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Never let it be said: Apple employees have no sense of humour. If not, why else would HM Prison Slade's most famous inmate make an appearance in the Mac maker's Cocoa API reference library? As you can see, Apple's NSString object reference includes a method entitled componentsSeparatedByString: and the write-up mentions one …

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Happy

Great program...

(TV program, that is.) Was on shortly before I left the UK.

An episode, "A Quiet Night In," still sticks in my memory after 30+ years.

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Happy

Hmmm

Sounds like Apple's API tech authors are feeling a little imprisoned at work?

And I always thought Apple had a nice working environment...

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Happy

There may be more...

It's pretty obscure but if you dig a bit deeper, in System profiler in the syncservices log you will find this, or variants thereof:

2012-06-13 20:45:44:432|SyncServer|1994|110fd0|Server|Info| Goodnight, Gracie.

I think it is a message when the mac goes into sleep mode. 'Goodnight Gracie' was a catchprase used by George Burns to his wife Gracie Allen at the end of his radio show, and no I'm not that old, I had to look it up.

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Britishisms in Cocoa dev documentation...

... almost certainly down to one Malcolm Crawford, widely known in the NeXT community as mmalc.

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Anonymous Coward

Explanation

It's internal code for the Apple way of doing things.

Once we have you you're never getting away

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And in the former 'classic Mac OS'

Was buried the phrase...

Help, help we are being held prisoner in a system software factory.

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Coat

They're remaking Porridge for the modern age...

"We therefore feel constrained to commit you to the maximum term allowed for these offences — you will go to FOXCONN for five years."

Mine's the grey one with arrows on it.

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Mushroom

Copyright?

Perhaps the writers of Porridge should consider suing apple for copyright infringement.

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Re: Copyright?

it's not copyright infringement to use a genuine name...see here

http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/norman-stanley-fletcher/28/562/284

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