Google Drops Google Drive Prices

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We've lowered the price of our monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB, with even more storage available if you need it. How big is a terabyte anyway? Well, that?s enough storage for you to take a selfie twice a day for the next 200 years and still have room left over for? shall we say? less important things. Like before, storage continues to work across Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. And, of course, the 15GB plan remains free.
 

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I like the direction Google is going, not everything has to be hundreds of dollars and not everybody has hundred to spend.

I just got 100gb free with my Chromebook and I didn't realize until now that on a Chromebook everything in Drive is accessible offline too.
 

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More free proposal from Google coming soon. Remember my word!

Nevertheless, I still consider using simultaneously several free services instead of one (Dropbox, Onedrive, Ubuntuone, G drive etc together). No need to buy anything.
Maybe not all at the same place, but personally I still rely on my PC's hardrive instead of moving completely to the cloud.
 

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Google Drive Blog: Save more with Google Drive

We've lowered the price of our monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB, with even more storage available if you need it. How big is a terabyte anyway? Well, that?s enough storage for you to take a selfie twice a day for the next 200 years and still have room left over for? shall we say? less important things. Like before, storage continues to work across Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. And, of course, the 15GB plan remains free.

Wow! And don't forget you also get free surveillance and monitoring of all your activities and stuff on Google Drive. By big brother, the NSA!

Both that and Google Drive's absurdly expensive pricing makes the choice for MEGA very easy:

MEGA offers 50 Gigabytes of cloud storage for FREE! Not per month but forever! Beat that! What's more, uploads to and storage in the MEGA cloud are fully encrypted from the moment it leaves your device, in transit to MEGA across the internet, and when sitting on MEGA's servers (which are outside of US jurisdiction!). No way can the NSA monitor what's in your MEGA cloud. Not even MEGA itself can decrypt your stuff! Nobody can but you!
And, finally, MEGA works in every web browser (Chrome preferred, though) on every web connected device. No special software installation required. While for mobile devices there is also an excellent, and FREE Android app in the Play Store for you.

FYI: I have had 2 MEGA accounts running without a hitch for over a year, 100 Gigabytes of safe, really private cloud storage, and FREE forever!
 
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I have a free 50gig account on Box.Com, and that has been my new primary for cloud storage. Has an easy to understand folder structure, it's fast, and I can view pictures and video directly from it. Dropbox is awesome but even with referrals I only have 5 gigs on there, and that is just not enough for anything other than temporary storage (which I do use it for).

Google Drive space includes anything on Google...so email attachments and stuff eat into that total. Thats why I prefer separate services. Right now I am using a little over 30 gigs on the Box account.
 

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Box.com is US-based, and within US jurisdiction.
Big brother, the NSA, has got your number.
They are more than welcome to browse my collection of porn and video games and family pictures. I am ok with that. I have accepted that compromise in exchange for the convenience of lots of cloud storage.

(Besides, they will see it when I download or upload it from my phone anyway right?)
 

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Will you still be OK with that when it's held against you?
When what is held against me?

Don't have anything against Mega. Just that I am not using all my Box storage as it is. And I still need some convincing Mega will be here in a year...I had the same issues with Box when it first came out.
 

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So you're a rabid advocate for MEGA so you can store and share your pirated movies? You're so cool. Can you teach me how to be internet cool with stolen movies that I could watch for pennies legally on netflix?

On the privacy front, if the government really cared enough to go after you (or is watching all of the kind of activity you are doing) encryption is only a temporary speed bump. They'll record and store the encrypted data for as long as needed until they can break the encryption.
 

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Another way of looking at this, though, is that they are faced with free competition and there isn't much choice except to respond. That is, it is pretty easy with some of the newer services to wind up with 20gb or more FREE, what with all the extra "gimmes" they have for referrals as well as aggressive start-up levels of space. Storage space is pretty cheap these days. One newbie, for instance, offers 15gb free and in an eyeblink they will make it 20gb if you answered a referral link--plus more if you make referrals. You should have 20gb free at the outset, with more possible.

When you can sign up for 3 places and wind up with, say, 50-60gb free, it's increasingly hard to sell pricey 100gb plans. By dropping the price, they make it far more enticing--the ease of keeping things in one place for those who have a lot can be worth the effort when it wasn't before. But I don't think they had a whole lotta choice about that. I suspect the price drops and the free storage trend will continue! For one thing, I don't have too many 100gb files, :), and in reality it is pretty easy to divvy up what I want online in a couple of logical ways in varying places for free. It's not that big a deal. It's easy to have lotsa stuff online without paying a nickel.

==BTW, is this in ADDITION to what Google is offers for free, or is your free allotment part of the 100gb?
 
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So you're a rabid advocate for MEGA so you can store and share your pirated movies? You're so cool. Can you teach me how to be internet cool with stolen movies that I could watch for pennies legally on netflix?

No, you wouldn't understand.
Better start by researching the factual difference between stealing and copying.

On the privacy front, if the government really cared enough to go after you (or is watching all of the kind of activity you are doing) encryption is only a temporary speed bump. They'll record and store the encrypted data for as long as needed until they can break the encryption.

Dream on: in the case of MEGA's rock hard encryption scheme* that would require 6 months of 24/7 supercomputer time minimum. I.o.w. dozens of millions of dollars. Your tax dollars! Not mine.
Do you think that is a sensible application of your tax dollars? :D

*Kim Dotcom knows what the NSA can do, and can't do from first-hand experience. Especially what the NSA does ILlegally and unconstitutionally.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMas0tWc0sg

MEGA is his response to that raid. MEGA is his revenge on corporate America and its criminal lap dogs, the US administration, the FBI, and the NSA. :D
 
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Better start by researching the factual difference between stealing and copying.

So every piece of content that you're viewing, you're either viewing it with the express permission of the content creator or paying them for it? What's the exact mechanism of Mega that facilitates repayment for content? For example, the stolen movie that you linked earlier... 1. Did you purchase the movie or view it download/streaming from a site that has a rebroadcast agreement with Regency Enterprises and 2. Do you specifically have an agreement with Regency to post links to download and/or stream their content? 3. How much exactly did that cost you? 4. Where on Mega's site is the link for you to pay Regency and/or the ability for Mega to pay Regency on your behalf?
 

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When what is held against me?

The stuff that's in your Box.com cloud. E.g. your porn.
It is not unthinkable – especially not in religion-crazed USA – that laws are changed so that mere posession of porn lands you in jail for years. Exactly like with marijuana (2,8 million Americans incarcerated for posession as we speak; FYI: "the land of the free" has more of its own 'free' citizens incarcerated for BS reasons than ANY country on the planet! Including North Korea...). And laws DO change when politically convenient. Example: in Sweden – one of the most liberal countries on earth – using the services of a hooker now lands you in jail for the first time in history.
Small wonder Assange doesn't trust the Swedish justice system to not extradite him to the USA.

Don't have anything against Mega. Just that I am not using all my Box storage as it is. And I still need some convincing Mega will be here in a year...I had the same issues with Box when it first came out.

MEGA was launched on January 23rd, 2013. I.o.w. it's been here for well over a year already. Of course there IS a very real threat that Kim Dotcom c.s. meet with unfortunate lethal accidents engineered by the cooperating FBI and CIA since their illegal and unconstitutional intimidation attempt, the raid, clearly didn't stop him and his buddies the first time.
 
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