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Actor / EntertainerI’m Patrick J. Adams and I play Mike Ross on Suits. Ask me anything.

Jan 26th 2017 by halfadams • 30 Questions • 1480 Points

Edit: This concludes our AMA. We really enjoyed engaging with you guys. If you still have questions, feel free to pop by our slack (invites at slackin.sia.tech). Who We Are:

David Vorick (/u/Taek42) - Cofounder + Lead Dev
Luke Champine (/u/sia_nemo) - Cofounder + Dev
Johnathan Howell (/u/fighterjet-biceps) - First Employee + Dev

What is Sia?

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:

http://i.imgur.com/uOWaX8W.jpg

Learn more about Sia:

Website: https://sia.tech
Twitter: https://twitter.com/siatechhq

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

Q:

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.

A:

Hi Andy - Did you ever pay for WinRAR in your lifetime?


Q:

is your company named after the singer Sia Furler ?

A: no #i #won't #but #ill #tell #him #to #stop #tagging #every #single # w# #o #r #d

Q:

No, I use 7-zip ;-)

A:

Funny story. We picked the name expressly because there were no search results, other than some obscure javascript stuff and some singer who had relatively little popularity.

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.


Q:

How did you obtain the position of mike Ross? Standard audition? Suggestion of a friend? Etc.

A:

This will determine how guilty I feel for the rest of my life.


Q:

Sia has been making music for more than a decade, under that name and with other groups, like Zero 7.

A:

a regular audition. Right place right time. And then a huge amount of unmarked bills under the table.


Q:

the next hardest thing is dealing with keyboards

A:

This is true however she was not really a searchable name until her Chandelier video, at least as far as I remember.


Q:

Would you change your name to Adam J. Patricks?

A:

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!)


Q:

For sites like YouTube, we can also set up a cookie-based payment.

"can" as in "could theoretically implement this in the future" or "currently are capable of this?"

A:

It's already in the works.


Q:

VNC started life inside a research lab back in 93/94. we used it a lot internally and developed it quite extensively before deciding to give it to the world in 1998... the rest is history!

A:

We have the designs needed to implement this in the future. If we put it as the next thing in our pipeline, I'm estimating it'd take 3-5 weeks to implement. We would have to extend the host-renter protocol, which means it wouldn't be usable until enough hosts had upgraded, which would probably take an extra 2-4 weeks.

You can't do it using today's software. I'm expecting us to have it implemented by the end of the year, though before we get that far we have other priorities.


Q:

What is your most Canadian trait?

A:

H264 would be huge, nearly everything can hardware encode/decode it. Can't wait, thanks!!


Q:

How exactly would YouTube be able to identify malicious behavior?

A:

My constant apologizing and my unapolgetic love of Poutine. And ketchup chips.


Q:

We've already done it for some products, just thinking how to fit in across the board

A:

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.


Q:

Since I can ask you anything ... how is married life?

A:

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.


Q:

"What does Sia offer? What makes it unique and worth investing? Elevator pitch... I never read up on it and obviously didn't invest. Juuuust curious."

Someone in a crypto-investing slack asked these questions^

A:

Good place to start I guess. Its pretty blissful. Married my best friend in every sense of the word. And the weekend itself was easily the best three days of our lives.


Q:

these days a typical desktop is much more graphical than it used to be and encodings such as jpeg and mpeg do about as well as they can. we support both with an increasing step towards h.264. how well does rdp do audio/video content? as you point out if you want a cross-platform, backwards-compatible system, simple universal techniques such as pixels are the best bet.

A:

Our website I hope does a good job of explaining Sia. If not, we'd love some feedback.

Generally, our targets are not speculators/investors - our focus is users. Siacoin the cryptocurrency is a necessary component of the Sia network - it's how we penalize hosts if they don't store your data as promised. Without that, I feel that Sia would be vulnerable to a large number of attacks. Happy to expand on this in another top-level question.

But essentially, the siacoin itself is designed as a security component to the network, and while it's also a speculation instrument by side-effect, increasing the siacoin price is not a primary goal of ours. That said, I do expect it to go up substantially if Sia usage goes up substantially - you need siacoins to use the network, and there is a fixed supply.


Q:

Hey Patrick! What's it like making out on-screen with the potentially future princess of England?

A:

Ok, fair enough. Followup question, what is the advantage of h264 or webm? vp9 seems pretty good, and the advantage is fully open source.


Q:

Have you got any corporate clients?

A:

The same as it was before she was potentially a future princess of England.


Q:

One of the most creative was in what was perhaps the worlds first fully functional smartphone in 1999, a project which I was responsible for too! Check it out here:

http://imgur.com/a/1MJtI

A:

Nothing we are able to announce yet, however having corporate clients is both a short term goal and a long term business strategy for us. We are in the process of forming relationships with several corporations, and hope to have some big announcements in the next few months.


Q:

Where are you right at this exact moment?

A:

In the newest release, RealVNC made the switch to cloud. I actually prefer the old server-client method. Do you have plans to keep this old method instead of the cloud?


Q:

When you get corporate clients are they going to be paying in dollars or siacoin?

A:

right BEHIND YOU!


Q:

We support both, its a customer choice

A:

Depends on the corporation, and the specific deal, and also depends on what are lawyers say is safe for us to do.

If corporate clients are willing to pay in siacoin, it's very simple for them to use the network. They can hire us on support contracts if desired, or if they aren't having any trouble they can just use it themselves and not even notify us that they've begun using Sia.

If siacoins are not compatible with their internal policies, we will be able to work with them anyway to get them operating on the Sia network, though the specific process will probably vary by customer.


Q:

Which part of the #6ix are you from?

A:

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.


Q:

Btw, you guys talked about a surprise.. Care to share it?

A:

The beach. But was called The Beaches when I was there. Old School.


Q:

The idea for the business came much later in 2002, after we had made the software freely available under an open source license in 1998. We founded the company with cash from merchandising and donations - we pioneered the crowdfunding idea before it was even called that, which didn't happen until 2006!

A:

Next week we will be announcing an opt-in leaderboard for storage. Users can compare how much they've uploaded and compete to rank on the ladder. The top new users each month will get prizes like T-shirts.

This leaderboard is completely opt-in, and the only information you provide to the leaderboard will be evidence of how much data you have stored with each host. The leaderboard won't know anything about how many files you've stored, their names, etc, and again it is fully optional that you participate.


Q:

Do you consider bring Troian to "Suits" one more time? I love her. And you. And her in Suits.

A:

Had you played with stuff like Timbuktu - which does similar things but was developed in the late 1980s for Mac?


Q:

Is there any stats on how much data is stored on the network as a whole? I saw something on your slack that it was only around 10-15 TB, but I can't really find any authoritative sources.

A:

Its not up to me but I know everyone over there loves having her on the show and on set. and her schedule is more open these days without all the Pretty Little Lying. So I wouldn't be surprised if you see Claire make a return at some point.


Q:

we knew of it but our vision and philosophy was much broader particularly because we were using windows, linux, mac and proprietary embedded display systems in the lab

A:

There's really not any good way to measure that, as it were. Sia does everything over payment channels, including uploads.

Payment channels are both a scalability and a privacy upgrade. It allows many uploads and downloads and payments to happen in a single blockchain transaction. A downside of this though is that, on the blockchain, the amount pretty much always reads '0'. So when you upload 50 TB of data to our network, there's actually no way for us to reliably track that.

It's one of the disadvantages of private, decentralized systems.

We do however have the ability to monitor how much money people have allocated in total for storage. And as of this morning, that was more than 35 million siacoins.

edit: the leaderboard of course will give us a better idea, but users have to choose to share this information with us. So at best, it gives us a lower bound on how much data the network is storing. I'm guessing that most of our business clients will refrain from using the leaderboard, though they will probably be a massive percentage of the total data consumed.


Q:

Do you get to keep any of your suits? What are the most common brands you all wear?

A:

What are other pieces of software that you use daily and consider essential to your workflow?


Q:

How do you see minebox.io impacting your business?

A:

Get this question a lot. By the time we are finished with any particular suit on the show we have worn them for so long that you really wouldn't want to wear it again. The days on Suits are long and we live in those things day in and day out. But - have been lucky enough to get a few great suits because I'm on a show called Suits.


Q:

we use jira, confluence, git, jenkins, slack, visual studio, eclipse, xcode etc - the usual suspects :)

A:

We are very excited about Minebox, as Minebox users will both be utilizing the network to store their data and also increasing the quantity and diversity of hosts on the Sia network. This is a huge benefit for the network's health.

We're also excited in general about the product, and believe that Minebox is a natural evolution to the traditional NAS.


Q:

Hey Patrick, huge fan, From the sneak peek released yesterday, it seems that Mike's character seems to be resembling his look from season 1. Was that intentional in anyway to represent him starting anew? Thanks

A:

What are some of the popular names using this technology and what do you think is the next big thing in your field?

Bonus question: Does 'taking over' devices shown in movies come remotely close to what real-life hackers can do? If so, how?

Thank you.


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

Bonus answer: no, not really. the real world is always far more complex than the few minutes that filmmakers have to depict a scene.

A:

Less than a year, though you aren't going to see it in the next 3 months. We've spec'd out everything that needs to be done to make it happen, but the implementation is expected to take a few weeks and we have a few other problems we need to solve first.

We understand that this is a significant issue though, and it's very much on the roadmap.


Q:

Can you please tell Troian that I love her? I love you too, but you know...Troian.

A:

Also generally less exciting!


Q:

It's all open source, I don't believe anything is proprietary.

A:

just told her. She just walked in from spin class. And says she loves you too. Awkward. Im right here guys.


Q:

Every industry, every sector, government, education - fortune 500 last time we looked. It's everyone from Disney to Phillips, Intel to NASA, Google to Honda.

A:

That's correct. All of the code is open source. We have a github repo for both our daemon and our graphical client, from which you can build the latest releases yourself.


Q:

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?

A:

Is copying and pasting images and other files ever going to be a possibility and if not, why?


Q:

Just you. Your client encrypts and uploads the data. From there it's distributed across hosts who your client agreed to contract with.

The default behavior is 5 copies of your data. If one node goes down, you get part of your contract fee back. I'm going to assume the client looks for another host to upload data too.

A:

wow. tough one. I think you really summed out the struggle for a lot of artists. The constant balance of needing to be personally and creatively fulfilled with also keeping food on the table. I guess I would say that Im learning more and more to balance them both. And to find any and every opportunity to find something for me to personally get out of every job. Sometimes thats just a great conversation you have with someone over lunch. Or sometimes you get luck and everything about a job changes the way you think, approach your work and and move on with your life. Those jobs are rare. Think we're lucky if we even get one in our lives. Im hoping for more though.


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

Cheers from Brazil! What are your favorite bands?

A:

May be a little off topic idk, but, what do you use to program android?


Q:

Hey guys,

Great what you guys are doing! I was wondering, Kim Dotcom is launching MU2.0 soon. Will he be (solely) using Sia? Did you guys have any contact over the last few months?

Edit: is it one of the 3 announcements? :) "We have 3 announcements / events coming over the next 3 weeks."

A:

impossible question. Living and playing bands? Arcade Fire. LCD Soundsystem. Radiohead. Probably top 3.


Q:

we use android studio and the android ndk, writing in java and c++

A:

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.


Q:

Have you ever considered writing an episode of Suits?

A:

How do you feel about the fact that Teamviewer will shit all over RealVNC in terms of performance and features?


Q:

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?

A:

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.


Q:

teamviewer is a great product, but performance is very subjective and differs according to the environment you're working in. our philosophy re: features has always been to keep things simple and ensure that vnc works everywhere and is backwards and forward compatible. this is something that our customers tell us they really value. it gets harder and harder the more features you add. also, by sticking to that philosophy our codebase is highly relevant to embedded systems where footprint and resource constraints are still crucial. with IT trends pointing to IoT, simple and lightweight could become even more desirable...

A:

I believe that the 0.82% number is actually incorrect. There are hosts on the network with as much as 50% utilization today, and most non-new hosts have at least 10% utilization.

That said, you are correct that as of today there is a windfall of supply compared to the demand, and we are working hard to correct that. The biggest reason for this up until today I feel was that the software was very slow for uploading and downloading files. Until our release yesterday, it would take more than a week to upload a single 20GB file. The release that is out now can do that at much faster speeds.

I also think that general awareness among consumers is very low. We are working to introduce Sia to the world and to get people excited about it.


Q:

what are you currently reading? would you recommend it? (I myself am currently reading American Psycho and my only reaction is wow.)

A:

What do you think of Swarm, Filecoin, Maidsafe, etc?


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

That's so cool to hear. I have Consider The Lobster sitting on a ledge next to my bed right now. I'll definitely move it up the queue.

A:

What are you most excited about for Sia in 2017?


Q:

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.

A:

Oh man where to start.

I'm excited about the enterprise deals that we are working on. I'm excited by the thought of having true decentralized storage for my data (this is already available, but it's so new and it still excites me a lot). I am looking forward to being able to backup my entire life with a single seed, in a decentralized way. I am excited for the filesharing capabilities that we are working on.

We are expecting 2017 to be a big year for Sia, and for decentralized storage as a whole.


Q:

How'd you prepare for your role in Old School? Just non-stop frat parties? Or endless keggers on the beach?

A:

Thanks!


Q:

Yeah. I really committed myself to a strict prep of drinking heavily not sleeping often and eating as much bread as possible. To get that college bloat just right. Im happy with how it turned out. Think i really did what i was trying to do with that role.

A:

I am not quite sure what you mean by health, however there are a lots of hosts on the network spread across approx 3 major geographical locations. There is far more supply than demand, which I think is not fantastic, though it means that prices are insanely low. At one point it was only like $0.25 cents to store what would cost a full $25 on Amazon.

We have not seen any security events nor do we have any reason to believe that there's something dangerous on the horizon. If you put files on the Sia network, you're almost certain to be able to re-download them.


Q:
  1. What was the greatest moment you've ever experienced on set as either an actor or director?
    and/or
  2. What did you learn during your recent travels and how do you think it will help you moving forward?
A:

Obliviously improving the Tech. is always on your mind but as a company what are you priorities in the near future?


Q:

Tough question. Working with Dustin Hoffman was right up there. And another tough question. I learned that home is wherever I am. and that getting outside and talking to people you don't know, getting your hands and your feet dirty, learning as much as possible about as many things as possible, taking deep breaths - all of that is really really important.

A:

Our top priority right now is the usability of the network. The current release has a few warts from the early days, for example it takes about 15 minutes to unlock the wallet and about 45 minutes to form file contracts. We've got an improvement in the pipeline to make unlocking the wallet almost instant.

Up until our release yesterday, files were also very slow to upload and download. Now, downloads are fast and uploads are extremely fast. We're really pleased to have accomplished that.

We're also aiming heavily at scalability. The blockchain protocol has been designed to support millions of TBs per person, which is necessary for some enterprises. While the protocol can do that just fine, today the user software really can't keep up with that much volume. For the most part, we just need traditional engineering to get more scale, and that's something we'll be focusing on.

Finally, we've started adding more adversarial conditions to our testing framework. We're adding active attackers and giving them lots of money and storage, and trying to set up situations where people are willing to throw away tons of cash in an attempt to disrupt the network. Sia is already very strong against most forms of attack, but we will be taking it that extra mile over the next 3 months or so.

In the more middle term, we will be adding support for filesharing and content distribution. The Sia of today can't really be a backend for YouTube, however the Sia of 12 months from now will be able to do that.


Q:

Suits is pretty iconic especially on my university campus, how does it feel being part of something so popular?

A:

Sure:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

Sia has a whiltepaper which dives into this pretty well. https://sia.tech/sia.pdf


Q:

Can you please describe Gabriel Macht in 3 words?

A:

How large do you see the Sia storage network getting in 2017 in terms of storage capacity?


Q:

#easygoing #charming #infuriatinglyhandsome

A:

Well, I believe that the storage capacity of the network is already really high, well over 10,000 TB. Most of that capacity is simply not plugged in because the demand is not there - it'd be consuming electricity and headaches, and not providing any revenue.

A better question would be to ask where demand will be at the end of 2017, and I really don't know, but I'm hoping that we can push the growth of our network. At this point, we've crossed the biggest usability hurdles for most users.

I think my personal target would be 100,000 TB total in use on our network by the end of the year.


Q:

Hey Patrick, huge fan of Suits and it's hands down my favorite show on TV. I think I've re-run the entire show for about 3-4 times in the last 2 months in huge anticipation for tonights episode. One thing I always wanted to know is, how are you and Gabriel Macht in real life? Is it the same thing as Mike and Harvey? And what in regards to the others like Sarah, Meghan, Rick and Gina before she left?

A:

How much data does Sia have stored on the network right now?


Q:

Gabriel is an amazing guy and a lot of fun to work with. He's endelssly patient and shoulders the weight of being number one a call sheet with a lot more grace than some people in this business. He really welcomes you into the process and we like to push each others buttons until the scene feels right. Everyone has a different way of working but they are all total pros and are constantly looking to make the day easy and get the best version of the scene possible. and that only happens when you have fun and take any and all ego out of it.

Thank you guys so much for this. Need to go feed my dogs and myself. Enjoy the episode tonight and the next 5. I think its a really strong little winter season we're beginning tonight. Hope you guys enjoy it. bye for now.

A:

It's difficult to measure, but I'd estimate we are close to 100 TB at this point.


Q:

Care to throw out a #BellLetsTalk tweet to help Canada donate to mental health programs?

Also do you follow hockey at all?

A:

Do you guys have a plan to increase open source contribution?


Q:

sure will. as soon as we're done here

A:

We do!

Up until now, Sia has largely been it's own community. Our last AMA was on the siacoin subreddit. Largely this was because we felt that the software was not ready for us to show off to the rest of the world.

Sia as of our most recent release is very usable, has a thriving community, and we think it's time to start spreading the word to other communities who are interested in decentralization. We have a plan for reaching out and getting people excited, especially among related open source projects such as Tox, Beaker, and even projects like Tor.


Q:

I saw you went to Wayhome the past two years. So did I. What was you favourite part and do you plan on going this year as well?

A:

Nope, that isn't the secret :)

A price reward is an interesting idea. Currently we rely on the local host database to weight hosts according to various factors. For example, a host with 90% uptime should be weighted much higher than a host with 70% uptime. Higher weight == higher probability that the renter will form a contract with that host. So there is already a soft guarantee that higher uptime results in more profits. And of course, more uptime means the host is more likely to be online when an upload/download is requested; otherwise they miss out on that revenue.


Q:

Definitely will try not to miss it. Happy Ontario got its own festival and super excited to get to be there to support it. Got to be on stage last year for the Arcade Fire show and I think Im still sweating from dancing that hard.

A:

I've run over the math a few times, and really 98% is the upper limit of where hosts are useful. If you are above 95%, you are doing about as much for the network as possible. 99.99% uptime of course is still useful, it's just that it's barely more useful than 95%.

That said, we really need hosts to be above 90% uptime for them to be useful to the network.

And, we actually do have penalties today for hosts with low uptime. They aren't as strong or as formal as we would like, but that's one of our primary goals for v1.2.0.


Q:

If you could change anything about suits what would it be?

A:

I have a Java library too: https://github.com/javajared/Sia-Java


Q:

This is a trap isn't. Aaron Korsh is that you? Nothing.... I would change nothing... Its perfect just the way it is.

A:

Wow, I had no idea that this existed, thanks for sharing!


Q:

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?

A:

Can I use it for porno? Legal porn tho.


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

When is season 3 of rick and morty coming out?

And why did Suits start doing half seasons? I need it all at once.

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Does Sia protect against targeted attacks, where a malicious actor reads my contracts and DoSes all of my individual storage providers? (Or even worse, wipes their hard drives!)


Q:

everything in moderation friend. Delayed gratification. But grateful to be in good company. love me some rick and morty.

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If that is something you are paranoid about, you can use anonymity software such as Tor to disguise your contracts and make it difficult for an attacker to tell which hosts have your data. And even better, the attacker won't even know that you are who they want to target.

Data contracts also typically last 12 weeks, and are renewed every 6 weeks. To execute the DOS attack you describe, the attack would need to persist for 6 weeks straight, which is a long time, especially if some of your hosts are major hosts or have decent DDoS protections (some do).


Q:

Are you guys hiring for a sales team?

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you can send applications to [email protected]


Q:

What kind of speeds/bandwidth can we except? and will there be provisions to allow for different levels of speed.

For example if I want a cdn style storage for images, can I make sure my files are stored on fast connections with SSD drives?

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On the release that's out today, you can expect speeds between 70 and 150mbps when uploading, and between 20 and 50mbps when downloading. Startup time is about a second I think.

In the future, upload speeds and download speeds will both be able to saturate any consumer connection, including gigabit connections. You will be able to easily select hosts that are faster or ping-time closer to you, with startup times being under 100ms.

SSD drives should not matter in this case, disk drives will be fast enough for any sort of content fetching and distribution. If you can find a measurable difference though, it would be simple enough to use that measurement when selecting hosts to figure out who is using drives that are fast enough for whatever application you have in mind.


Q:

thanks, and what about linear ordering for streaming buffered video?

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Files should already be downloading in linear order, as long as you wait long enough before opening the file you can probably get away with watching a video while it downloads already today.