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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall 209

Posted by timothy
from the money-is-what-keeps-the-lights-on dept.
New submitter MrBingoBoingo writes "Recently it was announced here on Slashdot that OpenBSD was facing an impending shortfall that jeopardized its continued existence. A sponsorship to save OpenBSD has been announced, and it wasn't one of the usual culprits that saved OpenBSD, but a Romanian Bitcoin billionaire."
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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

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  • Re:Perhaps... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 20, 2014 @02:07AM (#46010787)

    How is this modded +2?

    Coinbase.com makes it trivially easy. For people who are willing to put in some legwork, there's localbitcoins.com

    I haven't tried bitpay.com but I understand that it works just as well as coinbase. Stop spreading FUD and educate yourself.

  • Re: Hey - NSFW (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 20, 2014 @02:15AM (#46010839)

    Twitter is NEVER the right link

  • by Immerman (2627577) on Monday January 20, 2014 @02:25AM (#46010877)

    Assume everything you say is true, it seems to me there are two outcomes possible:
    (1) Donation accepted:
    criminal has less money
    OpenBSD safe for another year (or whatever)
    (2) Donation refused:
    criminal has more money to perpetuate further crimes
    OpenBSD remains in danger of shutting down

    In what universe is (2) a better outcome?

    Now if Popescu is attempting to buy considerations that might change things, but being a criminal doesn't automatically mean you can't be an honest philanthropist, just look at Bill Gates. (Okay, so maybe not the worlds best possible example of honest philanthropy, but still)

  • by hackus (159037) on Monday January 20, 2014 @02:58AM (#46011005) Homepage

    That sort of an electrical bill is a crap explanation in my opinion to support the development and deployment of OpenBSD developers and users.

    Poor management is more likely the explanation.

    I mean, for example to not watch the cash flow, and all of a sudden require a huge cash intake is something I don't understand.

    This sort of problem should have been apparent YEARS AGO, anyone managing the infrastructure could have seen coming and there should have been PLENTY of time to correct the issue.

    Am I missing something here people if so please do explain.

    -Hack

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 20, 2014 @03:08AM (#46011075)

    Before you accept anything from this criminal, make sure you read bitcointalk.
    This guy is a bad news.
    Is OpenBSD really sure they want to be associate with this guy? I hope not.

  • by Pinhedd (1661735) on Monday January 20, 2014 @03:24AM (#46011161)

    It's purely poor management. From what I understand, the build servers are absolutely archaic beasts that had they been replaced long ago would not have led to such astronomically high bills. It also doesn't help that they seem to be located in Theo de Raadt's basement.

  • by r.freeman (2944629) on Monday January 20, 2014 @03:28AM (#46011175)
    Mircea Popescu is very nice person, thank you for saving OpenBSD. Now, why are some a-holes here bouthmouthing one person that did something to help OpenBSD's problem?! And jumping to conclusions and all. Jesus Christ that will teach any future milionares to sponsor FOSS.
  • by Luthair (847766) on Monday January 20, 2014 @10:29AM (#46012987)
    I have no idea who any of these posters are but the PR person's posts certainly have all the hallmarks of a scammer.
  • Ignoramus (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 20, 2014 @10:29AM (#46012989)

    Actually he is correct - shovinistic is based on the Hebrew word Shova which means intolerant. AFAIK the etymology of Chauvinist is not related it to this, it is just a weird coincidence that they sound the same.

    Just because someone uses a word you do not know which sounds like a word you DO know, does not mean they spelt it wrong.

    Do you feel embarrassed now that you've been humiliated in front of those of us more educated than yourself, who you previously considered as peers but now realise that we are actually your superiors?

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