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  • Geohot Raises Big Bucks Over The Weekend, Ends Donation Program for Now


    As we reported yesterday, well-known hacker Geohot sought help from our community this weekend in his ongoing legal skirmish with Sony. In the wake of Geohot's brewing courtroom travails, the iconic hacker established a "legal defense fund" via PayPal to help offset legal costs, which - according to Geohot - have already topped $10,000. Well, help was sought and help was given. Today, Geohot updated his blog with the following message:

    First round of donations is closed. Thank you so so much for all of your help, things are looking up money wise. Expect to see a few more lawyers on my responses! I have enough to cover my legal fees for the time being. And in the absolute worst case scenario, we donít want Sony getting it :-P For now, the best thing you can do is spread the word. Let people know how Sony treats customers. Let people know Sony would rather sue than be proactive and try to fix the problem. Let people know about laws like the DMCA, which stifle innovation, and donít do anything to fix the problems they were created to solve.
    Although it isn't exactly clear how much Geohot raised, we witnessed just in the forum posts at MMI an overwhelmingly positive response to Geohot's plea for help. In some cases, members donated hundreds of dollars a pop to the embattled hacker. Of course, no matter how long Geohot perpetuates his PayPal fundraising efforts, the pockets of his "legal defense fund" will never be as deep as those of Sony. Nonetheless, Geohot isn't willing to go down without a fight.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Geohot Raises Big Bucks Over The Weekend, Ends Donation Program for Now started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 133 Comments
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      You do realize that GP had just as many issues too, right?

      Also, I'd suggest you go back and look at why he rushed the release of limera1n.
      you guys go ahead and keep caring about geohot i hope sony fries him, and he released it one day ahead of greenpois0n to get the fame and i say that becausegreenpois0n was supposed to release that sunday but no geohot released
      limera1n on that saturday which pushed greenpois0n back, it dont matter to me what people think about him hes a arrogant *******, and ill say it before you geohot sucks say it, im an arrogant ******* to, i suck, im just selfish, i should create a jailbreak/unlock myself, any other remarks cuzz i dont give a ****
    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      I think the HACK community owes at least a single donation if they have the $$ to give. He's given a lot of good and useful hacks and info for all of us to benefit from. Thank you in advanced GEO Hot!
      Except not really. Who are you to speak for me? Or anyone else. I don't OWE anyone anything. Really pi55es me off ppl saying crap like tha uquoted above. Just out of curiosity though, how much have YOU given?
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Also, the whole limera1n being buggy thing...he may have been an @ss to release it pre-emptively, but that pushed the other devs to fix it up and release a less buggy jb tool. It got some people the jb they wanted earlier. Not just that but all jailbreaks are buggy, some less than others, but nonethless still. GP on 4.2.1 took me 3 tries to work and that was also released buggy. They fixed it along the way, at first it wasn't even working for the first batch of Mac users.

      It's not to say jb is not possible without him, it's just to say he contributes largely to it.
      agreed but y donate to him he released **** in his name for the fame of figuring it out, its not our fault
    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      Quote Originally Posted by DevouredDreams View Post
      you guys go ahead and keep caring about geohot i hope sony fries him, and he released it one day ahead of greenpois0n to get the fame and i say that because greenpois0n was supposed to release that sunday but no geohot released it on a saturday which pushed greenpois0n back, it dont matter to me what people think about him hes a arrogant *******, and ill say it before you geohot sucks say it, im an arrogant ******* to, i suck, im just selfish, i should create a jailbreak/unlock myself, any other remarks cuzz i dont give a ****
      Does it really matter? We got a jailbreak...a more STABLE easier to use jailbreak a day early. I think those on both sides of the jailbreak developers/"hackers" are egotistical brats. Appreciate my jailbreak but they are still ALL a bunch of soppy muppets.
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      Quote Originally Posted by purplemonkeyspank View Post
      Does it really matter? We got a jailbreak...a more STABLE easier to use jailbreak a day early. I think those on both sides of the jailbreak developers/"hackers" are egotistical brats. Appreciate my jailbreak but they are still ALL a bunch of soppy muppets.
      yea it does matter, because that my opinion and limera1n was not stable, and as far as being easier its not hard to put your phone in dfu mode and hit jailbreak, yes limera1n done it for you but really its dfu mode can it really be that hard?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by skj8100 View Post
      For the love of everything good in this world, please tell me I'm hallucinating and you did not just put geohot and ROSA PARKS in the same sentence....................

      WOW.
      Like omg, I know, because I like totally said GeoHot is equal to Rosa Parks.

      Quote Originally Posted by purplemonkeyspank View Post
      Except not really. Who are you to speak for me? Or anyone else. I don't OWE anyone anything. Really pi55es me off ppl saying crap like tha uquoted above. Just out of curiosity though, how much have YOU given?
      When someone starts a statement with "I think..." it is blatantly obvious that the person is stating THEIR OPINION; nobody spoke for you. If things like that "pi55" you off, then I'd suggest you step away from the computer and devote more time to addressing the childish mentality you appear to have.

      Quote Originally Posted by DevouredDreams View Post
      you guys go ahead and keep caring about geohot i hope sony fries him, and he released it one day ahead of greenpois0n to get the fame and i say that becausegreenpois0n was supposed to release that sunday but no geohot released
      limera1n on that saturday which pushed greenpois0n back, it dont matter to me what people think about him hes a arrogant *******, and ill say it before you geohot sucks say it, im an arrogant ******* to, i suck, im just selfish, i should create a jailbreak/unlock myself, any other remarks cuzz i dont give a ****
      I'm pretty confident that Posixninja, Pod2G, and the rest the Chronic-Dev Team responsible for GP don't even "hope Sony fries him." Must be hard having to be angry and emotional on the behalf of others.
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Like omg, I know, because I like totally said GeoHot is equal to Rosa Parks.



      When someone starts a statement with "I think..." it is blatantly obvious that the person is stating THEIR OPINION; nobody spoke for you. If things like that "pi55" you off, then I'd suggest you step away from the computer and devote more time to addressing the childish mentality you appear to have.


      I'm pretty confident that even Posixninja, Pod2G, and the rest the Chronic-Dev Team don't even "hope Sony fries him." Must be
      hard having to be angry and emotional on the behalf of others.
      ok so sony shouldnt push this because everyone has the right to do what they want with thier stuff is basically what the main argument is here, so for now on when i buy a theme or app im going to crack/leak it over on sinful or ei because i paid for it so does that give me the right? according to the arguments in this forum then yes it does and i cant get cant banned correct because that was my right, so noone can get "angry and emotional" at me ok i guess that works
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Well are you stealing from Apple/Sony? Jailbreaking isn't about stealing (though we know some people do it). It's modifying your phone/ps3 to be more open and free to your own taste.
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      alot of people steal from the iphone just like alot of people are pirating games which is stealing from sony/game creators
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      But that isn't WHY jailbreaking is made to happen. So you're saying we the ones who don't steal should stop jailbreaking. We should just quit this whole site and be happy with stock iPhones. I mean I can do that, but why would I want to? I don't jb to steal things, I have so many cool free jb things on my iPhone that I can't seem to let go of.

      You make a valid point, but I bought my iPhone, I spent lots of money on it so I should be able to jb it. And cracked warez is stealing from devs, not Apple. Apple didn't make Cydia paid apps or app store apps for the most part, people who steal which is still wrong are not stealing from Apple.
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      agree but at the same time if i created something ex ps3 and someone cracked it i would be a mad dude and i dont want him to go to jail that not what i meant by hope he fries but it would be nice to see a company cut him down a few knotches and care a lil bit more about the community instead of himself because all he wants is fame, just think if it was vice versa do you all honestly think he would help you out no he wouldnt he would laugh because it wouldnt of been him
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Was that English?
      Let's play a little nicer Mortopher, please

      Quote Originally Posted by DevouredDreams View Post
      agree but at the same time if i created something ex ps3 and someone cracked it i would be a mad dude and i dont want him to go to jail that not what i meant by hope he fries but it would be nice to see a company cut him down a few knotches and care a lil bit more about the community instead of himself because all he wants is fame, just think if it was vice versa do you all honestly think he would help you out no he wouldnt he would laugh because it wouldnt of been him
      I think there's 2 ways to look at it. I'm happy for my free jb and he has been a large part of it, but I'm not going to deny he can be a little punk too.

      I can agree with your point of view very easily, but I feel more strongly that he's just a kid, he may be a pain in the @ss in some ways but suing isn't necessary. How much can a kid pay a big corporation? Point proven that if Sony wins, Geo lost and it won't look good. I don't hope for him to win or lose, I just hope he gets through it without too much damage.
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Was that English?
      edit
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by DevouredDreams View Post
      agree but at the same time if i created something ex ps3 and someone cracked it i would be a mad dude and i dont want him to go to jail that not what i meant by hope he fries but it would be nice to see a company cut him down a few knotches and care a lil bit more about the community instead of himself because all he wants is fame, just think if it was vice versa do you all honestly think he would help you out no he wouldnt he would laugh because it wouldnt of been him
      If you're going to write "random number" code so that it equals a fixed constant every single time, then you have to be more mad at yourself.

      The guy may be a bit of a narcissist, but it's a shame that you let your personal grudges and opinions about him blind you to the fact that this case isn't simply about punishing George Hotz, and that the outcome of this case will certainly impact you as a user of jailbroken iDevice(s).

      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Let's play a little nicer Mortopher, please
      Coherent thoughts and elementary punctuation are all I'm asking for :P
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I know just trying to keep you out of trouble.
    1. x2dope's Avatar
      x2dope -
      I agree we should support geohot in his case, I dont agree with some people who are backing him up now just to b**ch cry and complain when he delays a release of a jailbreak or decides he doesnt want to jailbreak again. A lot of you will be back on the hate wagon when this is all said and done and geohot says screw you jailbreakers (which he can do if he wants) this isnt meant to piss people off just a fact of life...when people dont get what they want when they want it they complain cry and throw tantrums
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      But I have to say with all that money he needs a haircut
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by pyroemaniac View Post
      Not to rain on your high and mighty parade, but are you really so ignorant to say that there were alternative jailbreaks? Greenpois0n still uses a modified version of Limera1n and this isn't the first time that they have used his code to release a jailbreak. Yes they did change some things and make it more stable but they had a team working on it and Geohot is just one person doing all of that incredible work.

      Now for the part about hackers keeping their identities a secret and Geohot being the only one to take the fame... you probably wont want to use Cydia anymore because a lil hacker by the name of Jay Freeman made that app that is probably the most well known hack store in the world. Like i said not trying to talk down to you but please make sure to understand what you are saying before you say it.


      P.S. I'm glad you at least donated to something in the end, thats what really matters
      I get where y'all are coming from and I understand, guess I didn't took jay as an example
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      You probably think that Rosa Parks was just a stubborn b1tch too, don't ya?
      Lol?!! Did you just compare the two, but anyways she was stubborn, but she got her way.
    1. godfred212's Avatar
      godfred212 -
      He has done alot of good for the community no matter how you see him i wouldnt be using an iphone if not him next time he should open one at liberty reserve where i can be able to contribute i live in a country where paypal is restricted