Orange Node Application 11840844639, submitted on 07-29-2020

Respondent ID 11840844639
Application Date 07/29/2020 1:28:23 AM
Application Language English
Applicant City
Applicant State/Province
Applicant Country JP
What languages do you speak? English, Swedish, Japanese
What is your occupation? Software Development
How many years experience in your field? 16+
What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? Master’s degree (for example: MA, MS, MEng, MEd, MSW, MBA)
Did you purchase xx coins in the xx coin sale? No
Are you an individual or a group? Individual
Node City n/a
Node Province Yamanashi
Node Country Japan
For which networks Have you ever operated a node? Bitcoin (BTC, BCH, etc), Ethereum (ETH, ETC, etc), Tezos, Monero, various
What kind of improvements would you like to see in xx network nodes vs. previous nodes you have supported? * Dockerfile that builds compatible container images out-of-the box for both arm64 and amd64 * Clear documentation on all configuration parameters, especially those related to security (keys, certificates, network ports, RPC authentication, etc) * Reproducible builds for tagged releases * Well-maintained changelog with links to issues and commits for all releases
What are potential setbacks preventing you from operating an xx network node? Inability to build from source
What is a reasonable uptime estimate you can provide for your BetaNet node? 98
Please estimate the cost of electricity in the geographic area where your BetaNet node will be running. ?
On a monthly basis, how much time can you publicly commit to dedicating toward governance if you were selected as a BetaNet node operator?` 10
What is the maximum upload bandwidth in megabits per second your node can provide? 100
What is the maximum download bandwidth in megabits per second your node can provide? 200
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), prefer not to disclose details
Specs various configurations available. Current attempt will be eithe ron Ryzen 3600(X) or 3400G. Ideally I'd like to avoid needing a dGPU for this, but also possible.
Why do you want to be a node? * Understand the xx network better, get involved in the security, decentralization and operations of it * Acquire coins
How did you originally hear about the xx network? Conference
Which current xx network communities are you a member of? Discord
Are you an active member of those communities? No
What specifically, interests you about the xx network platform? Chaum. Still curious to see if this is another vaporware or if it holds up to its promise. Communication so far has a lot of red flags (nothing explaining how claims are met) but so far gicing the benefit of the doubt.
Outside of xx network communities, are you an active participant in other node or developer community groups? If so, which ones? Yes, several. Prefer to not disclose.
Have you ever attended a blockchain conference? If so, which one(s)? Yes, several. Most major ETH-related ones (devcon, ethglobal, ethberlin), various random local ones, some Bitcoin ones.
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. This 100% depends on my impression after setting up and running the node(s)
Would you be interested in helping to lead the development of the next xx network community? No
Why do you want to run a node in the xx network? To protect the privacy of political speech, 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, To reverse the political centralization of legal, police, and military organizations which favor the wealthy and powerful
What is the difference between decentralized networks and distributed networks, and where on the decentralization spectrum do you sit? AFAIK, there is no formal definition of "decentralized network" or "distributed network". Though we could talk more formally of distributed systems. One can look at it either from a pure systems perspective, or in terms of how power, authority and access to data is controlled. Generally speaking, a decentralized system has no single point of failure or authority. A distributed network shares the load over several nodes. For a digital cash use-case, there should be no privileged nodes (which is today only theoretically possible with PoW, since PoS requires acquisition of already minted tokens for staking). Given sufficient distribution of tokens and them being available on the market, I do think that PoS can still be considered sufficiently distributed (as IMO the case is with e.g. Ethereum today), even though it doesn't meet the strict requirement. At the very least, participation should be completely unprivileged (TBH I find it odd that I even have to make this application for the beta network). Access to data, source code, documentation should all be unprivileged and equal.
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 honestly can't say even after watching several videos and reading several blog and forum posts.
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? Plausible deniability. If use of privacy-preserving techniques is only used by those who have sufficient reason to do so, the very use of it makes one a target.
In your opinion, what threat, if any, do quantum computers pose toward decentralized systems? What about centralized systems? Nothing for decentralized or centralized systems as such. As for the cryptography used by many of these systems, it could break the axioms upon which their guarantees depend (e.g. RSA) That being said, alternative cryptographic schemes can and should be replacing these older schemes well-ahead of time before that becomes a practical possibility.

A Turing GPU is actually required, RTX2070 or higher, you mention that’d be possible for you, right?


Has some valid points. Good application in my view.