Kim Dotcom: Mega reaches 1 million users one day after launch

On Saturday, the general public was able to sign up to use Mega, the much hyped successor to the MegaUpload file sharing website that was founded by the controversial Kim Dotcom. Mega's servers immediately buckled under the pressure as over 100,000 people registered for the service within an hour after it launched.

On Sunday, Dotcom held his official launch party for Mega at his New Zealand mansion; on the same day one year ago that location was raided by U.S. and New Zealand law enforcement officials who arrested Dotcom on online content piracy charges. The Next Web reports that during the event, Dotcom claimed the new Mega service had already reached the one million user registration mark.

The Mega launch event was, as expected, quite a spectacle, with models dressed up in para-military uniforms surrounding Dotcom on stage. A recreation of the raid on the mansion in 2012, complete with helicopters, was also part of the festivities. Even with all of these theatrics, Dotcom said at the conclusion of the event that he will not be making as many public appearances from now on, aside from upcoming court dates.

Mega is currently offering users access to 50 GB of file storage space for free, with additional storage and bandwidth available for a fee. Dotcom said during the Mega launch press conference that the service has been "built from the ground up to adhere to the law.” Only time will tell if Mega will suffer the same fate as MegaUpload.

Source: The Next Web | Image via The Next Web

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I can login and upload easily, it maxes out my pathetic upload speed of 35KB/s. I still can't download files though, just get unavailable errors

Loving the site at the moment can't wait till the hype dies and bandwidth is increased as its bogged down at the moment but getting better every time i check.

Hope this will be the new place to download ROMS, and Linux Destros among other things

All thats missing is a Desktop downloader (I am sure someone will make one at some point)

Josh_LosAltosHills said,
this isn't surprising. the pedophiles needed a new place to share their cp.

What the hell are you talking about? There is no difference from any other simillar site to the end-user who publishes a link to a Mega download. The link itself contains the decryption key. If anyone wanted to store illegal content on a file sharing site they could do so for ages using encrypted 7z or rar archives, you think there's any serious difference? Also, what russianmonk said.

Uploaded a test 200MB file with Firefox, upload speeds were around 250KB/s. Tried to download said file and get a prompt saying my browser is too old to download a file that size, that I should switch to chrome. Er...

The "reason" is that Firefox can't use Javascript to write files to the hard drive (the file is decrypted by Javascript).
I for one can't see this service making anyone switch to Chrome.

billyea said,
I for one can't see this service making anyone switch to Chrome.

It made me switch to Chrome, at least for now (Firefox's problems have been seriously ****ing me off anyway) and it's pretty damn fine so far, unlike when I tried it a million versions ago.

Mega's frontpage, says in big bold words "THE PRIVACY COMPANY", but all i read in my mind is "THE PIRACY COMPANY"....

That fat c**t is a crook, always has been. Why advertise this sh*t when neowin seems so anti-piracy a lot of the time, sniffs of double standards to me.
Still, maybe I'm in the minority?

Their privacy policy has a few grammar and spelling errors in it, very professional lol

We respect the copyright of others and requires that users of our services comply with the laws of copyright.

Sounds like a child wrote it

Dotcom said during the Mega launch press conference that the service has been "built from the ground up to adhere to the law.”

Hah this guy is so full of it.

Lol he said

“We have scrutinized every pixel to ensure it's built from the ground up to adhere to the law.”
...

So just trying to test this out, but anyone actually able to upload anything successfully? I am trying to upload a 1 byte txt file as a test, no go so far, day 2....

Yes I was able to sign up within the first hour....

However, I am still trying to upload just 1 picture for testing. Its been about 24 hours now and the picture is only 3MBs

I'll stick to dropbox.

I don't get it, no one mentions that the site has been (as in, still is) mostly unusable, with tons of bugs (like "temporarily unavailable" file, still, and I see now it's "temporary error, retrying", and nothing) and mostly not even accessible all this time? It's the mother of all shaky starts. I've never seen anything like this. Yes, huge demand, servers crumble, etc., doesn't change the fact that it's a HORRIBLE start and the underestimation of resources needed to handle the load is a huge failure.
In any case, good luck, Kim.

Also, no one has been able to give me an answer yet about how much bandwidth is available to free users. Anyone, please?

Edited by audioman, Jan 20 2013, 10:20pm :

It's unstable because of insane demand at launch.. by the end of the week it'll be just as stable as any other site..

When you can connect, the site is actually very fast I've found.

bviktor said,
Prolly coz these ordinary initial technical glitches are the LEAST interesting parts of the start of a business.

Yeah, whatever. If this was a site/business you depended on (such as banking), or a shopping site (you bought something and you experience glitches with order and site unavailability, and no support) you'd be fuming, like everybody else. Give me a break.

Ryoken said,
by the end of the week it'll be just as stable as any other site..

It doesn't look like that will be the case, especially now that I've read their blog, but one can hope.

At the Dutch social network "Hyves" that is currently at its decline they have a couple of Thousand servers currently idling. Perhaps a bargain for Kim?

Was interested in this but, now that it's here, I honestly don't care about it anymore - it's the first "new big thing" that I've decided to pass on. Been "online" for decades now (since the late 1970s) and I suppose I'm getting old, this stuff just isn't worth bothering with anymore.

I have enough accounts all over the place anyway...

EDIT: forgot to say if you work out the math and figure that 99% of the people that signed up did so using the free 50GB of storage, that's... let's see, carry the 2, multiply by the square root of Pi squared, subtract the national budget as of New Years, round up a bit...

A LOT of hard drives, seriously, that's a lot of storage. It's a given that the functional model is ensuring that not everyone - not even a significant portion - of people will max out the 50GB of free space, but even so, figuring they're using 2-4TB drives in their server farms... again, that's a LOT of hard drives.

Seriously, a LOT.

There is actually another problem here - if the content is encrypted on the user side (browser), then de-duplication and compression mechanisms will not work on storage arrays.

This will make storage cost for such solution much more expensive, as normally in shared storage environments you can get 10:1 dedup rates quite easily.

built from the ground up to adhere to the law?

It seems rather it was built to follow exactly the law and close any exploits or loopholes that made the service provider responsible for the actions of all users of the service. and I'd venture a bet the IP logging is 100% so Mega can monitor US addresses. Next level HTML5 undocumented features FTW.