Anyone else noticed this? (look!)

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  1. john_satc macrumors 6502

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    I don't know if this is just a UK thing or what, but Apple really should have thought about what they were saying when they issued this...oh and delete this if its to vulgar please (no offence is meant as anyone can access this )
     

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  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    "Finger" is a unix command line tool to my (limited) knowledge. They didn't choose the name.
     
  3. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Its the old unix command. Don't blame Apple. People would complain if they changed it.

    Its an old old joke. You finger someone to find out if they are online. I often heard in the lab and occasionally said "I was waiting for my girlfriend to show up, so i fingered her until she came."

    Blissfully married to a she-geek.
     
  4. john_satc thread starter macrumors 6502

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    LOL Ok , that use of 'finger' isnt used over here so
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    That's great. :D

    I'd say they should change their sentence structure but I can't think of an alternative and to be honest, that's pretty damn funny.
     
  6. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816

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    Oh my God I saw that a long time ago and I like died.
     
  7. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    I remember learning that command - in a shell prompt on a unix workstation in school in the late 80s - and thinking how damn funny it was....would love to know how they came up with that name, though.

    D
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    That's no good. :(
     
  9. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816

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    Hahaha. Yes, I'm typing dead. No, not literally. But I almost died laughing. I am so immature.
     
  10. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Unix designers picked it for its American slang meaning:
    Finger - verb - slang: To inform on. To designate, especially as an intended victim.
    since the purpose was to identify another Unix user.

    Cross reference: Microsoft's multiple cultural blunders
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, people have been making jokes about that for ages and ages....
     
  12. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    hahaha thats hilarious!

    Until reading the other posts I thought you had photoshoped that.
     
  13. Doctor Q Administrator

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    More about this topic:

    1. I noticed that the Urban Dictionary has a recently added definition of finger: "Something often found in Wendy's Chili." Huh? Often!?!?

    2. I picked up the Los Angeles Times from the other day and was reading an article about law enforcement's success against a dying breed: old-fashioned U.S. mobsters. Something caught my eye... twice. A lot of fingers in the article!
     

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