Jan 26th 2017 by halfadams • 30 Questions • 1480 Points
Sia is a fully open source cloud storage platform that is user-focused and completely decentralized. Sia exists through a blockchain-based marketplace that allows users to discover and connect to storage providers to store their data. Instead of giving data to just a single provider, the data is split up, encrypted, and then redundantly stored across dozens of storage providers. This means that no individual storage provider has any amount of control over the data. From day 1, the user has the power. A blockchain also means that there is no central company controlling the prices, and no terms-of-service or unfriendly privacy policies. It's a revolutionary way to put your data in the cloud.Proof:
Upload your Files to Sia: https://medium.com/sia-tech/getting-started-with-private-decentralized-cloud-storage-c9565dc8c854
Get paid to be a Sia Host: https://blog.sia.tech/2016/05/26/how-to-run-a-host-on-sia/
Integrate Sia into your Applications: https://blog.sia.tech/2016/10/20/api-quickstart-guide/
Learn more about Sia: http://forum.sia.tech/topic/107/interesting-threads
Hey Patrick, love the show. A lot. Can you tell Gabriel Macht to stop posting stuff on IG that makes him look like a super chill nice guy? I think I'm gonna have to unfollow him because it's damaging his Harvey persona in my brain.
Hi Andy - Did you ever pay for WinRAR in your lifetime?
Then, like 3 weeks after we had committed to Sia, sure enough the word 'Sia' is trending and generating massive buzz because of her new music video. The one with an 11yo in a nude suit.
Sia the singer has of course done very well since then, and it's been annoying for us. But we chose to keep the name anyway, and we continue to be happy with it.
How long was RealVNC in development before the first version was 'good to go'?
(It seems to have always been around, but it'd be great to know how much went on 'behind the scenes' before we'd heard of it!)
How exactly would YouTube be able to identify malicious behavior?
My constant apologizing and my unapolgetic love of Poutine. And ketchup chips.
We've already done it for some products, just thinking how to fit in across the board
The same way that they identify it today. YouTube already has to pay for all the bandwidth that they consume to funnel content to users. Sia would actually be able to do that for them for much cheaper than what their current costs are.
But doesn't RDP specifically gain huge advantages in a way that cross platform VNC can never do? As I understand it, RDP communicates meta info about window positioning and GUI data so that it doesn't need to send any bitmapped info (even compressed) for many screen areas. Much like X Window system does in Linux.
This strategy would never work across desktops of different OS's.
Hey Patrick! What's it like making out on-screen with the potentially future princess of England?
Ok, fair enough. Followup question, what is the advantage of h264 or webm? vp9 seems pretty good, and the advantage is fully open source.
Because your ISP hadn't changed anything the first time you did it. Once they've reassigned your MAC/DNS/IP or whatever was wrong, the easiest way to pick up the change is to reboot.
Btw, you guys talked about a surprise.. Care to share it?
The beach. But was called The Beaches when I was there. Old School.
Do you consider bring Troian to "Suits" one more time? I love her. And you. And her in Suits.
Had you played with stuff like Timbuktu - which does similar things but was developed in the late 1980s for Mac?
Do you get to keep any of your suits? What are the most common brands you all wear?
What are other pieces of software that you use daily and consider essential to your workflow?
What’s the timeline (and technical roadmap, if you can share any of that without compromising state secrets) for recovering both coins AND files with one’s wallet seed?
Until then, Sia is simply remote data storage. (Albeit one with nifty bells/whistles.) Because users must still backup important data in some other way/shape/form, e.g. on a local hard drive, Dropbox, etc.
I think Mike is starting over again. In almost every way. So I think it makes sense you'll feel like this is a return to season 1 in a lot of ways.
Can you please tell Troian that I love her? I love you too, but you know...Troian.
Also generally less exciting!
It's all open source, I don't believe anything is proprietary.
just told her. She just walked in from spin class. And says she loves you too. Awkward. Im right here guys.
I've been wrapped up lately in the idea of innovation vs. proven successful methods, both in business and creative outlets. How do you balance -- as an actor, director, human being in general -- the desire to create something unique to yourself and making something you know will find success?
Is copying and pasting images and other files ever going to be a possibility and if not, why?
It's not possible to do it in a cross-platform way, which breaks our philosophy. We have supported an integrated cross-platform file transfer function for a number of years, which might not be the most convenient, but is at least possible.
Sia uses Reed-Solomon coding to achieve the same properties. The most recent release has an 8-of-32 redundancy scheme, though as we continue to iterate on the software we expect to eventually reach numbers closer to 30-of-50 without sacrificing data security.
Doing it this way gives you massive geographic redundancy as well as a high tolerance to disk failure, host failure, trust failure, earthquakes, nuclear warfar, etc. In terms of reliability, there's really no comparison (modulo potential bugs in the software).
This also means that we can have hosts focusing on achieving 95% reliability instead of 99.99999% reliability. This will likely result in cheaper drives, cheaper setups, etc, and overall stronger customization for the end-user.
Napkin math suggests that the long term cost of Sia at scale (assuming drive prices don't decrease ever again) is around $2 / TB / Month. This accounts for power, servers, rent, etc.
Time will prove or disprove that math.
we use android studio and the android ndk, writing in java and c++
The first was the release yesterday, the second is the AMA today, and the third is the leaderboard coming next week.
We have not been in contact with Kim Dotcom despite our best efforts. We're not really sure what he's building, but I suspect that it's not actually decentralized, merely instead it is bitcoin based.
I guess we will see though.
Sia's pricing for storage right now is very low relative to its competitors, but not many users are actually storing files on the network. Looking at SiaPulse there's 931 TB available but only 0.82% of that is in use. Without anyone to purchase storage, the hosts have no incentive to continue participating.
What do you think is limiting the number of storage buyers on the network and how do you plan to address it?
No. Turns out writing is really hard. Our writers have it down to a science. Don't have what it takes to do that. Won't stop from trying to rewrite scene though. Korsh just loves when we do that.
what are you currently reading? would you recommend it? (I myself am currently reading American Psycho and my only reaction is wow.)
What do you think of Swarm, Filecoin, Maidsafe, etc?
Just read David Foster Wallace's Consider the Lobster. Brilliant. First time I've ever read any of his stuff. What a brilliant guy. The piece he wrote about John McCains campaign is titled Up,Simba and is a must read especially after this election. Really valuable. Reading Paul Theroux's The Mosquito Coast now. And liking it a lot.
I try not to talk too much about our competitors, because there's is some very obvious bias here. But generally, I feel that Sia is the only platform that has a really strong grasp of the security implications of decentralized systems, and similarly I feel that Sia is the only platform that was designed from the ground up with performance in mind.
To the best of my knowledge, Sia today is the ONLY platform where you can actually upload an encrypted 200 GB file to a decentralized network and expect it to still be there next week. All of the other platforms either require some sort of central server to coordinate things, or otherwise just doesn't have the scale or incentivization.
My favorite thing about Sia is its independence. If right now Nebulous were to shut down all of its servers, users would not experience problems. The forum, the website, and the blog would disappear, meaning you might have problems getting help, however your files would keep uploading, would stay online, and you could keep using the application itself just the same, as though nothing was wrong.
Suits is pretty iconic especially on my university campus, how does it feel being part of something so popular?
The consensus verification logic is here.
It's verifying a type of transaction called a "Storage Proof." The storage proof type is defined here. The comments should hopefully explain everything well.
Its an amazing thing having done this for so long and seeing how deep people go into the show. So much binging. Ive met a lot of people that say the show really helped them get through a difficult time too. That means a lot to hear. There is so much work in every department that goes into making even the worst television shows. So its a real gift to put that work into something that actually does connect with so many people.
Sia has a whiltepaper which dives into this pretty well. https://sia.tech/sia.pdf
Hi Patrick. So being on set for long hours, or just being an adult in general, its normal to feel stressed out. What do you do to cope and chill?
Can I use it for porno? Legal porn tho.
Struggle a lot with anxiety to be honest. The last year particularly. Try to mediate, make sure to take deep breaths, get enough sleep and just not sweat things I have no control over.
It wouldn't be a very private cloud storage platform if we had some way to detect and ban porn.
In short, everything is encrypted and done from your own computer. You can think of us sort of like selling a hard drive. What you put on it is your business, and it's not even possible for us to snoop, let alone take action about it.