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Software upate service

Postby Steve Sokolowski » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:20 pm

One of the largest costs we face now is losses due to being unaware of software updates. When we don't know about exchange API changes, or coin daemon updates, money is wasted. For example, Peercoin forked recently and about $1,631.60 was lost on the old fork. Apparently, the upgrade was announced several months ago, but there was no way to know that we should have searched for the announcement. Likewise, in December we lost Coinbase support for a few days because they deprecated their v1 API. The announcement was made 3 months before that, but it had worked for five years, and how were we supposed to know to search for Coinbase's announcement? All of these organizations assume that their service is the most important to all of their customers, when people like us are using thousands of different services at once.

Some updates, like operating system updates, are managed through package managers and therefore it is easy to keep security vulnerabilities at bay by running aptitude update.

Is anyone aware of a similar service for cryptocurrency updates? If not, is there someone willing to start a business that offers one? We would still save money at $2000/yr for this service, and all it has to do is to provide a JSON feed with three fields - coin/exchange name, new version, and deadline (or null if not mandatory.) A reliable feed, updated, daily, for all coins and exchanges would be extremely valuable.
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Re: Software upate service

Postby ajs » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:24 pm

I hope you find such a service.

It is unreasonable to expect you to monitor 1000's of feeds for upcoming changes.

An alternative is to enlist your users - who do watch the ones they care about - and ask us to provide you a service ticket to let you know. I have done so, and will continue to for things I care about. (Frankly, it is in my best interest to do so, as I benefit by your continued support.) You could even provide a "bounty" for first to notify you. (I would donate mine to your team). A bounty would still be better than the lost money as described above. Just thinking of a crowd sourced version of that service.
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Re: Software upate service

Postby Steve Sokolowski » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:27 pm

ajs wrote:I hope you find such a service.

It is unreasonable to expect you to monitor 1000's of feeds for upcoming changes.

An alternative is to enlist your users - who do watch the ones they care about - and ask us to provide you a service ticket to let you know. I have done so, and will continue to for things I care about. (Frankly, it is in my best interest to do so, as I benefit by your continued support.) You could even provide a "bounty" for first to notify you. (I would donate mine to your team). A bounty would still be better than the lost money as described above. Just thinking of a crowd sourced version of that service.


I like this idea. We could add a form to have us notified on the "Settings" page. Let's see how it works with no reward first. If we add a reward, then I think we're going to end up with five submissions for each fork, and the people who are not first will think we're cheating them.

This doesn't just apply to coins, though. We also need to get updates from exchanges. Maybe there needs to be a page that lists the name of each dependency we use and the version we are using, and people can enter new versions on the form.

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