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What are the primary differences between Monero and Bitcoin?

Addressing each of the following factors, what are the major differences between Monero and Bitcoin? Privacy (including any limitations privacy may have on auditability) Scaling (including blockchain ...
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Why did Monero choose LMDB over alternative database types?

Did the Monero development find LMDB architect and developer Howard Chu because of its interest in LMDB? Or was LMDB introduced to the Monero development team because of Howard Chu's interest in ...
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Can you trustlessly trade Monero for Bitcoin?

Some cryptocurrencies can be traded in a trustless manner, also known as atomic cross-chain traded. This means that when the trade is done, either the entire trade is done, or none of it is (otherwise,...
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What Ports Does Monero Use? (RPC, P2P, etc.)

What is the Monero P2P port? What is the Monero RPC port? What purposes do the different ports serve? Are there other ports Monero needs to have setup properly in order to use extra features?
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Why was the block time changed from 1 to 2 minutes?

Faster block times lead to faster transaction confirmations. Why was the Monero block time changed from 1 to 2 minutes?
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What is RingCT and how does it compare to Confidential Transactions?

What is RingCT and how does the addition of Ring Signatures enhance the privacy properties of RingCT compared to Confidential Transactions as designed by Greg Maxwell? https://people.xiph.org/~greg/...
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Can I fake a balance by giving the view key to an auditor but omitting some transactions and key images?

The viewkey can be used to see the outputs sent to my address, but not the outputs I generate when sending monero. If I need to know the balance I also need the private spendkey. It is suggested that ...
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How many transactions per second can the Monero network handle?

How many transactions per second can the Monero network (theoretically) handle? Did recent LMDB optimizations improve the speed that CPUs can confirm transactions? Is the current limiting factor CPU ...
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Is it better to mine with a CPU or GPU

"The proof-of-work algorithm, CryptoNight, is AES-intensive and "memory heavy", which significantly reduces the advantage of GPU over CPU." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monero_(cryptocurrency) ...
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Where are the monero-core configuration parameters stored?

Where are the monero-core (official GUI) configuration values stored?
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Selective transparency in Monero vs Zcash

How does the view key functionalist in Monero compare to the view key functionality in Zcash? Does one system review more or less transaction details than the other? What are the differences?
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How will the temporal output alignment of ring partners (mixins) be addressed?

The Issue: If you only own outputs in a short span of blocks and you spend them, the mixin partners (the fake outputs / ring partners) will be different for each of the outputs and have a blockchain ...
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What is MoneroV, and how is it different than Monero?

I have heard of an upcoming airdrop called MoneroV. Can someone explain the relationship between Monero and MoneroV, and explain their differences?
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How to perform a simple verification of a Monero address with a regular expression?

For people that want to do a simple verification of a Monero address to ensure it has been entered correctly, what are some methods that can be employed?
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Performance comparison of Wolf's open source compared with Claymore's closed source miner

I have an AMD R9 390 graphics card. What is the expected hash rate difference between: Wolf's open source GPU miner https://github.com/wolf9466/wolf-xmr-miner/releases Claymore's closed source miner ...
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Will Monero have wallet clients similar to SPV so that a fully validated node is less necessary?

If so, how would it work and how much better/worse would it be compared to using a full node, especially the privacy implications. Obviously as Monero usage increases, end users should be using ...
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Monero inception and history. How did monero get started, what are its origins and which are important historical events of its development? [closed]

I did some research, and I get that the first came Cryptonote and its implementation - ByteCoin, as an "official" coin. From there came bitmonero, and from it came monero. During its life, since ...
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What are 3 types of Ring CT transactions?

In monero, there are three types of RingCT transactions: enum { RCTTypeNull = 0, RCTTypeFull = 1, RCTTypeSimple = 2, }; They can be observed in https://xmrchain.net/ But it's not clear what ...
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How are the various tx-extra types/formats used?

Reading the code, I see that transactions can contain an unlimited number of tx_extra_field items. tx_extra_field is defined in src/cryptonote_core/tx_extra.h as a union of a few possible types, ...
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What is RingCT and how does it make Monero private?

I hear that RingCT will make Monero more private than Bitcoin. Is there truth to this?
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How do i delete the wallet cache?

In rare cases the wallet cache needs to be rebuilt. For example when the wallet cache isn't compatible with the current wallet version. How do i delete the wallet cache and trigger a rebuild?
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What is meant by “Diffie-Hellman exchange” in the official CryptoNote paper?

I've read the official CryptoNote whitepaper and I've stumbled on the following sentence: First, the sender performs a Diffie-Hellman exchange to get a shared secret from his data and half of the ...
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Does Monero have any mobile wallets available?

Mobile usage is growing very fast worldwide. Monero transactions should be easy to conduct from any device Does Monero have any Android or iOS wallets available? If there are no mobile wallets today,...
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Why are rich lists impossible to create for Monero?

What technical challenges prevent the creation of Monero rich lists? Without a rich list or transparent blockchain how can a business or charity publish proof of XMR reserves?
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Is Monero amenable to ASIC mining?

Is Monero ASIC resistant? If not, are there already people out there running on ASICs?
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How does one prove ownership of a Monero address?

Just like how a user can prove they are the owner of a Bitcoin public key by signing a message, how can a Monero user prove they are the owner of a Monero public key?
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Spam attack to gain control of many outputs and undermine privacy

Would it be possible for an attacker to send many transactions to himself with the goal of gaining control of many outputs for the purposes of deanonymizing transactions of others (using low mixins ...
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How did Monero Research Lab members learn about Monero?

Did the original Monero core team reach out to cryptographers in order to seek review of the original CryptoNote whitepaper? Or did the mathematicians hear about CryptoNote from some other means and ...
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How is the Monero network hashrate calculated and how is it different than bitcoin?

I've read somewhere that the Monero network hashrate is only an estimation based on the current network difficulty. Is this different than the conventional (bitcoin-like) network hashrate measurements,...
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Can Monero transactions contain scripts?

Does Monero contain a scripting system for transactions like Bitcoin does? If so, what OPs does it have and where is it defined? Is it the same script as in Bitcoin or different?
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What is a sub-address?

https://github.com/monero-project/monero/pull/1753 is a pull request for disposable addresses and sub-addresses but what is a sub-address? Kind of like bip32 wallets in bitcoin?
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Can the Monero block chain be pruned to increase scalability?

Can the Monero block chain be pruned to increase scalability? If so, exactly what data can and cannot be pruned?
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Number of Monero block explorers and their unique features

How many Monero block explorers are currently known to exist? What unique features separate one block explorer from another? What differences do they have in terms of privacy and security ...
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What is Kasisto?

What is Kasisto? Is there a demo available? Is it open source? If so where can I see the source code? Who is the developer? How can I become a beta tester?
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Usefulness of an intermittent full node

I run bitmonerod on my laptop when I'm using the computer but I shut it down for the night. I don't mine due to the computer relatively low capabilities. How useful for the whole Monero network is a ...
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How to see that the RingCT commitment parameter H is in fact a multiple of the base point G

On the last paragraph of page 7 of Monero Research Lab's paper about RingCT, the author makes some statements to the effect that it is possible to pick a random point on the base curve ED25519 that is ...
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How do I prove that a payment has been sent to a particular address?

If I pay someone, and they then claim that the payment has not been received, how can I prove that the payment was in fact sent?
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How does the recent patched key image exploit work in practice?

For more info https://getmonero.org/2017/05/17/disclosure-of-a-major-bug-in-cryptonote-based-currencies.html This has been patched months ago and was never exploited which can be proven by running a ...
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How can Monero defend against a “majority of view keys” attack?

My question is a follow-up on a recent thread on Reddit: In this talk! a question was asked how many of view keys are needed to see through the whole blockchain and deanonymize all the ...
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Can any CryptoNote coins be merge mined?

Do any CryptoNote coins support merged mining? If so which coins can be merged mined about how would merge mining affect my hashrate?
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How do payment ids work?

In particular, how do the encrypted ones work cryptographically. I'm guessing they are based on the shared secret.
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What Android wallet options are there for Monero?

What are the top Android wallets for storing monero?
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How do I use a computer with a wallet to access a headless node at my home?

I'm running a headless, low wattage Ubuntu 16.04 (x86, if that matters) system that I have SSH'ed into, ran Screen, ran ./monerod, and then detached the Screen. This is my node. I also set up this ...
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What is the 'base point' (G) from the whitepaper and how is it represented as a single hex value?

The white paper introduces G, aka the base point, as G = (x, −4/5). I have two questions: what is x? Is this the x from the elliptic curve (is it a variable)? If so, how is a private key aG ...
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Block height for v6 fork

What is the block height and approximate date for the v6 Monero fork? Has there been a decision to change the targeted block height based on discussions to keep the fork near Sept 21st despite a ...
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How can I add my business to the merchant list on the Monero website?

Is there an easy way to make a listing request? If I am familiar with GitHub, how should I go about doing it myself?
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Can a One-Time public key be used for more than one payment?

If I understand correctly, every new payment will ideally have a different one-time public key for increased privacy. However, could a one-time public key receive Monero more than once (as in ...
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sc_reduce32 … is it really supposed to be that complicated?

sc_reduce32 in crypto-ops.c looks super involved, but according to MRL-0003.pdf, its just: 4.1.11 sc_reduce Takes a 64-byte integer and outputs the lowest 32 bytes modulo the prime q . This is ...
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At what date will the initial 18.4 million coins have all been mined?

Is it possible to calculate the exact time and date the initial 18.4 million coins have all been mined? And assuming that the total amount itself isn't altered, what if anything could cause this date ...
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What are Electrum's mnemonic seeds?

I've read on wiki that Monero implemented Electrum's mnemonic seeds. What are these and what is the differences between other most common seeds?

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