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

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



1. lallolu

Posts: 731; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I cannot blame apple for that.

2. lallolu

Posts: 731; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

They will take him back eventually, I believe

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

5. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

6. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Poor Harry Potter.

8. weedl

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

hope life's get better...

10. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

16. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

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

17. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 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

14. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 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?

15. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

18. nitinrana

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

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

19. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

20. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

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

22. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 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?

21. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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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