The future of MasterNodes beyond 2018 seems confusing to me. Back in the day, we talked about decreasing MN collateral if/when the network needed more resources. But, the roadmap shows us eschewing this path, for beefier hardware. I can understand the netwrok handoff requirements, to a degree... But, the problem I'm seeing is too much integration. Letting this problem be acceptable then leads to MasterNode hardware... Which is nifty stuff, but it's just being nerd for the sake of being nerd. What happened to reducing collateral? This gives the network more resources while remaining nimble and flexible to the ultimate threat; government. I give precisely zero fucks if a bunch of lawyers say DASH is legal. Laws change. Governments are always corrupt, it's just a matter of how corrupt. If you believe that governments will not ban every form of crypto that isn't their own, once they invent their own, you're a damned fool. Why do you care about that? Because, if it takes being one's own small datacenter with special hardware to run a MasterNode, that's a pretty easy place to find and shut down. Massive resources lost. Definitely not coming back. The current system has a property of replace-ability and portability that is absolutely crucial. You take that away and two very bad things happen: 1) MasterNodes, and MasterNode Operators, become fish in a barrel on multiple fronts. 2) Running MasterNodes becomes a very niche market, resulting in extreme consolidation from multiple vectors. I'll elaborate. There will be very few people willing to stick their neck out making the ASIC-miner-esque investment of dedicated, owned server hardware. Let alone special MN hardware. Let alone stamping their name all over it. Regardless of the current legality, you're essentially asking us to bet on government not doing the very thing that government absolute positively always does... That's like betting that you won't get wet when you jump in the ocean. Who, that has the money to buy MN collateral, is going to be dumb enough to take that bet? Especially once sharded, how will DashDrive survive a regional gang of guvthugs shutting down several buildings full of MNs? I realize many will view this as paranoia, or at least label it that way. For these people, I ask them to look to their own actions. These people are the ones who have been on the warpath against any conservative thought for the past decade. Thought Crime is now "Hate Speech." The very people who will pass this off as overblown paranoia, are the very people who have done it. Of course we're all supposed to look the other way... What goes around, comes around... Eventually the spiked club of government changes hands, and it'll be you taking the beatings you've been dishing out for so many years. You set the precedent that it's acceptable, it will be used. Against whoever the government at the time feels like. They don't even have to change the law now. It's been set as acceptable to simply censor and even murder people in large numbers simply because they disagree with the agenda of the moment. Laws aren't even relevant to it, because the corrupt court system simply casts a blind eye to those committing crimes in the name of the agenda. That precedent will change hands eventually... When the club is in the hands of those you've been dong that to for decades, do you think they will show more restraint than you have? I speak from experience. You've seen how unhinged I can be when I'm stressed out. I've lived with a Leftist boot on my neck my entire life, all the while they're pretending to be victims to justify their fascism, even calling themselves anti-fascists as they commit the same... When the veil finally drops, do you think I'm going to hold back? I'm not going to whine and complain about being oppressed. I'm going to kill every last one of these fuckers that I can. There's nothing left to live for but blood. This is why MNs need to retain portability and replace-ability. Be it the lash, or the backlash; the whip doesn't care. It gets off on hurting whoever it can get away with hurting. The Hangman is always looking for another neck. He never stops. The ability to dodge him is critical. Heavy hardware requirements make that impossible. This is a bad direction and must be avoided. My crystal ball can't tell you what new path to forge. But, my ability to read history, especially very recent history, need not be particularly good to tell that this is a bad direction. Go back to the "reduce collateral, increase node count" school of thinking in spite of the thickening spiderweb it would create? Just as a stopgap? Bring sharding forward sooner? Chainless? Something in between? Tor as a pseudo-transport layer? The threat of government is not a matter of if, but when. It is an absolute inevitability. Even if you submit and comply in every way, they change their mind. Always. Legality is a trap. What is legal today will not be tomorrow. Corruption means they might just do it anyway with total disregard to any law... How will you enforce limits against government? Even The 2nd Amendment is left dormant when it is desperately needed. Clearly, you can't count on the very people for whom the project is meant to benefit... You have to protect the MasterNodes, or you won't have any. 8% ROI is not worth it. Hell, no amount of ROI is worth an absolute guaranteed loss... ROI is just a carrot. A carrot that you'll never get is no carrot at all. You need to think about more than just being trustless. You also need to remember that this is thankless. You have to protect yourself from the inaction of the very people you would seek to help with your project. They won't help you. They won't protect you. MNs and DashDrive are critical to the survival of DASH, so you must protect them. No one else will. Be it ignorance or cowardice, your users and MNOs will never have your back.