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    A great time to remember that patents delayed progress in this area for almost 4 decades: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arithmetic_coding#US_patents

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      Really? Seems like the patents spurred innovation.

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        Really? Seems like the patents spurred innovation.

        Is this a joke? The only thing that spurred innovation was the expiration of these patents.

        We could have had the high compression ratios of arithmetic coding (and derivatives like asymmetric numeral systems) almost 40 years ago if it weren’t for these state-guaranteed monopolies on math.

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          I don’t see any explanation in that Wikipedia article of how patents had any effect - other than encouraging the use of Huffman encoding. Was Duda unable to make his 2014 innovations because of some patent?

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            I don’t see any explanation in that Wikipedia article of how patents had any effect

            So you don’t understand the concept of temporal correlation.

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        Zstandard is also being added to ZFS in FreeBSD and will make its way to upstream OpenZFS from there.

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          Given the license incompatibility issues with other projects licensed as Facebook BSD+patents (RocksDB), I wonder how the linux kernel maintainers will interpret it.