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macaddicted
Feb 15, 2006, 06:39 PM
Found this:
http://www.maconintel.com/news.php?article=124

We reported yesterday that a hacker known as Maxxuss released a preliminary patchset for Mac OS X v10.4.4 for Intel that breaks the security tying the operating system to Macintosh hardware. It seems that, in digging further into the operating system, he has discovered a message - a poem, actually - that several parts of the system look for. The message, after decryption by the trusted platform module, is as follows.

Your karma check for today:
There once was a user that whined
his existing OS was so blind,
he'd do better to pirate
an OS that ran great
but found his hardware declined.
Please don't steal Mac OS!
Really, that's way uncool.
(C) Apple Computer, Inc.

Clever stuff from the OS X team. A similar, hidden message was found in the Intel version of Mac OS X earlier.

OSx86 Project originally received word of this find from Maxxuss.

AliensAreFuzzy
Feb 15, 2006, 06:43 PM
That is freaking awesome.

Mr. Mister
Feb 15, 2006, 06:48 PM
It's like the Crash Haiku about Windows 95 but reverse. :D

thedude110
Feb 15, 2006, 06:48 PM
It breaks my heart that Apple is copyrighting such a bad poem ...

Cybix
Feb 15, 2006, 06:58 PM
it's pretty cool that coders leave little messages and egg's in their apps :) I spose you need to be careful about what you leave in there though... heh

matperk
Feb 15, 2006, 07:03 PM
lol sweet. I can see a bunch of programmers sitting around laughing at themselves. :p

MacBytes
Feb 15, 2006, 08:14 PM
http://www.macbytes.com/images/bytessig.gif (http://www.macbytes.com)

Category: Mac OS X
Link: Apple Seeks (Poetic) Justice (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060215211445)
Description:: We reported a few weeks ago about Apple’s hidden message to hackers within the hardware restrictions of OS X.

Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)
Approved by Mudbug

Mitthrawnuruodo
Feb 15, 2006, 08:24 PM
Your karma check for today:
There once was a user that whined
his existing OS was so blind,
he'd do better to pirate
an OS that ran great
but found his hardware declined.
Please don't steal Mac OS!
Really, that's way uncool.
(C) Apple Computer, Inc.

A real candidate for my sig... :)

You think I would be forgiven for breaking the 6 line rule...? ;)

mkrishnan
Feb 15, 2006, 08:26 PM
Cute. :) I've always liked geek pranks. I love how all the old Amigas had code names like Rock Lobster and so on. :) And Guru Meditation errors. :) And the Amiga OS had some pretty good hidden messages too, that you could get at in the menu bar with different key combinations or something..... And then of course, so many Easter Eggs since then... I like the little things in Adobe's software particularly. :) A good tradition. :)

EGT
Feb 16, 2006, 09:17 AM
Thats really cool! :cool: I wonder who at Apple wrote it?

Mr. Mister
Feb 16, 2006, 09:22 AM
Where was it found in the source?