The verse warns would-be pirates about their 'karma,' among other things.
Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday confirmed that it has embedded in OS X a poem that warns hackers against stealing the Mac operating system.
The poem's existence was reported online by the OSx86 Project, a site dedicated to all things technical related to OS X on the Intel platform. Apple recently started shipping desktop computers and notebooks with Intel Corp.'s processors.
The poem reads:
"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."
Apple confirmed that the poem was embedded in the OS by developers.
"We can confirm that this text is built into our products," the company said in an email. "Hopefully it, and many other legal warnings, will remind people that they should not steal Mac OS X."
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.