lost an ultimate genius

Pass me the sick bag.

He was not a genius, he was a very good marketeer and that is all. Even his own biography states 'He was never much of an engineer. He didn't know how to code or programme a computer. That was Wozniak's job.'

He wasn't a designer either, that was Jonathon Ives role so can someone please explain why the word genius is being used so often to describe him?

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> He was not a genius, he was a very good marketeer and that is all.

Perhaps a bit more. I'm no admirer, but I can't help remembering an old SF novel by Poul Anderson, titled The Man Who Counts.

In that book, travelers are stranded in a far place, with not quite helpful natives. Their leader is a merchant who does none of the actual work, but it's his scheming and chivying that actually saves them. And the soldiers and engineers he led do realize it.

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So, a genius can only be an engineer or a designer?

I guess that's Stephen Hawkin fucked then.

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talk about miss the point

Of course someone like Hawking is a genius but he has done something to add to the sum of human knowledge. Jobs on the other hand has only ever been a salesman making his name on the work of others and not producing anything worthwhile of his own.

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Devil

Duh?

why the word genius is being used so often to describe him?

Because this world favours the maximum income from the minimum outlay and Mr Jobs excelled at that.

He was the ultimate blag artist.

He sold mass produced goods at handbuilt prices.

He also understood that gadgets that look like gadgets (covered in buttons and slots) only really appeal to geeks and Trekkies, everyone else likes gadgets that don't look like gadgets (as few buttons as possible makes the sheep feel safe).

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@EyeCU

You know who also was not an engineer? Albert Einstein. I also believe that neither Copernicus, Galileo, nor Newton could code or program a computer.

Is that the only measure of genius?

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Not the only ones I want.

I want a pair of the late Bill Gates's also, then I'll be a little happier.

Why must these egomaniacal pricks pull on every cent they can by making technology backward?

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FAIL

Crass.

that is all.

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Who much more of these "Steve Jobs" stories must we endure?

Steve Jobs did NOTHING! there, I said it. He did NOT invent the Ipod. He did NOT invent the IPhone, He did no invent the IPad. He did NOT even come up with the ideas for these pleasure items. Anyone that thinks he did this is an idiot. Period. Anything you say he did, do your research and you will find the truth. He simply saw the obvious, and pushed hard to make it happen. And even then, he wasn't alone.

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Agreed.

He was at heart an opportunitist, seeing potential in previouly existing products and copying the design but crucially engineering it to be an Apple 'idiot proof' product, where previosly you had to know some of the ins and outs of using a traditional computer (such as the early days when a computer meant ZX Spectrum, BBC Mircro, Commodore 64, Amiga, XT PC etc.), he gave the average consumer the ability to use high end hardware/software without the need to know how to use a computer, just how to move a mouse, or as is the case nowadays, touch a screen.

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Yep, a glorified Sales Rep.

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FAIL

But he didn't, have to swear twice to get his point across

Please provide reasoned argument rather than just a potty mouth to justify your opinion - and if you must swear at least don't hide behind the mask - that character was eloquent and knowledgeable rather than :)

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IP?

Pretty sure Harry Potter will be suing for IP infringement, demanding iGlasses be banned whilst championing Android glasses that offer more functionality without charging higher prices for stronger lenses.

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yes he was

I could not possible love that man, I look at those products, and they have "i DON'T TOUCH" written all over them. He deliberately went for maximum lockin. That was not an accident. He did a "demolition by neglect" on a historic house, which exposed his attitude to others as being like "If I can't have it, you won't either".

However he was a genius, without doubt. When he did the second coming bit, Apple stock was $13. Last year Apple stock cap equalled Microsoft's, This year .... It was ...

That is genius at work. Genius makes the difficult look easy.

I know why he played the years after his cancer diagnosis the way he did, believe me, you will too. You have to complete as much of your life's work as you possibly can within that horizon that is getting closer and closer.

adiue.

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Stop

Genius : Hero

Two words that are oft overused.

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Yes

and neither of them are pertient to S.J.

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Boffin

very practical design

Round rimless glasses are very practical. They provide an optimum viewing angle without extra weight.

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Pig #4

I do believe these are John Lennon glasses, whose style was stolen, after his record label and his trust to not get into the music business was broken.

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