Hidden Inside MacOS, the Bitcoin White Paper

Hidden Inside MacOS, the Bitcoin White Paper

by Virtusenews
11. April 2023
Hidden Inside MacOS, the Bitcoin White Paper

Someone has hidden the Bitcoin white paper inside every copy of MacOS shipped since 2017.

Back in April 2021, a user by the name of bernd178 on the MacOS Community Forumnoticed that buried within the Image Capture Utility is a function called Virtual Scanner II, which is not enabled by default.

Hidden within Virtual Scanner II is a nondescript image of a bay in San Francisco, and a PDF copy of the Bitcoin white paper.

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(Andy Baio/Waxly)

“Weirdly, there is also a PDF with the original Bitcoin white paper from Satoshi Nakamoto in the Package Content,” bernd178 wrote.

“I find it hard to believe anyone cares,” added a user named Barney-15E, in response to bernd178’s post.

Recently this was re-discovered by blogger Andy Baio and published on his blog Waxy. Baio noted that you can open a copy of the white paper by entering the following commands into the terminal app:

open /System/Library/Image\ Capture/Devices/

“Of all the documents in the world, why was the Bitcoin white paper chosen? Is there a secret Bitcoin maxi working at Apple? The filename is “simpledoc.pdf” and it’s only 184 KB,” writes Baio on Waxy. “Maybe it was just a convenient, lightweight multipage PDF for testing purposes, never meant to be seen by end users.”

There’s also another angle to note. Craig Wright has been attempting to copyright the Bitcoin white paper and has been suing – unsuccessfully – places that host it. This may have been an internal act of defiance by a coder working at Apple, a company too big for Wright to sue.

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