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2013-02-03 08:03:56 AM
macsmack.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-03 08:19:12 AM
I don't get it, on OSX is it supposed to do something other than point to the root directory?

In ubuntu apps / works without all of the rest of that unnecessary typing.

www.lordargent.com

// nautilus also doesn't care.
 
2013-02-03 08:22:29 AM
Computers have bugs. News at 11.000000000000132
 
2013-02-03 08:27:09 AM
0x8badf00d
 
2013-02-03 08:44:44 AM
Interestingly, it's only with a capital "F". So this bug is pervasive- it impacts even 3rd party software- and it's also been around for awhile, but it's the sort of thing that you'll almost never bump into. It's kinda a fun bug, in that it exists.
 
2013-02-03 08:49:17 AM
That's a computer bug in the same way that walking into traffic is a walking bug.

Just don't do it:///
 
2013-02-03 08:51:27 AM
Can someone explain what happens to those of us who have computers?
 
2013-02-03 08:54:40 AM

0Icky0: That's a computer bug in the same way that walking into traffic is a walking bug.

Just don't do it:///


Yah, because file handle requests *never* originate from anything but the user and when a program crashes its never because its going to parts of memory it didn't intend and whatever made that bizzare file request is never going to be counting on that...

*face palm*
 
2013-02-03 09:02:36 AM
And why did the first guy type that string of characters?
 
2013-02-03 09:04:30 AM

BumpInTheNight: Yah, because file handle requests *never* originate from anything but the user


This doesn't impact file-proto URLs. It impacts entering file-proto URLs into text areas. I've confirmed that I can open a link that contains a capital-F File without difficulty. It is only the act of typing these in that triggers the bug.
 
2013-02-03 09:05:18 AM
i have mountain lion, and this worked like it should.  show a directory of your hard drive contents.
 
2013-02-03 09:05:43 AM
Oh boy is this going to be a fun fight.

/popping of the corns
 
2013-02-03 09:05:46 AM
safari: crashed
mail: not crashed
firefox: not crashed

me: meh.
 
2013-02-03 09:14:18 AM
damn it!

doesn't work in Linux.  oh well, i guess i'll have to stick with Linux.  the stability, security, and speed is getting so boring these days.

when is Linux going to be as exciting as windows and OS X?
 
2013-02-03 09:18:11 AM
TFA was not relevant to me, but I really enjoyed the "Crash Different" video at the bottom of the page.
 
hej
2013-02-03 09:19:36 AM

FlashHarry: safari: crashed
mail: not crashed
firefox: not crashed

me: meh.


I just tried File:/// in the URL and Search box in Safari, no crash.
 
2013-02-03 09:22:20 AM

Mister Peejay: Can someone explain what happens to those of us who have computers?


One of the gremlin slaves that run your Mac needs bifocals, because he's missing some capitals and totally making the rest of the slaves look bad.
 
2013-02-03 09:26:12 AM
The article redeems itself by linking to the funny Crash Different video.
 
2013-02-03 09:26:47 AM

WorkingInParadise: TFA was not relevant to me, but I really enjoyed the "Crash Different" video at the bottom of the page.


Me too.  That video made my night.
 
2013-02-03 09:30:27 AM
Gads I hate working on OSX. For instance in XCode, highlighting a word and right-clicking, instead of giving me info about the variable/keyword, offers me the option of adding the word to iTunes.
 
2013-02-03 09:32:44 AM
Slashdot tells me this is no big deal and in no way should be used to disparage the company producing this quality. I'm looking forward to folks on Dark taking a similar principled stance with their beloved fruit company.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-03 09:33:08 AM
10.7.5, pops up the finder when typed in the Safari URL bar. Does nothing when entered into a text field of another program I was running.

Boring. I want my click back.
 
2013-02-03 09:46:38 AM
1: The headline is basically correct, but with varying results.
2: Replying to posts in this thread also makes Safari crash (or do other fun things).
3: It doesn't seem to crash Finder -- just closes the window.

It's a strange little glitch, but hardly a big problem.
 
2013-02-03 09:51:19 AM

lordargent: I don't get it, on OSX is it supposed to do something other than point to the root directory?

In ubuntu apps / works without all of the rest of that unnecessary typing.

[www.lordargent.com image 788x753]

// nautilus also doesn't care.


with Google Chrome on the latest OSX, this is exactly what you get
 
2013-02-03 09:52:47 AM
Why are Macs so farking stupid?
 
2013-02-03 09:53:28 AM
In the next Mac OS: No more user input!
 
2013-02-03 10:01:19 AM

abhorrent1: Why are Macs so farking stupid?


Confirmation bias.

Prior to OS X, Macs were really farking stupid.  Now, MacOS is at least as competent as Windows 7, with the benefit that it's built on a UNIX system.
It's ironic that now as a CS major, I could develop in my classes in MacOS natively, but not Windows - I must use a Linux system or VM.

Now, I have all kinds of issues with how the UI dumbs down a solid base OS, but that's different.
 
2013-02-03 10:05:27 AM
I just tried it on a bunch of apps (both Apple made and third-party); nothing happened.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-03 10:07:21 AM
Apparently I'm using the wrong species of cat. Each new version adds some new annoying feature and I don't compulsively upgrade.
 
2013-02-03 10:14:06 AM
Running Mountain Lion. Tried this in several apple and non-apple made apps.

Nothing happens, or they reconvert the case to file:/// and work properly.

Sounds like this is a case of "Not only does your blog suck, but your computer apparently does too."
 
2013-02-03 10:19:52 AM

Mister Peejay: Can someone explain what happens to those of us who have computers?


In this case, there's a utility in the OS that takes text input and processes it, looking for specific things to react to.  It's expecting to see "file://", and the capitol F throws it.  It raises an error and closes whatever app you're in.
Not a huge deal, but shows that somebody got sloppy with their code.
 
2013-02-03 10:51:02 AM
Hey, Unix users!

!xxx%s%s%s%s%s%s%s%s

/I'm not sure if this still crashes the terminal and logs you out
//but it did in 1991
 
2013-02-03 10:55:26 AM
Please, everyone, enough with the cats. They are the opposite of helpful.

10.6,.10.7 and 10.8 work fine and should be used in every case. Every farking case.

Don't let Apple's marketing department make people's jobs harder.
 
2013-02-03 11:02:47 AM

aaronx: Please, everyone, enough with the cats. They are the opposite of helpful.

10.6,.10.7 and 10.8 work fine and should be used in every case. Every farking case.

Don't let Apple's marketing department make people's jobs harder.


OS 10.9: ThunderCougarFalconBird
 
2013-02-03 11:05:27 AM
Some people spend too much time actively searching for things to be angry about.
 
2013-02-03 11:16:43 AM

abhorrent1: Why are Macs so farking stupid?


why are you so boring and lame that you care what other people use for a computer?
 
2013-02-03 11:16:55 AM
\con\con
 
2013-02-03 11:26:45 AM

Ed Finnerty: OS 10.9: ThunderCougarFalconBird


I see you've been eying her.

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-02-03 11:27:00 AM

lostsatellite: abhorrent1: Why are Macs so farking stupid?

why are you so boring and lame that you care what other people use for a computer?


I'm old and married. WTF else do I have to do?
 
2013-02-03 11:48:13 AM
In the latest OS X it simply does the right thing: Switches to the Finder desktop and shows the root hard disk.
 
2013-02-03 01:04:14 PM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-02-03 01:44:59 PM

lostsatellite: why are you so boring and lame that you care what other people use for a computer?


You've never disparaged Vista or 8?
 
2013-02-03 02:15:55 PM
Anything that uses a standard text box is subject to this bug; I was able to reproduce it with the built-in notes program right away.  Since a lot of programs reuse that component, a lot of programs can trigger the crash with that string.  But since it's just a single component at fault, it should be an easy fix.
 
2013-02-03 02:26:16 PM
Exceptions in an OS component?

funny.desivalley.com
Major design flaw.
 
2013-02-03 02:51:45 PM
So if I type a particular string of characters that I would never actually type, something bad happens? Oh wait, it doesn't work on my Mac either. Like most of the anti-Apple drivel we see around here, this headline is a lie. And it went green of course.
 
2013-02-03 03:00:13 PM

bingethinker: So if I type a particular string of characters that I would never actually type, something bad happens? Oh wait, it doesn't work on my Mac either. Like most of the anti-Apple drivel we see around here, this headline is a lie. And it went green of course.


You don't need to type it yourself.  Anything that puts that string into the appropriate editable text box will launch the automatic URL handler, trigger the bug, and crash your program.  It's a real problem that needs a fix, soonish.
 
2013-02-03 03:24:45 PM

lemurs: Anything that puts that string into the appropriate editable text box will launch the automatic URL handler, trigger the bug, and crash your program


Not in my testing. If, for example, I type "file:///" and then go back and edit it to read "File:///", it's just fine. Ditto on copy/paste. I can trigger this bug in pretty much every application, too.
 
2013-02-03 03:54:56 PM

bingethinker: Like most of the anti-Apple drivel we see around here, this headline is a lie.


Neither the headline, nor the article is a lie.
There was a decent discussion of the underlying coding issue involed on slashdot.  Although I'm sure everyone there is just lying as well, right?  We're all just big, fat liars.  There really is no bug, it's all a conspiracy, and you, YOU are the one who figured us all out.
Very clever.
 
2013-02-03 04:01:59 PM
Looks like people who type that character string on a regular basis will be leaving OSX in droves!
 
2013-02-03 04:39:21 PM
andrewagill:!xxx%s%s%s%s%s%s%s%s

/I'm not sure if this still crashes the terminal and logs you out
//but it did in 1991


event not found
 
2013-02-03 06:26:56 PM
This is interesting and funny, but who would really be affected by this bug?

I've been working with computers since 1981, and testing this bug myself is the first time in my life I've ever typed anything remotely resembling "File:///"
 
2013-02-03 10:21:17 PM
Can I create a regular file named CON in Windows yet?
 
2013-02-04 02:53:50 AM
It just worksTM
 
2013-02-04 08:35:39 AM
It's just like the "coffee bug", if your stupid enough to follow the directions you end up with coffee poured on your keyboard. Go ahead do it. See what happens...
 
2013-02-04 08:52:34 AM

Linux_Yes: damn it!

doesn't work in Linux.  oh well, i guess i'll have to stick with Linux.  the stability, security, and speed is getting so boring these days.

when is Linux going to be as exciting as windows and OS X?


When it starts running a worthwhile app or two?
 
2013-02-04 09:48:35 AM
works on my co-worker's mac mini
 
2013-02-04 10:46:29 AM

poot_rootbeer: Can I create a regular file named CON in Windows yet?


The specified device name is invalid.
 
2013-02-04 11:07:52 AM

meanmutton: When it starts running a worthwhile app or two?


You can run a lot of Windows software in Linux without emulation. Mind you, Wine and its alternatives are actually more mature on OSX, but hey...
 
2013-02-04 11:29:55 AM
meanmutto: When it starts running a worthwhile app or two?

The biggest app I run in Linux is Windows XP in a VM.

// only when I have to test code that I've written for Windows

// handbrake, hugin, pithios, banshee I love em.
 
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