Node Application 10538335280, submitted 2019-02-18 22:51:05

Respondent Id 10538335280
Application Date 2019-02-18 22:51:05
Application Language English
Applicant City Odenton
Applicant State/Province Maryland
Applicant Country United States
What languages do you speak? English, Cebuano, Hiligaynon
What is your occupation? Privacy/Security
How many years experience in your field? 8-15
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? Master’s degree (for example: MA, MS, MEng, MEd, MSW, MBA)
Please describe your experience in the Crypto/Blockchain space, if any? Proof of concept public key management for IoT, mining, hosting Monero node
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Odenton
Node State Maryland
Node Country United States
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Monero
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? Slower chain growth
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? Limited to symmetric 100Mb line
What is a reasonable maximum connection speed on which you could operate a BetaNet node in your geographic region? (Where 0 = 10 Megabits/second, and 100 = 10 Gigabits/second) 18
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? (As a percentage) 99
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. . $.10 kwh
On a monthly basis, how much time can you publicly commit to dedicating toward governance if you were selected as a BetaNet node operator? (Where 0 = 1 hour/month, and 100 = 20 hours/month) 27
If you were selected to run a BetaNet node, would it run on your own hardware or be deployed to cloud-based servers? Hardware
In what type of environment would this server be located? Personal Home
Do you have past experience deploying hardware servers in a datacenter? No
Do you already own sufficient hardware to meet the published Elixxir BetaNet node specifications? No
Yes (Please list specs)
Do you have hardware you would like to use but does not meet the stated BetaNet node specs? If so, please provide specs on that hardware below: C2758 8-core Atom + Nvidia Quadro P400 or AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB. Willing to purchase necessary hardware.
Do you have past experience deploying servers to cloud-based services? Yes (please specify)
Yes (please specify) Azure cloud, Google GPU/Compute (password hashing)
Why do you want to be a node? I attended a talk by David Chaum at a crypto con in San Francisco in January. I was intrigued by how Elixxir was different from other cryptocurrencies and I would like to be involved in this effort.
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Bitcointalk
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Reddit, Medium
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? The alternative to proof of work, and keeping the blockchain lean
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? Drupal 5 years ago
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? Blockchain Connect 2019
As part of growing the Elixxir community, are you willing to create content as part of operating an Elixxir BetaNet node? Examples would be node setup & on-boarding review vlog post, bi-weekly twitter update, medium review of on-going node operational process, etc. Yes (how much content on a monthly basis?)
If yes, how much content on a monthly basis? 1 post/video per month
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? Decentralized can still be controlled by a single entity, while distributed networks are controlled by consensus among independent actors. The best network is the right one for the job.
As best as you can given currently available information, please describe the value proposition of the Elixxir platform and how it differs from other current blockchain solutions. The value proposition is in novel hash-based messaging and currency system vs public key, giving it speed. The mixer network also is novel, its anonymity is a huge draw. Finally, a fast anonymous crypto currency that ISN'T essentially a proof of work fork of bitcoin is a huge advantage.
Privacy by Default is a goal of the Elixxir Platform. In your opinion, why is Privacy by Default critical for the future of the internet? Privacy and freedom are necessary for each other, in my opinion. An erosion of privacy would eventually mean an erosion of the freedom that give the Internet its disruptive power. The same principles apply to currency. Cash is anonymous, and an anonymous mass-adopted cryptocurrency would return to that. Hopefully Elixxir fits the bill.
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