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Dotcom gets the weekend to reflect

After the first week of Dotcom’s extradition hearing, Dotcom seems to be hoist by his own words

On Friday Christine Gordon QC, who is acting for the US, read an extensive series of Skype conversations and emails between the men, arguing they revealed they knew the business was a criminal enterprise from the start.

In one conversation, two of the accused discussed how they expected Dotcom to flee if the business hit trouble.

“The fact is when there’s no way out, Kim will also grab the last couple of millions and go on hiding mode again when that happens,” Van der Kolk was quoted as telling Ortmann.

“The likeliness of us getting in trouble for some reason is getting bigger.”

Dotcom stared forward and gently shook his head once as the evidence was read out.

Ortmann and Van der Kolk were right of course.  They had seen Dotcom do it before.    So why stay around someone who is clearly able to turn them into cannon fodder?   Money.  And lots of it.   Read more »

Dotcom’s poo-finger continues to strike Mega

 

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Everything that Kim Dotcom touches eventually turns to poos.

There isn’t a single thing he has done in his life that has lasted, except of course his continued expansion of stomach and his criminal record.

Now Paypal have turned on him and Mega.

German internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has been dealt another financial blow after PayPal stopped processing customer payments for his cloud storage site MEGA. The companypublished a blog post on Thursday that said payments have ceased with immediate effect.

In the post, MEGA states that it’s aware of a recent report that claimed the business isn’t legitimate, which in turn led Visa and MasterCard to put pressure on PayPal to block its service to MEGA. It harks back to Dotcom’s previous hosting website Megaupload, shut down in 2012 after being linked to online piracy. It was once one of the most popular websites in the world.   Read more »

Mega’s little problem with a pesky thing called the law

Kim Dotcom is blowing hard once again on Twitter.

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He is going on about ‘his’ MegaChat…funny thing is he was crying poverty and said he had given all his shares in Mega to his estranged missus…so quite how it is his is another matter entirely. Perhaps he has misled another court?

In any case his boastfulness ignores a problem.

Chris Keall at NBR explains.

Mega has said it will abide by the laws of every company it operates in. As a registered commercial entity it can barely take any other stance.

And when the FBI so successfully eavesdropped on the Skype chats and instant messages Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants while investigating Megaupload, it did so with a warrant issued by a judge.

What would Mega do if a law enforcement agency in a country its service operates in (that is, anywhere), hands it, or one of its users, a lawful warrant asking for encryption keys? In NZ, it has to live under the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act, aka TICS, which gives our government broad-brush powers to demand depcryption keys from a service provider when there is a (very broadly defined) threat to NZ’s national interest. This as-yet-untested legislation gives the ICT Minister discretion over who is defined as a service provider. Network operators like Spark, Vodafone, 2degrees are very clearly service providers. It’s more of a grey area for the likes of Microsoft Skype, Google Hangouts and now MegaChat – but I’m guessing the Crown won’t give MegaChat a free pass.   Read more »

Has Kim Dotcom absconded? To London?

This was advertised in The Observer today in London.

Obviously Kim Dotcom can’t get an audience in NZ anymore.

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Is someone trying to trip-up the Taxpayers’ Union? (Warning #fauxoutrage)

As I blogged earlier the Herald covers Mojo Mathers 800km taxpayer funded round trip to meet with constituents, speak at a meeting, appear on TV, speak on a tin pot community radio station for one hour.

According to the Green Party MPs tweeting, Skype doesn’t work in Masterton and Green MPs should be able to spend taxpayer funds without mean reporters and lobby groups asking questions.

As you’d expect the left have jumped in boots and all accusing the Herald on Sunday and the Taxpayers’ Union of targeting someone with a disability. Nevermind that the travel has nothing to do with the disability.

On the one hand they demand, and in the case of Mojo Mathers, made quite a song and dance about treating people with disabilities equally and then when the shit hits the fan try and shield themselves from criticism by erecting the shield of sanctimony covered with a protecting film of cry-babyism. They want equality, but protect themselves from criticism by hiding behind the disability.  Read more »

Game over for ultra fast broadband?

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Well, I hope Matthew Hooton and his merry band of mates are pleased with themselves.

Thanks to their hyperbole and lies, New Zealanders are now at risk of not getting ultra fast broadband for decades.

Get used to YouTube clips stalling, get used to not being able to livestream sports events, get used to needing an hour to download an email attachment and get used to not being able to use Skype properly.

Thanks to Hooton and his BFFs, faster broadband is NOT coming to a town near you.   Read more »

WhaleTech: Who is surprised at this, really?

via Boing Boing

via Boing Boing

Turns out the spies are hard wired into your email, Skype and other conversations.  All to keep the world safe from the nasty people, of course.

A leaked NSA slide-deck claims that NSA has “direct access” to servers at Google, Apple, Facebook, Skype, Yahoo, and many others.

The Guardian and The Washington Post have both been leaked a 41-slide NSA presentation on a program called PRISM, which — according to the slides — gives the spy agency (part of the US military) “direct access” to the servers of the biggest Internet companies in America, including Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo and Skype. The papers have released three slides (reproduced above). The presentation dates from April 2013, and is marked “top secret with no distribution to foreign allies” and is claimed to be part of training material for new spies.

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When will Labour promise to stop the flow of workers to Australia?

NZ Herald

When you are in opposition you always promise to stop the flow of New Zealanders moving Australia. At about this stage in the electoral cycle Labour will start hammering on about all the Kiwis moving to Australia. they have certainly been using that approach in question time.

Thousands of New Zealanders – including many disillusioned immigrants – are looking for new jobs and new lives in Australia

Cue an ungagged David Cunliffe to start talking about how he doesn’t want to become a Skype grandparent.

The number of New Zealanders moving across the Tasman hit a record 53,000 in the year to February, but the unemployment rate at home and Australia’s new tax breaks that would make millions better off are tipped to lift that number.

Maybe David Shearer will find a grandmother in an airport somewhere to parade around in public talking about how New Zealand under National has gone backwards and how only Labour can stem the flow across the Tasman.

Does she root as well?

The Telegraph

Sanctimonious pommy bastards are having a crack at David Cameron over his new nanny, given that she is Australian there is a high chance she roots as well:

Sammi Strange, 24, was appointed to look after the Prime Minister’s three children after a series of long-distance Skype interviews.

The Australian backpacker, who is believed to have limited childcare experience, registered with an au pair agency after quitting her job as a television advertising sales assistant to go travelling.

In an online survey for a social networking website, Miss Strange said her first thought in the morning was that she did not want to get up and said that her top achievement would be to finish university that year without dropping out.

Asked whether she ever swore, she wrote: “f— yeah” and to whether she drank alcohol she added: “hell yes”.

She denied taking drugs “in the past month” but said she had smoked and also admitted to shoplifting. Asked to declare the number of drugs she had taken, she replied: “no comment”.

It looks like she is young and trying to make a crack at a new life, but the uptight priggish pommy bastards just want to wag their fingers.

A letter from Peter Davis

A Mr Peter Davis of  Kingsland writes to the Herald in praise of an article by Brian “Where’s my theatre?” Rudman:

I wonder if he sought permission for that letter, or whether it was dictated over Skype.