EOS Releases Version 1.5.0-rc1
As "price" slumps, its important to keep in mind that development continues.
You can read more about it in their Medium post HERE
Highlights in EOSIO V1.5.0-rc1: Multi-threaded Signature Verification (#6149)
One of the most important updates in this release is focused on our ongoing efforts to improve the performance of EOSIO, keeping it among the fastest public blockchains on the market. Multi-threaded Signature Verification introduces efficiencies in key recovery, which is now managed on separate threads via a thread pool in the controller when applying a signed block. Primary performance increases will be noticed when syncing a new node or replaying blocks to verify transactions.
State History Plugin (Alpha) (#5970)
We have also made a new alpha release of the State History Plugin that will allow real-time/streaming access to data on-chain. Akin to efforts with Demux, the State History Plugin allows for a more convenient way to get data through more web-scalable RPC frameworks. Overall this will be the basis for many scalability improvements in building on EOSIO and continued development will align this plugin with the needs of Demux to streamline and improve overall development efficiency when building applications on EOSIO. This plugin is being released as an Alpha and we welcome feedback from the community using it to learn how it affects your development workflow on EOSIO.
Whitelist & Blacklist Security Updates (#6318)
Finally, we have made some security updates to Whitelisting and Blacklisting. This is primarily for the benefit of block producers so that they can better respond to arbitration issues in the community and help resolve disputes and account recovery issues on the EOSIO public blockchain. The update enforces whitelist/blacklist checks for inline actions and deferred transactions for greater security while allowing exceptions for block producers who need to execute arbitration orders. This way, there will never be a need to remove any blacklisted accounts from blacklists at any point until it is time for the account to no longer be blacklisted.
EOS is not backing down from recent criticism surrounding the arbitration model for reversing transactions. For those who think this is somehow antithetical to the immutability of block-chain and a bad thing, I couldn't disagree more. For mass adoption to take place, there has to be a method to deal with theft and fraud. We don't live in a binary world of right and wrong and long term, a system has to allow some semblance of human reason. If you don't like it, there are a lot of back and white chains out there for you to use.