Steve Marquess, who in his own words is employed at trying to hustle money in support of OpenSSL, published an article about how their efforts are going. Like so :
Thanks to that publicity there has been an outpouring of grassroots support from the OpenSSL user community, roughly two hundred donations this past week along with many messages of support and encouragement. Most were for $5 or $10 and, judging from the E-mail addresses and names, were from all around the world. I haven’t finished entering all of them to get an exact total, but all those donations together come to about US$9,000.
I didn't quote or link because I support OpenSSL or their efforts. I do not. For one thing I do not believe they are honest, for the other I do not believe they are competent. In either case I do not believe the project should survive, or has any further utility. All those involved should, in my considered opinion, go home, do something else with their time, and as far as possible erase the shameful involvement with OpenSSL from their resumes.
That's what it is, they've failed, miserably, utterly, irrecoverably. There's nothing more left for OpenSSL exactly like there isn't anything more left for MtGox, they're -10 in the WoT and that's it. Yes for "that one mistake", yes irrespective of all the other good things and the perfectly valuable work unrelated people put in unrelated parts of the code. This is how reality works : one drop of sewage is amply sufficient to ruin an entire bottle of wine.
Instead, I quoted the foregoing because I am going to use it to cut Bob Beck's head off. You've probably not heard of him, but he's quite the equivalent of Steve Marquess : OpenBSD's guy in charge of hustling money.
In this capacity his performance was appalling enoughi that the project leader (Theo de Raadt) had to publish a desperate plea for donations, last year, explaining that they're reaching the end of their rope. Which did nothing. So the project leader had to come out early this year with a last-ditch "either we somehow raise 20k or the project closes down".
I am the guy that provided that 20k when no one else was going to, not that you'd know it from the material Bob Beck has been publishing. And on the strength of that commitment, further donations flowed, giving OpenBSD well over 100k, many times its target. Many times OpenSSL's piggybank, in less time.
I didn't, however, donate unconditionally. Our agreement flowed as follows :
Hello Bob, Theo.
The BitPay invoice BKDYbPRv7z8XVFsALANXDG has just been paid BTC 20ii. I hope it serves you well.
I will appreciate you adding a "sponsored by MPEx, the Bitcoin stock exchange" line wherever practicable, as well as mentioning this fact whenever sponsorships etc are
All the best,
> Hi Mircea,
> Yes, 20BTC would definately have you listed as a significant
> foundation contributor on our contributions page, assuming you wanted
> to be listed there.
> Such a donation would be a big help to the project.
> -Bob Beck
For the astute reader, there's two different morals available here :
- Moral I is that when you get lucky enough to briefly carry the interest of someone who can make your dream a reality, and save you from certain doom, you use it. You don't act the fucktarded priss, pretending like it all never happened. You go "Mr. MP lead a round that netted us 100k, for which we're very grateful, we could not have ever done it without him". Because it's the truth, that's why. Because the pretense that you didn't need my help after you were saved by my help is both disgraceful and - perhaps more important for a rat like Bob Beck - self limiting.
- Moral II is that when you don't get lucky, and manage a tenth of OpenBSD's results in spite of having ten to a hundred times the exposure and public perceived utility (as wrong as the public may be on the score, as wrong as the public usually is on such scores) you actively look around to see what you've done wrong, you don't wait for what you've done wrong to ping your otherwise typographically very elegant blog.
I was normally going to wait until the solicitation next year to point out privately that I will not consider further donations until such a time Bob Beck is publicly dismissed, but since I think this may help a large number of other Bob Becks in waiting out there, who imagine hustling for money sucks itself, and since it all fits so neatly in the earlier discussion of options, perceived and imaginary... might as well.
PS. Do read the linked Literotica bit, it's incredibly, cringe-splendidly apt. That's you, that's how you think, that's how you sound, dear Bob Becks of America.
PPS. A special thanks to BB, my eyes in this matter.———
- Here's a random comment, certainly not the most damning :
Haven't used OBSD in years, but I do use OpenSSH all the time. There are lots of stuff lurking in my OS of choice, NetBSD, that came from OBSD. So I would like to thank Mircea Popescu for his generosity. I can only muster $A50 I'm afraid.
Edit: suckful spelling
Just went to try to donate. Can't seem to do it at the donation page. Can't seem to enter my Australian address in any of the US and Canada links. I am certain my CC issuer will decline it. What gives?
- The dirty secret absent from BitPay's termsheet being that their continued market relevance is in a large part contingent on my continuing to allow donation recipients to use them. Whoops. [↩]