Likewise if someone digs up dirt that Mr. Jobs parked his car in a handicapped spot, that would again fuel a frenzy of “Oh my, such a terrible thing to do” chin-wagging, but how is this interesting?
You can’t even make an argument that how he spent his money has anything to do with integrity. He never asked me to buy Apple stock so that his personal fortune could be used for Good Works. He never ran for elected office on the basis of giving back to society. What he did with his money is his affair, and a fascination with it says so much more about the human desire to pry than it does about anything of true intellectual interest.
Does not donating a penny make him a bad person? I'd say not, especially when you consider everything else he's done for this country, even just economically. People like Buffet and Gates have set the bar pretty damn high, though, and I'm happy their public altruism has put pressure on other wealthy people to do the same.
The iPhone opened all that up. Anyone could write software, and provided it was minimally useful and didn't contain malware, sell it in the store. Any consumer could, for the first time, install software on their phones that they chose, rather than having it chosen for them.
That's not even remotely true and I wish people would stop repeating this like it's a fact. Smartphones existed for years before the iPhone and all had user-installable software. My first touch screen smartphone was the Sony Ericsson P800 released in 2002 (5 years before the iPhone) and I had plenty of third party applications for it. I went through a number of different smartphones by different manufacturers and different operating systems before the iPhone ever got apps. And, unlike the iPhone, there were no restrictions.
That's not really true. Before the iPhone was released it was possible to develop for a great many phones using J2ME. Some carriers did restrict what APIs were accessible on their phones without a signing certificate (cough Sprint), but others allowed everything necessary to develop games and basic apps that could connect to the site where the app was obtained. All you had to do was throw up .jar and .jad files for your app onto your web site.
This isn't true at all. Sam Altman had none of these things, yet he was still able to get a meeting to discuss Loopt.
Yes, you still needed "a meeting". But the process was not nearly as byzantine as you've made it seem.
On the subjects of cable specials, I REALLY hope TNT will make a sequel to "Pirates of Silicon Valley" soon!
It's not a sequel or a cable special, but I believe you're looking for a film called the "Social Network"
That movie came out pre-Apple device dominance. As we all know things have change and the principle of tasteful & desired products actually works out pretty well.
However, the next movie will probably not be on TV. With the obvious interest by the mass public of Jobs' life & death, a big-screen movie is probably coming. Maybe using the soon to be published biography as the source.
Plus, their show is currently airing a new season and they're wildly popular. This just screams to me that it's about advertising to as many eyeballs as possible while it's a hot topic (otherwise, why so quick? the man was literally just buried).
And yes, I imagine they are contractually obligated, like Mike Rowe, who they've over used so much - plus they probably wanted someone more geek for the special.