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Kim Dotcom has shown off his rack – in IT parlance, not with reference to his ample frame – by posting the picture below which he says depicts a node of mega.co.nz.

A subsequent tweet reads “720 Terabyte per rack. One rack per day. EMM EEH GEE AYY”

Just where the rack is and what it contains is not clear. Nor is how Dotcom will pay for the new Mega.

Dotcom’s famously flamboyant lifestyle bespeaks considerable wealth, inasmuch as he lives in a colossal mansion, races cars, records albums and reportedly has beds worth over $100,000. His legal bills wouldn’t be small, either.

What to make, then, of his recent statement that “We have raised sufficient funds to cover the launch, but we would like to provide Mega free of charge for as long as possible. If you would like to be part of the success story, please get in touch.” Send us money so we can make a service free is solid startup logic, but it is a little hard to see the usual Silicon Valley VC drum-bangers getting too excited about working with this particular dotcom.

Kim is also asking for help from data centre operators. As Dotcom explains in a document titled “How the new Mega will work” in the past “we operated only a handful of storage nodes located in expensive premium data centers.”

This time around, Dotcom plans to “connect a large number of hosting partners around the world without worrying about privacy breaches.”

Those partners, Dotcom says, “Need to be able to provide us with” the following:

“Servers
The more, the better.
Remote hands
Drive replacements should be handled within 24 hours.
Internet Connectivity
All routes, but we can accommodate optimization requests with regards to which ASes you like/dislike.”

Servers should have “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 should not be in the USA.

“Make us an offer,” the page says, “We prefer unmetered fixed monthly payments. If you're interested, the deal can include ad space.”

Dotcom has also let it be known he’s going to launch mega.co.nz t9o the press on January 20th at the Dotcom Mansion. Vulture South's correspondents have therefore started making noises about a big month for expenses claims. ®

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