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How decentralized is Monero mining?

There are at least 13 pools but likely more due to private and unkown pools Not yet, but there has been some interest in the idea It does not exist for Monero but it would be a nice little project ...
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Is it possible for an adversary to shut Monero down?

Imagine a government wants to ban XMR. Is it possible for them to do so? Yes a government could pass a law banning the use (mining, running a node, participating in a transaction, etc) of Monero. ...
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How do full nodes vs miners secure the network differently?

If I run a full node I am supposedly contributing to network security by keeping a copy of the blockchain That's right, but by running a node, you're most importantly securing yourself. I will get ...
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Technical contributions of non-mining full nodes

A node helps miners know they are on the correct chain, it also helps users verify transactions, nodes also supply the blockchain to other nodes that are not yet up to date, it also acts as a ...
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Technical contributions of non-mining full nodes

The contribution is essentially a validation and broadcast. You can't add new blocks to the chain, but you do verify that things that others are adding to the chain are meeting the consensus rules.
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Is Monero really decentralized, if the dev team can easily change the POW algorithm to fight off ASICs so easily?

Centralization is a continuum. Actions and circumstances move a particular system along that continuum. There are several points which are topical here: Monero development is made by a smallish ...
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How do full nodes vs miners secure the network differently?

Note that full nodes also verify transactions. Additionally, running a full node significantly contributes to the decentralization of the network. Bear in mind that running a full node in Monero ...
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Technical contributions of non-mining full nodes

A non mining node helps make partitioning attacks harder. If there are few nodes, an attacker can more easily run sybils and get all connections from new nodes to be to the sybils, and present then a ...
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Monero comparison wiki states zcash is not "decentralized": why?

The monero comparison wiki states zcash is not decentralized. Why? The link you posted in your question, if you scroll down the page, has a pretty thorough answer to the question. Most common ...
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Is Monero really decentralized, if the dev team can easily change the POW algorithm to fight off ASICs so easily?

There are a lot of fair points made above, but this discussion should not conclude itself on grey areas. Its either decentralised or its not. In a race you either win, or not. Second and third place ...
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Can a DEX like bisq.network profit from Kovri?

The approach of network traffic obfuscation is quite similar in both projects, however there are some major differences. TOR is used by a vast majority of users as a proxy service for the clearnet, ...
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Can the Monero network survive if nodes never enable incoming peers? Is it a threat to decentralization?

Theoretically if no node accepted incoming connections then the network would be limited to transactions originating from any of the aforementioned nodes. The network would survive as miners would ...
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