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  • Steve Jobs Takes Second Medical Leave


    In a somewhat disturbing press release from Apple, Steve Jobs has announced that the company's Board of Directors approved his request for a medical leave of absence. He will keep his title of Chief Executive Officer, though Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook - who ran Apple during Jobs's last medical leave in 2009 - will again take the reins of the company.

    Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. This form of cancer is extremely deadly, and 95% of those diagnosed with this disease die within five years. Jobs initially refused normal medical treatment, instead relying on a special diet to cure him of the disease. Eventually, Jobs underwent a surgical procedure to remove the head of his pancreas, his duodenum, part of his stomach, the gall bladder and other organs. Though Jobs has generally refused to discuss his health issues publicly, the tumor was believed to have been removed through this procedure. However, his thin, gaunt appearance in subsequent years, as well as a six month leave of absence in 2009 during which he had a liver transplant, has led to persistent concerns about his health. Bloomberg inadvertently published a draft of a Steve Jobs obituary in 2008; Jobs later joked about the worries during an iPod event, quoting Mark Twain that "the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

    During an address to the graduating class of Stanford in 2005, Steve ruminated on the lessons he had learned from his illness. He told the graduates that "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma... which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

    The Apple press release consisted only of Jobs's email to all Apple employees, which reads:

    Team,

    At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

    I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple's day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

    I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

    Steve
    Steve Jobs has had a unique impact on the world of technology: brilliant and visionary, though often dictatorial and arbitrary. It's probably safe to say that the iOS ecosystem - and thus this site - would not exist without his contributions. We send our best to Steve and his family, and our wishes for his speedy recovery.

    Source: AppleInsider, image via Bolaji O
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Steve Jobs Takes Second Medical Leave started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 97 Comments
    1. spoon's Avatar
      spoon -
      Quote Originally Posted by McMichael96 View Post
      He is bootest, he don't beleave in God... Which he should though... Cause bodes is nothing more then a man who died. A false god.
      Ah, the ignorance revolving a touchy subject as religion..

      This is tough news, but I hope the best for his quick recovery. For himself, as well for what this ordeal is placing on his family.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Steve has done great things for us all! As much as We all are concerned with jailbreaks and unlocks.... Without him, what would we be in this forum for in the 1st place??

      Get some rest Steve! And give the jailbreakers some rest too!!!!
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      Quote Originally Posted by McMichael96 View Post
      He is bootest, he don't beleave in God... Which he should though... Cause bodes is nothing more then a man who died. A false god.

      Yes it is a ugly thing though.
      Lol....i'm a christian and 1) i think it's pathetic that you can't spell Buddhist correctly, and 2)why are you ripping on Buddhism? Non Christians just think Jesus was a man who died...

      Anyway, i wish SJ the best.I know what it's like to have a family member with cancer and i hope whatever treatments he's having go well.
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      This topic's comments are disgusting, is it any wonder people look down on the jailbreak community when all we do is insult people and disrespect them. If you think you have it bad because you have to wast time jailbreaking you phone then think how it must be for Steve Jobs' family right now. If you have nothing good to say about the poor man then say nothing, you should never wish bad health on anyone. Get better soon Steve and take a break, you deserve one.
      Ummm, Really? That's why people "Look down at the JB community"?
    1. wirehedd's Avatar
      wirehedd -
      Quote Originally Posted by McMichael96 View Post
      He is bootest, he don't beleave in God... Which he should though... Cause bodes is nothing more then a man who died. A false god.

      Yes it is a ugly thing though.
      I'm not sure what you are trying to write but suffice to say all gods are false gods.

      Steve Jobs is an historic figure and he will be a topic of study for many years regardless of whether or not he is in his last days now or not.

      With luck, perseverance and some proper medical care I'm hoping to see him back. If not then I hope he can take the time he has left and make the most of it with his family and loved ones and meet his end with dignity and happiness in knowing he did what he wanted to do on his own terms.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mrteacup View Post
      Please keep religion to yourselves. This is a tech forum your religious views need to stay at a personal level. Thank you
      Agreed
    1. JoshieVersace's Avatar
      JoshieVersace -
      Get well soon, Mr. Jobs

      Joshie Versace
    1. Fhsjaagshs's Avatar
      Fhsjaagshs -
      I wonder what the "steward" of the apple throne will be like. Meanwhile, I hope that jobs allows jailbreaking so people think well of him.
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by McMichael96 View Post
      If I die today, I am going to donate all my blood/organs (in my will) because my blood type is a very rare blood type only 10/10000 people have it.
      isn't that the same as 1/1000

      Quote Originally Posted by McMichael96 View Post
      That was not cool at all...
      So....you're ragging on him for saying that when you were the one who called Jobs a "bootest"
    1. mahatmt's Avatar
      mahatmt -
      It's great to donate organs but the most needed donors are those with more common blood types.
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      This is bad..,, hope him and his family , the best ,,,
    1. Benny123's Avatar
      Benny123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by McMichael96 View Post
      He is bootest, he don't beleave in God... Which he should though... Cause bodes is nothing more then a man who died. A false god.

      Yes it is a ugly thing though.
      Not that this should be a religion thread but you are showing your ignorance with that statement. Buddhists do believe in God. Get your facts straight before insulting hundreds of millions of people. Atheists dont believe in God.
    1. slick6932's Avatar
      slick6932 -
      The problem with pancreatic cancer is that the majority of the time it is a very aggressive spreading cancer. By the time people are diagnosed with it, it has already spread to surrounding organs.

      Steve made it this far, and he needs to focus on his priorities health and family. We don't even know what the issue is yet, if cancer turned up again, hopefully it's in an early stage.

      Hang in there Steve!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Benny123 View Post
      Not that this should be a religion thread but you are showing your ignorance with that statement. Buddhists do believe in God. Get your facts straight before insulting hundreds of millions of people. Atheists dont believe in God.
      Keep to the topic of this thread... not religion please!
    1. LivesForJihad's Avatar
      LivesForJihad -
      I am reading all these posts...and you people...ughhh.

      This must be a forum of Helen Kellers.

      Steve Jobs is not a nice man. He is a total jerk. He is self serving, greedy, and flat out nothing more then a snake oil salesman! He doesn't even live in the right tax bracket. He takes advantage of tax brackets intended for the poorest of the poor. He makes 48 million a year off of dividends while he sits in the lowest tax bracket.

      This guy built his fortune by robbing stupid people of their money. When he goes, it will be no loss and no gain for humankind! Someone just as crooked and selfish will take his place. The only difference between Jobs and his replacement is the name.

      Face facts, if this guy was so noble and so good, he would would be putting the billions of dollars he makes into medical research and stuff. But he doesn't!

      Tons of people die everyday. Steve Jobs is just a statistic. If you feel bad for Steve Jobs dying, go and feel bad for Joe Q. Public in Bumble-scum village who is dying of a mutated form of gingivitis. At least Joe Q. Public is (or was) a hard working individual who works for the bread he eats. Steve Jobs is just a thief...and he gets no sympathy from me.

      Hey Obama...I have an answer for your economic woes...it's called TAKING Steve Jobs' money after he croaks!

      I am not doing this to troll...this is how I truly feel about the man. This is my honest to God opinion on him.
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Quote Originally Posted by LivesForJihad View Post
      I am reading all these posts...and you people...ughhh.

      This must be a forum of Helen Kellers.

      Steve Jobs is not a nice man. He is a total jerk. He is self serving, greedy, and flat out nothing more then a snake oil salesman! He doesn't even live in the right tax bracket. He takes advantage of tax brackets intended for the poorest of the poor. He makes 48 million a year off of dividends while he sits in the lowest tax bracket.

      This guy built his fortune by robbing stupid people of their money. When he goes, it will be no loss and no gain for humankind! Someone just as crooked and selfish will take his place. The only difference between Jobs and his replacement is the name.

      Face facts, if this guy was so noble and so good, he would would be putting the billions of dollars he makes into medical research and stuff. But he doesn't!

      Tons of people die everyday. Steve Jobs is just a statistic. If you feel bad for Steve Jobs dying, go and feel bad for Joe Q. Public in Bumble-scum village who is dying of a mutated form of gingivitis. At least Joe Q. Public is (or was) a hard working individual who works for the bread he eats. Steve Jobs is just a thief...and he gets no sympathy from me.

      Hey Obama...I have an answer for your economic woes...it's called TAKING Steve Jobs' money after he croaks!

      I am not doing this to troll...this is how I truly feel about the man. This is my honest to God opinion on him.
      Kinda harsh. While yes he is a little self centered, he is still an important part of our history. He should be more like bill gates and push his money towards the needy.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by LivesForJihad View Post
      I am reading all these posts...and you people...ughhh.

      This must be a forum of Helen Kellers.

      Steve Jobs is not a nice man. He is a total jerk. He is self serving, greedy, and flat out nothing more then a snake oil salesman! He doesn't even live in the right tax bracket. He takes advantage of tax brackets intended for the poorest of the poor. He makes 48 million a year off of dividends while he sits in the lowest tax bracket.

      This guy built his fortune by robbing stupid people of their money. When he goes, it will be no loss and no gain for humankind! Someone just as crooked and selfish will take his place. The only difference between Jobs and his replacement is the name.

      Face facts, if this guy was so noble and so good, he would would be putting the billions of dollars he makes into medical research and stuff. But he doesn't!

      Tons of people die everyday. Steve Jobs is just a statistic. If you feel bad for Steve Jobs dying, go and feel bad for Joe Q. Public in Bumble-scum village who is dying of a mutated form of gingivitis. At least Joe Q. Public is (or was) a hard working individual who works for the bread he eats. Steve Jobs is just a thief...and he gets no sympathy from me.

      Hey Obama...I have an answer for your economic woes...it's called TAKING Steve Jobs' money after he croaks!

      I am not doing this to troll...this is how I truly feel about the man. This is my honest to God opinion on him.
      Most human beings would take the same advantages as Steve has as it is the natural man. Please do not judge people for doing disappointing things. If you can not wish another happiness you will not gain happiness. Do you not want a man to live and have his family suffer? Do you want fate to befall a man with such problems if so you defile what you have said and believe. unless you truly believe that this man has done nothing good enough for even you to wish him good luck then you may curse at him