I’m also curious about this , I bought a cheap computer today because I didn’t own one. I have enough Ada that I want to secure them , but idk what the return on staking will be
If you consider Ada operations as being like a trustless distributed central bank , which is a perspective on POS coins , then the staking / reserve interest rate should be both tied to ecosystem growth prospects, opportunity cost, and the nominal value of the currency itself.
POS coins have some bond like properties, from an economic analytic perspective. If you consider Ada and the dao in general as being both agents and beneficiarys of technological growth , the base interest rate should be set high , but distributed in a way that does not disturb the currency much … I think based on reading some about ouroborous, that it will be a truly fair market , where the lowest possible sys requirements would be sought .
That said , I just bought my first computer in 15 years after not having one since Android … it’s Pentium and 4gb ram is syncing the first time in less than 7 hours
With software improvements, one would hope and expect that in a couple years, you could run a thick wallet (node/stake) on a mobile phone … but maybe that’s asking too much .
Proof of stake would seem to seek the minimum cryptographic requirements , in order to incentivize stakeholder participation!