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Kim Dotcom's Mega Claims 1 Million Users Within 24 Hours 211

Posted by samzenpus
from the good-start dept.
Kim Dotcom's new "Mega" cloud service appears to be a hit. According to Dotcom over 1 million have signed up for their free 50 gigabytes of storage. Although that is about 1% of the Dropbox user base, it's not a bad start. From the article: "Mega quickly jumped up to around 100,000 users within an hour or so of the site's official launch. A few hours after that, Mega had ballooned up to approximately a quarter of a million users. Demand was great enough to knock Mega offline for a number of users attempting to either connect up or sign up for new accounts, and Mega's availability remains spotty as of this articles' writing."
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Claims 1 Million Users Within 24 Hours

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  • Re:is it secure? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Nyder (754090) on Sunday January 20, 2013 @09:18PM (#42643243) Journal

    is it encrypted transmission and storage? otherwise its just another dropbox clone. also, 1st post!

    Yes, Yes, No it's not, and no you weren't.

  • by NFN_NLN (633283) on Sunday January 20, 2013 @10:18PM (#42643511)

    Links in the summary... NONE of them to the actual service. Brilliant!

    Here is the actual site: https://mega.co.nz/ [mega.co.nz]

  • by Zapotek (1032314) <tasos.laskos@nospAm.gmail.com> on Sunday January 20, 2013 @10:44PM (#42643649) Homepage
    This would work if the files weren't encrypted.
  • Kim versus Google (Score:4, Informative)

    by NewtonsLaw (409638) on Sunday January 20, 2013 @10:53PM (#42643713)

    I'm pretty sure everyone loves to hate the RIAA/MPAA so Kim Dotcom had little trouble rounding up support when they moved to shut down MegaUpload.

    Unfortunately, he's now picking a fight with bigger opponent [stuff.co.nz] and possible a mass of small website owners who rely on their Adsense revenues to help pay the bills.

    Kicking the RIAA/MPAA for their sins is one thing, taking money out of the mouths of independent content creators (by hijacking their ad-revenues to fund his Mega-services) is something altogether different.

    I admire KD for what he's doing with the MegaKey service but I really wonder if he's got an oar out of the water in picking a fight with Google and the many websites who rely on that company's ad-revenue sharing.

    BTW: I'm one of those sites and I'll be mighty pissed if Kim starts replacing the ads on *my* webpages that should be generating money to pay for *my* efforts -- because I have *nothing* to do with MegaKey so why should *I* be paying for it?

  • by Trilkin (2042026) on Sunday January 20, 2013 @11:12PM (#42643811)

    Your encrypted data, you mean? I don't mind them selling my encrypted data, honestly. Would take more time to unencrypt it than it's really worth and they'd just lose money. Renting out those botnets DOES cost something and it'll take them a while to break AES128.

  • Re:Teething Problems (Score:5, Informative)

    by X.25 (255792) on Monday January 21, 2013 @03:04AM (#42644761)

    The patchy availability will be resolved soon I hope, but there's a major flaw I ran into, which is that when you sign up it doesn't ask you to confirm your password by typing it twice. This means you can make typos without realising it. Because the password is also an encryption key, you can't reset it. You can't delete the account either, nor can you register two accounts to one email address. I made a typo in my password. Net result: I permanently can't access my account, nor can I register a new one with my preferred email address.

    That is incorrect.

    You can not 'confirm' the account unless you type your password (when clicking on confirmation link). So in order to create the account, you had to type the 'mistyped' password again.

    If account has not been confirmed, you can just register using same email/etc.

    I know because I did it myself (had a very similar scenario to yours).

  • Problem signing on ! (Score:2, Informative)

    by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Monday January 21, 2013 @03:57AM (#42644915) Journal

    I signed on with my hotmail account.

    Hours have passed. No confirmation message anywhere.

    Yes, I did check the "junk" folder.

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