My Fundamental Issues with Oyster - Change My Mind
My understanding is that on a fundamental level Oyster is solving three problems. It is providing a "better" alternative monetisation solution to the current advertisement paradigm, a decentralised network free of ISP influence and a source of static, anonymous data storage. I have an issue with all three.
Monetisation - The intro video on Oyster's website talks about how advertisments are no longer an effective monetisation of the internet, partly because of the use of ad blockers. It also talks about the oyster protocol only requiring the inclusion of a few lines of code into a website. What stops someone from creating a browser extension that blocks these lines of code, exactly like how an ad blocker currently functions? If Oyster does become popular and websites incorporate this code into their site, I guarentee someone will create something similar to an ad blocker. I especially believe this because to the general public, knowing that theres code in a website making money off your hardware is a lot more unsettling than an irritable advertisment which people already choose to block. Granted the public perception can change over time to accept oyster using their hardware to make money, but I predict the PR nightmare in the early days will be a major deterrent for websites to utilise Oyster. Imagine your company having a news headline saying your website is using viewers hardware to profit.
ISP independence - I understand in the far future this could theoretically be independent of ISPs by having websites and apps on the Oyster protocol also acting as web nodes. However, in the early days we need people using the ISP fueled WWW to act as web nodes. If ISPs really are the evil overlords who have the power to go against net neutrality, what stops them from blocking all traffic to the oyster protocol. Wouldnt it be in their best interest to just completing block the competition and stop the meshwork from forming? They could easily do this and justify it by saying that the anonymous storage provided by Oyster is used for illegal activities, just like how they block torrent websites. Which leads into my next point.
Static, Anonymous Storage - The data storage sector is extremely competitive. There are some small advantages to having static storage but there is also major downsides. Oyster provides no opportunity for dynamic storage, so every time you want to update your files in storage you must take the old files down and pay a new fee to upload the updated files. This is fairly inconvenient and many companies offer much more competitive solutions that incorporate both dynamic and static solutions. Furthermore, why would you want to store your data on an early meshwork that could fail for the reasons mentioned above? The only reasons I can think of is that oyster's fees will severely undercut the price of the competition or they can provide a level of anonymity unparalleled by the competition. If you really need to go to that length to ensure anonymity, I dont think you would trust an early network to store your data.
Please note that these issues are addressing the early days of the Oyster main net and therefore, please change my mind in that context. There's no point saying how it will develop beyond these issues if these issues completely threaten the entire development. I am not trying to spread FUD, I am looking for reasoning to make a smart investment.