Monday, February 6, 2012 4:10:13 AM
The difference is that Ritchie actually created something himself, while all that Jobs ever did was take credit for other people's work. He was the marketing manager in charge of a creative team, not an actual creative himself. Steve Jobs took a previously respectable company and turned it into a personality cult ... he deserved to be pilloried, not praised.
Spot on. Someone MAY have invented C years later, but how far behind where we are right this instant would we be? Had he NOT thought it up, how long does it eventually take someone to do so? How much longer would it have taken for Windows to come out? How much longer for massive amounts of software that exist today? We could still be sending penpal letters and buying products in stores only. So, in truth, if not for him, maybe at this point in time, we DON'T have all of these things and they continue to be pipe dreams in `50s style "In the future" movies.
Sunday, February 5, 2012 7:23:42 PM
"This "if not for him you don't have all of these things" argument is not as cut and dried as it sounds. You make it sound as though no one else in the world ever would have thought of it."
No one else had and that is the point. Just because someone else could have if he had not does not mean he should not be recognized accordingly for being the one that did.