The Alpha releases let the application developers have access to API’s as they become more stable. There are some great debates on this in house and on the dev forum. TESTnets do show vaults from home on occasion but right now we know the trip point so until we apply the fixes for unbalanced nodes vaults from home are pointless. I do not think it’s all that theoretical as we can show vaults form home and show exactly the issues. We can code in some temp safeguards, like vaults self test and self terminate, but it takes time and distraction. Instead we are doing the right job and the correct fix for the unbalanced nodes.
Remember the guys in the field in Carolina did a very similar thing, heres a plane, see it works, now let’s make this great!. Flight was proven and things moved on. So folks can run their own networks, we can run more test from home networks (again) and show something similar to what happened near Kitty Hawk, but we have done. Now we need to make the changes for data republish and nodes of varying capability (which includes killing or not accepting some nodes).
I am not saying we have proven everything, satisfactory security, republish etc. as an example, but I think we can safely say we are beyond theory by this stage. The remaining parts are there in rfc’s or discussions, atm we are choosing as wisely as possible the completion works in routing for a network to allow vaults to run from anywhere.
Anyhow I hope this helps a little in terms of context, like Orville and Wilber never provided a 3 course menu and air hosts etc. not many could say it was only theory, there has to be a point where we can see what’s real and what’s still conjecture. So not complete and no 3 course meals but not purely theory ether.
BTW Fun fact, nobody believed the plane did fly for nearly a year and serious papers etc. did not even turn up apparently (I think it was a farmers journal or something that reported it and it still took many science journals a year to see for themselves). Even after then taking a couple of years to progress the tech, they tried and failed to sell to the US, UK, Russia etc. as no government believed it was possible . so we are not alone there either, it’s happened before and it will happen again and again and again and …