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post #81 of 95

I am looking forward to buying and watching on iTunes. Going to be something surreal about that.

 

Going to a theater sucks.

post #82 of 95

I am looking forward to buying and watching on iTunes. Going to be something surreal about that.

 

Going to a theater sucks.

post #83 of 95

I saw the movie in the hopes of getting more details on Steve's time away from Apple where he learned a lot of skills in dealing with bean counters and boards of directors. Well that didn't happen as the script writer picked points of Steve's life that they thought were important to Apple, took brief snapshots in time and strung them together in a sequence that they thought would make sense and give you an idea of who Steve was.  Unfortunately the snapshots were too brief to provide any insights to Steve's motivations.

 

They missed some events that were important to Apple and barely glanced over things they should have developed more.  Like Steve being so eager to have Microsoft products that would run native on the 128K Mac that he accidentally gave Microsoft full rights to develop products using the Macintosh interface for non-Mac Microsoft products.

 

They totally missed when Steve visited Xerox park as saw the user interface that Xerox park was developing but had not put into a product. The Lisa was Apple's first attempt to bring these tools to the public.

 

I think they could have made a very good movie if they went from the inception of Apple and finished with the introduction of the Mac II.  That could easily be a 2 hour movie right there.

 

Apple is rich in untold stories any part of which could have made a good movie.  I would like to see one from the inception of the Knowledge Navigator through the successful implementations of most of it in the iPhone and iPad.  John became a strong believer in the Knowledge Navigator.  He funded a lot of research and that Newton was the first result.  Unfortunately the technology had not kept up with the vision and Newton was nowhere near the vision.  Apple lost a lot of money in Newton's development and the attempts to keep the product alive.  Apple had a group of engineers working on speech synthesis but it wasn't until Siri that the agent part of the Knowledge Navigator came into being.  iOS is still working on realizing the dream that is the Knowledge Navigator.  The AI technology is still not there.  Michael Spindler and Gill Amelio did not have the dream.  But a lot of the long time advanced technology folks still held onto it and so did Steve.  Once Steve got Apple switched over to Next technology he went back to the Knowledge Navigator roots for the iPhone and later the iPod.  I wonder if Steve had passed along the dream that is still waiting for technology to catch up.  Now that could have made a great movie.

 

I think that it is interesting that the future of the iPad was first articulated in a knowledge Navigator video almost 25 years ago.  Following the dream would make a good movie.


Edited by ex-evangelist - 8/19/13 at 10:19am
post #84 of 95
Didn't see this, but "Pirates of Silicon Valley" will always be the definitive fictional story for me...
post #85 of 95
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Playing on 2,381 screens across the U.S., "Jobs" took in an estimated $6.7 million this weekend, with Sunday totals projected. That's less than the $8 million to $9 million that distributor Open Road Films hoped it would earn, according to Box Office Mojo.

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Still, the movie has a good shot at turning a profit in theaters and through eventual DVD sales. The film had a reported production budget of $12 million, meaning "Jobs" made most of its money back in the first three days.
 
 
What?  Production budget $12 million.  vs.  First three days: $6.7 million
and the reporter says "Jobs" made most of its money back in the first three days.  6.7 is only 56% of 12, certainly not "most of it"
Maybe first 3 weeks will be a lot closer to $12 million.
post #86 of 95

Ashton Kutcher is Steve Jobs.

Faye Dunaway is Joan Crawford. 

Enough said.

 
Where's the new Apple TV?
 
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Where's the new Apple TV?
 
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post #87 of 95

You miss the point, as did the reporter. A movie has to gross more than twice the production budget. You forget that receipts are divided between the production company and the theater owners. So unless or until Jobs tallies over $24 million, there's nothing to discuss. That it was produced cheaply makes it very possible that, with overseas receipts, DVD and PPV, it may earn out. I expect that Apple could deliver that number if they posted the movie on iTunes.

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post #88 of 95
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They missed some events that were important to Apple and barely glanced over things they should have developed more.  Like Steve being so eager to have Microsoft products that would run native on the 128K Mac that he accidentally gave Microsoft full rights to develop products using the Macintosh interface for non-Mac Microsoft products.

You seem to have your history wrong. The agreement that gave Microsoft license to use Macintosh GUI elements in Windows was made by John Sculley in order to prevent Microsoft from discontinuing Microsoft Office for Mac.

post #89 of 95
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They missed some events that were important to Apple and barely glanced over things they should have developed more.  Like Steve being so eager to have Microsoft products that would run native on the 128K Mac that he accidentally gave Microsoft full rights to develop products using the Macintosh interface for non-Mac Microsoft products.

 

 

 

 

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You seem to have your history wrong. The agreement that gave Microsoft license to use Macintosh GUI elements in Windows was made by John Sculley in order to prevent Microsoft from discontinuing Microsoft Office for Mac.

 

 

You really want to a bio-pic to deal with stuff like this?  

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You really want to a bio-pic to deal with stuff like this?  

LOL. Drama scripts written by Slashdot readers would be a celebration of geek trivia and nothing more.

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post #91 of 95
Originally Posted by ex-evangelist View Post

They missed some events that were important to Apple and barely glanced over things they should have developed more.  Like Steve being so eager to have Microsoft products that would run native on the 128K Mac that he accidentally gave Microsoft full rights to develop products using the Macintosh interface for non-Mac Microsoft products.

 

Well, given that this didn't happen, I wonder why you'd want to see it.


I think they could have made a very good movie if they went from the inception of Apple and finished with the introduction of the Mac II.  That could easily be a 2 hour movie right there.

 

It was also already done. And you really want a movie from 1975 to 1977? Talk about glacial.

post #92 of 95
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I guess it must be all the tech Luddites of the world who'll likely spent more than $20 billion on it this year?

/s

 

Right? Morons. If they downloaded their movies instead of buying physical media they could be absolutely sure their collection is always safe, because their movies will not play anywhere else!

post #93 of 95
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Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do. 
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Or as Robert Zimmerman once said, "don't criticize what you don't understand"
post #94 of 95
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You really want to a bio-pic to deal with stuff like this?  

Did I say I did? I was merely pointing out that the guy had his history wrong.

post #95 of 95
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Right? Morons. If they downloaded their movies instead of buying physical media they could be absolutely sure their collection is always safe, because their movies will not play anywhere else!

Yeah, right.

 

Not to mention all those knowledge Luddites who have trouble figuring out that the whole world does not have broadband internet.....

 

/s

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