Apple offers hidden poetic warning to would-be Mac OS X for x86 hackers

“We reported a few weeks ago about Apple’s hidden message to hackers within the hardware restrictions of OS X. It wasn’t much, but “Dont Steal Mac OS X.kext” was a shot across the bow of would-be hackers,” The OSx86 Project reports. “Today, maxxuss sends word that a few pieces of OS X look for a secret message in “commpage” that gets decrypted via the TPM… basically a decoder ring for geeks. It seems that Apple wasn’t just content with sending an obvious message – they wanted one that sounded pretty too.”

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.

“While this is obviously not the work of Milton or Wordsworth, you’ve got to give mad props to the Apple designers for taking the time to put their warning in verse,” The OSx86 Project writes.

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “nate” for the link.]

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  1. Nice poem the decoder said
    It even provides hints as it is read
    that make my desire to compute
    In OS X on an x86 more resolute
    It isn’t the money that makes this great
    It is the victory I can relate
    To all my fellow crakers around
    To hear the startup sound
    On an x86 ring in my ears
    That will make me the envy of my peers

    So on I work in the late of night
    To be able to see the sight
    Of the little open Apple on my Dell
    And then I will be able to tell
    All my friends on MacDailyNews
    How easy OS X on an x86 is to use.

    MDN = red
    as in “this poem will make Apple see red”
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  2. Apple will never make it easy for you. But keep up the hype all the same! Because 99% of the people you get interested in OS X will just buy a Mac, not do what you did. Your goal to kill the best OS on the planet is a lost cause. There’s no way you can take THAT much cash out of Apple’s pocket.

  3. “It is the victory I can relate
    To all my fellow crakers around
    To hear the startup sound
    On an x86 ring in my ears
    That will make me the envy of my peers”

    YankInOz, you won’t hear the startup sound on anything but a real Mac (not at the proper point in time at least) because the startup sound is not part of the OS, that’s in the computer’s firmware.

    If geeks are going to start writing peotry, it’s gotta at least be technically accurate damnit!

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