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Dotcom Alleges Megaupload Raid Was Part of Deal To Film The Hobbit

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the hobbit:-the-speculation-of-com dept.

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c0lo writes "Kim Dotcom alleges, in an 20 min interview with the Australian public television, that Megaupload was offered up by the New Zealand's PM 'on a silver platter' as part of negotiations with Warner Brothers executives for shooting The Hobbit in New Zealand. He promises that he'll substantiate the claims in court. He also says that the extradition case the U.S. government is weak and the reason behind the latest delay in extradition hearing (postponed from August this year to March next year) is an attempt to bleed Dotcom dry of his money. Also interesting, Dotcom says that the latest debacle of the massive scale online online surveillance by U.S. spy agencies has triggered an 'explosion' of interest in mega.co.nz, the 'cloud storage' site with user generated encryption."

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I for one welcome our new fat internet overlord (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005213)

I'm also switching from Gmail to Megamail, even if it doesn't erase my Google history.

Re:I for one welcome our new fat internet overlord (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about a year ago | (#44005561)

As long as the NZ government prefers to be a lap dog to Uncle Sam, you can switch to "Gigamail" or "zentagigantamail" also they can tap your emails

Re:I for one welcome our new fat internet overlord (2, Interesting)

ebno-10db (1459097) | about a year ago | (#44005681)

Uncle Sam or the MPAA? What the NZ and US governments have in common is subservience to the real PTB. The big revelation in massive online surveillance is going to be that they ignored stuff about nuking NYC but put high priority on "pirated" movies.

Warner Brothers exec was overheard saying... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005227)

Your eggses precious, we wants them. Yes, precious...

Conspiracy theory? (5, Interesting)

mitcheli (894743) | about a year ago | (#44005231)

Normally, I'm one who rails against conspiracy theories for being ridiculous, but somehow, this one, well... It deserves a listen to.

Re:Conspiracy theory? (5, Interesting)

Mashiki (184564) | about a year ago | (#44005321)

Easy enough to look at the trends right? Just take a look at the current scandals going on from the IRS, to attacks on reporters, to silencing political opposition groups. And it's not that far of a stretch at all.

IRS? WTF? (2)

bussdriver (620565) | about a year ago | (#44005971)

Did you ever hear of wikileaks??? Do you know what they did to the US state dept?

Re:IRS? WTF? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44006059)

Did you ever hear of wikileaks??? Do you know what they did to the US state dept?

They did to the US state dept what the NSA does to everyone.

Re:Conspiracy theory? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44006099)

"conspiracy theories"

It think the concept of "conspiracy theories" died a few years ago, right about the time when it was confirmed beyond all doubt that our government had/has a torture program, has an assassination program, has secret prisons, has a mass surveillance system on innocent citizens, is actively lying to our allies, is actively lying to us, is actively lying to congress, etc. About the only conspiracy theories that are still on the books are the ones involving Aliens & UFOs, so far.

Re:Conspiracy theory? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44011485)

No no, conspirasy theorists do exist. There is a whole bunch of people who hold crazy ideas. Real conspiracies do exists however. The point is that a lot of people will believe something without enough evidence.

Not because you were right would it mean you had good proof of what you though,

Re:Conspiracy theory? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44010183)

And like all conspiracy theories, it is based not on evidence, but on a "theory" that some random know-nothing made up on his own. It sounds good to him, it sounds good to you, and you just KNOW your enemies are all liars, so if they say it's false, it must be true.

Stupid fucking conspiracy idiots.

Not a surprise (4, Interesting)

redmid17 (1217076) | about a year ago | (#44005235)

This is about as surprising as either Bush, Obama, or any future/past president violating some type of civil right in a severe fashion

Re:Not a surprise (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005271)

Civil rights, Hollywood movie. Most people chose the latter.

Re:Not a surprise (0, Flamebait)

Major Ralph (2711189) | about a year ago | (#44005781)

And as a huge LOTR/Tolkien fan, what they did to the Hobbit movie was disgusting. Then to top it all off, this happens. I am sickened.

Re:Not a surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44006543)

And as a huge LOTR/Tolkien fan, what they did to the Hobbit movie was disgusting. Then to top it all off, this happens. I am sickened.

Ya, I had hopes it would be a decent film, and was able to stifle my discontent up to the point where Radagast was wheeling around on a sled pulled by rabbits. At which point I vomited, shit myself, got up and left the theater.

Re:Not a surprise (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#44006257)

Mon Mothma: (with gravitas). Many freedoms...died...to bring us this Radagast.

That guy... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005245)

he's good at what he does, whatever he's actually doing...

Re:That guy... (1)

kid_wonder (21480) | about a year ago | (#44008447)

He is good at what he does, and I can't figure it out either

1. Comes up with believable (albeit conspiratorial) story lines railing against government and big industry, and that you have proof
2. Say your business model is a protection against intrusive government and industry
3. Profit???

NZ's PM retiring to his Hawaiian mansion. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005263)

When John Key is done with politics, he'll be packing his bags and leaving New Zealand for his very nice place in Hawaii. Right now he is finalising the deals selling off NZ's state-owned (ie taxpayer-owned) assets. He is guaranteed a knighthood, and several boardroom positions with the newly-privatised companies.

Not bad for a couple years in politics. Of course, he was previously a currency trader with the nickname "the smiling assassin" so it's no surprise to learn that he was already wealthy (NZ$50m +) before entering politics, but he's one hell of a lot richer now. Between the MPAA bribe money and the shares he gained in sweetheart deals from the state-asset firesales to friends, this guy will be sitting even prettier.

All I can say to the USA is "You're welcome to the cunt."

(Oh, and I forgot to mention that he only became Prime Minister of NZ as a result of his leaking to the media the sensitive private emails of his then-boss Don Brash, thus causing his resignation. Key grabbed that throne before the cushion even had time to cool.)

Re:NZ's PM retiring to his Hawaiian mansion. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005323)

In 1995, he joined Merrill Lynch as head of Asian foreign exchange in Singapore. That same year he was promoted to Merrill's global head of foreign exchange, based in London, where he may have earned around US$2.25 million a year including bonuses, which is about NZ$5 million at 2001 exchange rates.Some co-workers called him "the smiling assassin" for maintaining his usual cheerfulness while sacking dozens (some say hundreds) of staff after heavy losses from the 1998 Russian financial crisis. He was a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the New York Federal Reserve Bank from 1999 to 2001.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Key

Re:NZ's PM retiring to his Hawaiian mansion. (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about a year ago | (#44005663)

When John Key is done with politics, he'll be packing his bags and leaving New Zealand for his very nice place in Hawaii.

Sounds like Ferdinand Marcos...

Re:NZ's PM retiring to his Hawaiian mansion. (1)

DragonTHC (208439) | about a year ago | (#44006003)

The people get the leader they deserve. Even in the U.S.

Re:NZ's PM retiring to his Hawaiian mansion. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44007879)

No the US got the people it deserved, The poor uneducated peasant classes of the world. They havent changed much since Ellis island except for straighter teeth,

Re:NZ's PM retiring to his Hawaiian mansion. (1)

Sardaukar86 (850333) | about a year ago | (#44011481)

The asset sale policy may very well be quite annoying to a lot of people, however Key made it clear that asset sales were necessary when he was campaigning for his second term. In short, "Give me the mandate."

Well, we voted him in for a second term. Now we're shocked and horrified that he's selling the assets to us on our stock exchange?

naaaaahhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005287)

c'mon.

this is just publicity, nothing else. the name "kim dotcom" tells us about everything ...

Hard to know who to believe here (5, Insightful)

DeathToBill (601486) | about a year ago | (#44005293)

Kim Dotcom's main business seems to be publicity for Kim Dotcom, with the evidence postponed to a future date. On the other hand, somehow, in some way I can't quite put my finger on, this sort of thing is just that little bit more believable this week. Not sure why.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005337)

> Kim Dotcom's main business seems to be publicity for Kim Dotcom

Yes, that has always been his thing.

Whom to believe? Both are equally morally broken and liars. They are in it for power and money.

Yet, Dotcom serves a purpose by undermining the much, much bigger evil so in this case I'm strongly for him. He is a horrible person and the world would be a much better place without such types, but if he's doing his part in bringing attention to the Real Evil the early 21th century faces, then... I am accepting this. Sometimes you need to fight fire with fire.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44008273)

By that logic, everyone should feel quite favorable of you.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44010091)

Correct. I think Kim is a bit of a cocksucker, but he's a cocksucker who isn't violating my constitutionally enunciated rights.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (4, Insightful)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#44005339)

I had to sue someone once. If I told them what I was going to say in court, they'd have been able to manufacture evidence to contradict it. Waiting until court to state what my evidence was left them no time to cover-up (and yes, I followed all the rules of disclosure, it was something they provided to me but didn't expect me to be able to use to prove other of their statements false). But yes, I told them I thought they were lying before court, hoping they'd settle. They didn't. You can tell them you "know" without giving anything away, but telling them how you know would be giving something away.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005415)

Maybe his strategy is to troll them.
First he manipulates them into preparing a series of suspicious denials and preoccupy them coming up with it. Plus if he accidentally hits or something real he can scare the crap out of them into dropping it.

Capcatcha: nonsense appropriately enough

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (2)

Joce640k (829181) | about a year ago | (#44005523)

First he manipulates them into preparing a series of suspicious denials and preoccupy them coming up with it.

a) Why would they do that if it isn't true?

Plus if he accidentally hits or something real he can scare the crap out of them into dropping it.

b) This isn't the sort of thing you can prove by accident. Either there's proof or there isn't.

(Of course, if there *is* proof they'll just claim he photoshopped it...it would have to be absolutely amazing proof for denial not to work - like the head of the FBI and three of the PM's best friends all siding with Kim Dotcom)

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (2)

Stumbles (602007) | about a year ago | (#44005471)

My thoughts exactly; never announce publicly your intentions and plans when involved with a lawsuit. Kimmy should take a lesson from IBM; they rarely say anything when involved with a lawsuit and when they do say something it is very very minimal.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (1)

DragonTHC (208439) | about a year ago | (#44006017)

When they stole the AS/400 from DG, they eventually got their asses handed to them.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (1)

Zeromous (668365) | about a year ago | (#44007527)

I didn't realize a quick settlement with EMC was getting their "asses handed to them". This lawsuit was very much debatable as IBM may very well have invented the technology in the 1970s but did not patent software (aka prior art). (Isn't that the sort of attitude we seem to extoll in 2013?). As far as I can tell, the quality of the patent was THE principal issue, which proving in court is a gamble. IBM does not gamble. At some point, (especially to IBM in 1999 whom was hurting at the time), it was completely pointless and less cost effective to litigate. So again, I guess the kid who doesn't show up for the street fight at 3pm because he conceded "got his ass handed to him".

http://books.google.ca/books?id=ypJmzqt7JdUC&pg=PA216&lpg=PA216&dq=AS/400+Data+general&source=bl&ots=PozEgSVRW6&sig=k07JHo7KYmCcV4wnbDXoDtNdAzQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eje7UbvzJo7e8wTlhIDYCQ&ved=0CD8Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=AS%2F400%20Data%20general&f=false [google.ca]

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (2)

JeffAtl (1737988) | about a year ago | (#44008221)

Not sure about NZ, but the days of surprise witnesses are pretty much over due to pre-trial discovery.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (3, Insightful)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about a year ago | (#44005677)

Kim Dotcom's main business seems to be publicity for Kim Dotcom, with the evidence postponed to a future date.

Seems the guy has decided that he wants to fight this out in the court of public opinion. That's his right, especially given some of the public statements the US government has made about him one could even say that they started it.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (1)

greenbird (859670) | about a year ago | (#44011833)

Seems the guy has decided that he wants to fight this out in the court of public opinion.

Yeah, cause everyone knows the US government hasn't publish any information or press releases related to his prosecution. Add we won't mention how silent the MPAA/RIAA trolls have been about the whole thing.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (4, Interesting)

Tom (822) | about a year ago | (#44005695)

What people mostly don't understand is that the world is not a Hollywood movie. Just because one side is the bad guys doesn't mean the other side is the good guy.

In this case, it's a power-greedy, corrupt government vs. a greedy, criminal egomaniac.

Let them tear each other apart and enjoy the show, because if you make the mistake of rooting with any of them, you're supporting the bad guys.

Kimble's business has always been himself. If the fact that he changed his last name to "Dotcom" didn't tell you as much, I'm not sure if a huge sign with neon letters will.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005787)

I'll support a right bastard if it means supporting personal rights and opposing abuse of power by authorities. It doesn't mean I like the guy, but that is irrelevant.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44006583)

I'll support a right bastard if it means supporting personal rights and opposing abuse of power by authorities. It doesn't mean I like the guy, but that is irrelevant.

The point the parent was making is that you don't need to support either of them.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44006815)

Actually, if you're an American (I realize many people here are not) then whenever one of the bad guys is the US government, you do need to support the citizen (whether he's bad or good). Whenever your own government is bad, then it is necessary that they lose, no matter who the opponent and no matter how hard you have to hold your nose.

It is worthwhile and preferable to have a 9/11-like event every day, a street totally dominated by the Mafia where no person can go outside without paying them a toll, USSR nuclear superiority with forward missile bases in Cuba, and some asswipe selling pirated copies of The Hobbit, if that's what it takes to force the government to obey they law.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (3, Insightful)

Tom (822) | about a year ago | (#44007017)

Actually, if you're an American (I realize many people here are not) then whenever one of the bad guys is the US government, you do need to support the citizen (whether he's bad or good). Whenever your own government is bad, then it is necessary that they lose, no matter who the opponent and no matter how hard you have to hold your nose.

So, you are in support of the Unabomber, the 9/11 terrorists, every rapist and murderer out there as well as every single criminal ever?

Please explain your funny little theory to the parents of a little girl that was raped and killed at the trial of the guy who did it. That you support him because the government is evil.

if that's what it takes to force the government to obey they law.

You are making the false assumption that that's what it takes. But if you look at history, then the opposite is true: Every single example you've listed has made the US government more powerful and more out of control, not less.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44010019)

So, you are in support of the Unabomber

So you babble random "when did you stop beating your wife" dumbfuckery instead of making a coherent argument.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (2)

Tom (822) | about a year ago | (#44010409)

*lol*, no. The post I replied to specifically mentioned the 9/11 attackers as people to side with if it meant less government.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (2)

maroberts (15852) | about a year ago | (#44006581)

What people mostly don't understand is that the world is not a Hollywood movie. Just because one side is the bad guys doesn't mean the other side is the good guy.

In this case, it's a power-greedy, corrupt government vs. a greedy, criminal egomaniac.

Let them tear each other apart and enjoy the show, because if you make the mistake of rooting with any of them, you're supporting the bad guys.

Kimble's business has always been himself. If the fact that he changed his last name to "Dotcom" didn't tell you as much, I'm not sure if a huge sign with neon letters will.

But the thing is that legal precedent is often based on unsavoury characters. Ernesto Miranda [wikipedia.org] was not a wonderful person, but the theory goes that if the law protects his rights then it should protect the rights of everyone else.

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (1)

MrL0G1C (867445) | about a year ago | (#44007305)

'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'

Who is a worse threat to our freedoms, the copyright cartels or Kim Dotcom? I hope he helps to destroy them, although the cartels are so stuck in their ways that they might just destroy themselves.

And Kim D. has charisma, the cartels don't, they look and stink like s***

Re:Hard to know who to believe here (2)

dbIII (701233) | about a year ago | (#44006411)

The low hanging fruit gets hit with injustice before anything else.

Can't connect to mega.co.nz (0, Offtopic)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | about a year ago | (#44005353)

I have a provider that still supplies Usenet/newsgroups as part of the service for no
extra cost (Charter.Net), yet I can't connect to mega.co.nz. I've searched
my HOSTS file, see that it's online http://pop.robtex.com/mega.co.nz.html#records [robtex.com]
I just can't connect, thepiratebay.sx not a problem.

Hope it's a misspelling, or temporary.

Re:Can't connect to mega.co.nz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005437)

I can, from two different Canadian ISPs.

Re:Can't connect to mega.co.nz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44007317)

I can from South Africa

Re:Can't connect to mega.co.nz (1)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | about a year ago | (#44011667)

Score -9 offtopic
and I thought it fairly on.

12 hours later I have access to mega.co.nz. Now to give it a serious look over.

Why not? We used to do it for bananas (5, Informative)

Bearhouse (1034238) | about a year ago | (#44005389)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Fruit_Company

So why not for protecting that other 'strategic' resource, films & music!

Re:Why not? We used to do it for bananas (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005921)

Besides bombs, it's one of the few things the USA exports anymore. I can understand the strategic significance of files and music! *rolls eyes*

Re:Why not? We used to do it for bananas (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year ago | (#44006085)

When it gets down to it â" talking trade balances here â" once we've brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have evened out, they're making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here â" once our edge in natural resources has been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel â" once the Invisible Hand has taken away all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperity â" y'know what? There's only four things we do better than anyone else:
music
movies
microcode (software)
high-speed pizza delivery

unicode errors left uncorrected to demonstrate just how lame slashdot is

Re:Why not? We used to do it for bananas (1)

marcosdumay (620877) | about a year ago | (#44009349)

- Hey, those are the only things we export*. Let's destroy every other industry so we can be a bit more sure that other countries will keep buying it.

* Except that this is not true, but, whatever.

Re:Why not? We used to do it for bananas (1)

shentino (1139071) | about a year ago | (#44007233)

Are these GMO bananas?

Re:Why not? We used to do it for bananas (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44008131)

No, clone bananas.

Why bleed him dry? (1)

Truekaiser (724672) | about a year ago | (#44005409)

Wait, I seem to recall they already got his assets frozen and unavailable to him?
If not, then there is nothing stopping them from doing so, so why the conspiracy to bleed him dry in court costs when they can just seize it over night?

Re:Why bleed him dry? (1)

Stumbles (602007) | about a year ago | (#44005479)

Had to Google for a moment to confirm but your at least partially wrong; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megaupload_legal_case [wikipedia.org] (assuming wikipedia is accurate). If all he got back was $750K lawyers fees could eat that up in short thrift.

Dotcom could implement a new service (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005411)

He could offer encrypted web anonymizer service just to piss USA off.

Keep if simple, stupid. (2)

westlake (615356) | about a year ago | (#44005459)

News at eleven:

"Peter Jackson to shoot prequel to box office behemoth LOTR on location in New Zealand. Surprising no one."

Essentially the whole of Middle Earth has been mapped to locations in New Zealand. The Lord of the Rings film locations [newzealand.com] Your production facilities are there. Your costs are known.

You will in the end have six big budget feature length films that will look as if they were shot in the same world and time because they were shot in the same world and time. It is a strategy that has paid off handsomely for Warner Brothers before,

Re:Keep if simple, stupid. (4, Interesting)

NonFerrousBueller (1175131) | about a year ago | (#44005515)

The Hobbit films being filmed in NZ was not a foregone conclusion. The studios got the NZ government to change labour laws in their favour under the threat of filming somewhere else (Eastern Europe).

Re:Keep if simple, stupid. (3, Interesting)

pinkstuff (758732) | about a year ago | (#44005547)

The Hobbit films being filmed in NZ was not a foregone conclusion

Sure, that was the threat they made - but I can't help but think it was just a bluff our PM fell for.

Re:Keep if simple, stupid. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005793)

It`s cute how you believe he could have "fell" for something he was obviously implicit in and cashed out handsomely on.

Re:Keep if simple, stupid. (1)

DragonTHC (208439) | about a year ago | (#44006061)

Time to dust off your face tattoos and your Patus and take your nation back.

what was the law change? (2)

fantomas (94850) | about a year ago | (#44005597)

Just curious, what change in the labour laws happened? Did it apply just to the film industry (e.g. actors, or film crews, conditions on a film set) or did it affect everybody in NZ (e.g. change in maximum working hours, minimum wages etc)?

Re:what was the law change? (4, Informative)

Inda (580031) | about a year ago | (#44005675)

It affected everyone. It was something about being declared a contractor or an employee. One enjoyed sick pay and annual leave, the other not. A figure of over $30m was touted as a tax break too.

It was all a bit underhanded, from what I remember.

Re:what was the law change? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#44006759)

Just curious, what change in the labour laws happened?

Part of the answer [wikipedia.org]

Will anyone remember this? (1)

murdocj (543661) | about a year ago | (#44005463)

So if & when he actually goes to trial, will anyone remember this ridiculous assertion? Or will Kim have to announce that the "evidence" has "mysteriously disappeared"?

Re:Will anyone remember this? (1)

murdocj (543661) | about a year ago | (#44005491)

It's like an episode of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me... lots of ridiculous-sounding lies, but with an occasional nugget of truth inserted, just enough to make people think twice. He's clearly a superb self-promoter.

Re:Will anyone remember this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005529)

Bleeding the plaintiff or defendant dry is a time honored legal practice.

The new 'surge' of inbound money to dotcom, thanks to PRISM, is going to trash that tactic. A well heeled defendant with a stack of money, and prior illegality by 'law enforcement' is not going to improve over time. The extra time will allow foreign (US) authorities to find more evidence - with the little hurdle that it will be legally inadmissible in NZ. But in this new world, evidence from torture, beatings, extradition and rape, is sometimes allowed if the right wheels are greased. With Assange still holed up, it's going to be risky to perjure
assertions. So stall for time is the right thing. There is 1 in 70 chance the plaintiff drops dead.

Re:Will anyone remember this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005587)

Jislaaik did moet kak wees om in daai land te bly

Easy Explanation (5, Funny)

maroberts (15852) | about a year ago | (#44005495)

The US believes Kim is a hobbit-ual criminal....

Re:Easy Explanation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005759)

The US believes Kim is a...hobbit-ual criminal....

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!

Re:Easy Explanation (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#44006289)

It does have the ring of truth to it.

Re:Easy Explanation (2)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#44006639)

The US believes Kim is a hobbit-ual criminal....

And... is this a reason to dragon the suit forever?

Re:Easy Explanation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44007463)

And... is this a reason to dragon the suit forever?

No, but trying to get through all the corrruption and counter-allegations... everyone knows it is so hard to see through the Smaug.

Re:Easy Explanation (1)

Minwee (522556) | about a year ago | (#44007577)

On the other hand, Peter Jackson spends a lot of time working out -- It's hobbit-firming.

And he can't stop taking bubble baths -- They're hobbit-foaming.

Did I mention that he's always out planting crops? It's hobbit-farming.

And that Chinese vase in his dining room? A fake. It's hobbit faux-ming.

(Blame David Morgan-Mar [irregularwebcomic.net] for these. I would throw a fireball at him, but that would be hobbit-fooming.)

Re:Easy Explanation (1)

Iniamyen (2440798) | about a year ago | (#44008043)

It seems to me he's just trolling, and that he will be dwarfed by the prosecution.

He's the new McAfee (1)

Mike Sheen (1155353) | about a year ago | (#44005539)

I look forward to the details.

Re:He's the new McAfee (2)

Virtucon (127420) | about a year ago | (#44005851)

How can you have the new McAfee when you still have the old one? One of these posers has to go.

"Filthy, Tricksy Hobbitses!" (1)

tlambert (566799) | about a year ago | (#44005577)

"Filthy, Tricksy Hobbitses!"

There. I said it first.

Dotcom Alleges Megaupload Raid Was Part of Deal To (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005585)

Dotcom claims he has been kept in "a golden cage" in New Zealand since the United States began extradition proceedings against him 18 months ago.

"[Warner Brothers executives] came here they told [New Zealand prime minister John Key] - 'These Megaupload guys are really giving us a headache. The founder, you know, is moving to New Zealand. Can you help us?' And he did," Dotcom said.

"They came here to New Zealand to negotiate with John Key about shooting The Hobbit movies here."

Dotcom says his website was offered up "on a silver platter" as part of negotiations with executives.

"So before they even shoot the movie, they have a business plan, they send that to all their license holders, they raise the majority of the money for a new movie before a single frame is shot," he said.

"That is a business model with a license to print money. Obviously they don’t want to let that go.

"That is why I am in this situation."

Dotcom also says the staggering scale of online surveillance by US spy agencies has triggered an "explosion" of interest in his latest file-sharing website.

Unlike its predecessor, Dotcom's new site Mega offers secure encryption, which he says protects each user's identity and data.

"More people are now aware of the [United States] government capturing everybody's data," Dotcom said.

"Growth has been exploding. [Mega is] a user-generated encryption. You are the only one holding the keys."
        See additional impormatsia site: http://moneyandpaymentsystem.com/

sounds like the man might have a point (5, Insightful)

nimbius (983462) | about a year ago | (#44005631)

Megaupload was offered up by the New Zealand's PM 'on a silver platter' as part of negotiations with Warner Brothers executives for shooting The Hobbit in New Zealand.

seems plausible since there are few jobs in New Zealand, and KDC seemed like a rather small egg to break for the omelette. Del Toro even said in parting words the film was "economically and politically" complicated. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit_(film_series)#Del_Toro.27s_departure [wikipedia.org]

the reason behind the latest delay in extradition hearing (postponed from August this year to March next year) is an attempt to bleed Dotcom dry of his money.

yes. yes it is. this is a very well documented business law tactic in which you leverage your significant legal and monitary resources against a competitor or target for acquisition and simply wait until they declare bankruptcy. in many cases the resulting acquisition (should someone decide to conveniently buy up kim dot coms holdings) can even be written off ones taxes.

the latest debacle of the massive scale online online surveillance by U.S. spy agencies has triggered an 'explosion' of interest in mega.co.nz, the 'cloud storage' site with user generated encryption.

here we see Kim jumping the deliniation between government and studio, and thats appropriate for a number of reasons. although the US government is by and for the poeple it rarely listens to anything but the most powerful lobbying groups. Hollywood lobbies through a number of channels. for example, it doles out cash to the department of defense in order to secure $war_devices for its latest blockbuster, and in return enjoys closer access to government foreign policy than had it simply made a sequel to waynes world. perhaps it kills a documentary on marijuana and gets cozier with the DOJ, it doesnt matter. these side-channel efforts are a caustic means of jack-booting the US government into wasting time and resources in bullying its NATO allies into violating the soverign rights of their citizens for the sole good of one industry. its not even our largest industry, but it serves a very important role in government and society. the TV series '24' for example is conjectured to have existed solely to acclimate the american public to the idea that torture was entirely acceptable and effective in the last-minute prevention of a terrorist attack. it makes, or was supposed to have made, the entire 'guantanamo' thing go down easier.

what Kim notes of particular importance in the last quote is particularly critical to the course of american democracy as a whole. We've known for quite some time the american system has problems, but the government has always controlled the message and the people in turn have largely chosen to move on with their 3 sick days per year and sufficient paycheck. When an individual or group 'leaks' a particular piece of information publically, in a means that cant be controlled or filtered, it breeds dissent and unrest in groups it should not. to confirm american warcrimes for example in afghanistan and iraq serves to undermine the united states authority in conducting our 'freedom wars' guaranteed each 4 years. Leaking a domestic spy program serves to underscore the fact that the government understands the only means to prevent dissent and control information is to prevent 'leaks' at their source. Terrorism is the reason, but only so far as terrorism is a definition of the challenge to a governments authority or the ability to directly undermine it. I believe Kim is correct in saying the US government has an undisclosed vested interest in precluding american citizens from gaining access to an offshore, cryptographically secured resource to which they have no access.

Mod parent up. (1)

bussdriver (620565) | about a year ago | (#44005789)

Did anybody actually read some of the wikileaks? The US state dept is always doing things like this and the people making the "crazy" claims for decades were vindicated, those people should be listened to even more today (track record, duh. Meanwhile, people who are always wrong stay employed in US media outlets.)

NZ has an economy they do just fine on their own. But when huge movie projects come to promote their nation beyond what the tourism dept's could dream of doing, they'll CHANGE LAWS [guardian.co.uk] . This happens constantly in the USA state by state for movies where they'll heavily subsidize movie productions (both parties!) using demand-side economic arguments (which are usually despised.)

Will it be fully conclusive proof that can hold up in court? No. Little is; especially in politics where everybody playing the game is skilled at self preservation. People with an eye for corruption will do well spotting the signs; however, it takes leaks on parties involved in their own words to prove it and even then an expert is often important/necessary to understanding it.

As far as conspiracies about shows like '24' ( the show is supposed to be realistic but portrays greater conspiracies than the ones about the show,) it doesn't take any master plan for such things to happen. A like minded individual with connections can benefit from making decisions aligned with the powerful; being rewarded later or simply encouraged for their help for the cause. It could happen outside FOX and it's GOP TV [washingtonpost.com] wing, but since it was FOX it wasn't likely it was entirely organic.

Despotism is on the rise in the USA. everybody living there should be seeing it by now... who isn't sticking their head in the sand...or more appropriately, in their "reality" TV. We have so much BS in all aspects of life, people crave reality so "realism" is popular... and what happens? We get pseudo realism to partially fill the need, creating another unhealthy addiction cycle that promotes consumption.

Re:Mod parent up. (1)

DragonTHC (208439) | about a year ago | (#44006141)

proving that laws were changed isn't really the goal. If KDC can prove that the PM or someone else offered him up as part of the deal? That's damning evidence. It should make kiwis stand up and question their government.

Re:Mod parent up. (1)

dbIII (701233) | about a year ago | (#44006485)

the show is supposed to be realistic

You are joking aren't you? Playing out the "bomb is going to go off unless we torture somebody" bullshit that has never come close to happening in real life as some sort of way to feel better about the decline of the USA?

Re:sounds like the man might have a point (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44008323)

Well of course it seems plausible. Everything Mr. Dotcom says is completely plausible. Just like Mr.s McAfee, Ventura, Lutz, Raymond. /snerk

You wanted change? You got Chicago! (3)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | about a year ago | (#44005655)

"Razzle Dazzle"

You got nothing to worry about.
It's all a circus, kid. A three ring circus.
These trials- the wholeworld- all show business.
But kid, you're working with a star, the biggest!

Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle Dazzle 'em
Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
Give 'em the old hocus pocus
Bead and feather 'em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?

What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you're just disgusting?

How can they hear the truth above the roar?

Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle
Razzle dazzle 'em
Show 'em the first rate sorceror you are
Long as you keep 'em way off balance
How can they spot you've got no talent
Razzle Dazzle 'em.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_(musical) [wikipedia.org]

Go away kim "dot com" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44005697)

Whether it's New Zealand, a federal penitentiary, or Namibia. I don't care. Just go away and shut up, you self-serving prick.

Re:Go away kim "dot com" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44006055)

NO, you 'go away', dickless wonder...
dotcom has done more for inertnet freedom (however sidelong and unintentionally) than a thousand little carping pricks like you...

NSA and the Desolation of Smaug (2)

TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) | about a year ago | (#44005849)

And over time the men of Dale had become complacent on privacy, liberty and freedom of association, and yet they prospered. No longer content with the wealth of accumulation, they valued innovation and the free exchange of information. To this end they did help to build the greatest communications network that had ever been. Through it all their wealth flowed like a river --- real wealth --- not the dusty treasure hordes of kings locked in windowless rooms.

The fortune and fate of Dale is bound with that of the dwarves, for it is they who had built it. "Long ago in my grandfather Thror's time our family was driven out of the far North, and came back with all their wealth and their tools to this Mountain on the map." They were especially skilled in working gold, copper and silver into thin filaments which they strung far across the land. Where ever dwarves settled dial tone was sure to follow. But their skill was even greater with jewels and crystals, from which they built magical devices of geranium and silicon to carry voices and information in the aether. Altogether those were good days for us, and the poorest of us had money to spend and to lend, and leisure to make beautiful things just for the. fun of it, not to speak of the most marvelous and magical toys [...] and the toy-market of Dale was the wonder of the North."

But of all the wonders of that age the most precious was perhaps the least visible, hidden deep under the Mountain itself. "Discovered by my far ancestor, Thrain the Old, now they mined and they tunneled and they made huger halls and greater workshops." The Mountain they had built is actually many mountains and there is one in your own city. I refer to the telecommunications exchange points of Tier 1 and Tier 2 networks such as MAE-EAST and MAE-WEST, where rivers of voice and data converge into brilliant points of light, then spread out again.

The dwarves had not valued privacy per se, they had just built it for maximum throughput with minimum delay. Their vision was broad and down-to-earth and the data it carried was of practical use for the greatest number. "We use our own devices and just enough magic to make them go. Devices such as the palantir are of no interest to us, the Elves of Valinor can keep their silly patents. The palantir does work for distance communication but it is incredibly expensive and uses a lot of bandwidth. It is also dangerous. If you wish to talk to family and friend, or close a simple deal, why would you wish to link minds, wrestle in thought or lock souls with the other party? The dwarves deliver only voices and runes and stay clear of elvish mind-fuck. Besides, the palantir uses a proprietary network and has no user-servicable parts. Like the Blackberry."

But the dwarves' cleverness though inspired by wisdom was also their folly. While great wealth flowed through their network they were driven to perfect it, and that meant concentrating the flows of many through but a few interconnect points.

"Undoubtedly that was what brought the dragon. Dragons burrow themselves into networks to steal information you know, wherever they can find it; and they guard their plunder as long as they live (which is practically forever, unless they are outed by Congressional hearing), and --- if you would believe them --- they do it for only noble purposes and never enjoy a brass ring of it. Indeed they hardly know a good bit of information from a bad, though they usually have a good notion of the current market value; so despite noble aims of vigilant protection, their omnificent awareness inevitably leads to dull and stupid ends that rend the fabric of society. Insider trading, scheming false flag operations and a 'selective failure' to divulge clear warning of terrorism if it would serve their own ends, a dragon is easily turned to the dark side by its very nature." As the dwarves tell it we would be better off without these dragons altogether, and if you do not agree then perhaps you had better give it some more thought.

Smaug has infiltrated the dwarves' great network in many secret stages worldwide, such as the USUK [fas.org] and Room 641A [wikipedia.org] and countless other interconnection points within your own country listening to your own citizens too. The dwarves' dark fiber has been lit to carry these intercepted riches to his many lairs. You might learn of them if you could convince Congress to ask Smaug directly.

But Smaug has but one weakness, and that is the rule of law that has been established by the Constitution. There is no question that Smaug has violated us, and if left unchecked he will betray us in the end. A mighty witch-king will arise and the dragons will tell your secrets to them, and none will be safe in the end. And do not blame the dwarves, their folly is also your own.

Will the mighty bow of Bard sing in our own time? There is but one black arrow left.

Your move.

Re:NSA and the Desolation of Smaug (1)

Sir_Eptishous (873977) | about a year ago | (#44010839)

Absolutely Fucking Brilliant.

One of the best posts on /. I've ever read.
Well Done!

The Public Television? (2)

CalRobert (2451626) | about a year ago | (#44005939)

"in an 20 min interview with the Australian public television," So do they all just huddle around the one television? Must get crowded.

Grammar in summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44006255)

He also says that the extradition case the U.S. government is weak

Should read "the extradition case of the U.S. government is weak."

massive scale online online surveillance

Should be obvious.

Come on samzenpus, at least pretend to be an editor.

years of drug use taking toll (1)

peter303 (12292) | about a year ago | (#44006449)

amazing fantasies

never heard of Kim dotcom (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44007671)

Kim's last name is dot.com? like .com? kim.com? news to me. i need to get out more. lol i know a lady named Kim too.

"Conspiracy theorists" (1)

X.25 (255792) | about a year ago | (#44009651)

10-15 years ago, people called me "conspiracy theorist".

Now they are apologizing.

Just because you can't believe someone would do something, doesn't mean it's not being done. Keep that in mind.

Re:"Conspiracy theorists" (1)

bws111 (1216812) | about a year ago | (#44010873)

Sounds like how psychics work - just keep spewing enough crap, and eventually something may actually be true.

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