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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Steven Musil writes at Cnet that the US Postal Service hopes Steve Jobs can do for it what he once did for Apple as the late Apple co-founder will be featured on a commemorative US postage stamp along with Johnny Carson, Ingrid Bergman, Elvis Presley, and James Brown. The former Apple CEO's stamp is still in the design stages and will be released at some point in 2015. Jobs, who passed away in 2011 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, has also been posthumously honored for his visionary achievements with a special Grammy Merit Award and a Disney Legends Award. Jobs was also inducted into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame, has had a building at Pixar named after him, and was featured in an exhibit at the US Patent Office Museum. "The profitable first class mail business has been decimated by email over the past decade, thanks in no small part to the contributions of Steve Jobs and Apple," writes Derek Kessler. "It's no small feat to be so impactful that the USPS feels compelled to honor you despite the fact that the work that you've done is dismantling the core of their business.""
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Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

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  • Obviously.. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 22, 2014 @11:21AM (#46310905)

    ... the stamp will be a little bit more expensive than usual and it comes only in 2 colors.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 22, 2014 @11:22AM (#46310907)

      And don't forget the rounded corners!!!

    • Re:Obviously.. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 22, 2014 @11:26AM (#46310933)

      despite the fact that the work that you've done is dismantling the core of their business

      Yes, all the advances made in email, texting & IMing were made possible by Apple.
      No wonder journalists are considered a joke these days.

      • I haven't bought an actual postage stamp in US or UK since....

        Maybe 2001?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        What advances are those? All the advances I can think of that they're known for were done by other people.

    • F8ck the Jobs.

      I WANT the JAMES BROWN stamp!

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      No Forever Stamps either. You'll definitely have to buy another one in a few months.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      ... the stamp will be a little bit more expensive than usual and it comes only in 2 colors.

      and 5 fruity flavors.

    • by Oliver Wendell Jones (158103) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @12:53PM (#46311435)
      It will only be available in one color, that no one really wants, to begin with, and then ~6 months later, it will become available in the color you really do want, forcing you to buy a second roll of stamps... That's what the USPS is counting on - selling twice as many stamps!
    • by Anonymous Coward

      and from now on, any other stamp which is made and is "squared" will get sued

    • by ganjadude (952775)
      and all letters with this stamp on it will be shipped to apple headquarters to make sure the message is approved before hitting the reciever
    • by Stormy Dragon (800799) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @03:14PM (#46312089) Homepage

      Also, it will only work with Apple envelopes.

  • Finally (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 22, 2014 @11:22AM (#46310911)

    Everyone can give his backside a lick.....

    • I hate the taste of stamp glue, so I lick my thumb and wet the stamp with my thumb, doe that count, too?

      • I hate the taste of stamp glue, so I lick my thumb and wet the stamp with my thumb, doe that count, too?

        No, but if you use your middle finger instead that counts as a win for the rest of us.

  • Rod Serling (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Megane (129182) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @11:32AM (#46310963) Homepage
    I was going to mention that Rod Serling needed a stamp, too. There's been a petition since 1988. But apparently he finally got one in 2009, so we can finally send our mail to... The Twilight Zone.
  • by hessian (467078) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @11:38AM (#46310995) Homepage Journal

    Stamp will cost $4, do the same thing that $0.49 stamp does but have stylistic design. If anything goes wrong, you throw the whole letter out and buy a new one based on someone else's refurbished mail. If you mention this bad experience online, ten thousand Steve Jobs fanboys attack your inbox with gay pornography to "open your mind."

  • Chinese Stamp? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ad454 (325846) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @11:39AM (#46311003)

    Considering that apple out-sourced all of their manufacturing overseas, it seems that China and not the USA should be the ones honouring Steve Jobs with a stamp.

    Alternatively, if the USPS wants to honour Steve Jobs in a historically accurate way, they could design the stamp in the USA, have China produce the stamps, and then sell those Chinese made stamps to Americans.

    • by Dare nMc (468959)

      Overseas would be OK. Had it not been more about taking advantage of indentured, and child labor than creating good jobs for people in need.

    • Don't know about their other products, but much of the iPhone is manufactured in the US. The RF Chip, Audio Chip, Gorilla Glass, CPU and other controller chips are all made in the US.

    • I full heartedly agree with your second sentiment. What gets me is the abundance of American flags and such gear that is made oversees -- and people gobble it and feel damn patriotic about the whole thing.

      Side note: Apple is opening a plant in Mesa, Arizona and will employ about 700 people. http://cdn2.geeknation.com/gee... [geeknation.com]
  • by Teun (17872) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @11:40AM (#46311005) Homepage
    How long before Apple sues the USPS for copyright infringement and Trademark dilution?

    Maybe they'll be OK with the stamp DRM'ed.

  • USPS, put out a bieber stamp - ships anything and everything to Canada, no questions asked, no return accepted.
  • Pathetic (Score:5, Insightful)

    by AntiBasic (83586) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @11:46AM (#46311029)

    Yes, let's honor a "man" who was a billionaire who refused to acknowledge his daughter's existence for 17 years, while she and her mother lived paycheck to paycheck. While this was going on, he named a computer after her.

    • Re:Pathetic (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Grey Geezer (2699315) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @01:26PM (#46311579)

      I kind of agree. Even without the personal baggage, I'd feel better if our stamps honored contributions to humanity, not stylistic creativity, monopolistic business strategies, or modern day robber baron philosophy. I recognize his contribution to technological progress, I just don't think, on balance, that we should honor him with a stamp. That's just my gut reaction...I could be wrong.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        I recognize his contribution to technological progress

        I don't. He was a miserable human being with very limited technical skills that had a knack for knowing what would sell, and of making the public believe he was responsible for the work done by others.

        • by Uberbah (647458)

          I don't. He was a miserable human being with very limited technical skills that had a knack for knowing what would sell, and of making the public believe he was responsible for the work done by others.

          Obvious Haterade is obvious. And tired. You guys have to dig up 30 year old material for the "Jobs is a asshole" storyline, and pretend that he personally took credit for designing the iMac, iPod, iPhone, etc. When that's not the case.

      • By that standard it should be a Steve Wozniak stamp.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Albert Einstein was a shit in his personal life too, doesn't mean we can't honor his work.

    • Yes, let's honor a "man" who was a billionaire who refused to acknowledge his daughter's existence for 17 years, while she and her mother lived paycheck to paycheck. While this was going on, he named a computer after her.

      You could ask Jobs' first daughter what she thinks about it (he had four children, by the way, including two daughters). For all that is publicly known, she was quite OK with her father, so it is very unlikely that she would protest against a Steve Jobs stamp.

      On the other hand, whatever you accuse him of in his private life is actually quite irrelevant. If you think he shouldn't get on a stamp for being a bad father, then surely there should be at least a few thousand men put on stamps for being extraord

    • While we're at it let's make a stamp of Adolf Hitler. He also was a bad person who advanced technology.

  • by rubycodez (864176) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @11:54AM (#46311077)

    shouldn't Woz be on a stamp for whatever technological and contribution to progress the Apple systems have made?

    • I don't think that's a good idea, having 'the Woz' on a stamp would mean he'd have to be deceased.
      • by rubycodez (864176)

        in 2011 the USPO said living people were eligible to be honored on stamps also

        • in 2011 the USPO said living people were eligible to be honored on stamps also

          Thanks, I forgot that. In that case, Woz should be honored with a stamp before Jobs. Without Wozniak, there would be no Jobs.

          • by Anonymous Coward

            Thanks, I forgot that. In that case, Woz should be honored with a stamp before Jobs. Without Wozniak, there would be no Jobs.

            Don't be silly. That leech would have found someone else talent to ride on. Someone like Steve Jobs, free of human decency, free of morality, free to step on anyone, is bound to become millionaire and die of AIDS (don't fool yourself, cancer is a PR way of dying from AIDS).

            I am still holding my breath for the Dennis Ritchie [wikipedia.org] commemoration and homages. As always, real contributor are robbed and marketing leeches reap what other sow.

        • by pauljlucas (529435) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @12:56PM (#46311447) Homepage Journal
          It's generally not a good idea to commemorate a living person because they still have the potential to end up in a scandal or do something embarrassing.
    • Pish... everyone knows Steve did everything and Woz was just there to reel in the hippy nerds? Geez, haven't you learned anything from Apple's revisionist history?

    • You said, instead of artsy fartsy designer? It really surprises you that someone 'artsy farts' will be portrayed by an artist on a stamp?
  • by rstanley (758673) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @11:55AM (#46311083)

    Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C Programming Language, along with Ken Thompson, co-creators of the UNIX Operating System, Brian Kernighan, and many, many others, laid the groundwork for ALL Operating Systems, and technology that followed. Linux, all flavors of UNIX, Android, etc... lead the world in O/S's, NOT Apple.

    Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

    Considering that they only died 6 days apart, where is Dennis's stamp?

    Dennis's home page: http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/dm... [bell-labs.com]

    • by GoJays (1793832)

      I agree, Dennis should have a stamp long before Jobs... He won't though because the average person doesn't know who Dennis Ritchie is while everybody knows who Steve Jobs is.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I am not going to lick the back of Dennis Ritchie.

    • by gnupun (752725)
      The problem is not many people, outside of hardware/software geeks, know who Dennis Ritchie and the rest are. Everyone knows who Jobs was and what he did.
    • by phantomfive (622387) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @12:10PM (#46311175) Journal
      It isn't about honoring him, exactly; when they put someone famous on the stamp, people will want to collect the stamps. That's why they chose Jobs, because it will essentially be a money maker for the post office.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      How about Jack Kilby? He laid the foundation for modern computing. Or the U.S.P.S. could put out a set with all of the major figures in the field of computers and their precursors.

    • Oh c'mon. We all know the truth, regardless of it being relegated as an April fool's joke:

      https://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/unix-hoax.html
      .
    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      by Black.Shuck (704538)

      Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

      The whole computer industry would still be geeks in their garages if it weren't for Jobs.

      That's not to say he's more important than Richie, but nerds like us need to recognise value outside of that which is purely technical.

      Concerning stamps, you could put Balmer on for all I care.

    • OTOH, Dennis Ritchie also gave us UNIX and C.

      I'd say it's a wash.

    • Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C Programming Language, along with Ken Thompson, co-creators of the UNIX Operating System, Brian Kernighan, and many, many others, laid the groundwork for ALL Operating Systems, and technology that followed. Linux, all flavors of UNIX, Android, etc... lead the world in O/S's, NOT Apple.

      Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

      Considering that they only died 6 days apart, where is Dennis's stamp?

      Dennis's home page: http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/dm... [bell-labs.com]

      ===
      YES YES YES

  • ... and I thought, "Like Hari Seldon?"

  • by mrflash818 (226638) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @12:26PM (#46311291) Homepage Journal

    You would have to use a proprietary Apple envelope, or the stamp wouldn't stick.

    The Apple envelope would be prettier than a regular envelope, but cost twice as much, too.

    • The Apple iEnvelope will also have exclusive patented round corners.
    • by Nemyst (1383049)
      The Apple envelope will also have extremely innovative square corners, which nobody in the envelope industry would ever have thought of. Ergo, Apple will patent it and proceed to sue other envelope manufacturers. Also Samsung, somehow.
    • by Uberbah (647458)

      Yes, proprietary like BSD/DDR/IDE/SATA/Ethernet/802.11/Samba/gcc/html/Intel/mp4/aac/Bluetooth, etc etc.

      Any jokes that ceased to be relevant in the 90's?

  • by Dega704 (1454673) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @12:32PM (#46311327)
    How about a Dennis Ritchie stamp? Or Douglas Engelbart? John E. Karlin maybe? They all recently died as well. Anyone? No? Nobody knows who they are because they spent their time actually inventing instead of whoring for attention and taking all the credit to satisfy their nacissism? Damn.
  • The profitable first class mail business has been decimated by email over the past decade, thanks in no small part to the contributions of Steve Jobs and Apple

    Huh? What the hell did Apple do for e-mail (beyond what every OS/application developer has done)? "OMG, they make computers, therefore, all things done on computers are their responsibility!"

  • Plenty of fans out there who would queue up to lick the backside of those.
  • by Punto (100573) <<puntob> <at> <gmail.com>> on Saturday February 22, 2014 @12:40PM (#46311373) Homepage

    He died the same year, and was way more important than Steve Jobs.

  • if Apple will sue the USPS for copyright infringement? Cause we all know Steve created the first postage stamp and I'm sure Apple has a patent for it somewhere.

  • by Oligonicella (659917) on Saturday February 22, 2014 @01:33PM (#46311615)
    So has Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse, amongst other cartoon characters.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    (1) iStamp must be licked left-to-right;
    (1)(a) laterally licking a non-iStamp stamp is grounds for patent infringement;
    (2) any information derived from user (e.g. DNA) will NEVER be shared with third-parties (subject to exceptions below);
    (2)(a) exceptions include but are not limited to: response to law enforcement requests; business servicing (e.g. billing purposes); or as required in iStamp's sole discretion to protect the intellectual property rights of iStamp;
    (3) iStamp will only function when affixed to

  • They're making a stamp for someone who pioneered devices used for smart marketing. Can't we give one to someone whose pioneering work in agriculture is being used to feed more people in impoverished nations? Clearly this is a popularity contest.
  • Still pushing the envelope.
  • I'd rather have a Bill Gates stamp. This image is way better than whatever piece of crap photo Steve Jobs would get. http://www.neowin.net/forum/up... [neowin.net]
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I wouldn't know which side to spit on.

  • by NoNsense (6950)

    It will be coming out in 2015 so they can attempt to settle all the naming disputes this will cause.

    iStamp ... you should see the package it comes in!

  • Carson? Big entertainer, loved by tens of millions for decades.

    Bergman, Presley, and Brown -- same thing.

    Then there's the odd man out. A man who bought out companies and technologies, refined and repackaged them, and made obscene amounts of money selling the resulting products.

    Why, precisely, are we celebrating Jobs? Despite the ravening and vocal fanbois, it's not like he was anywhere near as loved and famous as Carson, et. al. He was just a lucky business man, not an icon adored by millions.

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