New users questions

Hi,

I am new to Monero but after reading a bunch this past week I am excited. I am trying to get myself all setup but have a few remaining questions I am struggling with. In no particular order:

  1. Why does it take so long to do the initial blockchain sync? I am on hour 18+ and only have 32% synced. I downloaded the blockchain.raw from getmonero.org and it only took 15-20 minutes.
  2. A few times I have received the error "could not allocate memory" and had to restart the daemon (adding to the slow sync). I am using the blocklist and see hosts being blocked in the log, but I thought 0.17.1.9 fixed this?
  3. What is the benefit to doing a slow sync when I can import manually?
  4. I understand the logic of your IP leaking when using a remote daemon you don't control – but if the transactions are obfuscated how would the remote daemon know anything besides your IP address? Doesn't running a full note reveal your IP anyway?
  5. If I set up my own remote daemon on a seedbox so I don't need my local GUI running 24/7 are there any additional privacy steps to take? Would the seedbox operator have any ability to capture any transaction data?
  6. Thoughts on ciphertrace claiming they can trace Monero transactions?

Thanks!

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