When did I say DoS was unimportant? I just wrote a giant email explaining
how it can be resolved.
I think it's worth pointing out that Bitcoin was launched with no DoS
protection at all, and it's still here. There are still obvious DoS bugs
being fixed with every release. So yes, it's important to robustify the
code, but not to the extent of not having any features. If Satoshi had
taken that perspective Bitcoin might not exist at all. We can have our cake
and eat it.
RE: shutting down services dependent on replacement. No, good users of
replacement would still end up taking priority over the constantly churning
DoS replacements. The most you can shut down is one contract. Obviously, if
there's no form of tx replacement at all then the "tried and doesn't work"
state is the same as "never tried", which doesn't seem like a win.
The testnet is trivially DoSable today by anyone who cares to do so, there
are hardly any nodes and most people get coins from the faucet. Look at how
quickly people got upset when somebody drained it. As Jeff has pointed out,
there could theoretically be a "nextnet" but the overhead of setting one up
doesn't seem worth it. If somebody wanted to troll developers they could
easily DoS testnet and nextnet simultaneously with bandwidth to spare.
> That #3 has not been noticed before shows that for all this hot air
> no-one has ever bothered making an implementation of the idea.
Yes, I noticed it a few days ago when making some notes, but figured I
would indeed make an prototype implementation and then just put all the
details and latest protocols on the wiki at once. As nobody indeed noticed
the bug for years apparently nobody else is working on this so it didn't
seem urgent to update.
Your proposed alternative doesn't seem any different DoS wise. Someone can
still broadcast a long series of incrementally different transactions and
have miners replace them. So you still need prioritisation of work. It's
useful anyway for other reasons. And as you point out yourself, it's still
susceptible to the problem that you end up running out of money because
it's all been spent on fees.
BTW $500 is rather low for the amount of work required. If you added a zero
onto that there might be more takers.
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