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Mega-screenshots promise more embarassment

Written By: - Date published: 11:29 am, December 10th, 2012 - 6 comments
Categories: internet, john key, Minister for International Embarrassment - Tags: ,

Kim DotCom has been twittering about his new website that is under development to the amusement of some observers like Mario at gizmodo.

The three shots show off the site’s registration page, encryption key generator, and file manager. What’s pretty funny is that even though the service will be legal, the file manager’s design looks a lot like a P2P or BitTorrent client. It’s a familiar interface that’s time proven, but come on man! If you wanna show people you’re not a crook at least dress up the aesthetics a little bit. [Twitter via TNW]

Evidently they did not pick up the interesting thing about this particular set of screenshots of the new site for NZ. Have a close look at the names of the files and folders below (you may need to click into it to get the full value). Then contemplate how much embarrassment DotCom has already caused this government and it’s inept police and security services.

Incidentally, I see that the local blabbermouth has been leaking information again as a result of her trip to the US.


6 comments on “Mega-screenshots promise more embarassment”

  1. Rich 1

    “I was told by DOJ that MU was a test case”

    Yeah, if they win they’ll close down YouTube and jail Google’s staff and shareholders.

  2. Veutoviper 2

    Thanks for this post, lprent.

    I roared with laughter when I saw the file manager screenshot a couple of days ago – talk about take it to them!

    It was also interesting that KDC retweeted CC’s 26 Nov tweet on Saturday without comment as to why. The full conversation is also worth a read, through going to KDC’s Twitter feed.

    When the court ruling came out last week re GCSB involvement, this tweet also gives some idea of KDC’s thinking:

    “If the court awards damages in the GCSB case they will be invested into New Zealand startups: theicehouse.co.nz/angels/”

  3. vto viped 3

    The megaupload dotcom matter plays out like a battle between private individual and state government forces whereby the state government forces act with ulterior motives and to a higher and indisclosed aim.

    Which shouldn’t surprise as its been done countless times through history.

    What do we have more to fear from? An out of control individual person, or an out of control state government?

    • Veutoviper 3.1

      “What do we have more to fear from? An out of control individual person, or an out of control state government?”

      A perfect introduction to what I was about to post – but to that I would add “a (possibly) out of control group of states”.

      I am way out of my depth when it comes to internet technology, governance, clouds etc and all that goes with that, but this Stuff article seems to give a flavour for what may be in store on a much more global basis in terms of limiting internet freedom of expression etc.

      A 12-day conference of the International Telecommunications Union, taking place in Dubai, is supposed to result in the adoption of a new international treaty governing trans-border communications.

      But in a critical session at the midpoint of the conference on Friday, delegates refused to adopt a US-Canadian proposal to limit the treaty’s scope to traditional communications carriers and exclude Internet companies such as Google, the ITU said on its website.

      Further complicating the negotiations was what a US official at the talks called the “surprise” announcement of an accord among some Arab states, Russia and other countries to pursue treaty amendments that are expected to include Internet provisions unacceptable to the United States

      A still-secret draft of the coalition’s proposals is to be introduced soon by the United Arab Emirates, the official said.

      The emergence of the new coalition, whose members are generally seeking greater Internet censorship and surveillance, is likely to harden battle lines separating those countries from the United States and some allies in Western Europe.

      “All of the indicators we have so far is it’s something that could be a clear effort to extend the treaty to cover Net governance,” said policy counsel Emma Llanso of the nonprofit Center for Democracy & Technology, which draws funding from Google and other US Internet companies.

      “What we’re seeing is governments putting forward their visions of the future of the Internet, and if we see a large group of governments form that sees an Internet a lot more locked down and controlled, that’s a big concern.”


      The US ambassador to the conference said in an earlier interview that his country would not sign any agreement that dramatically increased government controls over the Internet.

      That would potentially isolate America and its allies from much of the world, and technology leaders fear that the rest of the globe would agree on actions such as identifying political dissidents who use the Internet and perhaps trying to alter the Net’s architecture to permit more control.

      Bold is mine.

      Perhaps CC’s apparent approach to certain individuals is a much smaller example of what others are seeking on a much wider scale?

      In relation to KDC, I found the US comments/approach as stated in this article – eg “would not sign any agreement that dramatically increased government controls over the Internet” – totally hypocritical vis a vis what has happened in the KDC case.

      • shorts 3.1.1

        US hides behind protecting the rights of corporations… thus can play the freedom of speech & internet card whilst limiting those exact freedoms via copyright and other controls

        I too laughed at the mega screen shot and applauded the not so subtle PR – he plays a clever game…

  4. lurgee 4

    Depressing that a chubby German billionaire geek with fifty butlers (or summat like that) is the only person actually taking the fight to National. Not quite what Marx had in mind, I suspect.

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