Bitcoin hoax dupes Mac users into wiping their hard drives

A Bitcoin mining hoax started by a prankster on the 4chan imageboard has reportedly led some Mac users into erasing all of their data within seconds.

The prankster posted an image that stated that Apple has implemented Bitcoin mining into its Mac computers since 2009 and that users simply need to enter a command to activate the feature. The command of course is the infamous "sudo rm -rf /*" which is used to force-erase data recursively on UNIX/Linux operating systems. The prank has been used on Linux users in support forums for some time and is now being used to trick Mac users who have a similar set of commands and architecture under the hood.

While most users were aware of the command and laughed off the prank, two people reportedly tried the "trick" and have unfortunately lost their system data, leaving them stuck with formatted drives. One user even asked for a solution in the same 4chan thread as he lost work related stuff.

New devices and technology often attract such pranks and hoaxes. Recently some users were tricked into bricking their Xbox One consoles in promise of backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games.

Source: The Daily Dot via Cult of Mac | Images via The Daily Dot

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Sorting out a lot of gobble-dee-gook in the comments here:

Apple's OS X is Certified UNIX. It isn't sort of UNIX, it isn't a branch OFF UNIX. OS X is UNIX. It's that simple. It's also extremely easy to verify. (So for those who care, please do your homework. No I won't look up the references for you. Homework is good for you).

Linux is NOT UNIX. That's easy to verify as well. However, it very wisely is based upon the UNIX commands, and therefore has the hoax encouraged command.

And yes, of course, as certified UNIX, OS X will always have the command used in the hoax. If it was removed, it wouldn't be UNIX.

Only an administrator is allowed to use the offending command, as with all system level commands in OS X. If someone is stupid enough to 'sudo' some random command they read somewhere, that person is known as a "luser' or 'LUSER' in this case. They must not have administrative privileges and require someone to babysit their computer activities.

Gotta give it to 4Chan playing on people's Stupidity.

First they actually managed to make iPhone users drop their phone in water claiming iOS7 makes the phone water proof.

Then they somehow managed to get people to believe you could run 360 games on the Xbox One by putting a code in that bricks your console.

And now they strike at people's Macs, by claiming that since 2009 all Mac's have had secret Bitcoin mining software, Bitcoins were practically unheard of back in 2009.

Hey at least that poster from /b/ didn't post the actual method from which anyone with a Mac can send a virus into a Alien starship...yep, it's legit folks, legit i say.

Apple makes plenty of attempts to protect users from themselves and give plenty of warning prior to using sudo. They can only take it so far. Terminals are for people who know how to use a terminal. People falling for this are the same people who would be downloading viruses on a windows computer in an attempt to mine bitcoins.

ReptileX said,
I'm a bit surprised people who were interested in mining (in this case) didn't have much experience with what these commands do

Bitcoin mining is bound to attract idiots now that they're valued so high.

BillyJack said,
I thought people who use Apple Computers are smart and are educated people or artists?

How does being an artist or well educated automatically translate into being proficient with an OS? Got a neighbor a few doors down who's literally a heart surgeon who calls me for help over the most trivial of things on his laptop. That PhD doesn't automatically means he knows everything.

Max Norris said,

How does being an artist or well educated automatically translate into being proficient with an OS? Got a neighbor a few doors down who's literally a heart surgeon who calls me for help over the most trivial of things on his laptop. That PhD doesn't automatically means he knows everything.

They assumed they knew enough about Macs and OS X to CHOOSE one over a Windows PC. Most users will explain this when you ask them why they bought a Mac.

This is the Apple educational marketing in action. Mac users often feel they have an elevated sense of technical understanding by just choosing a Mac.


Just this past month I had a friend of a friend that is a cartoonist/artist explain to me why NT was horrible and OS X was superior to all other OSes in history in a rather condescending tone.

This person knows I am an OS engineer with several degrees in computer science and information systems, and they were going to teach me about NT and OS X, all based on some 'magical' imparting of knowledge they received when they recently bought a Mac.

Since this was an adjacent friend, I even pulled out my ego card, and pointed to the ISS and reminded them I wrote software running on it. It didn't phase them, and they went on to explain what they truly believed I didn't understand of OS technology.


It is surprising how many Mac users I encounter that know my background and run to challenge what I know about OS X because they bought a new Mac and had a few weeks to play with it.

Apple promotes this disconnect, and they make their users feel like they are now 'technical geeks'.

Edited by Mobius Enigma, Dec 15 2013, 1:32am :

Mobius Enigma said,

~snipped~

Unfortunately, this happens to me too, all the time, here and when I'm out, I'm not a software engineer, just a user with some knowledge of 'how to use' but it really gets under my skin how much they put me down for preferring windows..

Basically, I'm saying, +1

Mobius Enigma said,

I Even pulled out my ego card, and pointed to the ISS and reminded them I wrote software running on it.

That's some resume (then again a hello world on an arduino could also count as "Software running on the ISS"

Still, it's true that despite obvious proficiency in an area a Mac user will more often than not tell you why their machine is superior. I have the great misfortune to be studying at a university that has a Majority of art/design students. Every time I get a phone/laptop to repair they say "Why don't you have a mac? Mac's are better for design! They break less!"

That last one ALWAYS make me lol, I have nothing BUT broken Apple products coming into my workshop! Yet they insist, it's better for design! Again, I lol in their face as I render things at least 3x as fast on my nice comfy 17" Win 8.1 laptop which cost $1660 NZD as their 17" $3000 MBP fails to load finder because the HDD is too full, and still has half the GPU performance of my machine (which is also a 2010/11 model, not a 2012/13 MBP)

Don't even try to use the university facilities. Everything is mac based. But at least my Android phone connects to the proxy and uses iptables to pass through the connection transparently. I sit there surfing like a boss whilst everyone else goes. "Oh my phone doesn't work on the wireless" Sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of your precision "better for designer" phone not working.

You are right but every person I ever talked to that owned an Apple product know their computer really well and know what they are talking about /s

Serious they really do believe that. lol

BillyJack said,
I thought people who use Apple Computers are smart and are educated people or artists?

Neither. People that use Mac computers are nothing more than elitists devoid of rational thought.

Auzeras said,

That's some resume (then again a hello world on an arduino could also count as "Software running on the ISS"

This was a very recent incident, and it very much was an ego card move, and after I realized it wasn't going to alter their level of respect, I felt really cheap using it.

It is worth noting that my statements are not a 100% generalization. There are a lot of Mac users that like OS X for very personal and valid reasons and they don't think they have an honorary degree in computer science because they bought a Mac. However, it is a strange thing, as you don't find this type of disconnect or pushback in the non-Apple world.

Mobius Enigma said,

This was a very recent incident, and it very much was an ego card move, and after I realized it wasn't going to alter their level of respect, I felt really cheap using it.

It is worth noting that my statements are not a 100% generalization. There are a lot of Mac users that like OS X for very personal and valid reasons and they don't think they have an honorary degree in computer science because they bought a Mac. However, it is a strange thing, as you don't find this type of disconnect or pushback in the non-Apple world.

There's plenty of it in the Linux, Windows, Android, and iOS worlds...

benthebear said,

There's plenty of it in the Linux, Windows, Android, and iOS worlds...

It does exist on certain levels, but is not the same thing.

I can have a rather heated debate about Android/Linux/FreeBSD/etc. However, if the person I'm debating a topic, knows my background, they seldom will easily dismiss what I am saying. They don't assume that just because I'm not using the same OS they are using that I am stupid. (In boards like here, they do, but they don't truly know me.)

In contrast, someone like a political cartoonist, that has no technical background, felt my qualifications were worthless, because I wasn't using a Mac. Their decision to 'recently' buy a Mac, was clear evidence they were smarter about technology in their mind.

This is what you don't find in the Linux or Windows world when dealing with people face to face.

Mobius Enigma said,

It is worth noting that my statements are not a 100% generalization. There are a lot of Mac users that like OS X for very personal and valid reasons

You know, I wish I could agree with that statement but where I am everyone insists that Apple is better for design. No amount of my explaining that the hardware is the same, and the software can't produce a noticeable difference will convince them otherwise.

I think "I use OSX because it looks nice" is a valid reason, a reason I'll laugh at in my head but hey, if it looks nice why not? It's when they say "its better than [product x] - why? - It just is" that annoys me, and of course the whole it's a superior design tool.

Personally I actually think OSX is becoming a worse platform to use than Win.X as a design platform. It offers no advantages, that's for sure. I challenge anyone to come up with a valid reason "Why OSX is better than Windows for design"

Sad that I can't escape this stereotype bundle.

All I have to say is...

For one of the few times...this really didn't benefit the hacker....it was more of a joke which I have no issues with people doing that.

It's just a simple lesson for people...you fall for silly stuff like that...you don't deserve a computer...mac or pc.

I doubt that apple would include anything in their operating system that has to do with bit coin mining. It's just not something they need to concern themselves with, let alone in 2009. I'm also thinking any posts on 4chan shouldn't be taken seriously. That includes the people who are saying they did it.

riahc3 said,
No you don't and you shouldn't.

Bah, he totally should! Mac users are morons to begin with so they deserve it!

Never run a command in terminal if you don't know what it does, especially if it has "sudo" at the front so it runs with root privileges...

"One user even asked for a solution in the same 4chan thread as he lost work related stuff."

Bwahaha, you guys really don't know 4chan do you. That's a classic troll response.

"i'm sure i can do some bitcoin mining and then finish my work before six today. i'm told i'm freaking dumb, but by gawd, i'm productive. hey wtf ..."

LightEco said,
I would hope people would have been tipped off by the wonderful grammar - "included a Bitcoin mining software"

...or the fact that Bitcoin did not even exist back in 2009. Seriously, if you already know enough about Bitcoin to understand what it is, let alone mining, you probably also know that tidbit as well already and red flags should've come up. If not, well, I don't have much sympathy.

Before I clicked the link, I only read the article title, immediately thought "rm -rf"...then much to my surprise it turned out to be exactly that. People never cease to amaze me.

rfirth said,
It was introduced in January 2009...

...but who had even heard of it in 2009--and thus what incentive would Apple have had to introduce (and hide) such software at such an early stage?

So, what's the Windows command for this?

Oh it's easier to understand than that on a Mac.....

format c:/

Edited by jesseinsf, Dec 14 2013, 7:32pm :

jesseinsf said,
So, what's the Windows command for this?

Oh it's easier to understand than that on a Mac.....

format c:/

Which you cannot execute from a running system.

sudo = substitute user, rm = remove, rf = remove directories, override confirmation prompts... the only thing hard about that is knowing the rf flag... as it's not blatantly obvious. You'll still have to enter your creds to elevate to admin/root privs.

Just like flags in pretty much any OS, they tend to be cryptic and need a google search /h for any decent info.

The command prompt in Windows is full of vague, cryptic commands too that can screw up your system, although it's pretty hard to delete everything.

Edited by shockz, Dec 14 2013, 7:30pm :

Actually:

sudo = superuser do. rm = remove. r-flag is recursive which means traverse into folders. f is force (don't ask for confirmations). /* is root level all folders and files.

what works (at least when booted from install media command prompt) is:
diskpart
select disk 0
clean

Repeat for disk 1 to n

works to remove all virus infections

edit forgot: disclaimer never do this without find out what this does. If you loose all your important files it is your own fault!

jesseinsf said,
So, what's the Windows command for this?

Oh it's easier to understand than that on a Mac.....

format c:/

Actually that's a different command. The Windows equivalent is del *.*

Or if you're an alternative medicine practitioner, a church, diet book author, marketer, politician, et cetera. It's near universal fun, apparently.

I would bet a lot of money that no one got "duped". People on 4chan post "oh ****..." comments fully knowing what the original post was supposed to do.

I doubt anyone did it

One would think apple would put a warning before exacting this command for stupid people. Well...at least Linux users know better...

f0rk_b0mb said,
One would think apple would put a warning before exacting this command for stupid people. Well...at least Linux users know better...

One would think one would read the comments before posting stupid things.

Hello,

f0rk_b0mb said,
One would think apple would put a warning before exacting this command for stupid people. Well...at least Linux users know better...

Apple has nothing to do with this.

you aren't understanding what I'm saying. Don't worry about it. It's your loss not mine. I have better things to do than explain apple needing to put a warning in before executing stupid commands.

Edited by zhangm, Dec 16 2013, 1:22am :

this is what i don't like about certain mac users. Serves you right by the way. Time Machines is build for moment like this and you don't even use it then you absolutely deserve to get screw.

Just use your Time Machine backup to get all your stuff back. What's that? You don't have a Time Machine backup? Awwww.... sucks to be you!

RottGutt said,
Just use your Time Machine backup to get all your stuff back. What's that? You don't have a Time Machine backup? Awwww.... sucks to be you!
With this you'd be back in business in less than an hour depending how much data you had

tiagosilva29 said,
> 2013
> Still not reading man pages

No no, keep on trumpeting the RTFM attitude. That totally worked at increasing *nix's appeal for decade after decade.

I can understand thinking the post is real. What I cannot understand is acting upon it without confirming it is real, let alone google what the command line will actually do.

Sympathy score: 0

Seriously? You could understand thinking that Apple might put "secret" Bitcoin mining software in their OS...and that it can be unlocked by running a command?

Screw all the people who say: "Why isn't there a confirmation screen?" or something along the lines of user friendliness. IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IT MEANS, YOU SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT. Someone tells you to press a button and you don't know what the button does (it really sends nukes to every country in the world) but you press it anyways because it's a button, who's really at fault.

Zedox said,
Screw all the people who say: "Why isn't there a confirmation screen?" or something along the lines of user friendliness. IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IT MEANS, YOU SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT. Someone tells you to press a button and you don't know what the button does (it really sends nukes to every country in the world) but you press it anyways because it's a button, who's really at fault.

what ever you do DONT PRESS THE RED BUTTON *stares at it wanting to press it*

Of course there is confirmation prompt. At least for "system" files by default, but the -f argument overrides this.

Similar commands exist for windows machines so if anyone tells you that you can enable microsoft's bitcoin mining software don't fall for it...

Enron said,
There's no confirmation prompt? That's very user friendly technology right there.

what's different then putting a flag on a command on windows to say yes to all prompts? people who don't understand will still fall for it...

gian said,
Of course there is confirmation prompt. At least for "system" files by default, but the -f argument overrides this.

Similar commands exist for windows machines so if anyone tells you that you can enable microsoft's bitcoin mining software don't fall for it...


No it doesn't. You still have to own the file in the end. However it likely did remove crucial files none the less. On windows you can do a user level wipe on the windows folder. It won't kill in use files and protected files but it will still remove enough that the system can't startup anymore without an OS reinstall.

No, you don't have to own the file. The command use SUDO, which is the equivalent as "run as administrator" in windows 7+, it's like running the command from root. root user doesn't have to own anything, since it own anything and nothing. The -f flag suppress delete confirmation regardless of type. RM alone will ask for confirmation, regardless of file type, for every file. -r flag make it recursive.

In Windows, if you run this command in an elevated command prompt, you will be able to delete nearly everything except in use files. Since unix load everything in ram, file aren't really in use, thus why you can delete everything.

Brian M. said,
It's a command for people who know what they're doing. One distro included a warning which just got annoying.

Well sure they know what they're doing. So do the officers launching nuclear missiles or doctors amputating a leg. You still want some kind of confirmation before performing a major operation like this.

Nodiaque said,
No, you don't have to own the file. The command use SUDO, which is the equivalent as "run as administrator" in windows 7+, it's like running the command from root. root user doesn't have to own anything, since it own anything and nothing. The -f flag suppress delete confirmation regardless of type. RM alone will ask for confirmation, regardless of file type, for every file. -r flag make it recursive.

In Windows, if you run this command in an elevated command prompt, you will be able to delete nearly everything except in use files. Since unix load everything in ram, file aren't really in use, thus why you can delete everything.

Don't confuse the lack of OS file locking with what the OS loads into RAM.

Enron said,

Well sure they know what they're doing. So do the officers launching nuclear missiles or doctors amputating a leg. You still want some kind of confirmation before performing a major operation like this.

You're really grasping at straws when you introduce nuclear missiles into an argument.

Yeah, it'd be nice for the few people who open up terminal for something like this to ask for confirmation. Until someone updates the image to say "When it asks for confirmation, type 'yes'". Or pipes it through the 'yes' command, which will respond to any question with a yes. Or changes the command to delete different files. Basically, there's no point in dumbing down the terminal, because it is meant for people who aren't dumb - that is, people who know what a terminal is (people who don't aren't necessarily dumb, they just don't need a terminal).

Hello,

Nodiaque said,
No, you don't have to own the file. The command use SUDO, which is the equivalent as "run as administrator" in windows 7+, it's like running the command from root. root user doesn't have to own anything, since it own anything and nothing. The -f flag suppress delete confirmation regardless of type. RM alone will ask for confirmation, regardless of file type, for every file. -r flag make it recursive.

In Windows, if you run this command in an elevated command prompt, you will be able to delete nearly everything except in use files. Since unix load everything in ram, file aren't really in use, thus why you can delete everything.


The amount of wrong in this quote is so large it should be deleted from the internet

Nodiaque said,
No, you don't have to own the file. The command use SUDO, which is the equivalent as "run as administrator" in windows 7+, it's like running the command from root. root user doesn't have to own anything, since it own anything and nothing. The -f flag suppress delete confirmation regardless of type. RM alone will ask for confirmation, regardless of file type, for every file. -r flag make it recursive.

In Windows, if you run this command in an elevated command prompt, you will be able to delete nearly everything except in use files. Since unix load everything in ram, file aren't really in use, thus why you can delete everything.

Wow... How did I miss that before. Then yea they were prompted for their password at which point they are just an idiot. (I run a linux server and use sudo regularly so I know what it does... sudo -s for persistent root shells if needed -- don't do it if you don't know what you are doing).

oh love all the people screaming why does this even exists.... ugh basic file management... exists on windows also... and pretty much EVERY OS

Forjo said,
Except Windows won't let you delete system files.

Nope and that sucks. But OS X is really locked doen people, remember that!

Forjo said,
Except Windows won't let you delete system files.

Only files that are in use.
You can still bork a windows box with a SHIFT+DELETE on the root of C.

Too bad Unix doesn't implement file locks the same way Win/NTFS does. This is the reason why the command succeeds.

In an unrelated note, this happened on Pixar's render farm when The Incredibles was in development.

deadonthefloor said,

Only files that are in use.

And files marked by Windows as "System Files" (not the NTFS attribute) and monitored by Windows File Protection.

I'm not sure if you can "bork" a system using Shift-Delete and I'm probably not going to take the time to try it as easy as it would be with a VM and a snapshot. Then again, I might. If I do I'll post here.

That feature should be available only via external media (CD) burnable by the OS, with discrete description of what that function is for

Izlude said,
That feature should be available only via external media (CD) burnable by the OS, with discrete description of what that function is for

I know most Linux distros give a warning when you first use sudo, along the lines of "please don't **** anything up here!" Rather surprised OSX doesn't do something similar (does it?)

Matthew_Thepc said,

I know most Linux distros give a warning when you first use sudo, along the lines of "please don't **** anything up here!" Rather surprised OSX doesn't do something similar (does it?)

It does, but it's just trying to trick you into not enabling the secret Bitcoin mining functionality! ignore it.

djpailo said,
Why does Apple have this sort of command built into their systems in the first place? Terrible.

Well you do need a way to delete files off of your system, be a little tricky to manage your files otherwise. rm's been part of *Nix since day one, never mind *every* OS has a command to do that since forever. Of course, as a pro-tip, if somebody from 4Chan tells you to do something that starts with sudo... probably shouldn't.

Because it's a standard Unix command. OSX is based on Unix and as such there. But really, any OS must have a similar command; meaning a file delete command with wildcards. And notice that the command starts with a SUDO which requires that you enter the root password.

Hello,

djpailo said,
Why does Apple have this sort of command built into their systems in the first place? Terrible.

Its not a Apple, Linux, unix, etc thing. Its a bash thing.

Mr.XXIV said,
Wait, what do you mean "terrible"? It's a huge advantage for many of us.

Who cares where the **** it comes from or what its used for.

Are you telling me that Apple can't implement a command prompt to stop unbeknown users from wiping their hard drives? (This prompt could then be disabled). Its actually pretty funny reading developers talk about what the **** its used for. That is besides the issue at hand really.

This article is talking about Apple. The average user won't ever use Linux in its OS Desktop form.

djpailo said,

Who cares where the **** it comes from or what its used for.

Are you telling me that Apple can't implement a command prompt to stop unbeknown users from wiping their hard drives? (This prompt could then be disabled). Its actually pretty funny reading developers talk about what the **** its used for. That is besides the issue at hand really.

This article is talking about Apple. The average user won't ever use Linux in its OS Desktop form.

Go back to bed. I don't care about the average user. I said for the many of us.

djpailo said,

Who cares where the **** it comes from or what its used for.

Are you telling me that Apple can't implement a command prompt to stop unbeknown users from wiping their hard drives? (This prompt could then be disabled). Its actually pretty funny reading developers talk about what the **** its used for. That is besides the issue at hand really.

This article is talking about Apple. The average user won't ever use Linux in its OS Desktop form.

triple-facepalm.png

djpailo said,
....

sudo is the *Nix way of "Admin" escalation.

They can't stop 'regular' people from running a command that is essential for *Nix based systems. You can only insulate ignorance to a point.

Atomic Wanderer Chicken said,
What is all the hype about bit coins. I keep hearing bit coin this, bit coin that, but I have no idea what the heck they are.

I've tried to study what they actually are and still aren't any closer to finding out wtf they are for.

Amazing people still fall for the rm pranks... soooo old. (Well, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised at 4Chan's gullibility.) I guess we'll see a resurgence in fork bombs too?

Those really smart people bought the great netbooks and other notebooks full to the brim with bloatware!

Edited by zhangm, Dec 14 2013, 9:22pm :

Jundor said,

Those really smart people bought the great netbooks and other notebooks full to the brim with bloatware!

Just to be neutral, I use both MBP and ThinkPad. So on Windows, it is possible to avoid bloatware if you get business class machines like ThinkPad.. or if you prefer, Surface.

Like I said before, this can happen just about to anyone who is never used to Terminal/Command Prompt. Because this is Neowin, a lot of people here are tech literate, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are people outside Neowin who does not touch Command Prompt/Terminal and never knew what those basic Unix commands are.

Now if you are using Linux/BSD/*NIX, and still somehow end up nuking your machine like that, well shame on you.

I am also aware that Mac is of Darwin, but just like Windows, unless people are used to Terminal, it is simply harsh to call people idiots

Hmmm... it is possible to avoid bloatware if you get business class machines like Thinkpad? I didn't knew that thinkpad came with a software/hardware that prevent user from installing all those bloated scambar into there computer.

Hmmm... it is possible to avoid bloatware if you get business class machines like Thinkpad? I didn't knew that thinkpad came with a software/hardware that prevent user from installing all those bloated scambar into there computer.

There isn't much to stop a user from installing and running anything on a Thinkpad. If you wanted to try out the sudo rm -rf /* command, you could even install Linux and...then uninstall Linux. By the way of context though, I think bloatware in this conversation refers to whatever "extras" are on board when you get a machine from the OEM, rather than what the end user goes and installs after the purchase.

ThunderRiver said,

Just to be neutral, I use both MBP and ThinkPad. So on Windows, it is possible to avoid bloatware if you get business class machines like ThinkPad.. or if you prefer, Surface.

Like I said before, this can happen just about to anyone who is never used to Terminal/Command Prompt. Because this is Neowin, a lot of people here are tech literate, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are people outside Neowin who does not touch Command Prompt/Terminal and never knew what those basic Unix commands are.

Now if you are using Linux/BSD/*NIX, and still somehow end up nuking your machine like that, well shame on you.

I am also aware that Mac is of Darwin, but just like Windows, unless people are used to Terminal, it is simply harsh to call people idiots

It's not just that people who fell for it are not tech savvy. They followed the instructions on a graphic that is missing an apostrophe in what should be "Apple's" and contains a *ridiculous* assertion. They are most certainly idiots!

techbeck said,
funny. reminds me of the ALT F4 tricks....but this one is a bit more serious

my favorite was del *.*

edit:goddamnit neowin. theres a bug where I reply to a different root comment thread,and it puts my comment in a different comment thread. not the first time.

mrbester said,
You need to pipe a "y" response to that command to override the "Are you sure?" question.

Not if you put a /q in front of it.

Romero said,
Ignorance, stupidity and greed make for a truly dangerous combination.

they should have added that it makes your computer waterproof too... LOL

Or for a not-so-well-known Windows prank, put %0|%0 into a text file, rename it to become a bat file, and double click it. It doesn't wipe your hard drive, but crash your computer...

Pluto is a Planet said,
Or for a not-so-well-known Windows prank, put %0|%0 into a text file, rename it to become a bat file, and double click it. It doesn't wipe your hard drive, but crash your computer...


Not as bad as asking people to check for the 'virus' on their PC.. do check, make a folder called 'con' if you can't do it, you've got the virus.

Pluto is a Planet said,
Or for a not-so-well-known Windows prank, put %0|%0 into a text file, rename it to become a bat file, and double click it. It doesn't wipe your hard drive, but crash your computer...

Oh, I like it.

Not quite "crashing your computer", though the task is pretty much impossible to kill...but logging out and then back in will take care of that without forcing a reboot.

Lord Method Man said,
These are the people who think using a Mac renders them invincible thus they never thought anything bad could possibly happen.

These are the people that really need an Android tablet / chromebook.

Lord Method Man said,
These are the people who think using a Mac renders them invincible thus they never thought anything bad could possibly happen.

What's weird is all the warnings you have to ignore for this to occur. (sudo's)

recursive said,
These are the people that really need an Android tablet / chromebook.

Wait, did you just recommend an Android-based device for people who know nothing about security?

Rosyna said,

What's weird is all the warnings you have to ignore for this to occur. (sudo's)

Of course! Apple would hide it behind all the warnings, right?

But, lets face it. This is a Troll post on 4chan, I assume by /b/ so ... the reply and LOLs of people falling for it are most likely also Troll replies on the back of the Xbox one bricking campaign.

recursive said,

These are the people that really need an Android tablet / chromebook.


and there we now have the stupidest comment of the day.. Chromebook please.. Why don't you suggest they use a pen and pad of paper at lest then they'd have more functionality then a chromebook.

Krome said,
Anyone else still convinced that OSX isn't Linux?
You do realize Linux was introduce in the 90s and the rm command came from Unix in the 70s? And the Mac OS has continually been evolving from the 80s, and was based off of Unix back then...

They just haven't made any significant changes to it, that's all.

I know that. I said that in short for those who thinks that OSX is entirely different from Unix or Linux. I been a computer users since the early 80s. OSX to me is still the culminating work of the nix OS. Simple English. It isn't different OS from Linux.

Krome said,
I know that. I said that in short for those who thinks that OSX is entirely different from Unix or Linux. I been a computer users since the early 80s. OSX to me is still the culminating work of the nix OS. Simple English. It isn't different OS from Linux.
I worded what I was saying wrong earlier but you really need to look up the difference between Unix and Linux. Haven't you ever heard of the recursive acronym, GNU's Not Unix? It doesn't matter how many letters "Unix" and "Linux" shares or how long you've used computers. OS X is based off of Unix and is totally different from Linux (which is a project based on totally open-source code). So yes, OS X is entirely different from Linux, but not Unix.

Mac OS X underlining system IS BSD, It's a fork of BSD called Darwin and they even made it open source. BSD IS a unix itself.

The graphical part is based on Apple's on NextStep Window Manager from their own machines back in the early 80's.

To say Apple's OS X is kinda like Linux or is a bit like Unix is an understatement. It's BSD at the core, and a Polished NextStep GUI.

Pluto is a Planet said,
the Mac OS has continually been evolving from the 80s, and was based off of Unix back then....

System 1-9 were not Unix based.

OSX was the first one built from Unix fork.

sagum said,

To say Apple's OS X is kinda like Linux or is a bit like Unix is an understatement. It's BSD at the core, and a Polished NextStep GUI.
Linux isn't actually based off of Unix source code though. It's only "Unix-like".