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California Declares Today "Steve Jobs Day" 333

First time accepted submitter onezeta writes "California Gov. Jerry Brown, in an announcement via a Twitter post, has declared it 'Steve Jobs Day.' The Apple co-founder's life as a technology trailblazer will be marked Sunday by his company's home state at a private memorial service and in a television documentary airing tonight at 8 pm EST on Discovery."
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California Declares Today "Steve Jobs Day"

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  • Another holiday: (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hartree ( 191324 ) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @11:49AM (#37730850)

    I want a Dennis Ritchie day!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 16, 2011 @11:54AM (#37730890)
    I can understand someone who was actually important getting their own day, such as Washington's Birthday/President's Day, but this is ridiculous. If they want to give Steve Jobs a day, then it should be a shared day with other technology giants.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 16, 2011 @11:56AM (#37730904)

    Why? Did he get filthy rich on other people's back like a true American? I guess not.

  • by NotSoHeavyD3 ( 1400425 ) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @11:59AM (#37730930)
    It's like they're creating a big holiday for a guy who happened to build a bunch of builds because they were really nice while at the same time ignoring the death of the guy who invented the concrete that is the basis for the construction that everybody uses, including that first guy.(Go ahead everybody, come up with your own analogy, it's fun.)
  • by hedwards ( 940851 ) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @12:02PM (#37730950)

    If only Steve Jobs had had that sort of foresight, we might actually get to own the computers we purchase.

  • by msobkow ( 48369 ) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @12:15PM (#37731062) Homepage Journal

    He wasn't a true American. He didn't earn millions or billions by offshoring his factories. He didn't profit by patenting his work. And he never sued anyone.

    If you want a state memorial, you have to be a ruthless, immoral, no-holds-barred capitalist.

  • by Broolucks ( 1978922 ) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @12:21PM (#37731114)

    I don't really like these analogies because they are comparing apples and oranges. Inventing concrete is nice and all, but people do need nice buildings, and the inventor of concrete might be completely incapable to build anything but large cubes of concrete, much like someone who designs nice buildings might be clueless about materials. Most programmers are godawful at design, whereas most designers are godawful at programming, so in my book they are all equally deserving. We need all of these people.

    This being said, Steve Jobs is getting clearly disproportionate attention. I think Ritchie is getting just as much attention and celebration as I think he should, but Steve Jobs is getting way, way, WAY more than he deserves, it's getting embarrassing at this point. I mean, a headline I can understand, but this is ridiculous.

  • Written in C (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SgtChaireBourne ( 457691 ) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @01:01PM (#37731408) Homepage

    Just think, what, forty years ago he designed a programming language in order to port an operating system that would eventually run on everything from PDP-11's through cell phones, so they could play a computer game on (then) new hardware.

    It's not just that C is the second most common [gcn.com] programming language: Most of the other languages are actually written in C. That includes Perl, Python, and PHP.

  • by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @01:07PM (#37731450) Homepage Journal

    "I think Ritchie is getting just as much attention and celebration as I think he should, "

    That's a little bit funny, when you consider that Mr. Ritchie doesn't seem to have made any headlines at all. Only after reading OP above, did I do a google search, to learn that Mr. Ritchie is, indeed, just as dead as Steve Jobs.

    Rest in Peace, Dennis Ritchie, and thank you!

  • by LucidBeast ( 601749 ) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @02:18PM (#37732112)
    How about Alan Turing day!

    Of course Steve Jobs day is decided by bunch of n00bs.

  • by cyber-vandal ( 148830 ) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @03:14PM (#37732506) Homepage

    Tell that to the millions of people who fucking cried when a ruthless capitalist that they didn't even know died. That's far far more pathetic.

  • by mr_mischief ( 456295 ) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @03:14PM (#37732508) Journal

    Steve Jobs helped make Objective C, an offshoot of C, popular.
    Dennis Ritchie made C.

    Steve Jobs convinced his company to port an OS.
    Dennis Ritchie helped create the very idea of a portable OS.

    Steve Jobs eventually decided Unix would make a good basis for the OS on his hardware.
    Dennis Ritchie helped Ken Thompson create Unix.

    Steve Jobs and his company eventually decided that a similar OS and development stack across all the company's devices would be a useful idea.
    Dennis Ritchie helped create an OS and development stack used on everything from phones to supercomputers.

  • by LetterRip ( 30937 ) on Sunday October 16, 2011 @04:05PM (#37732778)

    Steve Jobs' contribution isn't about white plastic, it's bringing the GUI to the masses when the guys who invented it were content to let it moulder in a lab.

    Except that is the opposite of history - Jobs kept trying to kill the project at Apple that brought the GUI to the masses. Raskin and his team had already incorporated most of the Xerox PARC technology in the Macintosh project, and Steve wanted it killed, so Raskin went over his head. Steve still kept trying to kill the project so Raskin organized a field trip to Xerox PARC so that Jobs could get a clearer idea of why the ideas were important and would hopefully stop trying to kill the project. After this instead of trying to kill the Mac, Jobs forced Raskin out to take his project.

    So we have the GUI in SPITE of Steve Jobs, not because of him.

    http://www-sul.stanford.edu/mac/parc.html [stanford.edu]

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