Yes. I’m a long time lurker. I know these things. I think immutable data deletion was sensitive topic too. “You can’t delete your data. No matter if you want to.” Silly? Yes. But goes against “mantra”
You mention distributed compute. Yes it is a cool long term ambition. Not much work in that direction yet.
Please understand the main problem. Abandoning is never known for sure. I can guess. You can guess. Which guess is good? If it’s about which food is tastiest, who cares. If it’s about losing money, everybody cares.
They paid for it. Hidden benefit: “Mud in water.” All of that data goes around the network. If there is enough, it’s impossible to track any data. It is already very very hard. Maybe already impossible. Some mud always helps.
You forget safe network deduplicates. A lot of the big data is shared data. Movies and TV shows? We no longer have thousand copies, only handful. And some cached copies but only when necessary. Very storage efficient.
I think it is very hard to be banned on the forum