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Apple Lets Go of iPhone Hacker for Not Replying to Email

By - Source: Forbes | B 40 comments

Email offered to extend hacker's stay with the company and elevate his position as a remote intern.

Apple has parted ways with a notable iPhone jailbreaking hacker due to the latter failing to respond to an email.

Nicholas Allegra, otherwise known as Comex, was hired by Apple due to JailBreakMe, which allows users to carry out a straightforward process through a website that simplifies the process of removing protections from one's iPhone.

However, Apple decided to let go of the 20-year-old last week as he failed to respond to an email offering to extend his employment.

"So... no point in delaying. As of last week, after about a year, I'm no longer associated with Apple," he tweeted. "As for why? Because I forgot to reply to an email."

The e-mail in question contained an offer from the firm to extend his employment as a remote intern. "I wasn't too happy about it, but it didn't seem like I was able to fix it," he told Forbes. "So that's what it is."

Allegra, who played an integral part in the jailbreaking community, constantly publicized security vulnerabilities found in iOS.


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    mazty , October 20, 2012 12:21 AM
    sixdegreeSomeone at Apple should whip out their iPhone and call this guy back. It wouldn't cost them more than a few cents and a minute of their time.

    If he can't even reply to what's a pretty important email, I'm sure he's not going to be brilliant around the office.
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    Ragnar-Kon , October 20, 2012 12:29 AM
    maztyWelcome to the real world. Proving once again that being good at programming tends to negatively affect social skills...

    Welcome to the real world indeed.

    But I know many programmers that have excellent social skills. Granted... probably the only reason I know them is because they have the social skills they need to move up in their respective companies. But hey, that's true with nearly every position with nearly every company.
  • 12 Hide
    sixdegree , October 20, 2012 12:20 AM
    Someone at Apple should whip out their iPhone and call this guy back. It wouldn't cost them more than a few cents and a minute of their time.
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    sixdegree , October 20, 2012 12:20 AM
    Someone at Apple should whip out their iPhone and call this guy back. It wouldn't cost them more than a few cents and a minute of their time.
  • 23 Hide
    mazty , October 20, 2012 12:21 AM
    sixdegreeSomeone at Apple should whip out their iPhone and call this guy back. It wouldn't cost them more than a few cents and a minute of their time.

    If he can't even reply to what's a pretty important email, I'm sure he's not going to be brilliant around the office.
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    Ragnar-Kon , October 20, 2012 12:29 AM
    maztyWelcome to the real world. Proving once again that being good at programming tends to negatively affect social skills...

    Welcome to the real world indeed.

    But I know many programmers that have excellent social skills. Granted... probably the only reason I know them is because they have the social skills they need to move up in their respective companies. But hey, that's true with nearly every position with nearly every company.
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    ddpruitt , October 20, 2012 1:58 AM
    maztyI actually work in IT. No, missing an email is not easy to do.


    I work in the real world and get hundreds of emails a day. Dozens claim to be "important" I've missed or misfiled more than one important email on occasion.

    Besides there is more to this than him just missing an email.

    Allegra added that his departure from Apple was more complicated than just a forgotten email, and that “it wasn’t a bad ending,” but declined to say more.
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    walter87 , October 20, 2012 2:47 AM
    hastenI see you don't work in any sort of professional career as missing an email is actually pretty easy to do on occasion. That being said, if it was on purpose it has nothing to do with social skills, more so lack of business etiquette.

    Yeah, usually get swarmed with emails and can easily get lost in your inbox unless you go through everyone.

    You would think that if he was offered an extension or new role post internship, that at the very least be contacted by his manager or supervisor regarding the subject.

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    walter87 , October 20, 2012 3:04 AM
    More to the story than to say he missed an email.

    (edit doesn't seem to be working on the forums)
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    Darkk , October 20, 2012 3:11 AM
    Why this is even news? It happens and the guy needs to get over it.
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    mrmez , October 20, 2012 3:23 AM
    Forgot to reply???

    Thats pissweak.
    You forget to reply to a mate, or your parents. Not a job offer or contract extension.
    It obviously wasn't important to him.

    And if he really did "forget", just call Apple up, say "I forgot". Im sure they would be happy to send over a new contract. Duh.
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    memadmax , October 20, 2012 3:34 AM
    It sounds to me that it wasn't a "fail to reply to an email", instead it was a "fail to reply to a demand"...

    By the way the kid was talking, it sounded like he was negotiating with apple, and of course apple can't afford a raise for one kid, out of the billions of dollars it has...
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    ashesofempires04 , October 20, 2012 3:58 AM
    memadmaxIt sounds to me that it wasn't a "fail to reply to an email", instead it was a "fail to reply to a demand"...By the way the kid was talking, it sounded like he was negotiating with apple, and of course apple can't afford a raise for one kid, out of the billions of dollars it has...


    Remote Intern is what Apple referred to him as. Do interns get paid? I can imagine him being like "how about a paycheck, sometime?" and Apple saying "There's the door, don't let it hit you in the ass on the way out."
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    QEFX , October 20, 2012 3:59 AM
    To be fair .. I have my spam filter set to capture anything with the word "apple" in it as well.
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    zmanfx , October 20, 2012 4:10 AM
    The guy is incredibly talented. I keep up with the iOS jailbreaking scene because there is a lot talent there. That said, if Apple really wants him, they'll contact him back.
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2012 4:31 AM
    Yet another reason to hate Apple. They're such a shitty company.
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    raytseng , October 20, 2012 5:03 AM
    read the subtext

    The Real world is if you really are useful and productive then companies don't fire you even if you forget something.

    If you are deadweight, then a company finds an excuse to get rid of you, especially if you give them a reason to.
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    thillntn , October 20, 2012 5:18 AM
    dude, you were giving away secrets to their buggy code. you cut them off, therefore they cut you off lol.
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    bustapr , October 20, 2012 5:40 AM
    forgetting to reply to an email =/= missing an email

    the guys contract ended. apple offered to extend his contract but they didnt get a reply. i really cant see whats so wrong about it.
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    jcurry23 , October 20, 2012 6:49 AM
    Apple sucks and did him a favor. I could maybe see not replying to a bunch of emails, but to just one email. btw apple sucks
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    toxteth , October 20, 2012 7:33 AM
    Quote:
    "So... no point in delaying. As of last week, after about a year, I'm no longer associated with Apple," he tweeted. "As for why? Because I forgot to reply to an email."

    The e-mail in question contained an offer from the firm to extend his employment as a remote intern. "I wasn't too happy about it, but it didn't seem like I was able to fix it," he told Forbes. "So that's what it is."


    It seems to me that there is some hidden agenda here, why would Forbes ring some young hacker to ask about his employment situation, and what was it he couldn't fix?
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