The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Tuesday, January 15, 2002


My associate just wrote in again about ZeoSync and their claims for exceeding Claud Shannon's theoretical limits for compression. I'm keeping the identity of the associate secret mostly for protection if this does fall out as a hoax, but anyway, my associate writes (and I have permission to quote this):

I am still undecided on how valid their claims are. They seem to have toned them down a little. Typical academics.

Slashdot is still battering the shit out of them, but I highly suspect that but I could be wrong. I'm not enough of a data compression [expert] to say one way or the other.

Their algorithm certainly is interesting, it's just too damn slow to implement if you ask me—and I'm talking silicon here, not software.

Amusing. It may just have to wait until quantum computing becomes a reality before the algorithm can probably be implemented in any reasonable amount of time. And that is pure conjecture on my part.

I also find it iteresting that one of the scientists mentioned, Borko Furht (who's page was last modifed on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2002) that he hasn't even mentioned working at or for ZeoSync. I would think that something this revolutionary would be worthy of mention.

Hmmmmmmm …

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