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He should be better soon -- now that the Apple Store is getting rid of DRM, Cory Doctorow will get rid of his Steve Jobs voodoo doll.
Title text: He should be better soon -- now that the Apple Store is getting rid of DRM, Cory Doctorow will get rid of his Steve Jobs voodoo doll.

Explanation

According to this comic, Steve Jobs, the founder of the Apple company at the time, lost a lot of weight due to a hormonal problem. Weight loss is usually a good thing, though such is due to its context being a deliberate action in order to remove obesity, which does not seem to be the case here. Black Hat then mentions that Apple was probably excited to announce its thinnest and lightest CEO in the industry. This comment is a parody of Apple's tendency to release thinner and lighter iterations of its products. Steve Jobs' weight loss would certainly make him a thinner and lighter CEO.

The alt-text refers to Cory Doctorow, a blogger, journalist and science-fiction author. Doctorow is opposed to the technology called Digital rights management (DRM for short). DRM is designed to protect copyright owner, but often has negative consequenses for consumers. Randall (jokingly) proposes that Steve Jobs is only sick because Doctorow was torturing him with Voodoo dolls for Apple's use of DRM.

Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011.

Transcript

[Black Hat talking to Cueball sitting at computer.]
Cueball: Huh - Steve Jobs isn't doing a keynote this year, citing massive weight loss due to some hormonal problem.
Black Hat: Too bad. I bet Apple was excited about unveiling the thinnest and lightest CEO in the industry.
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Discussion

Of course, with the benefit of hindsight we can be fairly sure that this all arose either because of more severe health problems than hinted at or more severe medication to attempt to overcome what was happening. 31.111.87.233 08:45, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

This comic now seems somewhat unfortunate. Randall has been known to edit comics after they are posted, though not (as far as I know) for such reasons. I have the faint wish he would do so for this one. Just something to make it less ... flippant. 108.162.219.223 23:05, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
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