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Ethereum Classic devs delay hard fork over disagreement on EIP 170

It has been reported by Crypto Globe that the developers of Ethereum Classic (ETC) have decided to postpone the upcoming Atlantis hard fork of the network, due to the fact that one of the proposed updates goes against the integrity of the project, and could be handled differently. It now seems the team will be taking "one or two weeks" to discuss the correct course of action.
Ethereum Classic devs delay hard fork over disagreement on EIP 170
Originally, the Atlantis fork was scheduled to go live at block 8,750,000. Right now, ETC is in the 8,139,000 range, but new blocks are generated very fast, in fact several a minute. The fork is intended to introduce several improvements to bring ETC in line with Ethereum, and make the blockchains interoperable. However, due to disagreements over EIP 170, it now seems there will be an unspecified delay until the upgrade.
The issue surrounding EIP 170 is that it changes the maximum length of code that a contract can have, in order to prevent an attack in which large amounts of code could be "accessed repeatedly at a fixed gas cost."
However, not all feel that dealing with the issue this way is necessary or wise. Developer Anthony Lusardi is quoted in the article:
"These rules can simply be applied to transaction validation rather than block validation, making it a soft fork rather than a hard fork… It’s vitally important to stick to pre-agreed rules when they’re defined."
It is this disagreement that has delayed the upgrade, giving the community time to discuss and decide. As ETC developer soc1c puts it:
"Let’s just acknowledge there’s discussion around EIP 170 and take this time, another one or two weeks [to talk about] what the problem [might be] with a maximum code size limit and how to move on."

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