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What is Monero's mechanism for defending against a double-spend attack?

The title says it all, but I want to frame the issue two ways, in hopes of a slightly more in-depth answer. With Bitcoin, the blockchain is transparent. In the "ordinary course of business" in the ...
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What is churning?

I have read a few times on Reddit that churning one's own moneroj would improve privacy. What does it entail exactly? And how do I do that with the CLI or GUI?
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How do I use my MyMonero wallet via the Monero Core GUI?

I have been using a MyMonero wallet for quite a while. Can I start using that wallet from within the Monero Core GUI? How do I do that?
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How do I generate a Ledger Monero wallet with the CLI (monero-wallet-cli)?

According to the release notes v0.12.2.0 includes Ledger support. How do I generate a Ledger Monero wallet with the CLI (monero-wallet-cli)?
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How to use the view key to see amount sent to cold storage?

I know that you can't view both incoming and outgoing transactions of a cold wallet, but I'm still confused as to how I can see if my previous transactions I made have actually reached my cold storage ...
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How can I recover a wallet using the mnemonic seed?

If I lose my wallet.dat file how can I use my mnemonic seed to recover my wallet? Is the recovery procedure different depending on which Monero wallet I used to create it?
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What data do the wallet files contain?

I see 3 files with the name of my wallet: wallet-name, wallet-name.keys, wallet-name.address.txt What is stored inside them? Does the wallet store the public and private keys and nothing else? Or ...
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What is the mining reward equation?

I've tried using this equation, but while it works for Bitcoin, it doesn't work for Monero. Questions: what's the Monero mining reward equation? And a soft question, why is it so difficult to find ...
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How do I upgrade my software to v0.11.0.0?

I've been running CLI v0.10.3.1 and GUI Beta 2. How do I update these to v0.11.0.0?
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What are Borromean signatures?

For more background info visit GitHub or Bitcointalk It looks like borromean signatures are going to be replacing schnorr signatures in the RingCT hardfork. What does this mean for Monero and RingCT ...
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How do I upgrade my software to v0.11.1.0?

I've been running CLI v0.11.0.0 and GUI v0.11.0.0. How do I update these to v0.11.1.0?
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Support for a Ledger Nano S Recovery Plan B?

For a Ledger Nano S recovery contingency plan, how can one compute an associated vector of 25 Electrum wallet recovery words for each primary address using BIP 44 technology that is seeded from BIP 39 ...
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Is it safe to share a daemon with a roommate?

Are there any security concerns with sharing a Monero daemon with a roommate to send or receive transactions? If we each person has their own wallet, encrypted with a very strong password what are ...
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What do Monero addresses have in common?

Monero addresses are very long and are supposed to be random, but I have noticed that all of them start with the number 4. Are there any other similarities shared by all Monero addresses?
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What is the fastest way to synchronize the daemon?

Running the daemon without any modifications can take a long time to synchronize. Are there any faster options for synchronizing the daemon with the network?
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How does one go about setting up a mining pool?

There are already a number of mining pools out for Monero, are there instructions or software that people can use to set up their own mining pool?
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What are Fluffy Blocks?

I heard the term thrown around here and on Reddit, but I haven't found its definition anywhere. Could someone please clarify?
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How many different developers have made contributions to Monero source code?

How many different developers have made commits to Monero source code? How does this level of developer contribution compare to other cryptocurrencies of a similar marketcap?
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How can individuals safeguard themselves and the community against a key reusing fork?

Regardless of the true intention behind the MoneroV developers, it forking off the existing Monero blockchain poses danger to the privacy of Monero users. While the MoneroV forking date has been put ...
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Do I need to sync the entire blockchain before I can send a transaction?

I have a cold storage wallet that I have only used to receive payments. After recovering my wallet with my mnemonic seed, do I need to synchronize the entire blockchain before I can send a ...
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What are the “public” viewkeys and spendkeys?

If you create a paper wallet at www.moneroaddress.org or create a wallet with simplewallet, you are provided with private view and spend keys. If you create a paper wallet at https://xmr.llcoins.net/ ...
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In ringct, how are the range proofs kept separate from the pedersen commitments in a transaction?

Are the range proofs and pedersen commitments part of a transaction? Or are they not kept in a transaction at all?
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Does Aeon have a development roadmap?

Monero has a clearly defined development roadmap. Does Aeon have something similar? Monero has made many improvements since Aeon was forked from it. Which Monero improvements will Aeon rebase against ...
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How do I gracefully stop the monerod daemon process?

I started monerod as a background daemon with the --detach flag. Suppose I want to restart my computer, how do I gracefully stop the process? Can I just kill it? Thanks in advance.
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What is the origin of Monero and its relationship to Bytecoin?

I've read many things about the origin of Monero and its relation to Bytecoin and other cryptonote coins. What are the details of Monero's origin? Edited to add: this question / answer is not a ...
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How can I edit a Moneropedia definition or add a new one?

The Moneropedia page has some terms with very basic definitions. More concerning are the large number of important terms and definitions that are missing completely. How can I help update Moneropedia?...
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Size requirements for different “pieces” of a Monero transaction

What are the different pieces of a transaction that take up precious bytes on the blockchain (range proof, MLSAG, inputs, outputs, ECDH, keys, TX extra, other)? How much space do they take up (in ...
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Are the LMDB files cross-platform compatible?

I would like to know if the LMDB files are cross-platform compatible, more specifically between macOS and Linux. I am trying to import a raw blockchain (that I exported yesterday on macOS) onto a ...
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How do I, as a sender, verify that my transaction actually arrived?

I sent some XMR to a service / exchange / friend. How do I verify that my transaction actually arrived?
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What is the TX key?

What is the TX key? I know it is related to $r$ from the whitepaper, but I'm not sure which number it is. (I'm thinking it is either r, rA, or H(rA)).
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Offline transaction signing. What are the details?

This offline transaction signing feature was PR'ed to master in early October. I generally know how this is supposed to work, as many others no doubt do as well. But what are the details? On the ...
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What is the technical definition of “dust” that is allowed to be sent with a mixin of 0?

What is the technical definition of "dust" that is allowed to be sent with a mixin of 0? Is there any way I can avoid or reduce dust creation?
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Building an integrated address from a regular address and old-style payment ID

I have a bot for automated sending of XMR. The bot can send XMR to integrated addresses only, without separate payment ID support. One customer has given me both a regular address and an old-style ...
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How high is Multi-Sig on the list of development priorities?

.... and is there a rough ETA? ( Soon..) If this isn't being actively developed, then is there things that need to be developed before this can happen? Otherwise has there been any forum ...
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Is it possible to use light wallets / remote nodes with Kovri?

Kovri is a C++ implementation of I2P. I2P is an acronym for Invisible Internet Protocol. The idea behind I2P is to create an anonymous internet. To me, your average semi-educated enthusiast, this ...
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Looking for a paper describing Monero

I want to learn about Monero in good detail. Unfortunately I am not able to find any good and complete resource which described how this cryptocurrency works. Most of the papers I found are analyzing ...
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How to use the sweep_all command with options like ring_size or priority

could you please tell me how to use this exactly? For example I want to sweep_all a wallet with low <priority> (in the GUI that would be x.25 I guess) to another address with default <...
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Will there be a January hard-fork for RingCT?

If there is a earlier hard-fork. Will only the RingCT code be included in the version or every improvement until then? Will this skip the March hard-fork or will the March fork use version 5?
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Can't load wallet in CLI v0.13.0.2 or GUI v0.13.0.3 (error: std::bad_alloc | error: basic_string::_M_replace_aux)

Just downloaded the CLI binaries from getmonero. When trying to load a wallet in the CLI I get one of two errors: Error: failed to load wallet: std::bad_alloc Error: failed to load wallet: ...
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What advantages does Monero offer that are not provided by other cryptocurrencies?

What are the advantages provided by using Monero compared with other popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin? Specifically, what unique features does Monero have relating to privacy, PoW security ...
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Where can I find a description of the CryptoNight hash algorithm?

Where can I find a description of the CryptoNight hash algorithm? Both a thorough and ELI5 description of the hash algorithm would be appreciated
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How vulnerable is Monero to Quantum Computing?

Elliptic curve cryptography, which is used in Monero, is vulnerable to QC. Would Monero be more vulnerable than Bitcoin, because the addresses contain public keys, not hashes of public keys? What ...
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Running a full node without revealing my home IP address

How can I safely run a full node without revealing my home IP address? Please compare the privacy and security of the following methods for running a Monero node both from home and by using a cloud ...
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Solo GPU mining

I've literally searched every source available to find an answer but the only thing I've came up with is that I have to set my own pool in order to do that. I am using Windows 7 and the only available ...
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How can I check the balance of a Monero paper wallet?

If I securely generate a paper wallet address and mnemonic seed, for example using www.moneroaddress.org, and I send a bunch of funds to this paper wallet, how can I check the balance to ensure ...
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How to create a cold storage & watch-only wallet

Using monero-wallet-cli, I want to safely create a cold storage wallet and make a watch-only counterpart which I later want to use on my Windows PC to monitor the balance. How can I do this?
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Simple explanation of Monero mechanics - how does Monero work?

I'm looking for a nice explanation of Monero mechanics to make people 'get' what is what and how it works. Things like stealth addresses, ring signatures, view & spend keys, key images, ring ...
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What is the safest method to create a Monero wallet for cold storage?

If I want to create a Monero wallet in the most secure manner possible, what are the best practices in doing so? Are there any written user guides or video demonstrations of this process?
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Why are hard forks planned every 6 months?

As more code is written and the Monero technology advances (perhaps the pace of development will slow), will the need for biannual hard forks remain? Is there a particular purpose behind this?
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Why are Monero addresses so long?

A raw Monero address is 95 characters long compared to 26-34 characters for a Bitcoin address. Monero integrated address are even longer at 106 characters. What is the cryptographic reason that ...

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