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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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How much information is passed from the daemon to simplewallet when scanning for a wallet's transactions?

When simplewallet is connected to a local daemon, the data throughput is mostly irrelevant because communication is done completely locally. But I am curious about how much data/information is ...
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How can I use monero-blockchain-blackball to improve my privacy?

Monero version 0.12.0.0 shipped with a new executable file called monero-blockchain-blackball. What is the purpose of this new program, and how can it be used properly?
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Is it possible to create a lighter wallet than simplewallet without giving up a view key?

In the question How much information is passed from the daemon to simplewallet when scanning for a wallet's transactions?, it was clarified that simplewallet receives the entirety of every block ...
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What exactly has been changed in PoW algorithms in the v7 fork?

I have read the official announcement about the current PoW change and also seen the discussion on GitHub but this is very long and very technical. Could someone summarise what exactly has been ...
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Can someone walk me through a simple example to explain how RingCT works?

Original: https://www.reddit.com/r/Monero/comments/5irg81/questions_regarding_the_cryptography_behind_ringct/ I just read the RingCT paper, and there are a couple things that could use some clearing ...
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Why does Monero prevent transactions from being spent without 10 confirmations?

When I receive monero they are unavailable to be spent for 10 blocks because of the CRYPTONOTE_DEFAULT_TX_SPENDABLE_AGE (Required confirmations before newly received Monero can be spent). Why is this ...
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How can I get Wolf's open-source AMD miner to work on Ubuntu?

I have never compiled anything before and the steps on GitHub are too complicated for me. How can I get Wolf's open-source AMD miner to work on Ubuntu? https://github.com/wolf9466/wolf-xmr-miner ...
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What changes are in the Monero 0.11.0.0 release?

0.11.0.0 was just released. What are the major changes in this version?
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Is there a monero address monitoring service?

Is there a monero monitoring service where it will email/sms me if it receives any coins? I'm assuming you'd have to give this service your public view and public spend keys in order for them to see ...
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What's the difference between “balance” and “unlocked balance”?

What's the difference between "balance" and "unlocked balance"? When is it different? Why is that, and for how long?
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What happens if a very large transaction is over 2x the median block size?

The dynamic block size limit 2x the median block size over the last 100 blocks. What happens if a transaction containing an extremely large numbers of outputs and a very large mixin exceeds the ...
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How much money would be required to cloud mine 51% of the network hash rate?

Cloud mining is generally a very expensive way to mine over the long run. However if the goal was to mine only for one day and in attempt to 51% attack a network it might be cheaper than purchasing ...
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What kind of pruning techniques does AEON use?

AEON has a pruning branch. What kind of pruning is it? Is it just like Bitcoin pruning, or is there more to it?
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Comparison of Monero and Bitcoin Money Supply and Block Reward schedules

How do the Monero and Bitcoin money supply and block reward schedules compare? Are there any graphs that easily compare the two before and after tail emission begins? If there are graphs, how was ...
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Will Monero mnemonic seeds need to be converted to BIP 39 for standardization reasons?

According to this answer it was suggested that Monero will likely eventually need convert Electrum Wallet compliant mnemonic seeds to BIP 39 compliant mnemonic seeds for compatibility/integration ...
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Transaction stuck as “pending” in monero-wallet-cli

A transaction I made a few hours ago is stuck as "pending", after sending via monero-wallet-cli. The transaction has not been picked up in a block yet. I found this comment on Reddit by /u/...
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Why one word is found two times in each seed?

Why one word is found two times in each seed? Is it use as a checksum?
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How will the transition to RingCT work?

When Monero implements RingCT, how will the transition be handled? In particular, how will pre RingCT outputs be migrated into outputs available for use in RingCT transactions?
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Is there any remote node list to connect simplewallet?

Someone previously asked how to connect simplewallet to a remote node here: How do I connect monero-wallet-cli to a remote node? However, is there any list of remote nodes available and their ...
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Shamir's Secret Sharing for cold storage of a Monero wallet

After creating a mnemonic seed for offline cold storage with the guide described here how can I safely encrypt it in pieces with the help of Shamir's Secret Sharing? What are some other viable ...
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How does RingCT work with / without coefficients?

I was trying to get more information on how RingCT works, I found the thread I linked to below here on the stack exchange. In the other thread, the most upvoted answer explains it as a coefficient, ...
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How do I use long payment IDs in CLI v0.14 / GUI v0.14?

I am trying to attach a long payment ID to my transaction. However, in the GUI, there's no field to enter the payment ID. In the CLI, I get the following warning: Error: Long payment IDs are ...
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Block added as alternative on height xxxxx

I've noticed this message in monerod many times since running the software. Can someone explain what these alternative blocks are?
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Is the 10-block lock time a protocol rule? What rules accompany it?

Every Monero transaction consumes old outputs (used as inputs to the transaction) and creates new outputs. The new outputs are locked for 10 blocks before they can be spent. A. Is this a wallet ...
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How to synchronize the GUI wallet using the blockchain bootstrap

I'm having trouble trying to sync the GUI wallet with the blockchain. I'm trying to use an old 2008 Macbook which I had lying around, with OS X El Capitan (HDD, 8gb RAM, 200gb free storage). I've ...
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How to generate a new genesis tx?

I did a Monero fork and i added to it a code to generate for me a new genesis tx with the knowed command --print-genesis-tx and it works great at start, it generates something like this ...
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I'm trying to create a Python miner, can I get some guidance please?

I have been wondering how to make a Python Monero miner. I know about py-cryptonight, but does anyone know anything about how to actually code with it? I understand that cn_slow_hash is for mining, ...
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Optimal number of threads when mining

How can I determine the optimal number of mining threads to start if I know the CPU and the quantity of RAM? Are other parameters relevant?
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How is Monero development funded?

What is the funding model for Monero development? What incentives are in place to retain existing talent and attract additional developers?
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How will the range proof size reduction be accomplished?

According to this answer Range proofs are currently 6304 bytes (per output) and will drop in the future by at least 1024 bytes. How will the future 1024 byte reduction per output be accomplished? ...
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What is PayBee and how is it related to Monero?

What is PayBee and how is it related to Monero? Is it being worked on is a private repository? I cannot see much recent activity in GitHub other than forking code from BitPay.
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Is the Monero blockchain database portable between 32 and 64 bit architectures, and little/big endian architectures?

Monero uses LMDB for its database. Various data is saved in this database, including integers, such as the difficulty for a given block. LMDB is type agnostic, so does not any particular processing on ...
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How does mymonero web wallet work?

I understand that all the client code is running on the client computer, and the private keys never leave the client computer. The client creates transactions and transmits them to mymonero server, ...
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Blockchain properties: what are Height and Difficulty?

What are Height and Difficulty properties of Monero's blockchain?
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Monero Height at a standstill

My Height seems to be stuck here 335459/335459 (100.0%) on mainnet But when I check the current height online it's 1289240 Could someone help me?
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Are [solo] mining yield calculations like dice or playing card calculations?

If I want to know how many times I need to roll a die in order to have a given chance of seeing at least one six, I can use the formula: n = (log(1 - s))/(log(1 - p)) where n is the required number ...
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How are monero wallets generated?

I understand that the mnemonic is enough to recover the wallet. How are the keys and address generated from there? Does one need to have the dictionary of the mnemonic to be able to recover the wallet?...
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Can you choose the mnemonic seed to create a wallet?

To recover a wallet, all it requires is your 25 word recovery seed. I was wondering if you can create a wallet by selecting these 25 words yourself and going from there. This would be cool because ...
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How do I send XMR to multiple different addresses?

For example let's say Alice wants to send moneroj to Bob, Chris and Dave. Does she have to make 3 separate transactions or can she do just one? If she can do just one transaction, would the ...
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Is it safe to make backup of wallet? If so, is there a reference procedure somewhere?

For example, to prevent problems if my dog eat my usb stick with my wallet, is it safe to make backup of wallet ? If so, what would be a correct procedure to make (i.e, what are the important part ...
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Monero Genesis transaction & nonce - clarification

This is a case of explain like i'm five. I pretty much got the idea, thanks to knaccc in answer Monero Genesis transaction & nonce. But just to be clear. If I wanted to generate a new "empty" ...
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My Ledger Monero wallet shows an incoming transaction with a value of zero (0), how do I resolve this issue?

I withdrew some funds from an exchange to my Ledger Monero wallet. However, the incoming has a value of zero (0). How can I resolve this issue?
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How do I fix build error about fPIC?

I recently built Monero from master on Manjaro, and there were no issues. I then built the same commit on an Ubuntu computer and received an error about fPIC. Like ... .rodata' can not be used when ...
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How can I import a blackball database to improve my privacy?

How can the blackball database that I generate be added to the Monero wallet in order to improve privacy?
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How does Monero privacy and security compare to Zcash?

How does Monero privacy compare to Zcash? What are the key security risks associated with each design? Since important Monero improvements are in active development and Zcash has yet to launch, ...
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What is the purpose of the tail emission?

What is the purpose of the tail emission? How does it relate to dynamic block sizes and miners penalties?
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How can someone verify that the source downloaded from github is genuine?

When someone downloads the Monero source tree from github, there is a possible risk that this is not what the developers created. This could be MITM attacks, whether between developers and github or ...
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How is Monero compared to Dash?

There are 2 main privacy-centric Bitcoin-like payment blockchain and cryptocurrencies – Dash and Monero and are always being compared to one another. What are their similarities and differences?

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