The Bitcoin Foundation opened the year with a State of Bitcoin Address sharing a few developments as the Foundation continues in its second year of work. The address is highlighted by the Foundation's impending move to tag their reference client version 0.5.4 with the release label. Other developments include:
- A programmable version string patch by asciilifeform allowing node operators to choose what their node identifies as through a command line flag when bitcoind is started. The default value1 clearly identifies the origin of the node's software, but it delivers substantial value in being able to mimic common nodes in order to draw less attention to the node.
- A script was also delivered by asciilifeform which blocks the Amazon Web Service self reported address ranges using iptables. The purpose of this script is to deny
a great many loud and obvious miscreants
the opportunity to tax a node's resources. AWS is a popular place for parking pseudo nodes and under provisioned nodes while also having an absence of high value nodes.
- Finally foundation treasurer2 and Coinbr founder jurov dedicated substantial time to analysing mempool code and producing a report.3
The address closed with thanks and gratitude.