- [Unsafe] MaidSafe (2016), by Lee Clagett
An additional problematic area is when nodes connect or disconnect. A group can lose quorum if enough nodes drop out simultaneously, which would mean that no more updates can be made to the resource. OR new nodes could replicate the data from the remaining members of the group which are below quorum. But if the network were partitioned instead, both sides of the partition would replicate/repair the quorum and continue to accept writes. The network would then need an algorithm for merging two data forks.
Bitcoin always goes with the longest chain, so the history of the partition with the most “hashing power” is more likely to be chosen with the probability increasing as the duration of the partition increases. Bitcoin also has an economic incentive for miners to continue on the longest chain. I am not sure how Maidsafe plans to resolve forked history.
- The sorts of questions Scandinavian journalists ask about MaidSafe, answered. by Pete Dushenski (2016)
MaidSafe is not a functional product of any description or in any way outside of the narrow confines of the hollow heads calling themselves “lead developers” of this woebegone project. Much to the chagrin of these untalented developers and their unscrupulous promoters, the MaidSafe endeavour hasn’t made any appreciable impact in either a practical or an intellectual sense since I called it out as a scam on April 20, 2014, nor does there appear to be an imminent breakthrough at this point or at any point in the foreseeable future. The entirety of the purported interest and “buzz” surrounding this website pretending to be a software development project at all points in its unfortunate history is exclusively the result of its marketeers none-too-convenient regurgitation of a few “trending” buzzwords targeted specifically at the lamestream media and its shallow adherents. There’s nothing beyond this superficiality.
Operation of the maidsafe system as advertised relies on a number of provably impossible technologies, like purely algorithmic proof-of-identity.
They gave a presentation at a recent Bitcoin conference in DC. I asked a few basic questions about how they planned to do certain things critical to maidsafe’s operation (that no one knows how to do, and many think are impossible), and their answers were so obscenely stupid that anyone in the room with relevant technical knowledge was laughing.
Example: “How do you plan to prevent bots from gaming the data transfer payment system?” The answer was something like “Oh, it’s way too hard to make a bot. There are too many steps.”