Node Application 10611867111, submitted 2019-03-22 9:46:45

Respondent Id 10611867111
Application Date 2019-03-22 9:46:45
Application Language English
Applicant City Brasilia
Applicant State/Province DF
Applicant Country Brazil
What languages do you speak? English,Portuguese
What is your occupation? IT
How many years experience in your field? 8-15
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? Bachelor’s degree (for example: BA. BS)
Please describe your experience in the Crypto/Blockchain space, if any? I ran bitcoin fullnodes years ago, and had monero, pivx, zcash nodes too. Now I have smartcash nodes. I was part of the PIVX community, part of the helpers on SmartCash discord server, but changed jobs and my son was born, consuming all my free time. Now I have an "easier on my freetime" job.
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Montreal
Node State QC
Node Country Canada
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Bitcoin (BTC, BCH, etc), Monero, zCash,Monero,Pivx
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? Faster startup times: download the whole blockchain block by block is inefficient. A good deploying operation: zCash requires tons of steps. Smartcash is a good one. Support IPV6. Really, IPv4 may be the current tech, but we are the future, right? The zCash dashboard is nice to have.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? Required amount of Elixxir to start the node. Memory requirements.
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) 65
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? (As a percentage) 90
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. . I have no idea, the node will be in an datacenter and I pay monthly.
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) 50
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? Datacenter
Do you have past experience deploying hardware servers in a datacenter? Yes (please describe)
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: Not now, but I can acquire as soon as needed.
Do you have past experience deploying servers to cloud-based services? Yes (please specify)
Yes (please specify) I have servers on OVH, AWS, 1and1 (now Ionos), Google Cloud, and some very small players. So managing cloud servers is part of my job. Both co-location and VPS.
Why do you want to be a node? It's a new coin, so there's opportunity to grow with the community. And I think I have skills to help.
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Google Assistant shown to me a site about you
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Reddit, Twitter
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? It's a new blockchain, a new coin, and I have the chance to get involved on a nascent technology.
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? I am currently active on smartcash discord channel.
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? I attended BlockSpot São Paulo last year.
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? I can write about it once a week on Medium, reddit, write guides.
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? Distributed is more about infrastructure. Cloudflare proxies are distributed, but centralized. Not all distributed networks are decentralized. SWIFT is distributed too, but not much decentralized. A decentralized structure must be distributed too, but nobody really owns the network. Bitcoin is one example, but Ripple is not. I am ore on the side of the decentralization. Let Elixxir owners, node operators and devs all vote, and the community moves.
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 transaction volume promised is way above the current rates, and 10-second payment time is on par with credit card industry. Unlinkable transactions are already common, but not all 3 at the same time: fast, private transactions, and large transaction rate.
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? Governments and corporations already know every single bit of our information online. Metadata collection is the norm everywhere. We need to take this power back, to avoid labelling people based on their navigation, spending and speaking behaviour.
Tags Individual, Canada, English