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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 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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How do you run the official GUI?

The pull request for the official GUI was recently merged. How do you get the GUI running?
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Can you have a multsig wallet with the current Monero protocol?

Can you create a bitcoin-style multisig wallet in Monero in the current protocol? You would have n participants, such that k of them can authorize a transaction.
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Why will the v5 fork raise the min block size to 300,000 bytes?

Why will the v5 fork raise the min block size to 300,000 bytes? v5 is now used for an increased minimum block size (from 60000 to 300000) to cater for larger typical/minimum transaction size. I ...
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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 do exchanges adopt Monero?

Exchanges such as Poloniex.com that trade in Monero are limited as compared to other cryptocurrencies. Is Monero trading more difficult to implement than, say, a Bitcoin-based exchange? What are the ...
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How can I use Monero to pay a Bitcoin accepting merchant?

Can I use Monero to pay a Bitcoin accepting merchant in a untraceable manner? If so what is the process?
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ELI5: How is Multisig going to work in Monero?

From what I understand Monero multisig will likely be a special Monero address, similar to something like a p2sh address to address specific use cases. Will it work like a traditional multisig system ...
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Difference between Unlinkability and Untraceability

Please provide a simple explanation that can distinguish Monero unlinkability and untraceability. Is it possible for a cryptocurrency to have one (unlinkability or untraceability) without the other? ...
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Can I manually check consistency of Pedersen Commitments in RingCT?

Even though I fully trust the math behind RingCT and I know no moneroj can be created out of thin air, sometimes I'd like to see for myself the consistency of the Pedersen Commitment before/after any ...
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Why does `monerod` on Raspberry Pi 3 with a copied LMDB not catch up with new blocks?

I have both a macOS system and a Raspberry Pi 3 on the same home network. Both are having Monero release 0.10.1.0 installed. I stopped the daemon on macOS, and then copied the entire .bitmonero ...
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Is the Monero genesis block reward spendable?

Is the Monero genesis block reward spendable? The 50 BTC in the Bitcoin genesis block can never be spent. Are the 17.592186 XMR from the Monero genesis block capable of being spent? If they cannot ...
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What would be the minimum mixin for full privacy?

How much privacy does the default (I think it's 4) give? If not enough, how high a mixin is enough?
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What is 'smart mining'?

I'd like to learn more about mining Monero and I heard about smart mining. How does 'smart mining' differ from regular mining? What are the trade-offs involved?
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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 happened at block 202612?

Why was this block hardcoded in the source-code? What happened with the Monero blockchain in the block 202612?
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At what stage is the Monero mining race at right now?

It does beg the question, what hardware would has the best cost/benefit ratio right now? Are low end GPUs best to mine with, or are racks of cheap power efficient CPU motherboards the flavour right ...
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What is StringCT?

I saw some recent comments about RuffCT/StringCT, which is a supposed improvement to RingCT. What is RuffCT/StringCT, and how is it different than RingCT? What improvements (if any) will this bring to ...
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How will transaction fees be calculated after RingCT?

I read that RingCT will bring transaction sizes close to about 13kb. How much larger would a mixin=4 Monero transaction be compared to a Bitcoin transaction? Based on a 13kb size, it would be about ...
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What is the best hardware wallet for Monero?

It appears there is some work being done to support Monero on Trezor 2.0: https://twitter.com/fluffyponyza/status/814143827384631296 and https://www.reddit.com/r/Monero/comments/5d24ej/...
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Why are the fees hard coded?

Most cryptocurrencies let you choose your fee. Why does Monero use a hard coded fee? Edit: Or rather I should say why is the minimum fee hard coded.
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How does ringct interact with multisig?

When the ringct branch is finished, will it make m-of-n multisig easier or harder to implement?
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Are there plans to optimize bandwidth usage by implementing something like xthin or compact blocks?

As I understand it now, all transactions are re-transmitted when a new block is found. Is it possible in Monero to implement something similar to compact blocks, and if so is there a timeline for ...
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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 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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Block reward penalties and dynamic block size

Block reward penalties begin if a block gets beyond 60kb in size. What is the reason why this limit is not dynamically re-calculated to follow a ratio of the blocksize limit instead of a constant?
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Is it possible to avoid Monero address re-use without having to create a new wallet for each transaction?

I understand that currently, if an user wants to avoid re-using Monero addresses to avoid off-chain linkability (ie same address used for withdrawal from 2 exchanges and the exchanges releasing their ...
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What security risks are associated with accepting Instant Transactions?

If a merchant decides to accept a Monero payment the moment it appears in the memory pool (before confirmation) what risks are being assumed? Based on the probability of these risks being exploited, ...
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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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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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How decentralized is Monero mining?

How many Monero mining pools currently exist? Are there any P2P pools? What percentage of the hashrate does the largest pool control? Is there a pie chart available that shows the the share of all ...
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What programming language(s) are used in building Bitmonerod, Simplewallet, Kovri, and the Monero GUI?

What programming languages are being used to build Bitmonerod, Simplewallet, Kovri and the Monero GUI? Are multiple languages used within the same application? What is the level of programming ...
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Minimum system requirements for Monero?

What are the minimum system requirements to run a full Monero node? Specifically: How much RAM do I need? How much disk space is required? Is a SSD needed to sync in a reasonable period of time? Is ...
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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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Ability to choose your own transaction fee

When using simplewallet and bitmonerod transaction fees are calculated based on the mixin and outputs being used in a transaction. During times where network usage is high, is there an ability to ...
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Blockchain size on hard drive?

What is the current blockchain size in gigabytes and is there a service that regularly reports this statistic?
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What is MoneroPulse?

I've seen some messages in the daemon about MoneroPulse - what is it and what does it do? The only reasonable reference I can find online is this Tweet that says "MoneroPulse: a loosely distributed ...
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Security concerns with OpenAlias

As I understand it if someone is able to hack my DNS server and edit my TXT DNS record on a FQDN (fully qualified domain name) they could alter the Monero address that the associated with my OpenAlias ...
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Creating a Monero wallet with D20 dice

I have 20 sided dice which I would like to use to create a secure Monero paper wallet. What procedure can I use to use the dice to create a valid mnemonic seed? Is there any advantage of creating a ...
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How do I generate a Ledger Monero wallet with the GUI (monero-wallet-gui)?

According to the release notes GUI v0.12.3.0 includes Ledger support. How do I generate a Ledger Monero wallet with the GUI (monero-wallet-gui)?
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Trademark dispute resolution

What was the resolution of the Monero trademark dispute described here and here. If there has been no resolution what is the most recent update? Is the company Moneero out of business? Their former ...
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Mandatory vs optional stealth address use

Use of stealth address is optional with Bitcoin and mandatory with Monero. What are the advantages and disadvantages of mandating the use of stealth addresses?
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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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Tor support on MyMonero.com

Many privacy focused Tor users are interested or have the potential to be interested in Monero. IP address protection is important to Tor users. Why was Tor removed from the CORS headers on the ...
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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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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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Does Monero have any connection to the Esperanto community other than its name?

In addition to the Esperanto name Monero, the name Kovri was chosen for another Monero related project. Is there some deeper connection between the Esperanto and Monero communities? Or does part of ...
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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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What will the Monero Research Lab be working on in the future, after RingCT has released?

Will they be looking more into quantum proofing the Monero protocol or Cuckoo Cycle testing etc?

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