The source of the SNApp is hidden. It could reside anywhere. As long as you have the address it can be accessed without revealing the host. Regardless of it being centralized the data would have to be trusted. I believe you may be more interested in the attribute of consensus vs decentralization. Loki has a consensus mechanism within it's nodes in which trust is based on staking. I believe the challenge is building trust not decentralizing the application.
Yes, although it would probably also be useful for desktop apps like Session to be able to run without a full lokinet active -- i.e. if you have full lokinet running it uses it, otherwise it runs the bundled library version.
So you're saying that a Chinese person's opinion on their own government would be less valid than a western person's opinion on the CPC?Does that work the other way around too? Is a Chinese persons opinion on the US government more valid than a US person's opinion on the US government?Do Americans have some kind of delusion where if they invaded China the Chinese people would join them in overthrowing the CPC?
Okay back on topic, I've been 24h now on a testing exit node with everything carried over mainnet and it's working really well. For some operations (like ssh) I notice the lag but for general browsing it's been great.
Just general latency - I find I can't really notice below 50ms latency, start to notice around 100ms, and via a lokinet exit it can be 300-500ms, so the ssh session is lagging behind what I type. Still usable, just a bit annoying especially for file editing.
Burning loki could give you a secondary currency on a temporary 1 year blockchain that the service nodes hold. When you burn x loki you could be give y amount of tokens on this second blockchain, 1 token could be exchanged for x hours of premium priority on 1 SN hop. So if you use 3 hops you would use 3 tokens.These tokens could be spent using ring signatures so that no one knows which tokens you are spending.Hopefully this makes sense haha, it's just an idea I'm not sure if it would work in real life though.