Thursday, April 6, 2023

Bitcoin PDF in macOS

Andy Baio (Hacker News, MacRumors):

While trying to fix my printer today, I discovered that a PDF copy of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin whitepaper apparently shipped with every copy of macOS since Mojave in 2018.


If you’re on a Mac, open a Terminal and type the following command:

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


In the Image Capture utility, the Bitcoin whitepaper is used as a sample document for a device called “Virtual Scanner II,” which is either hidden or not installed for everyone by default.

It’s unclear whether this a test file that wasn’t intended to ship or an Easter egg of some kind.

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Tim Cook himself has outed himself as a private "crypto" investor, which surely includes BTC. But I doubt that Apple as a company would want to be associated with Bitcoin. As a matter of fact, Silicon Valley for the most part hates Bitcoin, because it's anti-establishment, i.e. anti-them, because it didn't originate from within their ranks, which is one of the reasons why they're into all those 💩coin scams instead. It wouldn't surprise me if that PDF is removed at some point.

It’s weird to me that this has been reported so widely. Some engineer needed a little placeholder PDF and used this one because it probable seemed cute/funny at the time.

so far i cannot find one link of someone uploading this whitepaper online? all just point to where it should be????? The next question is " is it any different to the 2008 version of the white paper"??

Both macOS' simpledoc.pdf and Satoshi's original Bitcoin whitepaper have a SHA256 hash of b1674191a88ec5cdd733e4240a81803105dc412d6c6708d53ab94fc248f4f553. It's the same file.

PS: Apple removed the Bitcoin whitepaper in the latest beta release of Venutura. No surprise there.

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