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Verbiage: Compression tradeoffs: time space CPU

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  • That CPU's have become so fast, compression no longer means trading an undesirable change in time for a desirable change in space, but trading an undesirable change in CPU utilization for desirable changes in both time and space. We've/we're successfully shifting the downside to something much less tangible to us.

    • by Chacham (981)

      Time to bring back doublespace, or what those "doubling" hard drive compression drivers we're called. :)

      • by Degrees (220395)

        NetWare still has compressed volumes, if you want them. It's still a bad idea.

        However, the fast CPUs do make "stored in encrypted form" reasonable. GroupWise has been doing this since version 1. I expect MS Exchange will catch up in the next version or so. (That I recall, they tried it once, but it didn't work with MS Office....)

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming

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