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Apple Embeds Poem For Thieves In OS X

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."

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