So I'm thinking the usefulness of the #ipfs mdag wouldn't need to be diminished, if corporate fascist pinning can be replaced using the Libre infrastructure parts that are already in place. Useful things like dbpedia and libre blockchains could be pinned there.
Also given just how large modern harddrives are, and the stopgap nature of the services these companies offer, I see the harms as being relatively minor.
That said I do much prefer FileCoin as a solution to this problem.
@alcinnz @cjd The problems I see with the services these companies offer are not so much cost or capacity, the problem I see is that if these services by small startups become popular, and they just rent resources from Microsoft Azure, Amazon WS, and Google, more than 50% of IPFS resources will end up hosted in one of their data centres, utterly defeating the whole point of p2p tech. A situation worse than the www.
I would probably have to start with a refresher on how GNUNet and cjdns work, I assume you're familiar with them?
I propose that cjdns be used as a routing system helping to securely and reliably map ipfs resources to gnunet resources, and use gnunet as a pinning system, providing the necessary compatible interfaces to ipfs pin mechanisms.
@h @cjd That said I do like FileCoin better as it allows pinning services to compete behind the scenes (and apply "coopitition" to do a better job), whereas end-users don't have to see anymore than a single crypto-currency payment.
While I'm not as extreme as many crypto-currency fans, I can be skeptical that federated systems won't just become centralized. But then Mastodon gets away with it thanks to local timelines, and CUPS does even better because physical distance is a factor. to users.