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Mr.D.

50GB of cloud storage for... FREE!

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Mega is run by the same people that hosted MegaUpload. If you'll remember last year when that site was taken down by the US Government for DMCA violations. Kim Dotcom has worked out a pretty interesting way of avoiding legal problems this go-around. The encryption is done on YOUR machine, so what Mega is storing for you is an encrypted file. They don't have the decryption key - you do. What this means is that when the government comes knocking on their door, they will cooperate with law enforcement and turn over your data. Your encrypted data that they cant decrypt. This does nothing to stop the fuzz from coming after you, but it protects Mega from anything illegal you do.

 

I created an account and am currently awaiting my validation email. Reports from Gizmodo, ZDNet and Forbes, Mega have reported 'overwhelming demand' for their service and Mega will be 'working on more capacity'. Kim Dotcom reported over 1 million subscribers the first day. When I get a chance to test out the upload and download speeds, I'll post more below.

 

UPDATE!

 

The activation email took nearly 4 hours to arrive. I am guessing that either there is a huge demand that they didn't correctly anticipate, or a Kiwi (the New Zealand national bird) flew it to the United States for me. The first thing that popped up in my browser was a statement telling me my browser is out of date and that I should upgrade to Chrome. My browser may be out of date (Waterfox 15.0) but I am not 'upgrading' to Chrome. Time will tell if that affects my speed. I am uploading Gimp starting at 14:00 MST and I'll let you know when its done.

Download attachment: mega file mgr upload.PNG

 

SECOND UPDATE!

 

Nothing happening. According to Gizmodo, Kim Dotcom has said that speed will improve shortly. I can only imagine that it will since it has nowhere to go but up. Yes that is 5 hours of elapsed time with NO PROGRESS at all. I'm giving up and I'll try back next week... or next month.

Download attachment: mega file mgr upload2.PNG

 

THIRD UPDATE!

 

So I saw the success of others and decided to take my account for a spin:

Download attachment: mega file mgr upload3.PNG

 

Looks like Kim Dotcom was right about getting the speed issues fixed. I have a pretty fat broadband pipe (15Mb/s) with a fairly consistent upload of ~ 1500Kb/s and the upload speed that is shown above is better than I get on my SkyDrive or Google Drive. If you do the math it appears the upload is using my full upload speed so whatever speed limits that may crop up for me, it looks like they'll be on my end. So far I am pretty impressed.

 

Has anyone here gotten a Mega account yet? Reply below!

 

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just a quick note - the Kiwi is a flightless bird - so it must have carried the email in its beak after being loaded on a ship for the journey to the US :)

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just a quick note - the Kiwi is a flightless bird - so it must have carried the email in its beak after being loaded on a ship for the journey to the US :)

 

I knew it's flightless... that's the joke!

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Smaller files uploaded ok, but when I tried a 4.7GB iso file I let it run overnight and it did not complete and I cancelled it. It would get to 7 or 8 percent done and then reset back to zero and start upping again. I'll try it again sometime soon.

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[...] 25 times more than DropBox - assuming you don't jump thru all the hoops to get up to 18GB, which is still 277 percent less than Mega is offering [...]

 

277 percent less? :)

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277 percent less? :)

My mistake - I assumed that 18 was the whole and 50 was the part, where in actuality I am expressing a number that isnt shown, that being the difference between as expressed by 18 / 50 = .36-100=.64=64% less

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Cloud computing is the end of the world.

 

In the near future we'll all be sitting at dumb terminals with monster internet connections streaming ALL content; yes, from the moment you switch on, even the OS will be cloud based.

 

Your computer reduced to a television.

 

Content providers will be deliriously happy because they are in control again - cloud computing means no more software piracy, no more hacking and no more users otherwise modifying and/or messing with content.

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At my dad's job in the 70's he had to ride an elevator several floors up to see the output of his program. He told me that sometimes he'd have to wait before he could run something, each department was on a schedule, and had a certain amount of mainframe CPU time allocated during the day.

 

So I imagine my dad with 70's sideburns and big hair riding the elevator up into the cloud. lol

Somehow I also imagine a big, red illuminated button labeled "RUN" next to his terminal.

 

One time, he got me a whole box of Honeywell Bull punchcards to play with at home. :santa:

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Wow... a free chance to give the American spies 50GBs of your personal data... sounds like a great deal! :-D

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Not American spies - Kiwi spies!!... never trust a bird that cant fly!! That's like a horse that cant gallop or a dog that cant bark! Also, they have that {censored} of a creature the duck-billed platypus...

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