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You are largely relying on just not being caught. Have you asked a tax advisor about this?

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There's entire movement of perpetual travelers and laws clearly state it's legal.

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I am familiar with PTs and I have been traveling since 2007.

It might be perfectly legal for Russian nationals. Since I am not Russian, I do not know with certainty, which is why I ask if you had checked with an expert.

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I run one of such agencies. We are 100% remote. If you are interested contact me at hello@umamicollective.com.

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I am from Argentina. I'll be happy to help with what I can. You can find me at hello@umamicollective.com.

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Me too, glad to help. My mail is in the profile.

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Is anyone else getting their DigitalOcean IPs banned from certain sites? I use it as a personal VPN sometimes and lately any application hosted on Google App Engine is inaccessible. Sometimes Gmail, Google Analytics and Google Drive are also inaccessible.

The strange part is that the server I am using should not be sending email or doing much really except hosting some git repos and a basic website.

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I've run into that before on VPNs using AWS. Likely the public IP my server is using was used for abuse before I got it, especially as they usually only stick very ephemerally unless you upgrade to an Elastic IP.

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What do you do? I am working in a way towards the same. I would love to talk. Contact details on my profile.

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Customs can request the encryption keys from you and did in this case. So not only encrypt everything, but use a hidden volume as well.

http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/plausible-deniability

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It's entirely unclear in NZ whether there's any legal obligation to furnish your passwords. See: https://twitter.com/GraemeEdgeler/status/411040201062895616 (Graeme Edgeler is a well-known NZ law commentator).

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Don't carry any encrypted data on your person, download it over the internettubes which pass right through customs.

Hardware can easily travel separately from bits.

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Another way is to provide part of the key to someone that's not travelling. This person should not release the key to you until they're satisfied you've successfully completed your trip. You don't know the key, so you can't release it, and you'd have good proof to that effect.

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At which point customs would permanently confiscate my things and perhaps deny entry into the country for my wife and me. The latter wasn't a threat for Mr. Blackman as I assume he's an NZ citizen. We're not NZ citizens, we're US citizens.

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My understanding is that if you do not supply the key they can confiscate and destroy the media, though it will obviously vary from country to country.

The idea behind the hidden volume is that you can provide a key that works for the volume (and hopefully satisfies whoever is inspecting your data) while keeping your information private.

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Reading the link supplied by patio11 above (recommended), I wonder if using a hidden volume would constitute an obstruction of customs investigation.

"Don’t Obstruct an Agent’s Investigation

Once it’s clear that a border agent is going to search your device or other possessions, don’t take any steps to destroy data or otherwise obstruct that process. Like lying, knowingly interfering with a border agent’s investigation is a serious crime."

https://www.eff.org/wp/defending-privacy-us-border-guide-tra...

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Which would be the alternatives that allow to import an MBOX archive? I am not familiar with email storage.

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Virtually everything supports MBOX (which, modulo a few gotchas, is just a concatenated file of the text-formatted RFC822 messages as they went over the wire). Most mail clients support it. Many mail servers do to, so for example you could drop this into /var/spool/mail on a AWS instance, run a default dovecot install, and hit the server with any IMAP client.

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mbox is a standard email storage format. It's not ideal for a live email system, but not bad for archiving or for import/export purposes.

You can import mbox into variety of desktop email clients and, using IMAP, upload them to web-based UIs.

Here's how to move off Gmail to Rackspace (not free) email, I've done it last weekend [1]:

  - Enable IMAP access in Gmail
  - Add Gmail account to Apple's Mail.app
  - Wait for Mail app to sync.
  - You have a full copy of GMail archive on your computer now
  - Select all messages in Mail app, and select Message/Copy To
  - Pick Rackspace inbox and click "OK"
  - Delete all your email messages in Gmail, purge Trash. 
  - Done.
I also exported Gmail labels into separate mbox files just in case.

[1] http://www.rackspace.com/email-hosting/webmail

P.S. For anyone wondering, I moved off Gmail because of two reasons:

  1. New compose window was impossible for me to use.
  2. Security issues.

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I've done similar things a variety of times, the download -> copy -> paste routine is pretty simple. So far I've never had a problem with it (even moving 100k or so).

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Mac Mail.app can import mbox files but the default storage is emlx if I remember correctly for Spotlight indexing.

Thunderbird should also import mbox

I am a bit paranoid about my Gmail account so I use the Mail.app to download the emails and then I back it up. If my account gets locked for whatever reason, 'Download Data' option is not going to exist. So better to backup through other means as well.

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Many desktop mail clients support mbox format. Thunderbird uses mbox. There's also a script (I'm sure there are many scripts that do this) that take mbox files and upload the mail to an IMAP server. (http://imap-upload.sourceforge.net/)

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Probably most desktop clients. You can import an MBOX file to Thunderbird with the ImportExportTools extension (which Mozilla links from their KB):

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/importexp...

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I like how practical it is. I normally use WhatsApp or LINE for this, but even on my laptop the geolocation is fairly accurate.

Bug report:

I get an offset between what I see when I generate a location to what it shows using the URL on an incognito window. Correct one on the left, wrong one on the right:

http://f.cl.ly/items/2D261R141A082F3G2V2w/cafe.png

http://mapme.in/5298

(Yes, I just shared my location publicly on the internet. I'll be fine.)

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New bug report!

It seems you are reusing four digit IDs? The address space might not be big enough for HN! My previous link is now showing a location in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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You're right. Thanks for the improvement report! I'll get on it right away.

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Glad I could help. Nice project!

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Yeah 4 digit id's seems a little crazy... Why so low??

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I will change this to over 9000! :)

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There is a ~24% gap between the price you pay in ARS for credit card purchases in USD and what the USD sells for in the black market. This opens up all sorts of arbitrage opportunities that the government struggles to plug.

If you have USD in cash, you can sell them for close to 10 ARS and then buy BTC at about 7.34 exchange rate.

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The crossing of the Darien Gap is about 90 kilometers (from the article). I assume @exue was referring to that part.

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