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I intend to return to my reviews of Cannes restaurants.

However, so many strange news stories have appeared that it is worth taking note of a few.

Apple bans LifeSite News

Today, I happened across this tweet:

On July 31, LifeSite News reported:

A little over one week ago, Apple approved LifeSiteNews’ application to publish our news on their Apple News platform.

Today, without warning, Apple News abruptly reversed course, telling LifeSite that they had deleted our channel and all of our content from their platform.

Apple claimed that LifeSite’s channel “didn’t comply with our Apple News guidelines.” Specifically, they stated that LifeSite’s “[c]hannel content shows intolerance towards a specific group.”

Planned Parenthood, perhaps?

Apple would not say:

“We don’t yet know the reason for Apple’s decision to delete our channel,” said LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief John-Henry Westen. “However, at a time when there is growing evidence that tech juggernauts are engaging in concerted censorship against even mainstream conservative viewpoints, Apple’s decision – made unilaterally, and without opportunity to appeal – is frightening.”

“It goes without saying that LifeSite would never promote intolerance or hatred against any group,” Westen continued. “However, in our current divisive political climate, even mild expressions of common conservative viewpoints are often written off as de facto hatred and intolerance. We certainly hope that this is not what Apple is doing. However, we urge our readers to contact Apple, and to respectfully demand that they reinstate LifeSite’s channel.”

Anyone who would like to support LifeSite in being reinstated can sign their petition.

LifeSite first applied to be listed on Apple News in November 2018. It took six months before they were accepted. Now they have been denied.

This is pure censorship.

Think of it this way:

El Paso shooting

Speaking of guns, Karl ‘Market Ticker’ Denninger has an excellent essay on the El Paso shooting, which took place on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

‘On El Paso’ is worth reading in full. Denninger makes salient points about the American shootings that cause the most outrage — and which are most easily cleared up.

Inner-city shooting cases rarely get solved (emphases in the original):

The clearance rate (that is, the odds of getting arrested if you shoot someone) in Chicago is 9%.  In Atlanta, 12%.  In almost every other major city (Baltimore anyone?), it’s roughly the same.  Yeah, if you go insane and start shooting people in a WallyWorld en-masse you’re either going to jail and will get the needle or will just get shot where you stand.

But if you shoot people one at a time you have a ten percent chance of getting caught; 9 out of 10 times you get away with it.  I know people who were close with someone who got shot, the dead person was not a gang member or otherwise engaged in activity that typically gets you shot (he was an ordinary businessmanand the perpetrator has not been identified or arrested a full year later.

That is not uncommon.  In fact it’s not only common it’s a 90% probability if you get plugged in a major city right here, right now.

He says that is why law-abiding Americans need guns:

If that doesn’t force your pea-sized brain awake long enough to realize that the cops are worthless in solving crimes and their best, highest and only calling is to zip your ass into a black bag and haul it away after you get killed then you are too stupid to deserve to be able to reproduce.  There is only one way to stop that sort of crap and that is for you to stop it, personally, if someone intends to whack you or someone you love.  To do that, especially if you’re not a 20 year old body-builder male, you’re going to need the only equalizing force ever invented by mankind and you better know how to use it too.

It’s called a gun.

Yet, as he points out, the small town or suburban mass shootings generate all the leftist outrage.

Of course, their cry is always for gun control. However, Denninger explains why gun control will not work:

… cut the crap on the “gun control” nonsense.  Just over the border, a few miles away, there are more guns than you can shake a stick at — everyone of them unregistered in America because they’re in Mexico.  Juarez is an insanely violent area, and it’s right there.  You want a gun and can’t pass a background check here, get it there.  93% of crimes go unreported in Juarez.  Without a real wall and enforceable border, what’s to stop you from bringing that gun here?  Hell, the Mexican you buy it from might have gotten it courtesy of Eric Holder, our former AG, who has never been held to account for running many guns into Mexico!

Every Demonscat on the planet has jumped on this demanding “more gun control” without even waiting for the bodies to reach room temperature.  Yeah, right.  You can blow me, lefties.  Your fantasy-land nonsense would prevent nothing.  Go look in Mexico; there is exactly one legal gun store in the entire country and it takes months to get paperwork processed to buy one.  Possession of even one firearm or one round of ammunition is good for a five year prison sentence there.

That does exactly zippo to prevent all those who want to murder from acquiring and using them in Juarez.

Since it is proved that just a few miles south the most-restrictive gun laws imaginable do exactly nothing to prevent hundreds of murders every year in that city alone no, I will not consent to any further infringement of the 2nd Amendment. 

Ben Carson’s visit to Baltimore

Dr Ben Carson, who heads HUD, visited Baltimore last week.

Karl Denninger wrote another great piece, ‘How Come Nobody Is Quoting Carson?’

Although the highly-experienced brain surgeon did not implore the city’s underprivileged youths to stop shooting each other, he did offer — unreported — advice on how to get ahead in life:

What did he say as the solution to poverty (which NPR did not report, as you can see)?

1. Finish High School.

2. Get married.

3. Don’t have children until you have accomplished #2.

Now does this somehow deal with the Federal Government impoverishing people by running fiscal deficits?  No.  But at a micro level — that is, individual people, not macro policy — he’s right.

Absolutely, but because this is a middle class way of living, this will get ignored.

That said, who would know best about those points? Ben Carson himself. The good doctor was raised by a single mother. He almost went to the dark side as a youth, then found religion and did his best to not only graduate from high school but also to go on to university and medical school — to become a brain surgeon, no less.

Denninger expands on the good doctor’s points:

… for the ordinary, average person they mean a lot.  And by the way, remember this rule that I drilled into my daughter:

“1 + 1 can be more than 2.  That’s the only real magic you will ever find in the world, but it is real, provided you choose wisely.  However, 1 – 1 is always 0 and can, if you choose poorly, be worse than that; it can be negative.”

One of the problems with this advice in today’s world is that there are an awful lot of zeros or worse walking around — of both sexes.  And by the way, almost without exception every one of those Hollywood “stars” or pro sports players in any league, ever, are all less than zeros in every respect except for being rich and if you emulate them without being rich first you will be destroyed.

He and Dr Carson are 110% correct.

Please share this advice with your children, if you haven’t already.

Cloud computing and Capital One

This year, a former Amazon.com employee hacked into Capital One Financial Corp. customer data that Amazon.com was storing on its cloud services.

On July 29, Bloomberg reported:

While the complaint doesn’t identify the cloud provider that stored the allegedly stolen data, the charging papers mention information stored in S3, a reference to Simple Storage Service, Amazon Web Services’ popular data storage software.

An AWS spokesman confirmed that the company’s cloud had stored the Capital One data that was stolen, and said it wasn’t accessed through a breach or vulnerability in AWS systems. Prosecutors alleged that the access to the bank data came through a misconfigured firewall protecting one of its applications.

Paige A. Thompson was arrested Monday and appeared in federal court in Seattle. The data theft occurred some time between March 12 and July 17, U.S. prosecutors in Seattle said.

Karl Denninger posted a hard-hitting article about this. Don’t miss ‘I TOLD YOU SO: “CLOUD” IS INSECURE’.

You bet it is. Yet, we have friends who store their personal — including financial — data on the cloud! No!

Denninger explains:

There you have it.  The bank had data that was highly confidential and let another company with thousands of people who could access it, none of whom the bank knew by name or could vet, have said data by intentionally putting it on that other firm’s computer systems in the name of “cloud computing.”

One of those people did allegedly access and steal it.  It doesn’t matter how they did so; the fact that the data was there provided the “honeypot” and a large base of people who knew it was there instead of said data being on your own corporate infrastructure behind access controls that you, and only you, are responsible for.

Gee, how dumb are you?

How many times have I pointed this out?  Dozens

Once you use a “cloud provider” it’s not your data anymore despite your claims otherwise.  The data is, in fact, accessible by anyone who has administrative access at the cloud company and they don’t work for you nor can you vet them.  Further, those people working there now know the data is there which gives them a big fat “target list” to take a crack at.  Those people with that knowledge and at least some expertise in getting in, including perhaps even direct credentialed access through ordinary administrative procedures number in the thousands at large firms like Amazon or Microsoft if not tens of thousands and you not only can you as the “customer” not vet them you have no idea who the hell they are.  Some of them probably aren’t even American citizens! H1b (not this time, but you can bet in general) for the win!

[[Update 7/30 6:50 AM: It appears that the person who did the “hacking” not only was employed by Spamazon the individual claims to be here in the US illegally.  So how’d they get the job?  Spamazon, for its part, disclaims responsibility and says “it wasn’t hacked.”  Disclaim whatever you want Amazon; the fact is the data was on your box and was stolen by what appears to be an ex Amazon employee.  Such a wonderful job of vetting you do eh, never mind all the SJW/insanity connections allegedly present with this individual too.]]

Congratulations Capital Zero, 100 million records stolen because you were ****ing stupid and put saving a buck in front of data security.  This should be treated by banking regulators as criminal negligence; ditto for any other firm that has its data stolen after employing such a “cloud” environment where there was any expectation of privacy or protection of said data.

This is why you don’t use cloud computing for anything you give a crap about and has to be kept secure …

Yes, yes and yes!

You can read more about the hacker and see photos at the Daily Mail. Definitely worth viewing.

If you think you cannot provide enough resilience on your home computer, think again. This is what one of Denninger’s readers says (emphases mine):

I can buy multi-terabyte drives for a couple of hundred bucks (obviously price varies as a function of quality, intended use, etc.) just about anywhere. For a thousand bucks I can set up a pretty-near foolproof, multi-terabyte, automated RAID system with access times for any computer on my own network that have gotta be less than up- and downloading from the cloud.

Where exactly is the alleged cost savings for anyone to store any data “in the cloud”?

Spot on. If you cannot build it yourself, hire an expert.

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And thus concludes my news in brief.

You couldn’t make it up.

On Monday, August 6, 2018, Alex Jones’s Infowars was banned by several social media outlets.

Previously, these media outlets issued partial bans, but now, some have made no secret about removing him from their platforms entirely.

Contrary to what Big Media would have you believe, Infowars is the 7th most popular app in the US. Look at what Infowars is beating in the ratings:

Jones had anticipated this for at least three years. His apprehension started in 2015. After the election in 2016, even though Trump won, he was even more concerned about social media trying to cut off his access to viewers and listeners.

He details the various reasons for the ban in this video of his, made on the day it happened. It’s a keeper. Start with the video below (courtesy of variety) and continue on the link they recommend:

For a start, Apple and Google are working separately with China to develop censored social media projects and a search engine that filters and/or bans people and sites that go against the Establishment way of thinking. He says that the EU has also brought in censorship. (I recently heard a discussion about this on French radio, explained as, ‘They’re doing away with alarmist fake news, nothing more’, but it’s the same thing: silencing the opposition.) Then, there are the Democrats (example here) and their water carriers in the media who want to stifle support for Trump and the Republicans for the November mid-terms.

Jones says that none of the media outlets banning him have given him a specific reason why, other than to say ‘hate speech’. He says that there are people voting Infowars material down or flagging it as offensive.

Jones closed his video by saying people can still watch Infowars and read the news there on his own platform.

A lot of people don’t like Alex Jones, but, as he warns in the video, anyone could be next.

One rapper on Twitter says:

I don’t support or believe [what] ALEX JONES says but I don’t want powerful tech companies dictating what society is allowed to hear or see. They are too powerful. If they can delete anyone’s voice they want from the internet Who will be next?

Before going into further reactions, let’s look at two news reports about the Infowars ban. Emphases mine.

Howard Kurtz wrote a piece for Fox News, excerpted below:

Facebook said it has taken down some Jones pages “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”

Apple said it removed the “Alex Jones Show” and other podcasts from iTunes and its podcast app. The company said it “does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users.”

Google’s YouTube dropped the ax on Jones’ channel, telling The Washington Post that it terminates users who violate “our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures.”

And Spotify banned Jones altogether after earlier removing some podcasts, telling the Post: “We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community.”

Hate content is not representative of the Infowars many know, and, unlike cable news networks, at least Jones apologises when he gets it wrong. Even Kurtz had to admit that in his editorial.

CNBC had more:

Pinterest removed the official InfoWars board on Monday afternoon after multiple people alerted the company to policy violations.

“Consistent with our existing policies, we take action against accounts that repeatedly save content that could lead to harm,” a Pinterest spokesperson said. “People come to Pinterest to discover ideas for their lives, and we continue to enforce our principles to maintain a safe, useful and inspiring experience for our users.”

CNBC’s article got to the crux of the issue:

Tech giants have faced calls from both sides of the political spectrum to be more transparent about the way they approach content flagging and banning. On the left, there are critics who say these firms are not doing enough to take down harmful and offensive content, while on the right there are some who think internet firms are routinely censoring conservative posts.

As private companies, there is nothing in law to bar them from removing user-generated videos and audio as they see fit. But a number of mostly conservative commentators have framed the issue as a matter of freedom of speech.

The Conservative Treehouse made excellent observations:

The corporate thought police moved in unity today to unperson Alex Jones and his Info Wars media site from popular social media platforms.

Imagine if BP, Exxon, Chevron and Sunoco all moved, on the same day, at the same time, to charge $5.00/gal for gasoline at their service stations.  That would be illegal collusion to take advantage of a monopolistic positionThat’s essentially what happened today when Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Spotify simultaneously banned the Alex Jones broadcast from their platforms; in an effort to purge him from the internet …

Oddly enough this was entirely predicted.  Back in the Fall of 2015 Matt Drudge appeared on the Alex Jones broadcast to warn of this exact situation.  Drudge talked about the need to stay off their platforms, because he could see the political use of platform control was likely to happen in the next few years.  In hindsight Drudge was eerily prescient:

 

The political left, and all the control elements of the Marxist Silicon Valley monopoly gatekeepers are moving in unity, taking action they deem will influence the 2018 elections and beyond. In the big picture this coordinated effort is a move to attack political opposition by weaponizing and controlling social media platforms.

Regardless of anyone’s opinion of Alex Jones, all should take this action seriously and think through the long-term ramifications….

Meanwhile, many social media platforms allow questionable content, including what were once deviant, criminal practices — and still are, to many of us. Yet, when Alex Jones tries to expose the ugly, painful truth behind them, perverts want him censored:

Then, there are the foul television shows, but they’re okay, because that’s free speech:

And let’s not forget newspapers like the New York Times which recently appointed a woman with a history of racist tweets to its editorial board:

Yes, it’s odd that Twitter never called Ms Jeong out.

And what about the death threats against President Trump that are allowed to stay on social media?

And isn’t incitement to war an example of ‘hate speech’? Alex Jones is not guilty of that, but what about Big Media?

One woman called the Jones ban what it is — censorship:

Alex Jones would agree:

I said above that Jones will issue lengthy apologies and explanations when he gets things wrong. Others in media are not so inclined, like CNN’s Brian Stelter, host of Reliable Sources (!?):

Media analyst Mark Dice compared the Jones ban to book burning:

An independent journalist said:

Infowars’ English editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson had this to say about Facebook:

And censorship in general:

Another Englishman agrees:

So, is it time to break the social media monopoly?

In the meantime, this will not go down without a fight. Here’s investigative journalist James O’Keefe’s request (more at the Gateway Pundit):

He and his Project Veritas team want to know more about things like this:

Also, other platforms are making it clear they will continue to broadcast Infowars. Here’s one of them:

This situation is a slippery slope and extends beyond banning an independent media outlet. Lying is now considered ‘protected speech’. You could not make this up:

Good heavens! Whatever next?

Stay strong and frosty in the search for the truth.

By the time I had graduated from university, Steve Jobs was becoming a household name. He managed to have a sociological impact on the American public for reasons which I shall explore below.

Before going into these, I should like to explain that I wasn’t actually going to discuss Jobs’s death. However, having read too many effusive, extreme eulogies, I could no longer contain myself.

My father died when he was only a year older than Steve Jobs — at age 57, just a week short of his 58th birthday. I was 19 at the time.  Experiencing parental death at a relatively early age does take the sentimentality out of subsequent deaths.  It’s the same with Spouse Mouse, who went through the same loss at a similar age and often says, ‘People die’. Having said that, every time someone dies, we are cognisant that someone else has lost a beloved spouse, a devoted parent, a cherished child, a trusted confidant, a best friend, a loyal colleague.

The point I’m making is that we shouldn’t keep falling into the 1997 Princess Diana Death syndrome, which was mawkish in the extreme.  We also would not wish to have people weeping uncontrollably over us.

Back to Steve Jobs, though. The post that took the biscuit — which I didn’t bookmark, by the way — was one from a theonomist (a Christian sharia promoter) who said that Steve Jobs was a ‘man of dominion’.  Give over!  Steve Jobs was a Buddhist and a successful entrepreneur, nothing more!  He was certainly not out selling iPads for the glory of Christ!

It would appear from the news articles that not many remember Jobs’s early days from the 1970s and 1980s.  This was the time which I best remember and share with you below.

Steve Jobs’s accomplishments were tripartite, in my view.  This is not something which you will read anywhere else, but I believe that they were significant for American society and business as a whole.

The rise of the non-WASP American inventor

The two young co-founders of Apple came from a non-WASP background. (Ronald Wayne was the third co-founder.) Jobs had Swiss-German-Syrian ancestry (although he was adopted by the Jobs family). Steve Wozniak is of Polish descent. This is something which Americans from non-WASP backgrounds noted immediately.  It was a big buzz around their dinner tables and at drinks parties.

This non-WASP innovation would have happened sooner or later, but these guys seemed to have come from nowhere with no military engineering or university research IT experience, the kind one associates with such inventions and innovations.

Over three decades later, we are now accustomed to seeing a variety of names linked to computing and technology companies.  A number of them, like Sergey Brin, have emigrated from other countries to head their own ventures in the United States.  Because Jobs was first on the scene to market IT to the masses (see below), he opened up the playing field to outsiders, especially those who were less (or not at all) connected to the military-industrial complex but were simply ordinary guys who loved technology and dabbling in development.

Furthermore, he indirectly interested women in IT.  I knew a girl at the time who was attending university.  She said, ‘When I graduate, I want to be Steve Jobs.’  Although she hardly achieved Jobs’s status, she did have a very successful career working for Andersen Consulting, then freelancing.

Two decades earlier, I remember as a child lamenting to my Catholic parents in the 1960s that I could never become an inventor or an innovator.  They were aghast: ‘Why not?’ I replied, ‘Because you have to be a Protestant and English or Scottish in order to invent anything!’  They concluded, ‘Churchmouse, all you need to do is … build a better mousetrap!’

Ow!

The decline of the IT geek

Until Jobs came along, accounting and IT were really realms of what  Americans used to call the ‘pencil-necked geek’.  They had to be the least sexy professions around and carried a certain stigma for anyone under the age of 25.  Accounting was dry and IT was just, well, weird.  However, whereas accountants were financially savvy and generally retired on a comfortable cushion of cash, only the awkward and friendless went into IT.

Or so we thought.

In the early 1980s, Steve Jobs suddenly transformed the geek into sex god overnight.  He appeared on the cover of or in feature articles of magazines which the general public bought: Time, Newsweek and People.  Suddenly, teenage girls and female university students saw this handsome man and said, ‘I wanna marry Steve Jobs! He’s sooo foxy!’  The apple in the picture was a clincher.  So suggestive, so evocative.   Steve drew the heretofore unheard-of links between technology, manhood and sex.  He had liberated geeks forever!

He had a knack for posing for the camera. Who can forget the many photos of him wearing his bow tie? C’mon, who wore bow ties back then, except one’s grandfather?  For Jobs, though, this was an idea with which he was comfortable. When everyone else was wearing faded lumberjack shirts and jeans to high school in the early 1970s, even for class photos, here’s Steve Jobs’s yearbook picture from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California.  And what is he wearing but a conventional bow tie!  The only time any boy wore a bow tie in the 1970s was at prom night, with one of those outsized papillons which came with the rented tux (or ‘DJ’, for my European readers)!

Making technology appealing

On a serious note, Jobs’s ability to present himself as sartorially elegant, technologically savvy and self-promoting made Apple products appealing. He presented himself and Apple to the American public as an ordinary person would have. He seemed amenable and he made his computers sound interesting.  People wanted to know more about this new, powerful (relatively speaking) machine you could easily use in the office and maybe, if you had enough money, at home.

I used an Apple II early in my career, when Jobs was making the mainstream media rounds. The logo it bore is at the top of the post. That, to me, is the Apple logo.  It doesn’t matter what came before (a funky 70s design) or after (a rather boring silhouette).  Yes, the machine was easy to use.

It became a bit of a conversation piece when I would meet up with family during the holidays.  Someone would say, ‘Churchmouse uses one of those computers — you know, the ones that Steve Jobs makes.’

‘Really? What’s it like?  They say we’ll all be using those someday.  Gee …

I kid you not. I’m recalling things from the early 1980s. Windows was still several years off from becoming mainstream.  IBM PCs were super expensive (not that Apple II’s were cheap).  Most offices were moving to the word processor for general correspondence, but the typewriter and telex were still in use. (The telex was the email of its day — a large roll of tape with tiny holes of code in it was the memory.  Lose the telex printout and you recovered it by feeding the tape through the reader — an arduous process; there were hundreds of messages on one roll.  One labelled the tapes with dates. Heaven forbid that someone tore the tape!) The telefax was starting to appear more and more but was still relatively new.

This new technology — comprising the word processor, Apple II and the telefax — was all big news.  Prior to the Apple II, I’d worked (as a user) on a mainframe using a large CRT (cathode ray tube) — a large ‘terminal’ or a monitor — now a flat screen.

For my younger readers, this will seem unimaginable, but when I was their age, it was nothing short of revolutionary.

Speaking of mainframes, when I was a nipper in the early 1960s, mainframes were huge, gigantic.  The Sperry UNIVAC was a mysterious techological leviathan that few people saw in their lifetimes.  Only qualified professionals could operate and use it.  Things moved on from there.  When I was six or seven, I saw a mainframe up close.  It, too, filled the space of a UNIVAC although I think it was an IBM.  One of my aunts was a comptroller of a large hospital and took a few of us family members on a tour, which included a huge computer room.  That would have been in 1966, if I remember rightly.  There were the men operating and programming it and a few privileged women — ex-secretaries —  running punchcards through with hospital patient records on them.  It was incredible.  But, I digress.

After my Apple II experience, I left that job for another.

Then, something horrible happened.

I got sucked into the dreaded finance-accounting-IT vortex, where I would stay for the next 13 – 14 years. (Back then, IT was under the aegis of the Finance Department.) In the mid-1990s, I was able to segue into a new profession, although still one closely linked to IT.  And, even once I finally made it into marketing full time, it was still IT-related.  Since then, I have been unable to do any creative writing whatsoever.  It has to be strictly factual, otherwise I cannot get it to work.  My creative, fictional juices have been squeezed out by too much logical thought.  On the other hand, my work did pay the bills throughout those many years!

It was around the time I entered this thankless vortex that the press featured articles about disagreements between Jobs and Steve Wozniak.  The people of Polish descent (already 3rd and 4th generation Americans) whom I knew started railing against Steve Jobs.  ‘How dare he pick on Wozniak.  He’s the brains behind Apple! Jobs just swans about the place.’

I had been too busy at work to keep up with all of this and, frankly, at the end of the day, all these products are tools as far as I’m concerned.  So, I asked one of my colleagues — a WASC (White Anglo-Saxon Catholic) — who said, ‘Churchmouse, where have you been?  Everyone knows that Steve Wozniak is the genius.  Jobs is merely the front man drawing people to the product!’

And, lo, shortly afterward, somewhere I read the following quotes, which you can now find on the Apple History page, faithfully compiled by Mac user Markus Ehrenfried. I highly recommend it to those who have no memory of Jobs pre-1995.  Take a look at these:

‘He was the only person I met who knew more about electronics than me.’  — Steve Jobs about Steve Wozniak

‘Steve didn’t know very much about electronics.’ — Steve Wozniak about Steve Jobs

There might have been some humility in Wozniak’s statement, but that was pretty much it for me — and many others — as far as Steve Jobs was concerned.  Jobs’s statement should have ended ‘than I’, the grammatical test being, ‘than I knew about electronics’.

One other thing Steve Wozniak did accomplish, albeit unintentionally, was to put an end to Polish jokes in the United States.  These were simple, often silly, Q-and A-two-liners which Poles told against themselves in a light-hearted, self-effacing manner. For the most part, they were for children, but adults of Polish descent often got a rise out of the jibes, too.  However, Wozniak’s genius status put paid to them, thank goodness.

Conclusion: Steve Jobs was a great front man, a shrewd businessman and on the cutting edge of technological advancement.  However, although he co-developed and owned patents, he cannot be likened to — and, yes, these comparisons have all been made in the past week — Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Johannes Gutenberg, Alexander Graham Bell or Thomas Edison.

Steve Jobs — memorable, driven, canny.  He’s helped to leave his technological thumbprint on the world. May he rest in peace.

But let’s stop idolising him.

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