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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

timothy posted about a year ago | from the money-is-what-keeps-the-lights-on dept.

The Almighty Buck 209

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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Perhaps... (-1, Flamebait)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#46010641)

This assumes that 20,000$ worth of bitcoins can be converted to real money.

Re:Perhaps... (3, Informative)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about a year ago | (#46010685)

It's still better than someone who gave nothing but cheap hot air.

Re:Perhaps... (5, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#46010777)

Cheap hot air is actually great if you have a gas turbine and a generator and can sell the resulting electricity.

Re:Perhaps... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011117)

Great! You can use that electricity to generate Bitcoins, then you can sell those to get actual money!

Re:Perhaps... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011245)

You would get actual money from selling that electricity too and it would be much more efficient deal for you. In most cases you can just push the electricity back to the grid, and the energy company will pay you.

Re:Perhaps... (0)

gigaherz (2653757) | about a year ago | (#46011963)

Unless you assume the bitcoins to grow in value over time, as the general trend is, in which case keeping those bitcoins may give you a better benefit than the interest a bank may give you for keeping the real money in it.

Re:Perhaps... (1)

Savage-Rabbit (308260) | about a year ago | (#46011333)

Cheap hot air is actually great if you have a gas turbine and a generator and can sell the resulting electricity.

So can we fit one to the capitol building? Lots of cheap hot air is going to waste there at the moment.

Re:Perhaps... (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | about a year ago | (#46012035)

Cheap hot air is actually great if you have a gas turbine and a generator and can sell the resulting electricity.

So can we fit one to the capitol building? Lots of cheap hot air is going to waste there at the moment.

Hell, just strap a mask onto Al Gore and collect his hot air. Maybe that + Congress would solve all of our energy needs!

Re:Perhaps... (2)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46010703)

In Canada that actually should be rather easy.

Re:Perhaps... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010769)

In Canada that actually should be rather easy.

So people keep saying. Let's see it *actually* happen.

Re:Perhaps... (1)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46010913)

it has been done in more difficult locales before.

Re:Perhaps... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010989)

We aren't talking about more difficult locales, we're talking about Canada.
Stay with us, here.

Re:Perhaps... (1)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46011047)

Well, Canada is an easy locale to turn a lot of BTC into local cash. An example of a hard locale would be Somalia.

Re:Perhaps... (2)

r.freeman (2944629) | about a year ago | (#46011123)

Even local bitcoins would do it: https://localbitcoins.com/buy-bitcoins-online/cad/ [localbitcoins.com] Or just set up account with mtgox, btc-e or any of various other exchanges, and get money wired to your bank account, what is the problem?

Re:Perhaps... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011167)

I sold 25 Bitcoin for $23,000 with CaVirtex. It took me a couple of weeks to get my account verified, but I did get the money out.

Re:Perhaps... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#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:Perhaps... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011379)

The point is, there are no BUYERS. It will not happen. No one is going to pay $20k of REAL money for bitcoins.

Re:Perhaps... (4, Informative)

pantaril (1624521) | about a year ago | (#46011937)

The point is, there are no BUYERS. It will not happen. No one is going to pay $20k of REAL money for bitcoins.

I don't know WTF are you talking about but converting bitcoins to 20k USD is non-issue on most existing exchanges like coinbase, bitstamp, mtgox or btc-e. Just go and see their daily trade volume.

Re:Perhaps... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011403)

Yes, very easy.
http://buttcoin.org/easy

Re:Perhaps... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010859)

From personal experience, I've had no trouble converting ten times that to Euros.

Re:Perhaps... (3, Informative)

r.freeman (2944629) | about a year ago | (#46011115)

Daily 12.000.000 usd worth of bitcoin is converted on biggest exchange ( http://bitcoincharts.com/markets/btceUSD.html [bitcoincharts.com] ) Converting 20.000 usd is triviall.

Re:Perhaps... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011139)

I did that in November, worked fine for me.

Re:Perhaps... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011251)

This is trivial.

I could literally convert this and have it in a bank account within 15 minutes.
I will perform a demonstration if someone would be kind enough to send 20 BTC here:

1NeWBRsxxU9wSENoNRGkBA7Qi1ka5nkJAB

Re:Perhaps... (4, Informative)

pantaril (1624521) | about a year ago | (#46011931)

This assumes that 20,000$ worth of bitcoins can be converted to real money.

This assumption is correct.

lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010653)

In other words, a Romanian gypsy stepped in. Except gypsies quite smart really and trade in actual resources, so bitcoins would be beneath gypsies.
So FreeBSD which isn't associated with malcoins per se and is used in the PS4 vs. OpenBSD which is now smeared and tainted with btc's. Hmm, let me think:

FreeBSD!

Re:lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010741)

Te mekkora egy fasz vagy, b*meg.

Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011045)

English motherfucka do you speak it?

Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010821)

Really? How do you know his nationality? The Roma minority is 3.3 % in Romania. He would have better changes of being hungarian.. But then again it's all in the name, he's name is 100% romanian. And you sir are way too shovinistic.. do you also have problems with jews and everything that is not your kind?

Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010905)

He is definitely a gypsie...

Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (1)

_merlin (160982) | about a year ago | (#46010961)

And you sir are way too shovinistic.. do you also have problems with jews and everything that is not your kind?

The word you're looking for is "xenophobic". Also, you should learn to spell "chauvinistic" in case it actually is the word you need at some point.

Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (0)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year ago | (#46010973)

Really? How do you know his nationality? The Roma minority is 3.3 % in Romania. He would have better changes of being hungarian..

an interesting blank box...the summary says "romanian bitcoin billionaire". so is he romainian by nationality, that is, he was born in the state of Romania, or is he romanian by heritage (i.e. gypsy) meaning that regardless of where he was born, his parents are of romanian heritage.

Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (5, Informative)

Moridineas (213502) | about a year ago | (#46011271)

Romanian != Roma.

Romania is a country whose inhabitants are called, in English, Romanians. The name of the country (and therefore the people) comes from Rome. The Roman Empire. THAT Rome. Romanian--like French, Spanish, and Italian--is a romance language descended directly from Latin. Some even argue that it's the Romance language that today most closely resembles Latin!

Roma, on the other hand, is a name for a minority population of people that most probably emigrated from South Asia over a thousand years ago. AKA gypsies. The word Roma comes from some Roma dialect and has no connection to Romania or Roman other than as homonyms. Good example of a false congate--they sound alike, but there is no connection.

Admittedly, the conflation is a common mistake to make, especially since there is a very large (comparatively speaking) Roma population in Romania.

Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (1, Redundant)

zazzel (98233) | about a year ago | (#46011807)

Romanian--like French, Spanish, and Italian--is a romance language descended directly from Latin. Some even argue that it's the Romance language that today most closely resembles Latin!

I'd say it's the language that most closely resembles Italian. You can really confuse them, at least with your eyes closed. Of course, if you open your eyes again, you will easily spot the Italian: It's the one constantly using his/her hands to make gestures. Italian is probably the only language that doesn't leave out deaf people. You can essentially *see* everything that's being said. And of course, even if your hearing is somewhat impaired, you can also still hear it. At the other end of town.

Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (1)

l0n3s0m3phr34k (2613107) | about a year ago | (#46012147)

He is the "MP" in MPEx, the major bitcoin exchange. Unfortunately, it's not a completely unique name and there is a few others with the same name...

If he's a real billionaire... (2)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | about a year ago | (#46010661)

.... he's not going to want the attention, lest he get kidnapped.

Re:If he's a real billionaire... (1)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46010711)

He's got his harem to protect him.

Re:If he's a real billionaire... (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#46010763)

Have you seen the history of leu [wikimedia.org] ? It probably explains why he got into Bitcoin - he wanted to convert his savings into a more stable currency. ;-)

Re:If he's a real billionaire... (0)

TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) | about a year ago | (#46011105)

"If he's a real billionaire..."

He's a real billionaire in the same way the Monopoly Guy is wealthy with a phat stack of Monopoly Money.

Hmmmm (4, Interesting)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year ago | (#46010687)

Interesting.... [bitcoin-assets.com]

I hope it works out for OpenBSD, but the proof is in the pudding.... or the check clearing.

Re:Hmmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011455)

I don't know about you, but I've never found a proof in a pudding.

Re:Hmmmm (2)

l0n3s0m3phr34k (2613107) | about a year ago | (#46012159)

I have, but my theory was mashed Twinkies tasted better in butterscotch pudding. After my experimentation resulting in a tasty combo - my proof WAS in the pudding. Science never tasted so good...

Hey - NSFW (0)

symbolset (646467) | about a year ago | (#46010721)

How about we be a little more careful with twitter links, K?

Re:Hey - NSFW (1)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46010759)

It's the right link.

Re: Hey - NSFW (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010839)

Twitter is NEVER the right link

Re:Hey - NSFW (1, Interesting)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year ago | (#46010793)

In Canada that actually should be rather easy.

1. What's NSFW about the Twitter page? A guy with an open shirt?
2. It's after 9pm PST on the MLK weekend. Where do you work?
3. What are you doing surfing Slashdot at work for anyway?

Re:Hey - NSFW (2)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | about a year ago | (#46010933)

It's Monday evening east of the international date line. Slashdot has an international readership...

Where I'm from, NSFW stands for New South F'ing Wales, Australia. Yet this article is about Romania, not Sydney. :)

Re:Hey - NSFW (1)

el momia (1400135) | about a year ago | (#46012023)

3. What are you doing surfing Slashdot at work for anyway?

I surf slashdot like 60% of my working hours

Re:Hey - NSFW (1)

l0n3s0m3phr34k (2613107) | about a year ago | (#46012177)

I'm in Tulsa, ok - so I live under the buckle of the Bible belt. I've gotten "in trouble" at corps from these tiny icons that show skin, for some reason the people walking by my cube being nosy claimed "it looked like they where naked" from a 1 inch pic as they quickly glanced over. Very annoying, but some of us have to be careful for certain things...totally insane but my only solution is to move out of the state.

Re:Hey - NSFW (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011033)

Wasting company time on slashdot is always NSFW.

Re:Hey - NSFW (1)

symbolset (646467) | about a year ago | (#46011353)

Not really. For some monitoring and influencing social media - including /. - is their work.

Re:Hey - NSFW (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011727)

Unless you're cold fjord, then it is your work.

Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010731)

He sells futures, which he refuses to honor if he loses.

He steals from people.

OpenBSD should refuse his donation, the funds are the proceeds of crime.

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (1)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46010747)

He honors his losses. Links please?

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010881)

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010895)

Never mentions not paying futures, I just see retards arguing.

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (1)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46010985)

Pretty much retards trying to dirty Mircea while pumping their scams. Bitcointalk is the worst place for BTC news.

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011163)

Bitcointalk is the worst place for BTC news.

There's someplace where there's more Bitcoin news than Slashdot? Dear God!

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011537)

This means that Slashdot must post even more Bitcoin news, after all, it has to outcompete bitcoinnews.com.

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (4, Insightful)

Immerman (2627577) | about a year ago | (#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)

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010893)

(3) MP is arrested for wire fraud all assets are confiscated, records of payment to openbsd foundation are found and they are required to return them (as the proceeds of crime)

OpenBSD is now in serious debt and likely the principles end up in federal prison

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (4, Funny)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | about a year ago | (#46010943)

Perhaps Obama could chip in some of the bitcoin seized from Silk Road to keep OpenBSD afloat. :)

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011145)

He already did, google for silkbsd

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011859)

:)

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (2)

r.freeman (2944629) | about a year ago | (#46011185)

If that is how "wire fraud" works then you need to change your law. But isn't it like that in biggest police state (the USA), but less so in Canada?

Re:Mircea Popescu is very nice person (1, Insightful)

r.freeman (2944629) | about a year ago | (#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.

Re:Mircea Popescu is very nice person (2, Interesting)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46011291)

Here, here. Where was Tim Cook? Where was Steve Wozniak? WHere was the Oracle douche Ellison? Missing. What was here for the Open Source Movement? An mysterious Bitcoin Billionaire who likes young women nude in public.

Re:Mircea Popescu is very nice person (1, Offtopic)

r.freeman (2944629) | about a year ago | (#46011381)

You know most man like young women. More NEWS AT 11: most man like sex and many like beer. But keep on being hater, instead appreciating donations.

Re:Mircea Popescu is very nice person (1)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46011391)

I never meant that as a negative.

Re:Mircea Popescu is very nice person (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | about a year ago | (#46011505)

You hear with your ears. The exclamation is 'Hear, hear!"

Re:Mircea Popescu is very nice person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46012017)

Not if you are Cockney.

Re:Mircea Popescu is very nice person (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011295)

Popescu is a scumbag and a thieve. I hope OpenBSD has some balls not to accept this money.

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011699)

Slashdot, where the most charitable man in world history by amount given can be lower than a known criminal because he invented Windows. I mean, even Hitler didn't invent windows right guys?

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011019)

Not only a criminal but also a attention whore, pervert and a sociopath. All the coin this criminal has are stolen one way or another.

Only right thing OpenBSD can do is refuse this assholes "help" and get the money from somewhere else.

Links? Go an read bitcointalk. This guy is a real scum.

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (1)

r.freeman (2944629) | about a year ago | (#46011191)

Or we could be like civilized people and demand some evidence instead of believing random black pr.

Re:Mircea Popescu is a criminal... nothing more (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year ago | (#46011263)

Links? Go an read bitcointalk. This guy is a real scum.

From https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=64962.0 [bitcointalk.org] :

As to your last point: there do seem to be a significant number of scammers floating about, so I can easily understand the "assume everyone's a scammer" attitude, I imagine it works well in a majority of cases. However Mircea Popescu is both well known and well respected in the bitcoin community and beyond, so this'd be one case of the minority.

HERE I AM TO SAVE THE DAY !! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46010815)

A bitcoin story with .. ah, who cares with what - IT IS BITCOIN AND IT HAS SAVED THE DAY !!

In related news about cryptocurrency (-1, Troll)

Nichotin (794369) | about a year ago | (#46011003)

The Dogecoin community wants to help the Jamaican bobsleigh team get to Sochi, and there is a donation up! http://www.reddit.com/r/dogecoin/comments/1virfc/lets_send_the_jamaican_bobsled_team_to_the_winter/ [reddit.com] I hope we will see a lot more of this in the coming years, people who have earned big on cryptocurrency and who ends up helping others with some of their earnings.

Serious Questions about OpenBSD infrastructure (4, Insightful)

hackus (159037) | about a year ago | (#46011005)

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

Re:Serious Questions about OpenBSD infrastructure (4, Informative)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46011067)

This electricity bill was explained last Slashdot post. OpenBSD builds for VAX. OpenBSD builds for 68K. I for one am happy someone builds modern software to let the Vaxen run.

Re:Serious Questions about OpenBSD infrastructure (0)

tftp (111690) | about a year ago | (#46011415)

Wouldn't it be more practical to replace a VAX with an R-Pi or BBB? You gain performance this way, and save a lot of electric power :-)

Regardless, I seriously doubt that there are recent builds of any other software for VAX; so what's the point of having BSD on them if there isn't much else to run?

Re:Serious Questions about OpenBSD infrastructure (2)

Narcocide (102829) | about a year ago | (#46011463)

The point is that OpenBSD (along with the myriad softwares packaged with it and available through ports) is useful enough on its own. Not everyone's idea of useless is "doesn't play World of Warcraft."

Re:Serious Questions about OpenBSD infrastructure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011469)

The major use of OpenBSD, AFAIK, is for firewalls; that needs a minimum of two Ethernet ports. The R-Pi only has one Ethernet port, and adding a second one off the USB bus isn't going to be particularly good for performance.

But the thrust of your point is a valid one; there's little to be gained by running OpenBSD on such crusty hardware (except, perhaps, a little security through obscurity.) The only really good reason I can think of for keeping an old VAX around is to run VMS (and even then, a second hand Alpha system shouldn't be that expensive, and would probably be significantly cheaper to run.)

Re:Serious Questions about OpenBSD infrastructure (1)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46011613)

There's a lot of fun to be had running OpenGenera. Don't knock it until you try it.

Re:Serious Questions about OpenBSD infrastructure (5, Insightful)

Pinhedd (1661735) | about a year ago | (#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.

Before you accept anything from this criminal (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#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.

Re:Before you accept anything from this criminal (1)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46011091)

What, the place where MPOE-PR has been one of the few consistent voices of reason since the olden times.

Re:Before you accept anything from this criminal (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011315)

Read again. Mircea Popescu is a thieve.
If OpenBSD takes hes money, they have to live with this mistake for the rest of their miserable life.

OpenBSD, are you a spineless whore?

Re:Before you accept anything from this criminal (0)

r.freeman (2944629) | about a year ago | (#46011393)

So far all we have few trolls writing random shit. It's really awesome that someone will send his money to help this noble cause. OpenBSD already did refuse money for murders and rapists, the US Army / DARPA, that's (related to) why they are not based in USA even (and patents/export).

Re: Before you accept anything from this criminal (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011635)

You need to do homework. Openbsd lived on darpa coin then had their grant revoked

Lol@CoinTards. (-1, Troll)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | about a year ago | (#46011079)

Seriously, you people are nuts. Bitcoin was bad enough, now any half-wit with a web browser can go create "currencies".

It's going to be hilarious seeing the inevitable fall and a bunch of dumbfounded dipshits standing around saying "whu happened?!"

And yes, I know some people have made real money. I hear pyramid schemes often start out that way.

There is always that *one* guy... (1)

optical_phiber (587033) | about a year ago | (#46011113)

I was going to post about nobody using BSD... but... there is that one guy in Romania... Hmmm... But there is still that question... Is this even newsworthy...? Check this out... http://aboutthebsds.wordpress.com/ [wordpress.com] o_p

Re:There is always that *one* guy... (1)

vikingpower (768921) | about a year ago | (#46011187)

The article under the link makes a good point. So do you. Truth is, I am betting hard that next summer, when I will celebrate 20 years without interruption on the server side of the IT business ( programming & design ), I have never, never ever seen a production system relying / running on any BSD. Theo de Raadt was saved by the bell. This time.

There, 'nuff said.

Re:There is always that *one* guy... (1)

Alioth (221270) | about a year ago | (#46012109)

You are a data point of one. I can ssh into about half a dozen production OpenBSD boxes right now.

You've also likely used OpenSSH which comes from the OpenBSD project (unless you're a Windows only admin).

Re:There is always that *one* guy... (1)

vikingpower (768921) | about a year ago | (#46012187)

Granted for the first point. Second point: true, I use openSSH every day, in production. But that is quite different from an entire OS.

Re:There is always that *one* guy... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011407)

That's what happens when you create an OS by using "voluntary hobbyists". Seriously, many of those problems in that blog would not exist if there was enough professional, paid engineers working on the projects. Software is hard and requires robust funding for good results. Look at the FOSS projects that are flourishing. You will easily find out that they have either a company to support them and hiring engineers to work on the project as their day job, or good sponsors in general.

Posting AC because of being scared to say the truth.

Re:There is always that *one* guy... (1)

Renegade88 (874837) | about a year ago | (#46011429)

That's a well-known troll site, which should be obvious even to the uninitiated after reading 20 lines in. So either you're gullible or you are perpetuating that guy's troll intentionally. Neither option looks good for you, sorry.

Welcome to 'new submitter' MrBingoBoingo (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about a year ago | (#46011369)

I'm sure you'll fit in here just fine. Has anyone told you what happened to John Katz yet? Oh, yeah. We Don't Talk About That.

Re:Welcome to 'new submitter' MrBingoBoingo (1)

MrBingoBoingo (3481277) | about a year ago | (#46011627)

John or Joel Katz. Entrepreneurs are curious.

A bitcoin billionaire? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011503)

What does it mean to be a bitcoin billionaire?

To own a billion bitcoins? Since there will never be more than about 21 million bitcoins, by design, this is obviously not meant.

Maybe he owns a billion satoshi? Well, a satoshi is 10^-8 bitcoins, therefore a billion bitcoins is 10 bitcoin. That's about $10000, if I'm not mistaken. Which certainly is not nothing, but also not an extraordinary large number.

Re:A bitcoin billionaire? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#46011721)

As you'd expect, it means he owns a billion dollars' worth of Bitcoin stuff.

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