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Old Feb 4, 2013, 09:59 AM   #51
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Crashed TextEdit but not TextWrangler. Doesn't crash Excel 2011. It does crash iTunes though.

The headline is misleading - it's not "nearly any app" it's apps that call specific Apple APIs. Not that that makes it any better, it just is more accurate.

Edit: I was able to crash non-Apple apps only when typing the string into things that call OS X features (e.g., open File - then typing it in the search bar).

This bug is worth fixing but it isn't a serious bug.

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Old Feb 4, 2013, 09:59 AM   #52
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Exactly how would this crash an Apple server? Apple servers don't use a GUI to interact with the outside world, therefore no NSTextField. Noobs love to speak without knowing anything.
It was a joke since apple most likely isn't even running os x in their servers.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:00 AM   #53
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If I download malicious software from you (also known as a "Trojan") that can send AppleScript to type text into an app to crash it, then the same software can very easily send AppleScript to the Finder to delete all my documents, or send AppleScript to Mail to mail my documents to some server, and so on. One thing it can do is to send a "Quit" command to each running application via AppleScript. The insecure operation is downloading untrusted software.
Fair enough. I suppose the biggest issue here is that all of the devs relying on Apple APIs now have a crash in their apps that isn't a result of their code. I suppose a workaround will have to be discovered to deal with this till the issue is fixed.

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It was a joke since apple most likely isn't even running os x in their servers.
Apple is using OS X for one or two of their servers last I checked. Most of them are running Linux though.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:02 AM   #54
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Lovely bug. Crushed my Chrome, App store and iTunes.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:05 AM   #55
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Tried sending an iMessage from my phone to my laptop. Crashed iMessage on my computer. Good way to shut up someone.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:07 AM   #56
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LOL, only in the OS X world would people be excited over a bug that crashes everything. On anything else, people would be furious and be demanding for an update.
I don't know what you're getting excited about.

On Windows, you can alter a registry setting to force windows to crash on a key combination (ctrl key followed by pressing the scroll lock twice). This seems a lot more likely to happen, by someone changing this registry setting on a PC, and then coming by an unlocked PC and hitting this key combination to crash computers, than someone in OS X typing file://and an app crashing. (I type file:// on windows a lot, but never on OS X. Same as I click CTRL-ALT-DELETE a lot in Windows, but never in OS X.

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It was a joke since apple most likely isn't even running os x in their servers.
Yes, Apple is running OS X on some servers. And how is it a joke, since it doesn't make sense?
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:10 AM   #57
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Fair enough. I suppose the biggest issue here is that all of the devs relying on Apple APIs now have a crash in their apps that isn't a result of their code. I suppose a workaround will have to be discovered to deal with this till the issue is fixed.
A workaround has been discovered ages ago: If you want to use file urls in your text, type them in lowercase.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:11 AM   #58
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Tried sending an iMessage from my phone to my laptop. Crashed iMessage on my computer. Good way to shut up someone.
Haha, brilliant will be sending a text to everyone using iMessage on a Mac, just for fun :-)
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:15 AM   #59
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So funny, I just read an article about this very issue that was posted with the 10.8 release. Happened on my 2012 MacBook Air and 12-Core Pro, and Mac Mini and... lol

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Wow, amazing bug. So big brother is watching, logging, analyzing. You could just be in the middle of typ
^ hahahahaha Very clever, thanks for maki
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:16 AM   #60
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So, it's not so bad running old hardware then?

At least with Apple failing to update the Mac Pro for longer than some people have successful marriages I'm still forced to run Lion so my machine doesn't crash with this bug.

I'd like to run Mountain Lion IF APPLE UPDATED THEIR PRO HARDWARE MORE OFTEN. Grrrrrr.

Sorry, slightly off topic. Couldn't help having a dig.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:16 AM   #61
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A workaround has been discovered ages ago: If you want to use file urls in your text, type them in lowercase.
Yup, this is exactly what the articles stated. It happens with an uppercase "F", so just type "file".
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:17 AM   #62
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Exactly how would this crash an Apple server? Apple servers don't use a GUI to interact with the outside world, therefore no NSTextField. Noobs love to speak without knowing anything.
Someone wasn't hugged enough as a child.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:18 AM   #63
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Tried sending an iMessage from my phone to my laptop. Crashed iMessage on my computer. Good way to shut up someone.
OT, but how do you delete your OS X Message cache/data? Any time I open the app, I see empty messages with phone numbers that are not associated with any contacts. I delete them individually every time, and yet they still come back, on my Mac Pro and MacBook Air running the same 10.8.X.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:19 AM   #64
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A workaround has been discovered ages ago: If you want to use file urls in your text, type them in lowercase.
I mean a workaround for devs so their app doesn't crash. Crashing is bad no matter what the reason, and regardless of whose fault it is, it should be caught and handled.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:20 AM   #65
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I don't know what you're getting excited about.

On Windows, you can alter a registry setting to force windows to crash on a key combination (ctrl key followed by pressing the scroll lock twice). This seems a lot more likely to happen, by someone changing this registry setting on a PC, and then coming by an unlocked PC and hitting this key combination to crash computers, than someone in OS X typing file://and an app crashing. (I type file:// on windows a lot, but never on OS X. Same as I click CTRL-ALT-DELETE a lot in Windows, but never in OS X.[COLOR="#808080"]
hmmm...

Strange example? If you're editing the registry, you might have well said :

"on windows/osx/*nix you can make it so when you press the space bar the machine wipes your home drive and then shuts down"
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:21 AM   #66
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I'm going to go ahead and guess that this will affect 0.00001% of all humans on this earth. Just my guess though.
You must be an analyst:-)

I don't even get the people here who are curious enough to test if this is true.

Why would I need confirmation that I can crash my Mac and apps with something I never do?
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:22 AM   #67
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Please tell me someone remembers punters from the AOL 4 era...
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:27 AM   #68
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This will be fix when the new OS is released this summer or so.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:27 AM   #69
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Apple is apparently using servers from HP in it's data center, whereby they could be for iCloud services only:


Source: http://blog.fosketts.net/2011/06/06/...uipment-apple/
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:28 AM   #70
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You're typing it wrong!
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:31 AM   #71
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sooo... what's the big deal?

As stated before, this is something no one would normally run into. The guy who called AppleCare made me laugh. Do you really think they already have an internal dialogue going on about this? If anything, it might be a blip on the Engineer's radar which will get addressed at some point.
It kind of makes me sad to see a rumor site of supposed Apple-fans be filled with such negativity all the time. I kind of hope Karma comes and bites you all in the ass such that when they fix this "awful bug", something worse comes out of it.
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I should have learned long ago not to defend Apple on these clearly anti-Apple message boards. *sigh*
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:35 AM   #73
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:38 AM   #74
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There's something odd happening to me regarding Safari.

Whenever I click a link, the browser crashes. It returns to the finder, not even recording the history of what I did. The only way I can click on links and not make the browser crash is when I open it in a new tab.

Just sayin'.
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Old Feb 4, 2013, 10:38 AM   #75
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