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Re: [Taler] Synchronization and backup

From: Jeff Burdges
Subject: Re: [Taler] Synchronization and backup
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:42:55 +0100

On Fri, 2018-02-16 at 03:56 +0100, Florian Dold wrote:
> While of course more anonymity for the user is always desirable, 

Anonymity loss will hamper our being included in Tor browser, which
limits our availability early on and customer loyalty.  

> nothing is gained if it the system is not usable enough in the first
> place. 

There is no way for wallets to know their own balance if they share
active coins, so syncing wallets necessarily harms usability.  Anonymity
costs would prove catastrophic too.   

Also, any networked backup system we design requires moving initial key
material, so only power users benefit anyways.  We should operate as
well as possible when user backups kick in of course, ala Apple's Time
Machine.  We can trivially detect restored wallets though with my
suggestion to only back up withdrawals to the reserve. 


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