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    Whenever I read about people’s first hand encounters with Steve Jobs, I’m always impressed by what a jerk he was.

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      I’m more impressed by the crystal clear memory of their sensitivity to control, authority, and power dynamics. If this many people can recall vivid memories of just one such interaction and the contest over power differential between peers, regardless of the fame of the individual involved in the incident, then what does that mean about our lives on a daily basis?

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        “ then what does that mean about our lives on a daily basis?”

        I’d say it means more about people’s lives working at Apple or any managers trying to emulate him. People doing demos expect conflict. They have to be ready to justify something or offer a fix. Ingalls was brilliantly capable of doing that.

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          I vaguely suspect that people who are sensitive to these factors are more likely to end up getting interviewed.

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          I still get a bit steamed about this, 20 years later. Al Gore’s statement was:

          During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

          It’s clear from the context that Al Gore’s work happened in Congress, where funding decisions get made and not technical ones. Those funding decisions supported the creation of a new network. More from Snopes.

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            Absolute disgrace how the media played along with the smear of Gore.