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Netgear boss has a pop at sick Steve Jobs

The global chairman and CEO of Netgear has had a proper old rant about Steve Jobs, despite him being poorly.

Patrick Lo - who heads up the home networking outfit - has obviously never been told it is bad form to kick a man when he is down, judging by the extraordinarily insensitive comments he made about the Apple CEO at a product launch in Australia earlier today.

Jobs, who has taken an extended leave of absence due to poor health, came under fire as Lo suggested that the closed nature of Apple's software was all down to Steve Jobs' ego, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Lo said that Apple's closed model was doomed to failure once Android gained a foothold and suggested that Jobs' demise could work in Android's favour.

"Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple will have to make a strategic decision on whether to open up the platform," he said. "Ultimately a closed system just can't go that far ... If they continue to close it and let Android continue to creep up then it's pretty difficult as I see it."

Lo also accused Jobs of personally bullying poor defenceless Hollywood movie studios by taking a cut every time they sell their tat on iTunes.

"Steve Jobs wants to suffocate the distribution so even though he doesn't own the content he could basically demand a ransom," he said.

Lo also stepped into the very public spat between Apple and Adobe over the Cupertino company's decision to ban Flash from the iPhone and its iOS4-powered siblings saying, "What's the reason for him to trash Flash? There's no reason other than ego."

We're guessing the often outspoken Netgear boss won't be sending Mr Jobs a Get Well Soon card any time in the near future.

Tags: patrick lo, steve jobs, netgear, apple