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This Text String Crashes Almost Any App on a Mac Running Mountain Lion.

 

 

Here's a weird little OS X quirk: the eight-character code above seems to cause pretty much any app on a Mac running Mountain Lion to crash, instantly.

 

It's not clear why, but tapping in the code seems to cause most apps running on Mountain Lion to crash, losing any open files in the process. Interestingly, it doesn't seem to work on an old black MacBook we've got running 10.7.1, so it's probably limited to just Mountain Lion, where we've confirmed it works in several apps just, err, fine. So, if you're feeling like a bit of a practical joker today, you know what to do.

 

http://gizmodo.com/5981370/this-text-string-crashes-almost-any-app-on-a-mac-running-mountain-lion

 

This topic has been all over Google+ this weekend.

 

I haven't tried it and don't intend to, but it's odd that no one has come forth with an explanation for how this works.

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Interesting... Guess this is one time when being 1 version back turns out to be a good thing ROFL!

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lol, perhaps. it may take some really good people to figure out just what to modify, and do so w/o messing up an existing "gold" code base.

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what does the URL look like in Safari when a local file is opened?

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The url is the same as the one that crashes Mountain Lion: file:///

 

It does not crash Lion or I wouldn't have been able to tell you that LOL!

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The url is the same as the one that crashes Mountain Lion: file:///

 

It does not crash Lion or I wouldn't have been able to tell you that LOL!

no, "file:///" # "File:///"

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no, "file:///" # "File:///"

 

Nope. In Safari in Lion, you can't go to File:///, it changes it to file:/// so it doesn't crash.

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Nope. In Safari in Lion, you can't go to File:///, it changes it to file:/// so it doesn't crash.

hmm, sounds like the Safari programmers knew something :pirate:

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that's a shame.

ur, oh, um... :o

 

lol, crp & i posted simultaneously.

my comment was @ lilbambi...

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happened to me many years ago, so now i try to make sure to quote something even if it just the quote line.

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