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Kim Dotcom Reveals Mega Will Offer 50GB of Free Storage

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the beats-google-drive-skydrive-and-dropbox dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Kim Dotcom on Thursday used Twitter to reveal some interesting new tidbits in regards to his upcoming Mega service, which will be hosted at the New Zealand-based domain Mega.co.nz. Two days before the service is to go live, Doctom says he plans to offer 50GB of free storage to all members and is also working on bringing over users' Megaupload files and data, but has so far run into legal issues." To say that Kim Dotcom has "run into legal issues" is like saying that Julian Assange is having a sleepover at the Ecuadorian embassy.

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Your Porn (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42618901)

Hangin out in Middle Earth for a few months.

Tricksy Hobbitses

Re:Your Porn (4, Informative)

agm (467017) | about 2 years ago | (#42620451)

From what I can tell from the traceroute, the actual server is located in Italy.

Re:Your Porn (4, Funny)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42620461)

At the Vatican!

Woohoo piracy returns! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42618905)

Thank you Kim Dotcunt, I'm happy that you'll go back to making millions off of illegal transmitted copyright material. Gonna use the funds to support world relief effort, or just sit on your fat ass playing Call of Duty all day like before?

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (4, Insightful)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42618937)

So the execs at MGM, Warner, AOL, MSNBC, Sony, and all those other media corps have a right to sit on their ass playing CoD all day too? Are you one of them, worried about your monopolies? Though I think Sony is probably one of the least evil offenders in this regard, they just defend their turf enough to not get steamrolled.

Thats just one industry, not even all of them.

Every single thing I used mega-upload for was legit. Mods for oblivion, quake, and other gaming uses.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42618965)

No you didn't. If you actually had legitimate legal files you would have used a legitimate non-malware spewing service like rapidshare or dropbox or the dozens of other services.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (4, Insightful)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619007)

Use to be hosted on mega, http://www.darkcreations.org/forums/files/file/297-elsweyr-the-deserts-of-anequina/ [darkcreations.org] back in the day bro. Your making a blanket assumption that Kim is an evil facilitator of destruction.

He's just an entrepreneur with his own political motivations, ones that don't align with the people in power. His sole purpose in life is not to screw over content creators as you believe.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619107)

His sole purpose is to scam people (that is what he does). Congrats on being conned

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619179)

Conned how? Please provide a link as to how Kim was a con artist. His company actually payed out to people AFAIK.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (2)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about 2 years ago | (#42619255)

How is he being scammed or conned when he got what he wants, he wanted somewhere to throw his files and they let him. You seem to be under the impression that Dotcom is some evil person when all he does is chase money. He may have screwed up in his past (he used to act as a malicious hacker) but he was punished and paid his debt to society and is now just running a file locker service what is put there by others is not his responsibility.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620173)

That isn't true, you should at least be fair. He has 2 goals, money and self aggrandizement. It just happens he uses scams to accomplish those goals.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (4, Informative)

YodasEvilTwin (2014446) | about 2 years ago | (#42619087)

Are you kidding me? Rapidshare was a goldmine of copyright infringement. It's not as much anymore simply because there are now more alternatives and it's harder to search it.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (1)

znrt (2424692) | about 2 years ago | (#42620359)

Are you kidding me? Rapidshare was a goldmine of copyright infringement. It's not as much anymore simply because there are now more alternatives and it's harder to search it.

technically, "copyright infringement" is claiming *authorship* of someone else's work. i doubt there is much of this on rapidshare or anywhere else in the internet. learn english, or stop reading propaganda (its unhealthy). (please note: this last sentence is not directed at you, a stranger in the net whom i fully respect, but at all the tons of idiocy spread around the term "copyright")

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619219)

Rapidshare was, at least at the time, terrible in terms of file size and speed.

Dropbox is great, but total storage size is poor.

I'm speaking of free accounts of course. I have a lot of film student friends. They need a convenient way to exchange raw footage securely. Nothing free has had enough storage space and speed to be useful, and they're too cheap/poor to pay.

And before anyone asks--we looked into ownCloud. It would be the perfect solution, if not for the fact that ISP monthly caps are too costly to get around in our area.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619471)

...I have a lot of film student friends... ...and they're too cheap/poor to pay...

No need to repeat yourself.. :p

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (2)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619873)

Most of the files I'm talking about were hosted in multiple places as well. Rapidshare, mega, filefront, game spies old service before it combined with filefront (or maybe I have that backwards). There's a decades worth of file sharing history to get right there, which I'm kinda just going to lazily assume most people know off hand.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619345)

legitimate non-malware spewing service like rapidshare

[insert noise of coffee being spewed out of one's nose here]

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619479)

huh what? Where did you get the idea you could just make fraudulent acusations online?

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620409)

...legitimate non-malware spewing service like rapidshare...

Uh-huh. You do know that a few years ago, when it came to w4r3z and shit, rapidshare was right up there, right?

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (4, Funny)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42618969)

Further under Kim's old model, the people who uploaded content benefited, if you uploaded your own content you actually got compensated for it, even if it was still pirated a bunch. Meaning Kim didn't run an exclusive monopoly on his ass sitting entrepreneurial lifestyle.

Stop crying because you can't control the whole godamn planet.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (4, Interesting)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619067)

I would make the argument that he screwed over the big monopolies, but not the individual small creators, who couldn't get published by the likes of EA, or Time Warner, or MGM. Plus he facilitated fair use, such as taping NFL and redistributing it, because fuck all people use to be able to do that. The internet made it easier yeah. The NFL also didn't go out of business. I think they've made a profit each and every year. There's no actually creativity in that, just the buying of good equipment and talent to tape already planned events. So maybe the only thing setting apart major networks from people with their home camera's is quality.

But you know, things change. Maybe we should support peoples individual rights to profit from the same thing major companies are syndicating. Might help the economy too.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619193)

Though I think Sony is probably one of the least evil offenders in this regard

I guess you've forgotten about XCP, eh? I surely never will, having been a victim. When was the last time Universal deliberately planted vandalous malwars on their customers' machines and called it "DRM"?

Sony is the worst.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619245)

Oh yeah the rootkit. Your right, got me there. Sony BMG music group also I guess. But is Sony Universal really "Sony" or an American front or shell for their video industry. It gets confusing you start researching who owns what. I am thinking Sony, as in plain old hardware Sony. Or Sony Entertainment Corporation. Sony has allot of studio's.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (1)

SmurfButcher Bob (313810) | about 2 years ago | (#42619331)

Same name, guilty. Let them burn in hell.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (2)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619371)

I would tend to agree, but thats like blaming the people behind originally Blizzard for Vivendi-Activision, at that point it starts to grey out a bit in my mind. And knowing corporate politics, my father worked for Evens-and-Southerland, that sometimes one division can do something to harm the entire company.

I'm not trying to exonerate them. Just thinking and speculating (speculation) is the first step, while not an actual factual understanding of things.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (2)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619507)

After doing a bit more research, there is no Sony Universal, so it would be Sony Entertainment. Sony and universal got into a spat over betamax in 1984, but thats far reaching for conspiracy.

I think Sony, just bowed down and developed the rootkit to make their service look better to the producers, Sony, being the distributer in this case. If I had the rootkit I don't know, I also didn't have autoplay enabled on my computers. So bad Sony =/ I personally have a love hate relationship with them. Because they funded startups like Verant 989 (which was actually owned the whole time by Sony) and have done plenty of good hardware development. Minus their latest PS3 failure due to RHOS and re-balling the BGA socket GPU's.

Re:Woohoo piracy returns! (4, Interesting)

meerling (1487879) | about 2 years ago | (#42620169)

Sony does an old japanese 'business tactic' where a large company spawns off all it's little sub-interests into 'companies' that share part of it's name and claim they are independent so when something goes wrong, or they want to shuffle profits around and get huge tax breaks while claiming losses, it's easy, and quasi-legal. If anything goes wrong, they just declare that it was that subsidiaries fault, and not really Sony's, so you can't nail Sony to the wall for it's activities since they claim to have no control or responsibility over what the subsidiaries do, despite their iron grip control.
It's kind of like putting sock puppets on your hands, then mugging some people, and when you get caught, blame it on the sock puppet, and claim innocence for yourself. In an act a attrition you remove the sock puppet and throw it on the ground and turn you back on it. Meanwhile the now defunct sock puppet had already transferred the money from the muggings to another sock puppet, and it is now sitting safely in your wallet, and since you are 'innocent', so it the money and your acquisition of it. After you've successfully flummoxed your accusers, you don yet another sock puppet and continue the charade.
It's apparently related to the stunts involved in Hollywood Accounting where they do such things as rent their own equipment to themselves, charge for the renting, and the depreciation and usage of the equipment, among many other dirty tricks, and claim the movie as a massive loss despite making a large amount of money way beyond their total costs of production and promotion, etc.
A friend who's got some kind of degree in business told me it's kind of like a reverse shell corporation, but honestly, I don't really understand how shell corporations really work.
So, you readers can take it however you like, but don't for a second believe Sony is anything like innocent. (I'm pretty sure that applies to all big corporations, but still...)

first post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42618919)

The mega model is everywhere. there's tons of file hosting sites that stream media as well. Not to mention Google drive, Dropbox and the other file storage biggies. To make this really successful he needs to find a way to sort out or circumvent the MPAA and RIAA goons!

Kim dotcom releases more bullshit (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42618927)

To keep his scamees believing him.

Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (4, Insightful)

kawabago (551139) | about 2 years ago | (#42618929)

Will get lopped off this time! Unfortunately there is clearly one word that defines the Obama administration, vindictive! And it isn't pretty!

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (1, Flamebait)

geek (5680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619017)

Some how it will be Bush's fault.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (0, Offtopic)

rot26 (240034) | about 2 years ago | (#42619077)

That's a very cynical attitude. Sure, W screwed up just about everything he touched, lip whipped the glad handles of every corporate golem he met, and generally behaved as the neocon wet dream, but you gotta admire his ability to keep smirking under pressure. His smirk and killer dick's sneer will be with us for a long time.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619115)

Good story bro.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619629)

I would love to commission porn from you, but alas I am a poor hippy.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619101)

I personally blame Taft.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619889)

+1 historical

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619347)

Gotta love the Patriot Act and FISA amendments. Civil liberties are so overrated.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (1, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#42619589)

Anyone who still supports Obama is a full fledged authoritarian.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (0)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619635)

Not everyone with an authoritarian mindset really supports Obama, Authoritarianism has its place, but ruling over all of society I don't think so.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (1, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#42619767)

No, not every authoritarian supports Obama. But every Obama supporter is an authoritarian. Obama's policies are authoritarian, and if you support Obama you support his policies. If you support authoritarian policies, you are an authoritarian. QED.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (5, Funny)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619783)

Yes, Sir =)

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620091)

Or ignorant, which is much more likely.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#42620117)

If you support authoritarian policies, you are an authoritarian. QED.

Probably a fascist, too, since most authoritarians are fascists by definition.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620261)

It's funny that you post something that's fairly obvious and you get called a troll. Sounds like you hit pretty close to the mark, eh?

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42620305)

I found it very ironic his original post was -5 troll and his clarification is +4 insightful, I have to give him his kudos. I am a little sorry that I leached a +5 funny for my response to his clarification but hey the karma gods are generous today.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (1)

Qzukk (229616) | about 2 years ago | (#42620123)

Anyone who still supports Obama is a full fledged authoritarian.

There isn't anyone else that agrees 100% with me on 100% of policies, therefore nobody is capable of representing me other than myself. Viva le direct democracy!

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (0, Troll)

ediron2 (246908) | about 2 years ago | (#42619599)

And by saying so, you get pegged with one word, which is unprintable and would just get me troll-rated..

Seriously, this isn't even on the top ten list of characterizations of the Obama administration. Then again, the top adjective list from Fox reads like political word salad anyway: Fascist, Communist, Socialist, Liberal, Nazi, Bankster, Corporation-owned, Wall-street, AntiGun, Islamic, anti-religious, imperialist, weak, etc.

Given the sheer number of absurd words chosen and mutual contradictions and the centrist-right nature of the Obama administration (ask any liberal or progressive, we can quantify the ways we object to his stances as too-conservative), let's face it: your party needs to rediscover how to use a dictionary.

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 2 years ago | (#42619841)

What worries me more, is what brain is controlling that legal hand . . . ? It doesn't seem to be the US government at all. It's more like the US Justice Department was acting like private cops working for Hollywood.

The same for the Aaron Swartz case. Who was driving that prosecution . . . ?

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620045)

Can Obama be held accountable for the judicial branch of the government?

Re:Maybe the over reaching US legal hand (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#42620137)

Can Obama be held accountable for the judicial branch of the government?

The President gets to appoint the AG and certain high-level judicial posts, so yea, I'd say he can be, to a certain degree.

So freaking awesome! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42618931)

Another Kim Dotcom story. It looks like Kim Dotcom is to Slashdot like Kim Kardashian is to People magazine.

Re:So freaking awesome! (2)

Talderas (1212466) | about 2 years ago | (#42619191)

I was looking for a comment to respond to.

If this article didn't involve Kim Dotcom, would this have even made Slashdot? Basically, I'm pretty sure this article is only posted to give people the opportunity to fap over digital piracy and RIAA/MPAA bashing.

50GB is all? (0)

mister_playboy (1474163) | about 2 years ago | (#42619009)

Nothing good about that limit, I think it's actually quite stingy compared to the competition. Additionally, If there was a limit on the old MU, I never hit it... and I had a lot more than 50GB in there.

Re:50GB is all? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619059)

Dropbox has a 2gb limit, is it any better?

Re:50GB is all? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619233)

No, dropbox are utter shit that don't even honor their own promotions.

Re:50GB is all? (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619665)

I don't like dropbox simply because its software and registration is pretty invasive. But if I was seriously considering trying to making money of a project, I would try ad-fly. I have used drop box for family photo transfers.

Re:50GB is all? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619835)

How is it invasive to provide a name and email address?

Re:50GB is all? (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42620081)

The fact that it installs directly to the computer instead of residing only in browser plug-in. Also, the fact that it automatically creates a shared folder and syncs that to your drop box account.

For random uploads to the net bigger then 100mb, I personally want a service that doesn't assume defaults like this.

For a service that expects you to constantly be sharing in the cloud with your pals and other accounts this is actually good default behavior.

Its just a criticism based off what I wanted to use the service for.

Re:50GB is all? (1)

Shikaku (1129753) | about 2 years ago | (#42620127)

Except the client is optional. I can access my files from dropbox.com and still download/upload.

The client makes this much easier, literally drag and drop to a specific folder.

Re:50GB is all? (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42620427)

I'll admit maybe my original criticism is not the best. It may not even be a good reason to avoid them. Call me crotchety, I just signed up and downloaded whatever they had, tried it, decided I didn't like it and moved on. Proceeded to uninstall the extra software, and send their mail to my junk folder.

Re:50GB is all? (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42620143)

Let's assume I'm just creating and editing some textures for a game to share with a local modding community, and not my family or facebook friends (I don't like social networking sites). I only want to upload once anonymously and not be hounded for update, or whatever. So that is how I see dropbox - the social network of filesharing sites. Microsoft was doing something like this. I didn't buy into that service either. Mega would work in this regard as long as you used an anonymous email registration. You can do this with dropbox to. But I don't need an application or service permanently installed for stuff like that.

/. editors (2)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | about 2 years ago | (#42619051)

"Doctom says .."

Come on! Not even 100 words in the summary, the name of this (by now) VERY well known dude appears exactly 3 times, and you can't even spell that right? Or at least make the same name appears each instance?

What does /. pay these editors for??? I mean, it's not like they are needed to select what stories to run on the frontpage (see firehose).

Re:/. editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619095)

Good point. Bad attitude.

Re:/. editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619257)

Yes, they spelled it wrong, but you've got to be a bit lenient about that. The editors are most likely trying to actively push out of their minds any knowledge of the fact that somebody was enough of a douchebag to change his name to "Dotcom" as a part of the dot-com craze, so they can barely believe that's how it's spelled in the first place.

Re:/. editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619587)

The editors ? WTH are you talking about ? Slashdot's a fully automated perl script, there's no editors ; how do you think duplicate articles get posted a handful of days appart ?

Re:/. editors (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619685)

Peanuts and fame, and karma?

Alternately: Self Publicist Gets Free Advertising (4, Funny)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#42619109)

Doctom says he plans to offer 50GB of free storage to all members...but has so far run into legal issues."

I'm planning to woo Kaley Cuoco and elope to Tahiti with her, but have so far run into reality issues. Where's my free press?

Re:Alternately: Self Publicist Gets Free Advertisi (1)

Gerafin (1408009) | about 2 years ago | (#42619591)

I'm pretty sure he 'ran into legal issues' in regards to providing people with their old MU files. Pretty sure the actual website is happening either way.

Re:Alternately: Self Publicist Gets Free Advertisi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620017)

Doctom says he plans to offer 50GB of free storage to all members...but has so far run into legal issues."

I'm planning to woo Kaley Cuoco and elope to Tahiti with her, but have so far run into reality issues. Where's my free press?

You lack a reputation relevant to your plan. If Charlie Sheen said that, he'd get free press.

Re:Alternately: Self Publicist Gets Free Advertisi (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620575)

Fuck off, bitch, Kaley is mine!

really creepy (2)

macbeth66 (204889) | about 2 years ago | (#42619203)

I wish these guys weren't so creepy. I find it so hard to support them when they make my skin crawl.

At least there wasn't a reference to McAfee. Although, it appears that of the three, he is the least creepy.

Re:really creepy (5, Funny)

Gerafin (1408009) | about 2 years ago | (#42619613)

Imagine McAfee and Dotcome sitting in a hot tub together, discussing their wild techno fantasies. You're welcome.

Re:really creepy (1)

Gerafin (1408009) | about 2 years ago | (#42619669)

That 'e' was unintentional, yet hilarious.

Re:really creepy (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 2 years ago | (#42619707)

Maybe the hot tub would turn into a time machine [imdb.com]

Re:really creepy (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#42619757)

I wish these guys weren't so creepy. I find it so hard to support them when they make my skin crawl.

Who, the US DOJ? They make my skin crawl too.

Re:really creepy (1)

misexistentialist (1537887) | about 2 years ago | (#42620257)

The IT field does suffer from a lack of diversity due to the entrenched discrimination against debonair gentlemen and handsome athletes.

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619213)

People would have to be stupid to store anything on his service ever again.

Exclusive transcript (4, Funny)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about 2 years ago | (#42619227)

From the Embassy:
Assange: this sleepover is amazing. Want to play truth or dare?
Ecuadorian Ambassador: No, Julian, can we just go to sleep?
Assange: How about we do some prank calls? I got a shit list we can call.
EA: Can we add Amnesty International and the EFF on there?
Assange: Sure, as long as we can call Obama
EA: Why not? I got a red phone over there. ::sound of teenage girls chuckling::

Re:Exclusive transcript (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620161)

First, your post is the opposite of funny. Second, teenage girls don't chuckle, as you know (since you are one).

Your mom has a penis,

-CM

Re:Exclusive transcript (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620231)

I realize I haven't been a teenager in a long time (long, long time), but do teenage girls really chuckle now?

Re:Exclusive transcript (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620531)

No they are all EMO 14 year olds with to much estrogen from steroid cows who laugh maniacally behind their brony art crusted laptops.

Unleash it already (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619279)

Provide the service already !

All i want is to give money to Kim, just to flip the bird at Uncle Sam's Ass !!!

Go check out Mega.co.nz (5, Informative)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about 2 years ago | (#42619349)

The site isn't live yet, but the information pages are *really* interesting.

1) Distributed storage?

Mega is inviting people to be a mega storage node. Allocate some storage and bandwidth on your system, and Mega will store files there.

This would imply (to me, at least) that the site will use distributed storage. If I'm right, that means it will be nigh impossible for any authority to take the data offline in a single action. All Kim needs is a list associating peoples' files with where they are physically stored, and it won't matter to *the users* if the site gets taken down - he can just publish the list and everyone can get their files from the cloud storage nodes directly. (I'm probably overlooking a more elegant solution, such as unpublicized backup domains which can be announced as alternate portals if the main site gets taken down.)

Also - They propose to *pay you* for being a mega storage node. That won't be popular, no sirreee...

2) Published API?

They propose to publish a comprehensive API and software dev kit. In their words: "We hope to see a thriving ecosystem of crypto-enabled third-party client apps emerge."

We don't need to trust Kim for security. Open source applications will sprout like weeds, and you can choose from whichever publisher you trust. (The Firefox plugin from Mozilla perhaps, or the version put out by the Apache foundation...)

2) Encryption == No liability?

In their words: "You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us."

This neatly avoids any liability on their part for hosting content, and at the same time protects everyone's online content from random web snooping by the likes of CIA, NSA, and various repressive regimes. Including Chinese hackers.

IANAL, correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that attaching liability to this type of storage would require new laws, and a sea shift in the way liability is determined. Any such change would be unworkable, since it would also encompass broad swatches of the existing internet.

3) Better functionality

The site mentions improvements in functionality, such as having servers near the customer for speed (due to the distributed nature of storage), complete disk functionality, and so on.

====================

I have to say, this *really does* look like it will change the world, and will be the future made manifest.

Go check out Mega.co.nz and see for yourself - it's an interesting read.

(Oh, and if you would like to help erode the influence of the media conglomerates (RIAA, MPAA, &c), getting a free account and storing your legally owned files would be a drop in the bucket towards that end.)

Interesting tidbits from the site: (4, Interesting)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about 2 years ago | (#42619515)

The page under "Server requirements" has this interesting tidbit:

"Unfortunately, we can't work with hosting companies based in the United States. Safe harbour for service providers via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has been undermined by the Department of Justice with its novel criminal prosecution of Megaupload. It is not safe for cloud storage sites or any business allowing user-generated content to be hosted on servers in the United States or on domains like .com / .net. The US government is frequently seizing domains without offering service providers a hearing or due process."

Get out the popcorn, this should be fun to watch!

(And a P.S. for web designers: mega.co.nz is a model of website design efficiency. Easy to read, short and to-the-point, graphics and layout which improve the presentation, and fast loading.)

Re:Go check out Mega.co.nz (2)

carlvlad (942493) | about 2 years ago | (#42619551)

I thought you meant they would pay me just for being a peer, but from the site:

== At least 20 TB of disk space, quality RAID controller, at least 4 GB of RAM, at least 1 Gbps uplink (2 Gbps preferred), Linux ==

But you are correct sir, it is an interesting concept and I would gladly be a paying customer for this service.

Re:Go check out Mega.co.nz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619575)

Ok, Kim, I'll head over to that awesome site right now!

The TRUTH about Mega Butt Load (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619741)

The problem with Mr. Dot-Butt-Cum and his illegal theft operation is that he is clearly attempting to facilitate the theft of assets legally owned by folks other than himself, depriving these legal owners of income from their legally owned assets.

Re:The TRUTH about injustice (5, Interesting)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about 2 years ago | (#42619947)

The problem with Mr. Dot-Butt-Cum and his illegal theft operation is that he is clearly attempting to facilitate the theft of assets legally owned by folks other than himself, depriving these legal owners of income from their legally owned assets.

That's not a problem for me.

It's reached the point where I just don't care about the feelings or rights of the "legal owners of income" any more.

For lots of issues there are mitigating circumstances, ways to "consider the other person's point of view", ways to frame the discussion as shades of grey.

Not for these people.

I don't care about the arguments any more. No mitigating circumstances, no heartfelt appeals to starving artists, no reframing of the situation from their point of view.

There comes a point when considering their view is too much of a reach, and you admit to yourself that these people are just plain evil.

Buddah fought against evil, and so do I.

Mr. Dot-Butt-Cum is a despicable low-life (really) whose illegal operation will do more good for the world than all the media conglomerates put together. I applaud him for his sense of hurt, his outrage, and most importantly - his sense of doing something about it!

It's a problem for you, not a problem for me. I wonder how many people think it's not a problem for them, either?

Re:Go check out Mega.co.nz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619861)

The site isn't live yet, but the information pages are *really* interesting.

1) Distributed storage?

Mega is inviting people to be a mega storage node. Allocate some storage and bandwidth on your system, and Mega will store files there.

This would imply (to me, at least) that the site will use distributed storage. If I'm right, that means it will be nigh impossible for any authority to take the data offline in a single action. All Kim needs is a list associating peoples' files with where they are physically stored, and it won't matter to *the users* if the site gets taken down - he can just publish the list and everyone can get their files from the cloud storage nodes directly. (I'm probably overlooking a more elegant solution, such as unpublicized backup domains which can be announced as alternate portals if the main site gets taken down.)

Also - They propose to *pay you* for being a mega storage node. That won't be popular, no sirreee...

Isn't it what Tor does and that people are concerned about hosting kiddie porn for others on their own computers?

Re:Go check out Mega.co.nz (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 2 years ago | (#42619975)

Tor itself does not directly pay the bad guys (TM). I can see allot of legit people getting money from Kims new service (minecraft community folks, who basically work on the honor system anyway) and allot of other people getting ripped off. And allot of illegal shit becoming harder to track and people generating revenue for it. This is a bad thing in general because it paints the good guys red with all the evil Indians. If Kims new company did some moderation they would look better in the publics eyes, but then be prone to legal from big government. Its a catch 22 he is in in this regard.

Re:Go check out Mega.co.nz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620053)

It sounds more like Freenet. However, it has none of the privacy of being a node that Freenet has built in when running in darknet mode, as demonstrated by the "publish the list" remark. If anything, rather than reinventing freenet, he should invest in it so that way it can get all the features they want. It could also act as a friend for a large number of people and relay traffic for them (as soon as that feature is added).

Similar System - ScatterBytes (3, Interesting)

randallman (605329) | about 2 years ago | (#42620377)

Disclaimer 1 - This is my system
Disclaimer 2 - The System (ScatterBytes.net) is under heavy development and not currently online. I maybe shouldn't be advertising this on Slashdot, but I would like to get some feedback and if you are interested in adding a storage node or using a client, please respond here or through the website,

https://www.scatterbytes.net/ [scatterbytes.net]

I currently only want people comfortable with a Linux and a CLI and with the stomach to host data on a system in beta.

You get paid to be a storage node and other than being generally always on, it doesn't matter what type of equipment you use because the system is highly redundant and node outages are expected. Payments are handled through Paypal - both sending and receiving. I'm working on a guide to use a Raspberry Pi as a storage node so that initial costs and power usage will be minimal. The Pi would also double as media/file storage for a local network.

As a client you choose how much redundancy you want. Anywhere from 2 to 20 (or more) mirrors for your data. You can also add parity. After encrypting and splitting a file, the client uploads the pieces to different storage nodes (assigned by a control node), which transfer those pieces to other storage nodes for replication. ALL communication is encrypted and nodes are verified using X.509 certificates signed by a scatterbytes.net CA. Files are encrypted by the client and only the client has the key so ONLY the client can read the data.

Re:Go check out Mega.co.nz (1)

Mitreya (579078) | about 2 years ago | (#42620465)

If I'm right, that means it will be nigh impossible for any authority to take the data offline in a single action. All Kim needs is a list associating peoples' files with where they are physically stored, and it won't matter to *the users* if the site gets taken down - he can just publish the list and everyone can get their files from the cloud storage nodes directly.

Yes, yes, a joy indeed. Of course it would expose storage-holders to Dotcom-treatment (men in black helicopter in, take your servers and arrest you, even if though charges won't stick a year or two later).

I look forward to signing up for the Dotcom experience by becoming one of the storage nodes.

(plus 0ne In@formative) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42619473)

real 4roblems NetBSD posts on

the domain name, mega.co.nz (5, Interesting)

bugnuts (94678) | about 2 years ago | (#42619519)

Sounds a lot like mega cons. You'd think he could have done better.

Re:the domain name, mega.co.nz (1)

Shikaku (1129753) | about 2 years ago | (#42620187)

Except New Zealand is the only country fighting for Kim Dotcom against US extradiction. Hence .co.nz. It was going to be Me.ga but (as posted here too) that domain was revoked the moment he announced it.

Accurate domain name at least (1)

Sun.Jedi (1280674) | about 2 years ago | (#42619567)

megaconz ... Intentional or not... seems accurate enough.

Doctor Tom? (1)

kreigiron (1529463) | about 2 years ago | (#42619601)

Doctom says he plans to offer 50GB of free storage to all members

Doctor Tom?

Do you get 500GB if it's not pirated? (1)

Animats (122034) | about 2 years ago | (#42620241)

Do you get 500GB of storage if it's not pirated? For pirated content, they can usually merge duplicates with the other copies of the same pirated content. If it's unique content, they really have to store it.

Will they support Mecurial or some other revision control system? I'd like to store Autodesk Inventor engineering design files for my personal projects, which are many gigabytes of binary files if you keep all the revisions. 500GB on Dropbox is $500 per year, and Github gets upset if you store big binary files on their system.

I use the files on different machines at different TechShop locations, and have to haul them around on USB sticks and manage backups. So I have a use case for this.

Re:Do you get 500GB if it's not pirated? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42620369)

They can't do this because of encryption.

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