Correct me if I’m wrong here, because I have not researched this.
Bitcoin and other Proof-of-work coins have long passed the early stages where a simple laptop would have sufficed for mining.
This is a map of Proof-of-work cryptocoin mining locations:
Most coins are now mass produced by long rows of raspbery pies in storage rooms in countries with cold climates or up in the mountains, in order to achieve the lowest bang for a buck.
So now I’m wondering what Storj is going to look like.
For starters, the clearest knowledge that I have of Storj is that
HDD > SSD, because it’s cheaper and will remain cheaper for quite a while
and there’s no penalty in using them.
But I’m already struggling with NAS vs. raspberry Pi’s.
NAS servers are more expensive than Pi’s, so naturally one should buy Pi’s instead and then have them work with HDD.
Then there is only second-hand machines vs. buying brand new.
Second-hand has risks involved and they get greater every month.
Can one switch their old HDD’s for new ones and not have to start over again with the node?
And then there’s big vs. small. Are early adopters going to create giant storage facilities, because those already exist and they’re owned by Google and Amazon.
So does that mean that even when Storj becomes popular, Google and Amazon will eventually jump to using Storj and because they can buy in bulk and then shove everyone to the side.
Or will it be the other scenario, where small and more spread out is better.
But that means that an ISP technician or perhaps yet again Google/Amazon will go into every home and install a Storj computer there and then yet again, the largest companies win again.