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Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

timothy posted about a year ago | from the ship-that-turns-on-a-dime dept.

Communications 184

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Steven Musil writes at Cnet that the US Postal Service hopes Steve Jobs can do for it what he once did for Apple as the late Apple co-founder will be featured on a commemorative US postage stamp along with Johnny Carson, Ingrid Bergman, Elvis Presley, and James Brown. The former Apple CEO's stamp is still in the design stages and will be released at some point in 2015. Jobs, who passed away in 2011 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, has also been posthumously honored for his visionary achievements with a special Grammy Merit Award and a Disney Legends Award. Jobs was also inducted into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame, has had a building at Pixar named after him, and was featured in an exhibit at the US Patent Office Museum. "The profitable first class mail business has been decimated by email over the past decade, thanks in no small part to the contributions of Steve Jobs and Apple," writes Derek Kessler. "It's no small feat to be so impactful that the USPS feels compelled to honor you despite the fact that the work that you've done is dismantling the core of their business.""

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Obviously.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46310905)

... the stamp will be a little bit more expensive than usual and it comes only in 2 colors.

Re: Obviously.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46310907)

And don't forget the rounded corners!!!

Re:Obviously.. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46310933)

despite the fact that the work that you've done is dismantling the core of their business

Yes, all the advances made in email, texting & IMing were made possible by Apple.
No wonder journalists are considered a joke these days.

Re:Obviously.. (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year ago | (#46310955)

I haven't bought an actual postage stamp in US or UK since....

Maybe 2001?

Re:Obviously.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311049)

Want a cookie? Oh, wait you would probably prefer an e-cookie [wikimedia.org] .

Re:Obviously.. (-1)

immaterial (1520413) | about a year ago | (#46311319)

I'm not seeing the word "all" anywhere except in your post. Reading comprehension problems?

For some concrete data: http://emailclientmarketshare.... [emailclien...tshare.com]
44% of all email is read through one of Apple's mail clients - 36% on their mobile devices alone. I'd say Apple definitely made some contributions to the ubiquity of email connectivity in the past decade or so.

Re:Obviously.. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311533)

I'm not seeing any understanding of sarcasm. Reading comprehension problems?

Some contribution? Just being there doesn't count. They've made no significant contribution to it in any way.

From the biased linked company bullshit Since determining the client in which an email is opened requires images to be displayed, the data for some email clients and mobile devices might be over- or under-represented due to automatic image blocking.

Useless statistics considering how many mail clients block images. This data is as useful as using Ferrari drivers as a basis for all driving habits.

Re:Obviously.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46310937)

Shut up and take my money!

Re:Obviously.. (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year ago | (#46310943)

F8ck the Jobs.

I WANT the JAMES BROWN stamp!

Re:Obviously.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311277)

elvis james brown and johnny carson for me

Re:Obviously.. (4, Funny)

SpankiMonki (3493987) | about a year ago | (#46311375)

Don't forget a stamp for Michael Jackson. It could even make a "hee hee" sound when licked.

Re:Obviously.. (3, Funny)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | about a year ago | (#46311555)

As long as you're going for novelty why not a Jerry Garcia stamp? When you lick it you're dosed with a small amount of LSD. Initially the stamp is simply a black and white image, but after a few minutes, wow!

Re:Obviously.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311379)

Seriousy, fuck that guy.
He was an asshole without a shred of human decency. If you're going to put an Apple founder on a stamp it should be Woz.

Re:Obviously.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311999)

Over Woz'es dead body...

Re:Obviously.. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311231)

No Forever Stamps either. You'll definitely have to buy another one in a few months.

Re:Obviously.. (4, Insightful)

russbutton (675993) | about a year ago | (#46311483)

I dunno. Will his ego fit into a 3/4" square?

Re:Obviously.. (2)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year ago | (#46311505)

And if you try to use the stamp to pay a medical bill it will come back ""returned to sender." Letters to your guru or the guy who runs the juice bar will go through. And obviously the stamps expire after six months.

Re:Obviously.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311257)

... the stamp will be a little bit more expensive than usual and it comes only in 2 colors.

and 5 fruity flavors.

Re:Obviously.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311295)

Don't forget rounded corners.

Re:Obviously.. (3, Funny)

Oliver Wendell Jones (158103) | about a year ago | (#46311435)

It will only be available in one color, that no one really wants, to begin with, and then ~6 months later, it will become available in the color you really do want, forcing you to buy a second roll of stamps... That's what the USPS is counting on - selling twice as many stamps!

Re:Obviously.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46312041)

Also, just try to replace the stamp's battery...

Re:Obviously.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311543)

and from now on, any other stamp which is made and is "squared" will get sued

Re:Obviously.. (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year ago | (#46311545)

and all letters with this stamp on it will be shipped to apple headquarters to make sure the message is approved before hitting the reciever

Re:Obviously.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46312023)

Goddamnit we need a Score:6

Re:Obviously.. (4, Funny)

Stormy Dragon (800799) | about a year ago | (#46312089)

Also, it will only work with Apple envelopes.

Finally (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46310911)

Everyone can give his backside a lick.....

Rod Serling (4, Interesting)

Megane (129182) | about a year ago | (#46310963)

I was going to mention that Rod Serling needed a stamp, too. There's been a petition since 1988. But apparently he finally got one in 2009, so we can finally send our mail to... The Twilight Zone.

Re:Rod Serling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311075)

I was going to mention that Rod Serling needed a stamp, too. There's been a petition since 1988. But apparently he finally got one in 2009, so we can finally send our mail to... The Twilight Zone.

The rule is, no one is allowed such an honor until after they're too dead to enjoy it.

Re:Rod Serling (1)

sunwukong (412560) | about a year ago | (#46311283)

Poor Larry Ellison!

Re:Rod Serling (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year ago | (#46311541)

We can hope for an Ellison stamp soon. It's too late for the 2009 Obama Half Dollar, though.

What emailer did he write? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46310977)

The email client that comes with Mac OS X and iOS both kind of suck. I'd say Apple has contributed very little (relatively) to superceding snailmail.

I use Mac OS at work, and after various laughable problems, I ended up having to replace Apple Mail with Thunderbird, just to get basic 1990s functionality.

Re: What emailer did he write? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311039)

Like? I use Apple Mail everyday and have no problems at all. What features are missing?

Re: What emailer did he write? (2)

jedidiah (1196) | about a year ago | (#46311957)

That's not really the point. Apple was not instrumental in any way to to the development of email or any of the associated support technologies. It doesn't matter how good or bad the MacOS bundleware email client is. Apple simply isn't that relevant to the development of the Internet, email, or the web.

Even the connection with NexT is tenuous at best.

Stamp will cost $4 (4, Funny)

hessian (467078) | about a year ago | (#46310995)

Stamp will cost $4, do the same thing that $0.49 stamp does but have stylistic design. If anything goes wrong, you throw the whole letter out and buy a new one based on someone else's refurbished mail. If you mention this bad experience online, ten thousand Steve Jobs fanboys attack your inbox with gay pornography to "open your mind."

Re:Stamp will cost $4 (0)

jkrise (535370) | about a year ago | (#46311025)

but have stylistic design.

You mean like rounded corners?

Re:Stamp will cost $4 (2)

StripedCow (776465) | about a year ago | (#46311079)

And it is only compatible with letterboxes from one company.

Planned parenthood (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46310997)

Jobs should be on a planned parenthood stamp. Or maybe they should do a corporate sociopath series.

this is so sad... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311001)

If anything could decrease my opinion of the USPS, this would be it (and I'm a pretty big supporter of the USPS).

Why not have postage stamps of real innovators and contributors to comp sci and engineering? ... and so this is how the narrative of history gets shaped.

Re:this is so sad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311073)

ac as I've been moderating, but I think the first of these should be for Jon Postal. But as a networking tech, I'm probably biased. Although I would think it somewhat difficult to beat the possible alliterations possible.

Chinese Stamp? (3, Interesting)

ad454 (325846) | about a year ago | (#46311003)

Considering that apple out-sourced all of their manufacturing overseas, it seems that China and not the USA should be the ones honouring Steve Jobs with a stamp.

Alternatively, if the USPS wants to honour Steve Jobs in a historically accurate way, they could design the stamp in the USA, have China produce the stamps, and then sell those Chinese made stamps to Americans.

Re: Chinese Stamp? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311065)

Wrong. They haven't outsourced all of the manufacturing jobs. Anyway factory jobs are low tier. All the upper tier jobs are in the US.

Re: Chinese Stamp? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311179)

Way to back that up with a source [nytimes.com] . (Since Jobs death, some manufacturing is moving back)
Also, go suck an egg with that elitist who cares about low tier jobs attitude.

Re: Chinese Stamp? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311677)

Take your food stamps, but beer and shut up.

Re:Chinese Stamp? (1)

Dare nMc (468959) | about a year ago | (#46311979)

Overseas would be OK. Had it not been more about taking advantage of indentured, and child labor than creating good jobs for people in need.

DRM, copyright, trademarked (4, Funny)

Teun (17872) | about a year ago | (#46311005)

How long before Apple sues the USPS for copyright infringement and Trademark dilution?

Maybe they'll be OK with the stamp DRM'ed.

Forget Jobs (1)

oldhack (1037484) | about a year ago | (#46311015)

USPS, put out a bieber stamp - ships anything and everything to Canada, no questions asked, no return accepted.

Re:Forget Jobs (3, Funny)

rubycodez (864176) | about a year ago | (#46311053)

Bieber stamp: Costs $4 but is worthless for postage, looks like a drunk lesbian, adhesive has bad taste and won't stick to envelopes

Re:Forget Jobs (2)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year ago | (#46311163)

Since he has to be dead before they'll put him on a stamp.......

Re:Forget Jobs (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#46311429)

So, another six months at this rate.

Re:Forget Jobs (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year ago | (#46311563)

We were all hoping for a more proactive solution.

Pathetic (5, Insightful)

AntiBasic (83586) | about a year ago | (#46311029)

Yes, let's honor a "man" who was a billionaire who refused to acknowledge his daughter's existence for 17 years, while she and her mother lived paycheck to paycheck. While this was going on, he named a computer after her.

Re:Pathetic (5, Insightful)

Grey Geezer (2699315) | about a year ago | (#46311579)

I kind of agree. Even without the personal baggage, I'd feel better if our stamps honored contributions to humanity, not stylistic creativity, monopolistic business strategies, or modern day robber baron philosophy. I recognize his contribution to technological progress, I just don't think, on balance, that we should honor him with a stamp. That's just my gut reaction...I could be wrong.

Re:Pathetic (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311661)

I recognize his contribution to technological progress

I don't. He was a miserable human being with very limited technical skills that had a knack for knowing what would sell, and of making the public believe he was responsible for the work done by others.

Re:Pathetic (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311583)

Albert Einstein was a shit in his personal life too, doesn't mean we can't honor his work.

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46312059)

Everybody is a shit about personal life. This is why it is personal and we don't mention it.

agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311717)

Absolutely agree - Jobs is the antithesis of a "good" business leader (or a "good" person for that matter).

You might appreciate my "iStamp" comment below (above?).

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311917)

You're forgetting that ChrisAnn Brennan was a total loony toon. In Isaacson's biography it's discussed that she convinced her daughter to sign over the house Steve bought for them. Once Lisa did this, ChrisAnn sold it and traveled to India with her guru.

ChrisAnn wasn't a total victim like you're making it out to be.

So what (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311037)

never use stamps anyways

instead of artsy fartsy designer (4, Insightful)

rubycodez (864176) | about a year ago | (#46311077)

shouldn't Woz be on a stamp for whatever technological and contribution to progress the Apple systems have made?

Re:instead of artsy fartsy designer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311199)

yes, but jobs has more fanboys.

Re:instead of artsy fartsy designer (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about a year ago | (#46311311)

in twenty years he won't, more than half of people won't even know or care who he was.

and on unrelated note, the new mac workstation looks like a camp composting toilet

Re:instead of artsy fartsy designer (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year ago | (#46311301)

I don't think that's a good idea, having 'the Woz' on a stamp would mean he'd have to be deceased.

Re:instead of artsy fartsy designer (2)

rubycodez (864176) | about a year ago | (#46311313)

in 2011 the USPO said living people were eligible to be honored on stamps also

Re:instead of artsy fartsy designer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311353)

Do you think having living people on stamps is appropriate? Personally, I think they should have to be deceased.

However, if we ever have to honor a zombie, that's a trickier issue.

Re:instead of artsy fartsy designer (1)

rubycodez (864176) | about a year ago | (#46311413)

stamps have short useful life, then certain ones go into realm of the philatilist. so it hardly matters.

Re:instead of artsy fartsy designer (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year ago | (#46311405)

in 2011 the USPO said living people were eligible to be honored on stamps also

Thanks, I forgot that. In that case, Woz should be honored with a stamp before Jobs. Without Wozniak, there would be no Jobs.

Re:instead of artsy fartsy designer (4, Insightful)

pauljlucas (529435) | about a year ago | (#46311447)

It's generally not a good idea to commemorate a living person because they still have the potential to end up in a scandal or do something embarrassing.

Re:instead of artsy fartsy designer (1)

WillyWanker (1502057) | about a year ago | (#46311509)

Pish... everyone knows Steve did everything and Woz was just there to reel in the hippy nerds? Geez, haven't you learned anything from Apple's revisionist history?

Dennis Ritchie instead! (5, Insightful)

rstanley (758673) | about a year ago | (#46311083)

Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C Programming Language, along with Ken Thompson, co-creators of the UNIX Operating System, Brian Kernighan, and many, many others, laid the groundwork for ALL Operating Systems, and technology that followed. Linux, all flavors of UNIX, Android, etc... lead the world in O/S's, NOT Apple.

Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

Considering that they only died 6 days apart, where is Dennis's stamp?

Dennis's home page: http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/dm... [bell-labs.com]

Re:Dennis Ritchie instead! (2)

GoJays (1793832) | about a year ago | (#46311101)

I agree, Dennis should have a stamp long before Jobs... He won't though because the average person doesn't know who Dennis Ritchie is while everybody knows who Steve Jobs is.

Re:Dennis Ritchie instead! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311103)

I am not going to lick the back of Dennis Ritchie.

Re:Dennis Ritchie instead! (1)

gnupun (752725) | about a year ago | (#46311113)

The problem is not many people, outside of hardware/software geeks, know who Dennis Ritchie and the rest are. Everyone knows who Jobs was and what he did.

Re:Dennis Ritchie instead! (4, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year ago | (#46311175)

It isn't about honoring him, exactly; when they put someone famous on the stamp, people will want to collect the stamps. That's why they chose Jobs, because it will essentially be a money maker for the post office.

Re:Dennis Ritchie instead! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311215)

How about Jack Kilby? He laid the foundation for modern computing. Or the U.S.P.S. could put out a set with all of the major figures in the field of computers and their precursors.

Re: Dennis Ritchie instead! (2)

NapalmV (1934294) | about a year ago | (#46311357)

Oh c'mon. We all know the truth, regardless of it being relegated as an April fool's joke:

https://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/unix-hoax.html
.

Re:Dennis Ritchie instead! (0, Troll)

Black.Shuck (704538) | about a year ago | (#46311631)

Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

The whole computer industry would still be geeks in their garages if it weren't for Jobs.

That's not to say he's more important than Richie, but nerds like us need to recognise value outside of that which is purely technical.

Concerning stamps, you could put Balmer on for all I care.

THE BETA SUCKS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311109)

why do I have to look at that garbage and waste my time changing back to default. It is so ugly and poorly designed. I hope whoever made it reads this comment and cuts their wrists.

AC signing out.

"Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp..." (1)

tchdab1 (164848) | about a year ago | (#46311145)

... and I thought, "Like Hari Seldon?"

stamp honoring scott olsen due out in spring? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311245)

coincides with the celebration in central park.. what's this about??? http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=scott%20olsen&sm=3

poster boy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311265)

iPhone? iMac? iPod?

iDon'tReallyGiveaCrap!

Would have to use a proprietary Apple envelope (2, Informative)

mrflash818 (226638) | about a year ago | (#46311291)

You would have to use a proprietary Apple envelope, or the stamp wouldn't stick.

The Apple envelope would be prettier than a regular envelope, but cost twice as much, too.

Re:Would have to use a proprietary Apple envelope (1)

ProzacPatient (915544) | about a year ago | (#46311895)

The Apple iEnvelope will also have exclusive patented round corners.

Instead..... (2)

Dega704 (1454673) | about a year ago | (#46311327)

How about a Dennis Ritchie stamp? Or Douglas Engelbart? John E. Karlin maybe? They all recently died as well. Anyone? No? Nobody knows who they are because they spent their time actually inventing instead of whoring for attention and taking all the credit to satisfy their nacissism? Damn.

Apple and Email (1)

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) | about a year ago | (#46311345)

The profitable first class mail business has been decimated by email over the past decade, thanks in no small part to the contributions of Steve Jobs and Apple

Huh? What the hell did Apple do for e-mail (beyond what every OS/application developer has done)? "OMG, they make computers, therefore, all things done on computers are their responsibility!"

Big Queues already (1)

PsyMan (2702529) | about a year ago | (#46311347)

Plenty of fans out there who would queue up to lick the backside of those.

Will the stamp have rounded corners? (1)

sandbagger (654585) | about a year ago | (#46311359)

Just asking...

What about Dennis Ritchie? (4, Insightful)

Punto (100573) | about a year ago | (#46311373)

He died the same year, and was way more important than Steve Jobs.

Re:What about Dennis Ritchie? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311477)

Dennis who? I don't think he could have been as revolutionary as steve, no one can.

Re:What about Dennis Ritchie? (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year ago | (#46311587)

Revolutionary? Certainly not more revolting, in any case.

I wonder... (1)

WillyWanker (1502057) | about a year ago | (#46311493)

if Apple will sue the USPS for copyright infringement? Cause we all know Steve created the first postage stamp and I'm sure Apple has a patent for it somewhere.

But you have to pay twice as much for it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311601)

Gold Plated turd syndrome ... could get the Post Ofice system out of its bankruptycy.

Can even have the stamps be made by slave-wage laborers in China

Meh (2)

Oligonicella (659917) | about a year ago | (#46311615)

So has Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse, amongst other cartoon characters.

Welcome to your Steve Jobs iStamp (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311707)

(1) iStamp must be licked left-to-right;
(1)(a) laterally licking a non-iStamp stamp is grounds for patent infringement;
(2) any information derived from user (e.g. DNA) will NEVER be shared with third-parties (subject to exceptions below);
(2)(a) exceptions include but are not limited to: response to law enforcement requests; business servicing (e.g. billing purposes); or as required in iStamp's sole discretion to protect the intellectual property rights of iStamp;
(3) iStamp will only function when affixed to iEnvelope;
(3)(a) note: iStamp 2.1+ requires iEnvelope2;
(4) intrastate delivery requires enrollment in the iStamp development kit;
(4)(a) iStamp development kit licensing fee is $99/year;
(5) iStamp not available for sending donations to nonprofit organizations; and
(6) iStamp will leave a very bad taste in your mouth.

Lame (1)

Kimomaru (2579489) | about a year ago | (#46311729)

They're making a stamp for someone who pioneered devices used for smart marketing. Can't we give one to someone whose pioneering work in agriculture is being used to feed more people in impoverished nations? Clearly this is a popularity contest.

Apple fanboys happy; haters happy too... (1)

bussdriver (620565) | about a year ago | (#46311965)

Now they can lick the backside of Steve Jobs.

Others can place him on the envelope skew; maybe tear an edge... then pound it with their fist just to "make sure it is attached."

Oh Steve Jobs... (2)

Buck Feta (3531099) | about a year ago | (#46311869)

Still pushing the envelope.

Lol let the anger flow through you (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311897)

Jobs contributed more to personal computing than any of you shit birds could ever dream of. He is the Father of the PC. End of story.

right (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46311963)

Didn't know re-inventing the wheel multiple times and hyping good-looking, yet terrible 'innovations' means you're worthy of being on a stamp, but okay.

Why does it have to be Steve Jobs? (1)

nathanpm (3547827) | about a year ago | (#46311997)

I'd rather have a Bill Gates stamp. This image is way better than whatever piece of crap photo Steve Jobs would get. http://www.neowin.net/forum/up... [neowin.net]

It doesn't stick... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46312097)

because you're licking it wrong.

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