Blockchain itself IS a best proof possible. Actually, this is its main purpose - to be a very reliable proof of various important information.
And links to actual contracts in the blockchain right above.
It just example though - you can pick up any of your own contracts and see the same. I have checked few already.
And there are no any contradictions with what the Nebulous wrote. They said what they are getting 3.9% of total contract funds via siafund.
I am saying the same(but with more details) - they collects 3.9% of total contract sum, but these expenses shifted to the renter side. Host pays 0% fee to sea-fund and renter pays about 10% or more fee - depends on ratio between host prices and host collateral. Bigger collateral = bigger fees from renter to seafund.
This is the reason why setting collateral too high is a bad idea despite the fact that this increases the score and trust of the host. Simultaneously, this significantly increases the renter's costs and reduces the attractiveness of your host.
At the moment the only option to switch between different wallets is to reinstall the application.
That's one way. Not the easiest.
You can simply change the contents of the wallet folder. No reason to to redownload the whole consensus. From that point Sia only rescands the blockchain for the TXs, it does not redownload. I can swap wallets in a few minutes on >1.2.2.
My transfer from Poloniex to my Sia-UI didn't go through...
A search on the http://explore.sia.tech for Poloniex Txid 24b4008886dc798f932687abfbaaf28e1d350d3d8cd1e782d0254f5dde3b3af7
returns "Hash not Found in Database"
Wallet (v1.2.2) is synchronized
Not sure what to make out of this...I have noticed that this is a very common issue that many people have encountered.
Just need some advice on what to look for.
In my view, the benefits of using a decentralized file storage (like Sia) is the following. I'll actually give you my pros and cons:
No single authority can take down your hosted files. For instance, if you upload a file to Google Drive and Google "doesn't like it" they can delete it or close your account and you won't have anything to say about it. (The same applies to any other file hosting service in U.S. or not, including Mega, etc.) With decentralized file storage peer-to-peer network (p2p), like Sia, a single government, company, etc. will not be able to do that.
I believe (someone will have to confirm this) files remain anonymous if hosted in a Sia p2p network. So your file from the example above will not be immediately linked to you.
Files stored in a p2p Sia network are immutable. (In other words, no one can change them while in storage.)
You can earn money (Sia coin) by renting out your free (or unused disk storage.) I will not be doing it myself, but it's available.
The Sia network seems to be very slow at this point. (Hopefully it will change in the future!)
Wallet setup is cumbersome and slow. (Hopefully it will change in the future!)
There's not enough users on the Sia network (yet) to make it worthwhile. (Hopefully it will change in the future!)
Just kidding, though only for the 2nd part. Your renter module picks the cheapest possible offers automatically, but there's some randomization built in such that more expensive hosts may also be picked from time to time.
I have not figured out yet why the devs are doing it that way, and I don't care enough to go ask them - but if you're interested in these questions, then the Slack channel may be a better venue to get in touch with the devs on algorithm questions.
Yes, and it is a normal behavior for blockchain, txpool, renter db - siad write only new/changed data to disk every minute or so.
But for host contracts database siad entirely rewrite all 4 files (create file, fill with data, delete it, create again, fill, delete and so on) not every 1-2 minutes, but every second!
On classic HDD you can ever hear it - after siad start HDD works rhythmically, like a ticking clock non stop. lol - actually this is how i initially discovered this - by strange HDD sounds.
And siad does so even if there were no any changes in contracts at all. No any changes to write to DB, but program still rewrite it every second.