Kim Dotcom flashes his rack
Rack can even be yours if you send money and servers
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:
The more, the better.
Drive replacements should be handled within 24 hours.
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. ®
Since it is the USA who have taken particular offence at his activities, he could really piss them off by working with the Cubans, Iranians and North Koreans.
"Don't bother spending billions on rockets, buy me some servers and we'll REALLY up set the Merkins"
"anywhere except the US"
Exclusion to counter rabid protectionism. Just might catch on if the merkins keep trying to impose their own wonky self-serving laws on every single sovereign state on the planet.
Re: thank god there are still some decent folks out there
I'm sure this is only by accident, but Dotcom is actually pursuing an important point that will have ramifications way beyond his limited implementation. Yes, I'm sure his reasoning is greed and getting money, but that doesn't alter the principle being good. Used to be that the law was written for the good and protection of the masses. More recently, the law has been more and more written for the good and protection of a very small subset of the population. Hence, the 'rebels' springing up all over the place.
The above is a good example. Very few would say that copyright is a bad idea. However, there is defending copyright and over the top jackboot enforcement. We're rapidly getting to the point that the penalty for killing someone will be less than being found in possession of dodgy MP3s. This cannot be right. When people can be bullied and threatened over their child (or even them) 'attempting' to download something, you really know its gone too far. No copyright violation has even occurred and their lives are made a misery.
It's not just copyright violation that's going this way. All aspects of life and the legal system are. For instance when one country can invade another on the basis of seriously sexed up 'intelligence' (personally, I'd call it lies) and yet nobody takes responsbility. Everyone just turns round, shrugs their shoulders and keeps counting the cash.