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Kim Dotcom Reveals Mega Will Offer 50GB of Free Storage 203

Posted by timothy
from the beats-google-drive-skydrive-and-dropbox dept.
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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Kim Dotcom Reveals Mega Will Offer 50GB of Free Storage

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  • by YodasEvilTwin (2014446) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @03:09PM (#42619087) Homepage
    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.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 17, 2013 @03:17PM (#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.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 17, 2013 @03:19PM (#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.

  • by Okian Warrior (537106) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @03:30PM (#42619349) Homepage Journal

    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.)

  • Re:Your Porn (Score:5, Informative)

    by agm (467017) on Thursday January 17, 2013 @05:23PM (#42620451)

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

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