You probably know most of this already…I’ll give it a stab, others can correct me.
Will this create an unfair advantage for established apps?
I would say there is a first mover Builder advantage, but wouldn’t call it unfair. Same as first mover Farmer advantage. The actual rewards algorithm is still being finalised I believe.
Could the creation of more copies of the same file on the network be purchased from the network?
Do you mean the vault that shared the file, having it’s wallet rewarded from the network?
Example: If Warner Brothers uploaded a new release movie first, the network would shred any further identical copies that were uploaded. Thereby rewarding the first up-loader. It’s not clear to me how the network treats slightly altered copies that try and game the system.
Once you get passed the ISP, the speed would be determined by the availability of nodes (Disk, CPU and RAM) that are closest to you in time - latency terms.
The idea is to get data off personal hard drives, up onto the network. The network then trashes any identical copies…so this frees up vast swathes of personal hdd space.
Given this, it’s silly to then ‘download’ files again. What’s intended to happen is that the network becomes fast enough that your streaming the movie, reading the PDF, playing the game straight off the network
So the more you give to the network by (a) uploading, (b) deleting the local version © allocating that saved space to the network… the faster it gets.
So really in practice, you don’t store any personal data (in file format) at all on your machines, except those required to run the operating system and local programs, including vault software.
You would run a modest sized SSD dedicated to the operating system, local programs and vault software. Then share any additional hard drives 100% to the network…the data is more secure there.
Later on as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft etc lose their economy of scale advantage, they are forced to follow suit (hopefully) this frees up loads more resources and the network becoming even faster (10 years maybe)
Another area that is not entirely clear (to me), is the role that peering links will play in seeding and evolving the network.