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Why didn't Monero developers just improve bitcoin? [closed]

There are plenty of reasons for creating an altcoin to test a concept, but there are also good reasons to improve the primary protocol. Considering that cryptocurrencies are a strange meld between ...
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How does Monero's transaction fees change according to price?

I understand that Monero uses high xmr/KB fees in order to prevent blockchain bloat, like what happened in the '2014 hack'. If I understand correctly though, Monero will decrease the transaction fees ...
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Will integrated addresses ultimately replace payment IDs?

Is there a plan to remove the option to generate a payment ID not using the form of an integrated address? If not, what are the advantages of allowing a payment ID separate from the receiving address?...
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What factors are influenced by ring size selection?

What factors are influenced by the ring size (mixin) selection? Does choosing a higher mixin always lead to better privacy? Does choosing a very high mixin contribute to blockchain bloat? How does ...
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Must a tacoshi always remain the smallest possible sub unit of Monero?

A tacoshi is one trillionth of one Monero and the smallest sub unit available. Where did the name tacoshi originate? If Monero becomes widely adopted and its value grows dramatically can small Monero ...
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Error restoring from .keys file

I lost my mnemonic seed and therefore would like to restore from my .keys file I created with Monero version v0.8.8.6. Being certain that I am using the correct password, I received the following ...
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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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Is there a way to view and/or calculate the value of all utxo's?

I'm thinking of this as a way of verifying total coin supply. I've seen another thread about a command to add up all coinbase tx's to do the same, but I'm curious about the utxo approach. Thanks
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Why is Monero address reuse not discouraged?

Many Bitcoin users have been taught never to reuse addresses. Why is address reuse less important for Monero? Strictly from a privacy perspective what are the advantages and disadvantages of creating ...
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What is the difference between mixin and ringsize?

The community recently changed from using the term mixin for ring signatures to using ringsize. Are these terms used interchangeably, or are there some differences between these two terms?
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How long do I need to mine until I see some coins in my wallet?

I just started mining today and I set up my Address in the miner but I'm unsure if I did everything right and I'm mining "into" my wallet. Mining with Claymore on I4700MQ with 6MB Cache on -t3 ...
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Are there any technical reasons why Monero Classic could not exist?

Assuming there were some people who did not like the Monero change from one to two minute blocks. Are there any technical reasons they could have not just continued to mine on the old chain (with 1 ...
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private spend key versus mnemonic seed

What is the difference between a private spend key and mnemonic seed? Can both be used to sign a transaction? Are there any things that I can derive from one but not the other?
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How does someone become a contributor to Monero code?

I'm not a C++ developer, although I have been trying to learn slowly. Are there any prerequisites or requirements to contribute to the Monero code? Also what resources are good to read before trying ...
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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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How is the quadratic miners penalty calculated

For blocks above the median block size of the last 100 blocks but below the 2x the median block size dynamic cap a quadratically increasing penalties is applied to miners. How is this penalty ...
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Number of private keys that have been used on the Monero network

Rich lists are impossible to produce with Monero. Is it still possible to determine the total number private keys have ever been used to control available outputs on the network? Obviously the ...
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What is OpenAlias and what is its relation to Monero?

What is OpenAlias and what is its relation to Monero and its core development team? How does OpenAlias compare with other aliasing systems? Which other open source projects have implemented the ...
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What is a “Low Difficulty Share” error?

I am trying to mine on an old AMD Radeon HD 57xx GPU with Catalyst version 15.7.1 on a Windows10 x64 machine. Claymore's CryptoNote GPU Miner v9.4 receives the following error from the pool {"id":1,"...
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What does Shares/Diff number represent on pools found blocks

When the pool I am mining finds a block what does the "Shares/Diff" number represent?
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Is there an online block explorer that supports view keys?

Is there a block explorer that allows you to upload a view key and view the transactions associated with it? If the view key is public (such as a donation address's view key), there is no security ...
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What does CONOP mean and how does it relate to block sizes and scaling?

What has Monero done to address CONOP factors? How does the current Monero implementation compare to other existing cryptocurrency alternatives with regard to blocksize caps? Is the any research ...
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I am using the GUI and my daemon doesn't start anymore

I've been using the GUI for some time and suddenly the daemon doesn't start anymore. How do I resolve this issue?
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How to configure my computer to mine when not in use in Windows?

I have an older gaming computer with an AMD R7 370 that I would like to mine Monero with when not in use. I am using Wolf's open-source AMD miner. What steps can I take, in Windows 10, to have the ...
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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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Not enough spendable outputs error on MyMonero

Sometimes when I attempt to send multiple payments (totaling less than the sum of my balance) in a short period of time from MyMonero.com I receive the error message: Not enough spendable outputs ...
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Comparison of Curve25519 with secp256k1?

How does the security of Curve25519 compare with secp256k1? Is it known why the creators of CryptoNote may have chosen one curve over the other?
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How do I move the blockchain (data.mdb) to a different directory during (or after) the initial sync without losing the progress?

I am currently performing the initial sync to the default directory, but my drive is nearly full. How do I move (and subsequently sync) the blockchain to another drive without losing the progress?
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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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Energy consumed to protect the Monero network

Based on typical Monero mining equipment used today, approximately how many Kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity are consumed each day in by computers running the Monero cryptonight PoW mining ...
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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 does TumbleBit privacy and security compare with Monero?

How would a Bitcoin implementation of a TumbleBit payment hub compare with Monero? What are the important differences between the two in the areas of privacy and security?
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Is Monero the first cryptocurrency to use Confidential Transactions (RingCT), 0MQ, and LMDB?

I assume these technologies exist in other usages, but are we the first coin to implement them?
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Is there any way to mine using an integrated GPU?

Is it possible to mine with an AMD APU's integrated GPU, or Intel's integrated graphics processors? If so, any idea what kind of hashrate one can get?
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“I go faster as root”

When I run cpuminer-multi as a normal user, the first message I get is "I go faster as root". It indeed does not appear anymore when run as root (with command sudo) What is made possible by being ...
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Does mining use a lot of bandwidth?

If I setup a mining rig, will this use a lot of internet bandwidth? Do you know how many MB per day would be required? Is there a difference for mining pools and solo mining?
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mnemonic seed order

Suppose I have a 13 word mnemonic seed from Mymonero.com and 13 grandchildren that I would like to eventually inherit my account. My grandchildren would be given their seed word in advance but not ...
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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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What does the 'Sweep Unmixable' button in the current version of the GUI do?

Can anyone explain what the 'Sweep Unmixable' button does, when it would be used, and what fees are involved with using it?
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Is it safe to share my key images with other people?

Let's say I run a charity that wants to show people how much money comes in and out of my Monero wallet. If I export the key images, is it safe to publish them on my website, or does doing so open up ...
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Can miners choose to accept lower fees?

Currently, transactions cost at least 0.002 XMR per kB. If a miner includes a transaction with a lower fee, will his block be rejected by the network?
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How does one compare Monero's hashrate with the hash generating power of the world's supercomputers?

Now I know that it is not a genuine 1:1 comparison but this was often a comparison used for fun to try and comprehend just how much computing power the Bitcoin network was comparatively generating. ...
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Are atomic swaps possible between Monero and other altcoins or Bitcoin?

Are atomic swaps possible between Monero and Bitcoin / altcoins? What features are needed to make this work?
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Creating and Splitting Transactions

I left a node mining the testnet for a few days and got a bunch of coinbase transactions (close to 1200). I tried doing sweep_all [my address] but that failed: Error: payment id has invalid format, ...
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How can I check if a Monero address is valid?

Handling a user's input in which I want to make sure that he used a valid monero address. Bitcoin has all these rules found here and I found something similar for ethereum as well. I was wondering ...
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Has Monero published a definitive, concise threat model?

I2P's threat model consolidates various aspects of garlic/onion threat modeling into one document. Does Monero have a similar document and, if so, where can this document be found?
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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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Are transaction fees hardcoded?

And if they are, why not be user defined like Bitcoin. Here we go again. My question does not have enough words in it so I am just typing.
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How secure is CryptoNight?

Has any research been done on CryptoNight? How secure is it, in terms of having a flaw that would allow PoWs to be produced free or cheaply, independent of difficulty?
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Early Monero usage compared to Bitcoin

Has anyone done an analysis comparing Bitcoin usage its first two years compared to Monero usage in its first two years since launch? I see some statistics here http://moneroblocks.info/stats but ...

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