Node Application 10674067522, submitted 2019-04-18 15:57:44

Respondent Id 10674067522
Application Date 2019-04-18 15:57:44
Application Language English
Applicant City Florence
Applicant State/Province SC
Applicant Country United States
What languages do you speak? English
What is your occupation? Engineer - mining, trading, investing on the side
How many years experience in your field? 4-7
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've trading for many years. Been operating a mining farm for the past 2 years. Crypto enthusiast supporting development of the space however I can.
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Florence
Node State SC
Node Country United States
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? I've dabbled to understand setup but haven't actively ran one for any length of time. Looking to begin with this project.
What kind of improvements would you like to see in Elixxir nodes vs. previous the previous nodes you have supported? I'd like the setup to be user friendly and the stability to be consistent. I believe this to be crucial for adoption of any platform.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an Elixxir node? None - I have the gear and the flexible schedule to do what's needed to maintain a node. I think I can add value to the project in my unique situation.
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) 46
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? (As a percentage) 100
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. . $0.12/kw
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) 100
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? Yes (please describe)
Do you already own sufficient hardware to meet the published Elixxir BetaNet node specifications? Yes (Please list specs)
Yes (Please list specs) Thinking my rig w/ AMD Threadripper 1950 + Nvidia 1070
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: Plenty of other hardware - 1060's, Vega 56's, etc
Do you have past experience deploying servers to cloud-based services? Yes (please specify)
Yes (please specify) I've mined via cloud based services in the past for CPU only coins
Why do you want to be a node? To support the development of the project and expanding the crypto space
How did you originally hear about Elixxir? Bitcointalk
Which current Elixxir communities are you a member of? Telegram, Discord
Are you an active member of those communities? Yes
What specifically, interests you about the Elixxir platform? Messaging and payment combined while providing privacy
Outside of Elixxir communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? I've been active in several communities. My most recent activity and support has been for Mochimo and Veriblock for their novel concepts.
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? No, but I would be up for it
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? Depends on the extent of the content, but certainly believe in growing the communities however I can. I could commit to 10 hours/week.
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? Distributed means processing is shared throughout chain, which is redundant. Decentralization takes where into account where decisions are made and spread system information so none will have complete info. I think decentralization is key to success and privacy.
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. Some blockchains are trying to "add" privacy features. Problem is, it's not by default, so the anonymity set is very low- most people won't go out of there way to use privacy features, unfortunately. This is proven by how such a small subset of internet users utilize tools like VPN or Tor. So when someone does go out of their way to use privacy features, a government agency could assume that they are trying to hide something. But if the anonymity set was 100% of users, there is plausible deniability.
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? We need tools like elixxir for messaging and transferring money that protect the average user who doesn't have the time or technical-know-how to defend themselves from people who want to exploit them.
Tags Individual, United States, English

Good job. Welcome to Elixxir community!! U have my vote

Would be a great addition