Soon the Dash bug bounty program will be up and running, first in private, then later open to the public. If there are any specific tests you would like the program to address, contact me and we can consider it.
There is something I don't understand. The MN will be run on specialized hardware to keep up with transaction demand... so that means regular supporting nodes (non-MN) will be excluded simply because they won't be able to keep up with the network?
But only if it's cheap enough that it's disposable.
Another solid point.Cheap not just because of "disposable", but because some countries have braindead customs. And it's not the theft of 44% price that concerns me, but the issue that the "administration" of the import can easily eat workweeks. And, of course, you'll be flagged in "the database".
Anything regarding Masternode hardware and other physical requirements should be done very gradually and cautiously. Imagine if all of a sudden there was a special hardware requirement -- a lot of MNOs might simply decide that's too much trouble and cash out their collateral. What would happen to Dash's price and marketcap if a mere one hundred MNOs (~2% of total) dumped their 100,000 Dash on the market?
I seriously doubt that the human race is capable of producing enough transactions to need the capacity that special MN hardware will bring.
Look at the blocksize ambition. We'll need more hard drive space well before the population grows so large that we'll need more processing power. Transparent hardware compression/encryption? Sharding will be an inevitability because there's simply nowhere to store a blockchain that big. Wimbly Bimbly? "Blockchain forever" is simply untenable. The need for a chainless crypto is inevitable, and privileged mining gives you a hint... 25MB blocks at 1 block per 2.5minutes... How fast will your 8TB drive fill up? Storage arrays? When you expect more from a masternode than you do from any other server, you're being ridiculous. And we're only talking about storage space... Demanding more is fine. Demanding more than the entire technology industry can deliver because you won't rethink the basics of an experiment gone too far...
The future brings government blockchains/crypto. At that point, you are a fool if you don't believe non-government cryptos will be banned. Special Hardware means those "illegal currency terrorists that are undermining the nation's economy (a.k.a., MNOs)" will have bull's eyes painted on them. Freedom is so unpatriotic! The overwhelming majority will always prefer being Big Brother's pet, and willingly abide any and all propaganda spewed.
22: Tier-2 conceptually is able to handle much larger block propagation, due to having much higher quality network connections. We plan on having large farms of co-located servers, eventually connected using ethernet hand-off. Masternodes located in the same facility can be used for local syncing, allowing more rapid propagation of blocks to catch new servers up. Tier-1 remains permissionless, but also becomes vastly more expensive. Processing of blocks uses custom hardware, allowing for us to process transaction/transition signatures in a parallelized way.
DAPI doesn't currently exist. How it will effect MN load is entirely theoretical.I am in agreement with @akhavr @TheSingleton, I am confused as to why we need further centralization in data centers? I am also amiss as to why we need specialized hardware? Maybe, the Dapi's processing overhead which is 500-1500 tx/s extra load on top of the functions already performed by the masternodes?
Maybe we do not fully understand Dapi and its use cases? DashMail or Dmail could compete with google and solve the following problem with email? If this is true maybe we are thinking of masternodes in the wrong way. Is there a future tense of the word, futurenodes? In the future maybe they are fully decentralized and/or distributed clusters. Do we look more like a blockchain powered CDN as powerful as Netflix or Cloudflare?