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Pirate our software, lose your job

Think Secret reports Apple retail store employees have been axed for illegally acquiring developer builds of Apple’s unreleased Mac OS X Leopard operating system. Mac OS X Leopard was given out to developers at Apple’s WWDC event earlier this month and leaked out to the public.

previously reported on leaked screen shots of Mac OS X Leopard earlier today too. The Apple retail store employers obtained a leaked copy and were overhead discussing the matter with other employees. The discussion was overheard and Apple corporate investigated the matter after word had reached Apple’s office in Cupertino, CA.

The employees were immediately fired after admitting to obtaining the illegal software. Obtaining illegal copies of Apple software is a clear violation of Apple’s terms of service, or TOS, for retail store employees. Furthermore, the Apple employees had also signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) about upcoming software, which resulted in a second infraction.

The dismissed employees, when questioned, responded with "All of us know that we violated our NDA and ethics policy. Therefore, because we had the character to tell the truth and to face the consequences of our actions, we were terminated," said one of the fired employees, who spoke with Think Secret on condition of anonymity. "My only question is, if we all lied and denied it would we still be working at Apple today? Even more so, is that the kind of person that Apple wants working for them?"

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I've heard of Sys admins gettng fired
By hmurchison on 8/22/2006 8:32:31 PM , Rating: 3
for putting stuff like RC5 on company computers. Sure it was benign but the fact was the computer resources were being used for private affairs. That guy probably made like twice what these kids were at the Apple store. Chalk it up as a lesson learned. As the poster above stated your honesty isn't a request it's requirement. Be happy it happened now and not later in life.

RE: I've heard of Sys admins gettng fired
By cgrecu77 on 8/22/2006 8:53:40 PM , Rating: 2
if you fire a good sysadmin for that reason then that manager is an imbecile. if they use that as an excuse to fire an inept employee then i can undertand that ...

By JeffDM on 8/23/2006 12:11:14 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think a good sysadmin would run unauthorized processes like that, much less processes that consume all the remaining computing power.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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