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Going through the available documentation for the past couple hours after hearing it recommended by a glorious fluffy from one of the podcast series over at LTB.
At this moment, this project seems promising.
Think imma buy some sias in the following days, compile and install some point in the week and see if it lives up to the hype.
Any of you out there using with success?

Here's a brief explainer taken from https://sia.tech:
"The idea of Sia was originally conceived at HackMIT 2013. What if you could liberate the unused storage space of the world and unite it into a worldwide free market for data?

Sia leverages the capacity of blockchain technology to enable distributed networks to reach consensus in a secure and trustless way. Cryptographically secured smart contracts ensure the encryption and transfer of data with no possibility for a third party to interfere in any way.

Sia is a new approach to cloud storage platforms. Instead of all datacenters being owned and operated by a single company, Sia opens the floodgates and allows anyone to make money by renting out their hard drive. Data integrity is protected using redundancy and cryptography.

The promise of Sia is a decentralized network of datacenters that, taken together, comprise the world's fastest, cheapest, and most secure cloud storage platform. Today, being a major cloud storage player requires having datacenters, building trust within the market, reaching customers, and competing with giants such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

Breaking into this market is a multi-billion dollar endeavor. The long term goal of Sia is to be the backbone storage layer of the Internet.

We believe data should be free. We aim to liberate the unused bits of the world and construct the largest storage superserver on the planet."


They use cloudflare. Why the fuarrrk should I care about their project if I can't even see it myself?


you can see it in http http://sia.tech


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>you can see it in http


why not Taho-LAFS or Freenet? Both are mature and very stable.


Only took a look into this after you mentioned as I had no issues and yes I can confirm they are unfortunately using cloudsoykaf.
As I connected to sia.tech over tor numerous times I didn't bother checking the response headers so I had no clue.
Since I've tried connecting from my numerous shells, through the dozen vpn providers I'm subscribed to, rotated my exits and have had yet to face the great wall, so I'm amazed as to how you're still not getting through.

Tahoe and freenet have their uses, but having mass storage hosted at such a low price isn't one of them.


actually, that is exactly their use case.

Another such technology would perhaps be ipfs, which is another distributed data store.

Basically, Siacoin looks like a scam when other technologies do the same thing, better, for free.


b-but muh revolutionary blockchain


Accept its not.
If I want 1TB of disk space on freenet, or a setup with tahoe or ipfs, I either am required to buy a 1TB disk and host locally or purchase a vps/dedi with 1TB.
On sia, you pay 5 bucks for a contract of 1TB without the need to do either, and only need to connect to the network every few weeks to sync.

On the point of "it's a scam", if you're aware of their secondary source of tokens which only the devs own and are presumed to be set aside for fund development, much like the founders reward of zcash without the second tokens, then maybe yes another route would been preferred to maintain funding for the project.
But it could be far more worse.
Imagine if they did an ICO like all those other "blockchain" ponzis...


>If I want 1TB of disk space on freenet, or a setup with tahoe or ipfs, I either am required to buy a 1TB disk and host locally or purchase a vps/dedi with 1TB.

that's not how that works. Your stuff gets split up over several different machines, which collectively have several hundred terabytes(probably).


Well I see a lot of buzzwords but I still don't get how it is "revolutionary". What makes it a better option over Google?


1 day of syncing later, almost done
let's see if I can make some moneys mining these