So coins paid for
PUT's are recycled (given to farmers and eventually circulated back to the network) but disk space is not (files that have been posted are never automatically deleted). Okay, got it.
I think they should be (storage should be paid per period of time and prorated, “orphaned” files which can’t find a sponsor should be auto-deleted).
This auto-deletion would work well for “public” files (if the Project insists that there should be such a category - I’m against it - see below) and that could be easily arranged. Interested parties could datamine/AI-check such files and where interested pay for them to claim ownership. If such public files are garbage (useless to anyone in the world), then they’d be left to expire.
Sorry for constantly repeating myself, but IMHO it’d be good to minimize anything that changes how the system works (EDIT: I mean how a free market would have it work).
Any individual’s ingenuity (in general) can rarely match the power of the free market. Only through free action of all participants can optimal approaches be discovered. I mentioned before that I believe even small inaccuracies will be exploited because it pays very well over EB’s of data.
Related to this particular matter:
a) Should I pay 1X for my PGP-encrypted file that is “public”? Probably not.
b) I would argue that instead of creating “push” for beneficial uses and then policing that those aren’t abused, it is more efficient to create a level playing field and make it easy to create positive feedback loops. So for example I’d rather see that everyone pays the full price and then create a tips API or bounty that makes it easy to “Adopt a copy of this file for X months for only Y Safecoins”.
c) Consider potential for abuse over a large data set. Think about getting for free 1% of 2 PB, then think about getting 25% (in this case that may be the manipulator’s “cut” of the difference between 1X and 4X). I could Zip my huge private adult video collection, chunk it into 100 MB chunks and use a small army or “Amazon Mechanical Turk” uploaders to upload it as “public data”. And if the first 100 MB or so is free, I could probably pay just few bucks a year to have my data backed up to cloud. Sadly we can’t even begin to imagine the types of scams people will come up to freeload.
Considering how (relatively) little universally useful public data there is, it should be really useful to have that paid for in full using a fundraising drive by Maidsafe foundation or users. What those guys from outernet.is are doing - books, paintings, etc. - 50 TB could be enough for all pre-internet stuff that’s been digitalized so far.
And last but not least, by giving space away or at an artificially suppressed price you indirectly penalize farmers who have no say in it. Why should some freeloader from the EU (no disrespect, it’s just an example) get a discount for storing “his public data” (a contradiction in itself) on a disk drive that belongs to a farmer from Burundi (even though the cost of sponsoring that may be spread over the entire community, the guy from Burundi will still have to pay)? If the guy from the EU has some valuable data that the public can benefit from, why can’t he find someone to pay for it? Can’t there be “The EU Citizens’ Foundation for Public Data Access” or something like that where he can go to obtain funding for his data?
I could go on, but I hope this is already enough. (If you want another interesting angle on this, here it is: IMO nothing can be “public data” (assuming it’s not encrypted which is what freeloadoers will do) unless it’s in Public Domain / BSD type of license. How do you ensure that? Who will do that job when he paid not more, but less than the normal MaidSafe price? How can falsely labeled Public Domain data be deleted? And it would be very disturbing to be forced to host someone’s “public” data which isn’t licensed under BSD or BSD-like license so that people who use it must append various licenses based on restrictions in “public” data (and who could even tell if those licenses are correct - maybe a ton of them would just be fake attribution licenses for works of others meant to generate clicks and (attribution) links to various crappy sites).
@dyamanaka: check this out as ideas and inspiration:
http://www.cloudbus.org/cloudsim/ (and this blog post for a disk-specific example)