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Al Gore Joins Apple's Board Of Directors 944

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zzxc writes "News.com.com reports that Al Gore has been chosen to be on Apple's board of directors. Apple has a press release with more information. According to the press release, 'Al brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and wisdom to Apple from having helped run the largest organization in the world--the United States government' and 'He has remained an active leader in technology--launching a public/private effort to wire every classroom and library in America to the Internet.' The inventor of the internet should be a valuable asset to Apple."
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  • Seriously though...he was advising Google???

    I had absolutely no idea. Last I knew he was busy being a sore loser(winner?) of the last election.

    At any rate, it ought to be an interesting addition to the staff. So long as he doesn't SERIOUSLY take credit for inventing the internet. ;)
    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:03PM (#5548002)
      Gore's words in a CNN interview, as quoted by Wired News, were as follows:

      "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

      Gore meaning, obvious to anyone who knew the record, was that he did the political work and articulated the public vision that made the Internet possible. No reasonable person could conclude that Gore was claiming to have invented the Internet in any technical sense. The first half of his sentence makes this clear: he is talking about work he did in the context of his service in the Congress. The creation of the Internet was a process that had several phases and took several years, and Gore is claiming the principal credit for the political side of that effort. It is a substantial claim, but an accurate one.
      • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:26PM (#5548258)
        I totally agree. And so does Vint Cerf, credited by most as being the "Father of the Internet".

        From http://www.politechbot.com/p-01394.html

        "Last year the Vice President made a straightforward statement on his role. He said: "During my service in the United States Congress I took the initiative in creating the Internet." We don't think, as some people have argued, that Gore intended to claim he "invented" the Internet. Moreover, there is no question in our minds that while serving as Senator, Gore's initiatives had a significant and beneficial effect on the still-evolving Internet."
      • Gore meaning, obvious to anyone who knew the record, was that he did the political work and articulated the public vision that made the Internet possible. No reasonable person could conclude that Gore was claiming to have invented the Internet in any technical sense.

        Of course not, but the claim that he "articulated the public vision that made the Internet possible" is also a rather serious claim, too serious to be accepted without support. This claim implies that Gore not only worked for funding for the

        • [OT] Thanks (Score:4, Insightful)

          by davebo (11873) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @10:32PM (#5549556) Journal
          Too often, these debates go as follows:

          1) "Al Gore invented the internet"
          2) "No, he didn't say that he said this."
          3) "You're a liar just like Al Gore".

          You're the first person I've read here that's successfully engaging in debate (at least for the "outrageous claim" side of the argument). Not to say there aren't others, but you're the first I've come across.

          So, thanks for injecting a little intellegence into this discussion.
      • by Maelikai (118093) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:50PM (#5548481)
        http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh120302.shtml

        On September 1, 2000, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addressed the American Political Science Association. His remarks were broadcast on C-SPAN:

        GINGRICH: In all fairness, it's something Gore had worked on a long time. Gore is not the Father of the Internet, but in all fairness, Gore is the person who, in the Congress, most systematically worked to make sure that we got to an Internet, and the truth is--and I worked with him starting in 1978 when I got [to Congress], we were both part of a "futures group"--the fact is, in the Clinton administration, the world we had talked about in the '80s began to actually happen.
      • Eisenhower and Gore (Score:3, Informative)

        by stevensweet (206786)
        Excerpt:

        In 1957 Eisenhower created the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA, a think tank charged with creating ideas to compete with the Soviet Union). To collaborate on these ideas, they created Internet?s predecessor Arpanet, first envisioned by the head of DARPA computer projects, J.C.R. Licklider of MIT.

        In the early days of computers, each of these research centers had a computer, but each was made to order and many were one-of-a-kind. Each computer had its own operating system, applica
      • Funny how they made Gore's out-of-context quotes a huge deal when Bush stated that "There ought to be limits to freedom." [gwbush.com]

        I don't know what's worse, a guy claiming that he created the internet (which he didn't say) or a man that openly admitted to limiting our freedom.
    • by jo42 (227475) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:11PM (#5548105) Homepage
      Excellent! This means Apple will have much better AlGoreithms in their code...
    • I know this may be as much PR as anything else, hiring an ex-famous-person to be on your BOD, but ex-politicians have to keep themselves occupied somehow. Surely Apple isn't the first tech company slashdot would report on, that has someone like this working for them.

      How about Dell? Redhat? SuSE? Gateway perhaps - any that have famed people mainly known for their non-tech work?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @06:57PM (#5547923)
    Isn't it great that the inventor of the internet has gotten his first tech job?
  • by matt4077 (581118) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @06:58PM (#5547935) Homepage
    Well, maybe he didn't invent it, but he actually was one of a few politicians actively promoting the internet.

    Therefore we should be thankful instead of always making fun of that one statement he once made.
    • It was a silly, moronic comment, and you and I both know that virtually every politican who makes such comments get lampooned, very very very often.

      So its fun, lighten up, and smile.
      • Actually, the comment he made was, in fact, correct. The media misquoted it and for inexplicable reasons, Gore never challenged it. The direct quote was "As a member of the Senate I introduced the legislation that created the Internet" which, while maybe a bit self promoting, was what happened. He was one of the sponsorors (sp?) of the bill that opened ARPAnet to the public which created the internet as we know it. So, really, he never claimed to have invented anything...
        • I hate replying to my own posts, but I screwed up the quote. Someone else got it right, further down the thread. The basic idea, though, is right - he never actually claimed to have invented the Net.
        • by jxs2151 (554138) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:12PM (#5548106) Homepage
          Please take care to provide the exact quote if you are going to accuse people of misquoting.

          The actual quote is "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

        • The ARPANet was long, long, long way from the Internet.

          The statement is silly and not true. The bill appropriated funding for DARPA and partly for ARPA, he was a co-signer (along with many others), and he used the words "created the Internet".

          But, if he can claim that with a straight face I can say he is on the hook for the dot-bomb, the layoffs, and the ensuing recession. Since, I mean, he introduced the legislation that led to the Internet, right?

      • If you actually read the exact comment that he made, and understand the role Al Gore had in the creation of a research friendly political environment, no, it wasn't really silly or moronic.

        I don't mind him getting lampooned, because it's funny, but... still. He deserves it even less than Dan Quayle (who was reading from a card with the alternative spelling "potatoe").
    • he actually was one of a few politicians actively promoting the internet.

      Simply rephrase it so that Slashdotters can appreciate it: without Gore, there very likely would have been no public school Internet access, and far less infrastructure available to higher education institutions. Imagine Dubya in the driver's seat all those years [shudder] -- lots of guns, lousy network.
    • ISH == Information Superhighway

      Snipped from;
      [google.com]
      Google Link

      "3. THE "INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY" SHOWS A BIG INCREASE IN FY 92.
      The President's budget proposes $638M for the High Performance
      Computing and Communications program, an increase of $149M, or
      30%. This initiative was generated by the Federal Coordinating
      Council on Science and Engineering Technology (FCCSET, which is
      pronounced "fix it") and involves eight Federal agencies. The
      project has been pushed both by Bromley and Sen. Gore (D-TN),
      whose father l


    • Well, maybe he didn't invent it, but he actually was one of a few politicians actively promoting the internet.

      Therefore we should be thankful instead of always making fun of that one statement he once made.

      I think it's probably more realistic to say that virtually ALL politicians have said stupid things.

      Here's some proof for Mr. Gore.:

      http://www.gargaro.com/algore.html [gargaro.com]

      I'm not sure how many of these are true, as the site is a bit dated, and some of the reference links no longer work, bu

  • Politics (Score:4, Insightful)

    by EnlightenedDuck (621201) <michael.last@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @06:58PM (#5547936)
    My guess would be that it has more to do with governmental contacts than expertise about computers - Gore must have a pretty good list of contacts throughout government by now, and if that can help Apple, why shouldn't they tap him to be on their board of directors? Beats another lawyer....
    • Re:Politics (Score:5, Interesting)

      by odin53 (207172) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:11PM (#5548096)
      Beats another lawyer....

      These are the directors of Apple:

      Bill Campbell
      Chairman and former CEO
      Intuit Corp.

      Millard Drexler
      Chairman and CEO
      J. Crew

      Albert Gore Jr.
      Former Vice President of the United States

      Steve Jobs
      CEO, Apple
      CEO, Pixar

      Arthur D. Levinson, Ph. D.
      Chairman and CEO
      Genentech

      Jerry York
      President and CEO
      Micro Warehouse

      Where are the lawyers? I don't understand your statement. And what would be wrong with having lawyer on the BOD (assuming conflicts of interest don't exist)?
  • Inventions (Score:5, Funny)

    by zzxc (635106) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @06:58PM (#5547937)
    Just in!

    Gore invents AppleTalk

    Gore invents candy-colored computer

    Gore invents small music player

    Gore invents fast new web browser

    Gore invents XUL (Hyatt mysteriously fired)

    Gore invents new GUI for BSD
  • DMCA? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Jason1729 (561790) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @06:58PM (#5547944)
    Wasn't it the government Al Gore helped run that brought us the DMCA?

    It might not be a good thing having him as a director at one of the few big tech companies that is still customer friendly.

    Jason
    ProfQuotes [profquotes.com]
    • Re:DMCA? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Ivan Karamazov (657617) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:17PM (#5548166)

      I wouldn't get your panties so bunched up about Al Gore and the DMCA. Remember that it was Gore and the Clinton administration that tried to break up Microsoft. (Unlike the current admin that just decided they will no longer enforce anti-trust laws.) Gore clearly has a pro-technology and pro-technology-choice bent. Al Gore may be able to do a lot for Apple. He certainly has a lot of connections. This could be a really smart move on Apple's part.

      Interesting side note, President Clinton and Jobs were pretty tight, while Michael Dell was a big supporter of Dubya. I think that says a lot...

      • Re:DMCA? (Score:4, Informative)

        by sg3000 (87992) <(moc.cam) (ta) (cilbup_gs)> on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @10:27PM (#5549534)
        > Interesting side note, President Clinton and
        > Jobs were pretty tight, while Michael Dell was a
        > big supporter of Dubya. I think that says a lot

        It sure does. Plus Microsoft was a big supporter of Dubya as well. Back during the election, Microsoft hired one of Bush's consultants to help them lobby the Bush administration about the anti trust case:
        (from the NY Times article, Apr 11, 2000)

        The Microsoft Corporation has quietly hired Ralph Reed, a senior consultant to Gov. George W. Bush's presidential campaign, to lobby Mr. Bush in opposition to the government's antitrust case against the software giant.

        Microsoft's aim, the company says, is to curry favor with the apparent Republican presidential nominee, hoping he will speak out against the government's case -- and, perhaps, take a softer approach toward the company if he is elected president.

        Mr. Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition, is well situated to take on the assignment since his firm, Century Strategies, is one of Mr. Bush's top consultants. During the primary campaign, Mr. Reed frequently appeared on television to talk on behalf of the campaign.


        According to a Mercury News article from 1999, Microsoft also helped finance his inaugural celebration for his second term as Texas governor, and their COO was one of GWB's chief fundraisers for the Northeast.

        One good thing you can say about Bush is that when he's bought, he stays bought!
  • by BWJones (18351) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @06:58PM (#5547945) Homepage Journal
    Politics aside, (Disclaimer: I voted for him) this may be just what Apple needs. Someone who is capable, knows business, government and academia and is not an Apple insider.

  • by Kallahar (227430) <kallahar@quickwired.com> on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:00PM (#5547970) Homepage
    During a March 1999 CNN interview, while trying to differentiate himself from rival Bill Bradley, Gore boasted: "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. ... The terrible irony in this exchange is that while Gore certainly didn't create the Internet, he was one of the first politicians to realize that those bearded, bespectacled researchers were busy crafting something that could, just maybe, become pretty important." - Wired News [wired.com]

    Al Gore never claimed he invented the internet, and anyone who jokes about it is just showing their ignorance. (sorry timothy)

    Kallahar

    • by Adam9 (93947) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:31PM (#5548303) Journal
      The editors' comments aren't in italics and aren't within double quotation marks. The poster's comments are. Look at the article asbtract again to see what I mean.
    • Common Sense. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Erris (531066) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @10:28PM (#5549541) Homepage Journal
      Al Gore never claimed he invented the internet, and anyone who jokes about it is just showing their ignorance. (sorry timothy)

      Let's examine dates, shall we? Ask the tree himself [smithcounty.net] what he did. Well, it's a little dishonest, Gore dropped out of law school, but the dates are hard to refute.

      When the internet was "invented" in 1969, Al Gore was acting as a combat reporter in Vietnam. Comendable enough, but the Senator's son had it much better than most. We can imagine his grasp of computing was about as broad as his expressed interst in such things at the time and for years to come, ZERO.

      In the next five years he failed as a farmer, priest and lawyer. No biggie, lots of nice people fail at many things and the effort is commendable if not exceptional. Yet, where is the interest in computing while Unix is being created?

      In 1976, Gore started his long and unbroken career as a politician. According to this empasioned defense [politechbot.com] Al Gore made his first concrete contribution to what we know of as the internet with, "High Performance Computing and Communications Act in 1991." Not bad, he beat Bill Gates to caring, but it's hardly the kind of stuff you could call "instrumental".

      Clearly, however, he suffered from his associations with one of the most agresivly dishonest administrations in US history. We can give credit to Al Gore for the 1996 Telecomunications Act, which failed, and the DMCA. It's a mixed record by someone who's writing proves a deep ignorance of many important technical matter. It's right to distinguish between people who understand technical details and those who pretend to know. It would be one thing if he stood on his record honestly. His agradizing and pretenses were blatant enough for people who wanted him elected to notice. The New York Times, the Washington Post and other paper called him on this.

      I can only imagine that Apple thinks Gore has some influence to wield in shcool and government computer purchases. It's inconcievable they hired him for technical reasons.

      • Re:Common Sense. (Score:5, Insightful)

        by sfwriter (155810) on Thursday March 20, 2003 @06:25AM (#5553647)
        Ignoring your sarcastic temporal hair splitting around the word "invent" which Gore never said, I'll move on to:

        "In 1976, Gore started his long and unbroken career as a politician. According to this empasioned defense [politechbot.com] Al Gore made his first concrete contribution to what we know of as the internet with, "High Performance Computing and Communications Act in 1991." Not bad, he beat Bill Gates to caring, but it's hardly the kind of stuff you could call "instrumental". "

        Not Instrumental? That act provided much of the foundation for the Internet you use today. Hell, the provision for exposing more undergraduate students to the Internet probably did more to popularize the Internet than you can measure.

        The HPCC represented the culmination of years of lobbying, explaining, and educating on Gore's part, but in addition to this, he helped privatize the Internet paving the way for pretty much everything the public would recognize. He was also an outspoken champion of technology in general, which is the point he was making.

        I've met him several times, and he is by far the smartest politician I have EVER met. He could clean Newt Gingrich's clock with one frontal lobe tied behind his back.

        I guess the most relevant meeting I ever had with him was in Nashville around 1995. I was part of an Internet startup, an ISP, and got to shake hands with him. He was there as a speaker and essentially a technology cheerleader. I thanked him for helping make our little company a reality.

        This was years before the "invented the Internet" nonsense. Even then I credited him with being a visionary about it. He didn't see it as an academic problem, or a network between research institutions, or a defense project, or even a place to find 800 kinds of porn. He saw it as a tools for transforming society.

        Read his 2000 Red Herring interview and prepare to be stunned.

        -Sandy
  • No you've got that wrong.

    He did not say that he invented it, just that he brought it to the masses, he is kind of like the favorite uncle of the internet.
  • Apple is lucky to have him, that is a lot of top-down influence. The big gears up-top *are* the ones that predominate our lives in the ways of general trend and influence. Now given, there is proactive and reactive influence, but big players will ensure social connectvity, which AL has a great deal of.
  • by webster1 (604496) <webster1 AT hotmail DOT com> on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:03PM (#5548003) Homepage
    Gore is going to be lecturing my class next week at Middle Tenn State Univ (where he has been an adjunct prof for a while...i am not proud).

    Anyone have any questions you want me to ask him?

    He is officially there to talk to my 'Legal Problems of the Recording Industry' class about he and his wife's censorship/labeling campaign in the mid 1980's. However, we have been told that we can "ask him anything." Tipper may be there too, but at this point we dont know.
    • Yep (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Goonie (8651)
      Ask him about copyright. What does he think the philosophical basis for copyright protection is - in the context of the de facto perpetual copyright regime developing in the US. Are the present copyright conditions and term lengths serving those purposes? Wouldn't a shorter term serve just as well?
    • by Mikey-San (582838) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:30PM (#5548294) Homepage Journal
      Ask him, very specifically, about Apple's DRM stance.

      "You've just recently been added to Apple's board of directors. What are your feeling towards Apple's customer-friendly, honesty-based stance on Digital Rights Management?"

      -/-
      Mikey-San
      Submitted without a karma bonus for extra flavour!
      • by Screaming Lunatic (526975) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @09:03PM (#5549074) Homepage
        That's a slanted question. He'll figure out what you want to hear. Ask him this instead:

        "You've just recently been added to Apple's board of directors. What are your feelings towards Apple's current stance on Digital Rights Management? Would that stance change now that you are a member of Apple's board of directors?"

        Always strip the adjectives out of your questions. You want to find out which way the respondent is leaning without giving away which way the questioner is leaning.

        After the 2nd question is answered, then hammer him with further questions depending on if he answered in the affirmative or not.

    • Please, oh please, push him about the DMCA getting passed under his watch, and his wife's co-founding of the PMRC. Some suggest that the PMRC has lead to de facto government censorship.

      It might take a little research to get good questions that he won't just brush off, or evade, but those are two technology issues that are totally essential to us /.ers as voters, and us Apple fans as customers.
    • by dbrutus (71639) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:38PM (#5548363) Homepage
      Sure. Ask him about Congress' responsibilities under the copyright clause to advance the arts and sciences. Is keeping things locked up and out of the public domain for so long the optimal way to do it?
    • by kinnell (607819) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:41PM (#5548390)
      Anyone have any questions you want me to ask him?

      Ask him whether he prefers vi or emacs

  • At first I was speechless when I read this. I'm thinking what in the world can Al Gore bring to the company. But then I start thinking of his political connections. The fact that there are so many issues -- DMCA, copyright extentions, DRM -- that affect computers and that have political roots In that context, having someone with political connections could certainly help.
  • by kevin lyda (4803) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:03PM (#5548008) Homepage
    he didn't say [snopes.com] he'd invented the internet.
  • by ralico (446325) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:04PM (#5548011) Homepage Journal
    Apple's board should have chosen Crazy Eddie [crazyeddie.com]
    That way Apple would be insanely great at insane prices.
  • by Blimey85 (609949) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:04PM (#5548019)
    I've been bored off my ass all day... until now.

    Now I can't stop laughing. Apple has always though different and I think that through all of the problems they have had, they have done pretty good. Not many companies have taken on MS and lived to tell the tale. Apple has. But what is the reasoning behind hiring Al Gore?

    Yes I read the bloody article and yes I know what Apple is telling us, but what is the real reasoning behind the scenes? Do they honestly think Al Gore can bring something to Apple? What does he know about computer companies, software companies, or the Apple way of doing things? Why not bring back Woz? At least Woz had an idea of what the hell is going on. Maybe this is just a gimmick though. Something crazy to get Apple in the news for a while. To make people remember they exist. Or maybe Steve really thinks Al can add to the Apple brand.

    • Political Connections Galore. Seriously, he was the former vice president and has a ton of political connections and can seriously help apple in this arena. This is important for any major company, to have good lobbyists and such and Al Gore will only help them in the area.

      That and the prestige of having the fomer vice president (and nearly president) be on your board of directors.

      You never know, maybe Al really does love apple and technology as well. Shrug, maybe HE wants to do this and approached apple
  • oh oh (Score:5, Funny)

    by deanj (519759) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:08PM (#5548063)
    I bet they go back to beige macs....
    • Re:oh oh (Score:5, Funny)

      by Peterus7 (607982) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @08:57PM (#5549029) Homepage Journal
      Haha, the best macs.

      Still, I can just imagine Gore in a switch ad.

      "I used to work with a PC. Then I lost the election all because of a screw up with ballot countings. The vote counting computer in florida was running windows, and it crashed, and thus I lost. That's when I switched to mac, and I've been a happy man ever since."

      "My name is Al Gore, and I AM president."


  • Al Snore, the Forrest Gump of the Left is about as popular on the Right as Dubya is with the Liberals. Way to inject the dealy venom of national politics into a company that's having enough problems just doing the "Lone Consumer OS/Computer Against The Windows Juggarnaught" thing.

    Al Gore is going to be an albatross around the neck of Apple. And before I get flamed, what I said for Gore goes double for ANY high-profile controversial political figure from the Government Sector.
  • Al Gore, as a standing liberal, has quite a bit of pull with the teachers unions and others who are buying computers for schools. This alone makes it worth Apple's money to try and shore up their stronghold-- although that educational market is quickly being eroded with Linux on commodity white boxen.

    Al Gore also carries weight with the pot-smoking hippie baby-boomers. Stinky hippies.
  • by sockit2me9000 (589601) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:10PM (#5548092)
    The same joke was told 20 times in the space of five minutes. Said one poster, "It was like we all had the same idea , boy was it freaky." The impetus of the bizarre occurrence of synchronicty was a story about Al Gore becoming a member of Apple's board of Directors. "I mean, what's the chances that we would all have the SAME idea at the SAME time, it's not like this was an obvious joke," said one poster who declined to be identified. Another was heard to whistle underneath his breath and say, "That's it, I believe in God now." The Vatican was unavailable for comment, but a low giggle was heard to emanate from the Holy Sees residence at roughly the same period. Commander Taco, upon hearing this said, near tears, "It's like we told a joke that mad the whole world laugh, AT THE SAME TIME!" In other news, the much-heralded cliche filter on slashdot crashed at roughly the same time, though it could not be confirmed if the two were related.
  • by 4mn0t1337 (446316) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:12PM (#5548115)
    Yahoo news also has the story [yahoo.com].

    "Gore said in a statement that he had been particularly impressed with Apple's Mac OS X operating system and the company's commitment to the open-source software movement."

    Huh? Didn't know Gore Was pro OSS...

    And "does his own video editing in Final Cut Pro."

    I'm scared to see what those movies wind up looking like...

  • I find it really interesting that Apple takes every possible chance to astonish their customers and stockholders? Since the 1984 campaign, every time Apple gets a lot of public attention, it's about something either awesomelly weird or awesomelly cool.

    If you take a look at recent Apple's history, they're doing it more often, though. Steve Jobs gets back, then iMacs, the Cube, iPods, OS X, iLife, the new iMac, killing the original iMac, hiring Al Gore...

    Anyone knows of any other tech company that hired a p
  • by crumbz (41803) <<remove_spam>jus ... o spam>gmail.com> on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:16PM (#5548158) Homepage
    The guy already was elected president...er...umm...yeah.

    I'll just go back to my TPS reports...
  • by ChicagoFan (125489) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:18PM (#5548176)
    Now iTunes will use the most up-to-date Al Gore Rhythms!

    ChicagoFan

  • by IdahoEv (195056) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:46PM (#5548441) Homepage
    That Apple is inducting Al Gore on the very day the Bush is starting a war in Iraq?

    Isn't this just a little weird to you guys?

    I'm not insinuating any particular meaning --- I have no clue as to the meaning. It's just kind of creepy...

    • I sent a similar email to friends. Here's my housemate's reply.

      Don't you see?

      Apple has always had a vision of a better world, but Steve was always too 'out there' to lead it. Now they have a leader, and they can start a new government of the world. In this new country (which as yet only has territory in the hearts of the faithful) everything works the way it ought to, peace and communication are the order of the day, republicanism is outlawed, and the new G5 clocks up to 28.6 GHz. California (with the
  • by bill_mcgonigle (4333) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:47PM (#5548445) Homepage Journal
    Look, as much as I detest the guy's politics, what Apple needs more than anything now is government support.

    The Government needs to support Open Source, a cornerstone of Apple's strategy. The Government needs to specify the use of Open Standards. The Government needs to stop running exclusively on Windows. The Governement needs to stop finding Apple's competitors guilty of predatory practices and letting them off with a warning.

    I'm sure they get into regular meetings, say pitching a room of XServes, and they have a room full of Engineers all on board, then the bean counter comes in and says, "oh, but it has to run on Windows." End of story. If there's an XServe rack somewhere with a nasty twist in it it's because Steve Jobs threw it out a fourth floor window after one of these meetings.

    Apple's biggest barrier to entry is the Microsoft De-facto standard that exists in Corporate America, and they hate being hamstrung by it at every turn when they know they have a better product. When the government starts requiring bids to come in in the OpenOffice XML format, there's at least the chance of Corporate America following, and perhaps the playing field will level.

    When Apple wanted to get into Network Computing (remember that?) they got Larry on board. When they wanted to get into Retail they got the guy from the Gap. Etc.

    What Apple needs to get into Government is a technically-savvy government insider who has all the contacts, lots of influence, and not much else to do. I don't like the personalities involved, but Gore is not bad on science and this is a brilliant move on Jobs's part.

    I expect to see lots of sensible legislation supporting many of the positions regularly espoused around here introduced in the Congress in the next year. We'll know where they came from. Remember, politics is the art of the possible.
  • by Drishmung (458368) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:47PM (#5548448)
    Well, as Apple is well known for setting trends, how long before some other companies start doing the same? Which politicians will we soon be seeing at?
    • Microsoft
    • Dell
    • SUN
    • Oracle
    • VA-Linux

    I think I'll vote the Cowboy Neal option myself.

  • Al Gore and Ricochet (Score:3, Interesting)

    by batobin (10158) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:51PM (#5548490) Homepage
    I wonder if the people making the decision saw this [tobinhosting.com].
  • by Elias Israel (182882) <eli@promanage-inc.com> on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @07:57PM (#5548542)

    But later, in a surprise decision, the Supreme Court threw out the posting, and placed George W. Bush on the Apple board instead.

    Upon hearing of the stunning turn-around, Gore refused to leave the Apple board room, clinging fiercely to the furniture and sometimes hiding under the board room table.

    After seven hours, Apple security guards were finally able to remove Gore from the premises and send him on his way.

    Gore was visibly shaken after the defeat and called it "a dark day for America," citing the line of environmentally-friendly computers he had hoped to encourage Apple to produce by a wave of his majestic hand. "I took the initiative in creating the Internet," said Gore, "and look what has become of it. Without someone to call new environmentally-friendly computers into existence by detached fiat, what will become of the American worker?"

    Sources said Gore had returned home to begin regrowing his beard through a long, arduous process of sitting on the living room sofa for weeks on end and subsisting on a diet of Cheetos.

  • by CleverNickName (129189) <wil&wilwheaton,net> on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @08:11PM (#5548695) Homepage Journal
    Whenever I turn on my iBook, this robotic voice says, "You are hearing me talk."

    It suddenly makes sense, now.

    If you need me, I'll be parked under the Sun Sphere.
  • by Guppy06 (410832) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @08:12PM (#5548706)
    The Apple press release goes on to say that Al Gore's membership on the board will be a unique one. His duties will involve presiding over board meetings and, yet he will only be allowed to cast a vote in the event of a tie between the other members.

    Mr. Gore was quoted as saying "Damn it, not again!"
  • by Ninja Programmer (145252) on Wednesday March 19, 2003 @08:18PM (#5548750) Homepage
    When I think of Al Gore and Apple together, why do the words "Runner Up" keep coming to mind?
  • by seichert (8292) on Thursday March 20, 2003 @10:21PM (#5562126) Homepage
    Unfortunately government has corrupted our industry. From prosecuting Microsoft to shutting down Napster, they have to assert their control. Apple is dealing with this the way other big companies are, by paying off one politician / or ex-politician in order to fight off the others. In addition, federal taxation is so high and the federal government controls so much spending that companies need an insider to get a piece of the pie. Apple lost to Microsoft because in the 1980s they tried to get public schools hooked on Apple computers. I.e. they went for the government market. Microsoft focused on the business customer (i.e. the free market) and won. Now the federal government is seen as the big pie, so they will all hire lobbyists, politicians, etc. to help them get a piece. Truly disgusting.

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