So today (October 10, 2010) was SUPPOSED to be the day that the Dev Team would release GreenPois0n, their SNEAKERS-like iOS4 jailbreak exploit that was resistant to any Apple fixes short of a complete hardware upgrade.
(And just WHY did they choose today to Pois0n the iDevice world? Well, you've probably heard the 2012 conspirators mumbling about the significance of 10/10/10 — but for old computer hackers and/or sci-fi nerds, 101010 is the hexadecimal representation of 42. Which (as any reader of THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY can tell you), is the answer to life, the universe, and everything!
Well, the Pineapple boys did say the release date was tentative (or in pro-wrestling terms, "Card Subject To Change"), and lo and behold 10/10/10 will come and go with no GreenPois0n. How come?
Turns out George "geohot" Hotz — the rival iPhone hacker most recently known for trying (and failing) to jailbreak the PlayStation 3 — released his own exploit, "limera1n," which uses the same SHAtter exploit as GreenPois0n but promises to work on both iOS 4.0 and 4.1. The Dev-Team promptly cried foul, claiming that Hotz had been given SHAtter with the express understanding he wouldn't release limera1n first. So Dev Team reluctantly postponed the GreenPois0n release until they could successfully merge geohot's code with their own.
If G4 television ever created a soap opera for and based on the computer geek community, this is what it might look like…