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+ - Paypal to no longer process payments for MEGA due to 'unique encryption model'

Submitted by dethjester
dethjester (2240530) writes "From the MEGA blog:

"PayPal has ceased processing MEGA customer payments effective immediately.

MEGA is aware of a report published by NetNames (partially funded from the MPAA supported Digital Citizens Alliance) that incorrectly claims MEGA's business to not be a legitimate cloud storage service. MEGA is aware that Senator Leahy (Vermont, Chair Senate Judiciary Committee) then pressured Visa and MasterCard to cease providing payment services to the companies named in that report.

Visa and MasterCard then pressured PayPal to cease providing payment services to MEGA.""

Comment: Re:Changes based on the Season (Score 1) 284

by RuffMasterD (#49126215) Attached to: I ride a bike ...
That brings back childhood memories. I spent part of my childhood in Holland. There is a lot of water, and in winter it freezes thick enough to walk on. So I had to ride my bike on the ice of course :-) The hard smooth surface offers very low roll resistance. I learned the hard way you can't accelerate too hard, or brake too hard, or turn too sharp... then bad things happen. That just leaves going crazy fast in a straight line.

Comment: Re: Take your space (Score 2) 290

by RuffMasterD (#49109679) Attached to: How Walking With Smartphones May Have Changed Pedestrian Etiquette

Dang, you must think humans are special or something. I can't think of a single period in history when people weren't mindlessly killing each other, let alone other animals.

Right now we have Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Central African Republic, and Israel vs Palestine. Mexico just killed 43 students, plus countless other drug cartel related deaths we never hear about. A few years ago it was Libya, Egypt, and Mali. Since the end of the second world war... Pol Pot comes to mind, for killing 25% of the people of Cambodia in the 1970s. Rwanda genocide wiped out between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Rwandans during a 100 day period in 1994. Vietnam War, nuff said. The first and second world wars were simply meat grinders. The Nazis hardly even bothered to disguise the herding and butchering like animals of thousands of civilians per day.

Humans are animals. We strut around in our fancy clothes, scratching ourselves, picking our noses, and pointing bang sticks at the other tribe.

Comment: More about Tempora (Score 3, Informative) 44

Some links to pages describing Tempora.

I think the fact that UK Defence officials issued a Defence Advisory Notice to the BBC requesting they don't mention certain espionage programs, which may-or-may-not exist, basically confirms that they in fact do exist. It's damn near an official acknowledgement even. Same goes for the US Army restricting personel access to The Guardian website since they started mentionain PRISM and Tempora. Well done chaps!

Comment: Re:From my perspective... (Score 2) 214

by RuffMasterD (#48922495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?
Sounds like my boss :-)

I should add:
7) Is obiedient, listens, and doesn't talk back.
8) Stays technically current, but not on company time.
9) Gives their manager credit for good results. If the manager gets promoted, they will want you right behind them, making them look good.

Comment: Re:Technology is a first step.. (Score 1) 282

by RuffMasterD (#48914205) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance
Agreed. We need transparency so we can hold people accountable. It would help level the playing field and rebuild some much needed trust in the government too.

Too many countries have secret laws and secret courts giving thier secret services immunity from their countries own laws. If it looks like these agencies are breaking laws, it is because they ARE, and because they are ALLOWED to do so. But the average citizen is not allowed to know the content of these secret laws, or witness secret court proceedings. I want to see these secret laws so I can know exactly what laws the secret services are allowed to break. I want to be able to print some of these laws, walk into my nearest politicians office, drop it on his desk, and have a very frank discussion about it. Who voted for these laws, why, do they even know the content themselves, what are they going to do about it, etc.

There must be ways to see a copy of every secret law. National Library? University law libraries? Do law firms have access to them? Lets shine a light on the cockroaches and watch them scuttle.

Comment: Re:Because OS X is no longer supported on my Mac (Score 2) 592

by RuffMasterD (#48844437) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?
This. My company has a Mac OS web server. We run Apache, MySQL, and php. Nothing Linux can't do cheaper, and without the GUI bloat. Some fanboy before my time recomended Macs of EVERYTHING, and the boss had a hard-on for them, so now we have a nice looking server that no one ever sees. The hardware is fine for a webserver, but without updates, the number of security issues is starting to accumulate, and I can't upgrade php any further without compiling from source. Time to ditch Mac OS for Linux.

Comment: Re: Thanks, assholes (Score 1) 573

by RuffMasterD (#48751897) Attached to: Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol
When a criminal chooses to use a lethal weapon such as a gun, they do so knowing that they may end up killing someone. They also know that by using that weapon, other people may use lethal force in return to defend themselves, or law enforcement may respond with lethal force on behalf of the general population. The criminal chooses to uses a lethal weapon knowing they may kill, or be killed.

Likewise, law enforcement officers know that at some point in their career they may be required to face an assailant with a lethal weapon, at great risk to their own life, and they may have to use lethal force against such an assailant to protect themselves and the general public. When they chose to become a law enforcement officer they did so knowing they may have to kill, or be killed, as part of their duty.

Is the general public willing to make these choices? To kill or be killed? Is your mother willing to carry a lethal weapon, knowing that at some point in time she may have to kill someone, and risk being killed herself? Your grandparents? Your spouse? What about your children? At what age do you let a child carry a lethal weapon to defend themselves from armed bullies?

If arming everybody makes society safer, then why not just give every single citizen a government issued gun when they reach a certain age and be done with it? Seems fair. A few 'bad' people would get guns, but more 'good' people would too, so it's a net win right? And if someone chooses not to carry their government issued weapon and happens to be killed by a 'bad' person, then you can just blame the victim. It was their own fault for not carrying their weapon.

What if the 'bad' guys start carrying bigger fully automatic machine guns? As you say, these people don't care about laws or restrictions. Do we then let everyone carry bigger weapons? What if the 'bad' guys then start wearing bullet proof vests? At what point does the escalation stop? Do we then create some magical law that not even the 'bad' guys will escalate past so that all the forces balances out nicely?

I don't think reality is as simple as arming more people.

Neutrinos have bad breadth.