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    Péter Szilágyi, team lead for the Ethereum Foundation, has confirmed the date for upcoming Istanbul Hard Fork and details of new Geth release

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Having been postponed at least three times, the Istanbul Hard Fork release date has been scheduled for December 4, 2019. We recall that the last Constantinople update was delayed by 48 hours before announcing its roll-out. Therefore, Ethereum's global community breathlessly awaits for any information about the upcoming system-wide upgrade.

Hard Fork Hard-Coded

Péter Szilágyi, Ethereum core developer and "fork identifier”, recently shared information about Geth v1.9.7's release. Written in Go, this will be the most widespread implementation on the Ethereum Mainnet. It is the first version of Geth that will initialize Ethereum Mainnet's Istanbul Fork Block 9069000, which is set to arrive on December 4, 2019.

Despite the announcement date, the release appears as proof that things finally took a turn in Ethereum. So it is important for participants of the Ethereum Network to update their Mainnet Geth nodes to v1.9.7 in order to avoid any surprises along the way.

Apart from the Hard Fork initialization, the new release delivers a couple of major fixes and upgrades. To name a few, the release enforces new fork orders to avoid partially initialized private networks that coexist, and puts an end to some of the unnecessary memory copying on the Ethereum Virtual Machine. Several minor bugs are also fixed in the execution of transactions.

Long-Awaited Update

The story of Ethereum Mainnet's Istanbul Hard Fork began in May of 2019, when Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) 2124 was presented by Felix Lange and Péter Szilágyi. It proposed a mechanism for users to identify which node-based software of a computer server in the Ethereum network is running.

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This eventually evolved into a major system-wide upgrade, which was mainly about data storage on the Ethereum network and mining algorithms. Such an upgrade will increase the computation costs, but will protect the system from potential denial-of-service (DoS) attacks.

The Hard Fork has already met major unforeseen challenges with the Ropsten Testnet. What do you think? Will Mainnet's adoption of Istanbul be a smooth one?

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    The self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator Craig Wright says he kissed the rock star Jim Morrison back in the 90s and claims he has 27 hours in a day – the community amused

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At a conference that took place earlier this year, Dr Craig Wright (CSW), who believes himself to be the original Bitcoin creator, said a few things that made the crypto Twitter laugh.

Despite the doubtful reputation that CSW has quickly acquired in the crypto community, his brainchild Bitcoin Cash SV (BSV) remains in the top ten coin list on CoinMarketCap.

The project lead at Monero, Riccardo Spagni, has retweeted a video clip, in which Craig Wright reveals some details about himself to the audience at the conference.

Kissing Jim Morrison

On the video, CSW says that back in the nineties he went to a lot of parties that he would rather forget about. Talking about one of them, he says he once even kissed Jim Morrison, presumably, the leader of the iconic rock band the Doors.

Jim Morrison died back in 1971 on July 3. However, CSW insists he kissed the rock star about 10-20 years ago.

Working 27 hours a day

Another thing Craig Wright mentioned to the audience from the stage is that there are 27 hours in a day. That comes slightly against what everyone is taught at school. At least, the Vatican seems to agree with the official science on this piece of common knowledge.

However, on the video you can see that before uttering ’27 hours a day’, CSW takes a brief pause, as if quickly thinking it over and then publicly makes the mistake (whether it was deliberate or not).

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The community responds

The comment thread was full of sarcastic comments on both phrases – about Jim Morrison and the 27-hour day.

Some pointed out that perhaps a 27-hour day explains how Dr Craig Wright has become so efficient at work.

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