Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Kim Dotcom has announced plans to garnish his encrypted file-sharing service, Mega, with an encrypted email service. The file-sharing mogul, who faces extradition from New Zealand to the U.S. over copyright infringements on his former site Megaupload, has reported swift success with new project Mega.
Dotcom told the Guardian that the secure cloud storage service, launched in January, already had 3 million registered users who have stored a total of 125 million files in the first month of operation. “We’re going to extend this to secure email which is fully encrypted so that you won’t have to worry that a government or internet service provider will be looking at your email,” said Dotcom.
Mega, unlike most cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, gives users both the encryption and decryption key. Dotcom has said the idea is to protect user privacy and his own ass: Mega, the provider, does not have the ability to decrypt the content it stores, so it cannot turn such content over to the authorities decrypted, and, Dotcom hopes, Mega can’t be held responsible for copyright infringing content stored as the provider can’t see the decrypted files.
Privacy advocates have, however, reserved praise for Mega and its infamous founder. The Verge’s Adrianne Jeffries noted that many groups concerned with online privacy have been reticent to trust Dotcom’s products after the FBI raided Megaupload and many users lost all access to their files. “The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a brief on behalf of one Megaupload user who has not had access to his files since the raid. That doesn’t bode well for Mega’s prospective customers, who have to worry that their cloud storage provider might be seized by the government,” wrote Jeffries.
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Natasha Lennard.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.