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Mountains out of molehills? Why is this newsworthy? And I say this as someone that doesn't even particularly like Apple or Apple products.

It's a serial number, and an employee made a mistake. End of story.




It's not presented as "newsworthy", so why ask that question? It's a mild musing on a subtle design defect in Apple products, which is interesting for a company that prides itself on getting little details right. It's also interesting from a wider perspective, because the problem of making alphanumeric strings that can be entered by hand is pretty common, and there are some easy steps you can take to make the process easier that few people actually take.

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I have no problem with people posing idle thoughts on their blog. But this is Hacker News ... and this was not news, nor was it particularly interesting.

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Half the stuff on the front page at any given moment is not "news".

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