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Hacker Comex of JailBreakMe fame shown the door at Apple for curbed enthusiasm

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Hacker Comex of JailBreakMe fame shown the door at Apple for curbed enthusiasm
Remember that guy Comex who contributed a lot to the advancement of mankind by creating the simple JailBreakMe solution to free your iPhone from the shackles of Cupertino?

Well, then you must remember he actually got an internship with Apple last year, and the future seemed bright for him, as he was able to constantly point out exploits, and circumvent Apple's software engineers efforts to patch them up.

Long story short, yesterday he tweeted that he has been shown the One Infinite Loop door, in his own words: “So…no point in delaying. As of last week, after about a year, I’m no longer associated with Apple. As for why? Because I forgot to reply to an email.

That little incident with Comex shows once again that established corporate culture is not for the free-spirited hackers, as it dawned very clearly on Mark Zuckerberg not long ago as well - appearing with hoodies on IPO pitches with Wall Street bankers made him lose quite a few billions of the virtual wealth his stock option represented in the beginning. 

In a follow-up interview Comex said that the email he forgot to reply to in the given timeframe was actually an offer to extend the internship into permanent employment, and such a lack of enthusiasm is apparently frowned upon pretty strongly at Apple.

source: Forbes

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posted on 19 Oct 2012, 03:39 18

1. lallolu (Posts: 209; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


I cannot blame apple for that.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 03:41 1

2. lallolu (Posts: 209; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


They will take him back eventually, I believe

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 03:42 2

3. tiara6918 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Forgot to reply to an e-mail? Seriously?!You got kicked out just because of that?I wonder what this guy missed out...

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 04:00 15

5. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


he missed out on a job opportunity…. in the email…. that he failed to reply to… yeah….

free-spirited jailbreaker or not, replying to an email about a job offer seems to be a pretty basic task

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 06:46 1

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5279; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Only during Steve Jobs' tenure could you blow off an e-mail from Personnel. However, you would have to be a pretty valuable candidate for Steve to intercede on your behalf.

Personnel depts. don't like to be trifled with.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 03:47 16

4. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1433; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I call bullchit..he got fired, for buying a galaxy S3, and bringing it too work...

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 04:02 2

6. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


lmao! see the old articles on PA about him, most of the comments say that he'll be doomed, now has come true xD

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 04:49 13

7. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2864; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Poor Harry Potter.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 05:26

8. weedl (Posts: 50; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


hope life's get better...

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 05:38 3

9. lyndon420 (Posts: 1638; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Snooze and you'll loose.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 06:24 1

10. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Poor guy... wow...
That's horrible.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 07:51

12. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Whats the big deal, there are loads other jobs vaiable,

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 08:05 5

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5279; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It is more of an ego thang - an iP hacker getting brought inside the Mother ship as it were. Everything else will likely be a step down. At least he will have an appreciation of the importance of responding to e-mails from Personnel.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:27

16. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


It's ok, maybe he could start dev-ing for Android.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:29 2

17. Twisted247 (Posts: 193; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


@ Droid x Doug
Exactly, you don't turn your nose up at your superiors in that type of environment. Atleast reply to them, thank them for the opportunity and ask them if you can have 24-48hrs to think it over, and speak about it with your significant other. Or in his case "partner" Haha!..

It simply breaks down to professionalism, respect, and being an adult. You need to have some humility and humor them regardless or not if you agree with how the games played

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 09:15

14. AstronautJones (Posts: 166; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Apple got what they wanted. Think he didn't sign some documents relating to employment? Want to bet those documents preclude him from hacking Apple devices?

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:22

15. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 805; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Hope he stops making jailbreaks for apple devices so everyone can see how useful this man is for their sales.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:32 1

18. nitinrana (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Apple sucks... All they wanna show is how they are "uniquely stupid"....

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 10:58 1

19. The_Innovation (Posts: 531; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


I'm going to put rivalry aside here, for a moment.

You know damn well what Apple is all about. You know how they pick and choose each of their employees, even in the Apple Store. Knowing that, why would you ignore anything they send you about your future employment?

I'm sorry but, this is completely his fault. He was given the opportunity, and he was negligent about it. There are thousands waiting in line to take that position. Bad mistake buddy.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 17:44 1

20. xtremesv (Posts: 180; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


You really think he just forgot to reply? He wasn't interested, that's all. Apple as a workplace is not exactly paradise.

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 12:53

22. The_Innovation (Posts: 531; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Really? You must be foolish to think that he just simply "not interested" in this. Who would deny such an opportunity.

But above all, why is he complaining about it then?

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 19:44 1

21. downphoenix (Posts: 2231; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I personally never got the mindset of guys like him and Geohot, who have opportunities to work with their companies and either decline the offers or purposely blow it. I think a job like that is considered a gravy position to have, since its doing stuff they do anyway. However, I guess they dont like the corporate structure as it is and prefer an open source world, which is only an idealism as that doesnt really make money. Part of the reason Linux never really took off is because companies didnt back it, because it was not lucrative for them.

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