It’s slightly worrying that SafeNet cannot handle streaming* 6 Mbps most of the time. Hoping this is a testnet limitation, although I can imagine testnet has a better infrastructure than actual farmers once it goes live. I recall @dirvine mentioning somewhere that file chunks have 4 copies on the network. But most people have plain crappy connections, or at least crappy upload speeds. You can download through Bittorrent from 20 peers and still have an average download of 20 KB/s per peer. That means downloading from 4 farmers might give you a mere 80 KB/s download (unless of course you are lucky enough to have chunks allocated to farmers with a descent connection and upload speed). This is in no way competitive with centralized servers.
I think bittorrent is a fair analogy. Torrents with 600 peers and 200 leachers go lightning fast. But torrents with 4 peers can take days.
What technology, if any, does SafeNet implement to be a sound alternative to centralized and fast servers in a world where reality tells us that crappy connections are still the rule, not the exception?
*) Here’s a streaming test setup: safe://stream.tenefas.safenet/
(It only works in the SAFE Beaker Browser, not over the proxy in Chrome, for some reason.)