I'm not going to lie, I was one of those impatient users who bought a dongle. I wanted to play some of the newer games online, but there was only a handful of us on xlink that actually had a dongle. I got my money out of it, but in retrospect it wasn't worth it all. After the slew of releases from other groups, waiting for the scene to be free seems to be the best option (especially with this questionable firmware).
I wouldn't mind if they did something like rebug did back in the day: when a certain amount is met, the hack would be released. This way the devs are happy and the users still get what they want, a drm free release. But this scene drama makes me laugh. What you see in this inner circle is a fight about who has the bigger toy.
I know that the next time around, I am going to get an xbox for sure. Even if I have to pay for the service, at least the devs in that scene understand the freedom of information. Yeah, they make money off of it by providing hardware, but at least the information on how to do it is out there.
This PS3 scene goes against every principle of the hacker manifesto. In fact, the term developer should be used with a grain of salt because a developer releases software for others. I would call most of these developers, con artists. And I will be damned if i help ever again to a developer to purchase hardware (adrianc). They abuse the public trust and then they disappear after they get what they wanted. /rant
But back to the subject, this is another scam (and who in their right mind would send their console to some random chinese guys ?). If all these scammers finally learn that they can't make a cent off of our good will, then maybe things will return to how they should be. So I ask you guys not to buy into the BS and wait for a legit dev to offer the same cfw functionality through donations.