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Submitted by seoras
seoras (147590) writes "After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega's encryption is being cited as a key problem.... ... What makes the situation more unusual is that PayPal reportedly apologized to Mega for its withdrawal while acknowledging that company’s business is indeed legitimate.
However, PayPal also advised that Mega’s unique selling point – it’s end-to-end-encryption – was a key concern for the processor.""

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Comment: Re:It would be nice if... (Score 1) 155

by seoras (#49116819) Attached to: NSA, GHCQ Implicated In SIM Encryption Hack

Meanwhile in Iceland...

This is a country that jails bankers for economic fraud and protects activists like Wikileaks.


They are lucky enough to have a President who has stood up for the people who elected him.
( Read the paragraph below "Crisis of 2008 statements". This is the mouse that roared! :) )

Comment: Fucked.com (Score 1) 102

by seoras (#49071901) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Plays Down Megaupload Worker's Guilty Plea

Lots of good, irrelevant, points here which I do agree with. However Dotcom was lured to NZ, entrapped, in exchange for "The Hobbit" being filmed here - or at least that was the threat from the US if they'd didn't agree to help rope him up and hand him over.
The Kiwi's hate Dotcom for 2 reasons.
1) "Tall poppy syndrome". Kiwi's hate those who brag on success and Dotcom sticks out above everyone in NZ like a soar thumb.
2) The NZ media have savaged him and he has totally underestimated the population's belief in their media. His attempt at politics here in the recent elections was eye wateringly awful.
This recent event is just another fanning of the flames of the pyre on which they intend to burn him.
More bad PR to justify to Kiwi's why a "citizen", as Dotcom likes to remind them he is, should be handed over to the USA.
I'm not a Kiwi but I do live in NZ. Not a comforting thought....
Kinda sad that professional sportsmen stand a better chance of getting away with murder in the USA than online "entrepreneur's" do of avoiding extradition there and a life time in a cell for running a business that offers much of the same as competing US business do.

Comment: Re:Six points about Greek Debt (Score 1) 690

by seoras (#49015627) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

Right, so finally someone understands the difference between the "innocent citizens" and the "evil leaders".
"little more than torture" is a good way of describing what's happening to the many Greeks hit by austerity.

Sorry but I don't see how Germany can take a higher moral ground here within a historical context.
Real debt? Please enlighten us on what you think "real debt" is within the context of WWII & Greek governments and banking?

The ordinary citizens of the western world had nothing to do with the economic melt down at the end of the last decade.
It was the banks to blame but they've walked away and been left to repeat the same scam again unhindered.
" Give them money or excuse debt and then in 5 years time they will be back to the exact same position. "
Yep, the banks will do it again. The innocent will pay.

Comment: Chill out capital of the world? (Score 1) 690

by seoras (#49015423) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

Free electricity probably has most of us thinking "weed farms".
Given the huge sales and startup investment (Snoop Dog et al) are pouring into the US States that have legalised Cannabis Greece could be sitting on a potential gold mine.
A large part of the Greek economy is tourism, its long been a big favourite summer destination for many northern Europeans.
Legalise it, tax it moderately and coin it in.
Greece has the perfect climate for growing it outdoors too, so no need for the free electricity.
You can just see the other EU member states being utterly appalled at that action.
They NEED something to differentiate and kick start their economy.

Comment: Re:People Look At Domain Names? (Score 1) 175

by seoras (#49008385) Attached to: The Man Squatting On Millions of Dollars Worth of Domain Names

I don't believe that [keyword].com gives you the guaranteed 1st page Google results position it used to.

Google did a shake down a few years ago in one of their updates.
If they thought you could pay them for the traffic they gave you for free organically they'd drop your ranking to make you pay for it.
("Don't be Evil"... yeah, right..)

Web users will type in the noun of what they are looking for appending .com instead of going via search.
That's the value in arguably the most valuable .com there is sex.com

The greatest value I see in having [keyword].com is in the mindset of potential customers.
It's a leg up in branding right at the beginning which is what this guy knows and wants to cash in on.

People are more likely to trust medical advice and products from website called www.doctor.com
That's the power of a brand and a .com is a brand Ace card.

Comment: Looking at it more positively.... (Score 1) 175

by seoras (#49007971) Attached to: The Man Squatting On Millions of Dollars Worth of Domain Names

You want that beach front property but can't afford the section with the view to build on.
The land owner says "I'll lease you the land if I get to use the property on the weekends you aren't using it".
What's not to like?

What this guy is offering seems like a fairly good idea and not a bad deal to me, so why all the hate?
It's just a new spin on raising VC or Angel money.
So taking money is ok but not renting a domain name? That doesn't make sense.

The new TLD's aren't yet bestowing the branding power that the good old .com does.
However, since the advent of Apps, domain names have lost a lot of ground to App Store ranking and App marketing.
Google stopped first page ranking of the domain name for the keyword a few years ago so it does not convey automatic organic search dominance either.

I hope anyone getting involved with these guys realises these points when they are negotiating away a stake in their startup.

Comment: Slashdot comments; the truths behind silly rumours (Score 1) 38

by seoras (#48911265) Attached to: Virgin Galactic Dumps Scaled Composites For Spaceship Two

I read Slashdot not for the "journalism", but because you always get the real story from folks commenting on here.
So, yeah, another sensationalistic article (aka "click bait") all over the internet today.
I come to Slashdot to hear the truths behind silly rumours...

Comment: Insult to injury (Score 4, Insightful) 319

by seoras (#48773003) Attached to: MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

I was just waiting for some dick head in the establishment to show the same sort of insecurity that led those self righteous arseholes in Paris to murder cartoonists.
In they step over the bodies and blood looking for the best spin, angle and outcome for their own agendas.
They didn't stop these deluded morons this time and their laws won't stop the next ones. There, sadly, will always be a next time.
What pisses me off is that they patronise us with their "we'll do something about preventing it happening again in exchange for you giving up some of your rights and freedoms".
The truth is they (the establishment) are as afraid and insecure about all of us as the few violent extremists that are out there.
What happened in Paris in 1793 at the Place de la Révolution is probably of more concern to Andrew Parker than what happened to Charlie.

Comment: BBC should tale a good look at itself first (Score -1, Flamebait) 201

by seoras (#48631303) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

The good old BBC, that British establishment of impartiality, politically neutral editorial and protector of the innocent.

Jimmy Saville, Rolf Harris, Stuart Hall, the list goes on. Operation "YewTree" came too late, too little.
Yet the BBC has the gal to point fingers at others for abuse given it did nothing to protect kids from it's stars over the last 3 or 4 decades.
Quote: "The NSPCC described Savile as "one of the most prolific sex offenders in its 129-year history". The BBC restated a "sincere apology to the victims"."
Oh yeah BBC, you really do have kids best interests at heart don't you?

Not to mention their disgraceful one side coverage of the Scottish referendum on Independence this year have left many like myself really not giving much of a shit as to what they have to "report" these days.

So do us all a favour and crawl up your own hole.

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- "Ali Baba Bunny" [1957, Chuck Jones]