Vikram Kumar

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 »

He’s back, but he’s tainted

Vikram Kumar has announced he is back…after his Internet Party gig bombed at the election.

The nine month career hiatus is over. I?m back on the road again.

It?s been ?interesting?, as in ?May you live in interesting times? interesting.? Definitely recommend people take on a fixed-time commitment outside their usual life paths. If nothing else, it will likely confirm your original life path is in fact right for you.

 

In other words he made a BIIIIIG mistake hooking up with a fat German crook.

Certainly, there are lots of lessons and insights for the learning. Many of them are domain-specific but here are three lessons that I learned again, from a different perspective:

1. Timing is everything

A wise person once told me that if you have medicine but the patient feels no pain, you will be unwanted. When the patient is pain, you?ll be loved. Timing is everything.

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Internet Party CEO looking for a job. Why? [POLL]

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This is extremely odd to say the least. ?I would have at least managed that so it didn’t happen until after the election. ? What do you think is happening here? ? Read more »

More impertinent questions

Is Kim Dotcom the person with the most active court actions?in NZ right now?

Is he McCready’s 2nd cousin?

How many of those did he start himself?

Why so many?

Is Whaleoil the?only media organisation that hasn’t had a legal letter yet?

When will the bullying to silence criticism stop?

Was the Church of Scientology analogy reasonable?

 

Internet Party defamation lawsuit: I will welcome the chance to present every fact I know

qw2 Explaining to Mathew Backhouse, Dotcom says:

Dotcom said he had a meeting with a company that had suggested surveillance of Slater, including taking photographs and seeing who he was meeting. “But then I thought about my own GCSB experience and I felt very uncomfortable with the idea of doing that, so I just didn’t go ahead with it.” Dotcom said his legal team was monitoring the Whale Oil blogsite. “There are two junior lawyers that every day go there to see what new defamation he is writing, and they have been building the case. So that is what I was talking about.”

The defence phase of a defamation trial is simply fascinating. ? Read more »

Internet Party defamation lawsuit: I will welcome discovery

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Explaining to Mathew Backhouse, Dotcom says:

Dotcom said he had a meeting with a company that had suggested surveillance of Slater, including taking photographs and seeing who he was meeting.

“But then I thought about my own GCSB experience and I felt very uncomfortable with the idea of doing that, so I just didn’t go ahead with it.”

Dotcom said his legal team was monitoring the Whale Oil blogsite.

“There are two junior lawyers that every day go there to see what new defamation he is writing, and they have been building the case. So that is what I was talking about.”

The discovery phase of a defamation trial is simply fascinating. ? Read more »

Internet Party president says he will sue me

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EXCLUSIVE: The Internet Party web site hacked

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Zealand has experienced?the rise and rise of the Kim Dotcom financed, ex Internet NZ Org’s Vikram Kumar managed, and political silver diva mercenary Laila Harre’s fronted Internet Party.

Due to this unexpected direction in political focus, Peter Norton and John McAffee, the men behind the word famous Norton and McCaffee Antivirus brands have recognised the need for a different kind of 21st century party: ?The Virus Checker Party.

“Just like the rise of the computer caused a new phenomenon, where real-life viruses infecting people and requiring a doctors’ visit, resulted in a new industry of computer anti-virus progams, the rise of the Internet Party virtual political party concept is now driving the need for an Internet-based virtual antidote”, John McCaffee said today.

“The amount of invisible damage the Internet Party does to people’s lives is only just starting to become an issue that is reaching people’s awareness”, he added.

Just like computer viruses were laughed and and minimised in the early days, it took people losing the wedding or baby photos to these viruses for them to realise that these apparently childish games had a real impact on people.

“Exposure to The Internet Party” is leading to people breaking out in a rash due to the exposure to the colour purple”, Peter Norton said. ?”But that’s not the worst of it. ?A whole group of young adults that were previously able to think rationally and observed the world with a healthy dose of skepticism are now observed running around with cat T-Shirts on, Tweeting from their mobiles while looking lovingly to Kim and Laila – or “mum and dad” as they are internally referred to.” ? Read more »

A reader emails about the so-called “missing million”

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A reader shares his thoughts about the “missing million”:

The ‘Missing Million’ Theory is being dragged out on a increasing regularity now that the Left increasing despairs at the polling results, this suits their agenda in two ways:

1) They can say the polls don’t pick up this million in the polling activity -?therefore they are actually performing better

2) It is becoming increasingly apparent with their desertion of the middle ground they need to lock into another source of vote or they will end up cannibalising their own Block.

The biggest problem they face is how exactly they will convince this Million to vote (let alone enrol).? Read more »

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