Orange III Node Application 11983612587, submitted on 09-13-2020

Respondent ID 11983612587
Application Date 09/13/2020 8:02:44 AM
Applicant City Cardiff
Applicant State/Province
Applicant Country Wales
What is your occupation? I am a crypto enthusiast and I have a construction business in Wales
How many years experience in your field? 8-15
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? None (Self-Taught)
Did you purchase xx coins in the xx coin sale? No
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City Cardiff
Node Province Wales
Node Country UK
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Bitcoin (BTC, BCH, etc), LTC
What kind of improvements would you like to see in xx network nodes vs. previous nodes you have supported? Equal opportunity, decentralisation and energy efficiency.
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an xx network node? None that I can currently envisage.
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? 97
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. $0.15/kwh although I will collocate to a data centre where this is accounted for in my monthly charge
On a monthly basis, how much time can you publicly commit to dedicating toward governance if you were selected as a BetaNet node operator?` 92
In what type of environment would this server be located? Datacenter
Do you have past experience deploying hardware servers in a datacenter? No
Do you already own sufficient hardware to meet the published xx network BetaNet Node specifications (found here)? Yes (Please list specs)
Specs Rzyen 9 3900, Geforce 2070 Super, Samsung 970Pro, 32G ram
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:
Why do you want to be a node? I feel I have become disconnected from crypto since stopping mining LTC and BTC some years ago. I want to be involved and invested in a cutting edge crypto project and I think xxNetwork is the project of choice.
How did you originally hear about the xx network? Influencer Vlog
Which current xx network communities are you a member of? Twitter, Facebook
What specifically, interests you about the xx network platform? I believe the xxNewtwork and David Chaum represent the cutting edge and future of crypto...I think the features of private messaging & transactions as well as Quantum proofing, set it above any of the other cryptos so far.
Outside of xx network communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? Not anymore
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? No
Do you have past experience managing communities or creating content to be distributed across social media? Please enter details for all with which you are comfortable or have experience:
As part of growing the xx network community, are you willing to create content as part of operating an xx network 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. 2hrs per week
Why do you want to run a node in the xx network? To protect private personal communication around health and lifestyle issues from mass surveillance and abuse by centralized organizations, To promote quantum secure distributed systems, To earn xx coins, To help build David Chaum's vision of a decentralized world, To contribute to a promising project, To undo the centralization of the internet by big tech companies, To help build true digital cash to fuel a decentralized economy
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? I think a network like Ripple is a distributed network that is centralised as it is controlled by a controlling body who control over 50% of its assets. I think even BTC is under threat of becoming centralized as larger mining operations hold significant % of its hashing power. A truly decentralised network would have no central controlling body, either politically or in terms of hashing / transaction confirmation.
As best as you can given currently available information, please describe the value proposition of the xx network platform and how it differs from other current blockchain solutions. I think the team based approach of nodes as well as the multiple layers of Elixxir and Praxxis (although I don't fully understand how they work) is unique and protects it from threats and enables it to become scalable as a decentralised entity. I think it is unmatched in principle, by other existing projects, in terms of security, privacy and scalability.
Privacy by Default is a goal of the xx network Platform. In your opinion, why is Privacy by Default critical for the future of the internet? I have been a victim of data theft myself. I am totally onboard with furthering data privacy.
In your opinion, what threat, if any, do quantum computers pose toward decentralized systems? What about centralized systems? I think the more centralised a system is, the easier it will be for a single computer with giant computing power to undermine it. I think with BTC for example, once a machine can beat the collective hash power of the network, it will be over. This is why I want to be invested in a system that is immune to this threat.

Hi, I see you’re based in Cardiff. Do you plan to use a Cardiff based Data Centre?
Thanks a lot

you have my vote…

Looks good to me :+1:

Hi there, thanks a lot for your questions.

I have also been asked by the Node Team to confirm where I will be running the node.

I am indeed based in Cardiff and will be colocating at NGD Newport.
As a backup in case anything doesn’t work out there, i have the option to use Cloudstream Data, also based in Cardiff.

Thanks a lot. Looking forward to hopefully working with you all.

@mktech I see you responded here. I have also noted your response you submitted via email. Thanks very much!

Responded well. Therefore,has my vote.

Good response has my vote.

A fellow applicant running full spec in the same DC.
As Europe’s largest DC it only makes sense that multiple nodes should be welcome to run here.
This could form a great case study into how multiple nodes run from one site…not just how the numbers are controlled but also, how the level of competition is kept fair too.
You have my vote.