Remains of the Day: Crime doesn't pay

Apple aims to simplify the process of buying a Mac, one kid learns the hard way that stealing is bad, and we’re shocked—shocked!—to find that there’s insider trading going on here. The remainders for Thursday, December 16, 2010 are treading the straight and narrow.

Online Apple Store adds one-click “popular configurations” option (TUAW)

Looking to buy a new Mac, but confused with all this RAM, gigabyte, and RPM jibber-jabber? Apple’s taken steps to simplify its offerings by creating popular configurations with descriptions in plain English. So now you can opt for builds like a “MacBook Pro 15-inch with faster hard drive,” a “MacBook wih Microsoft Office 2011 - Home and Student Edition pre-installed,” or a “MacBook Air with a totally raging 13-inch display and a sweet motherlode of RAM.”

iPhone GPS app and chopper find thief (The Age)

When a 16-year-old kid in a Melbourne suburb stole a woman’s iPhone, he probably didn’t expect to have the full force of the law come down on him. Using the phone’s built-in GPS, police tracked him down, descending on him with a helicopter. Man, that guy’s going to be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life.

U.S. unveils charges against five in insider-trading sweep (Wall Street Journal)

Among those swept up in a federal insider-trading bust on Thursday was an executive at Flextronics, a firm that supplied components to Apple. Walter Shimoon is said to have broken his nondisclosure agreement and given information about forthcoming Apple products—including the iPad and iPhone 4—to hedge fund consultants. Whoa, whoa, whoa—there’s something crooked going on in the financial industry? Consider my mind blown.

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