It is a well known fact that you can only compress a file so far, you could never get it down to a single byte (at least not without losing all of the contents of the file) … or can you!
It occurred to me this morning that by taking the problem out to the cloud, as so many other problems do, you can actually achieve perfect compression! Down to a single bit! And I’m going to share that with you now:
Consider a cloud based service that takes a file of arbitrary size and stores it on their system; in return, the service send back (via a unique e-mail address) either a 1 or a 0. When you want to decompress the file, you contact the service via the e-mail address with your 1 or 0.
Done: Perfect compression!
I know what many are thinking - the e-mail address that it is coming back takes more then a bit - but here is the beauty of the idea, if you use GMail or some other cloud based e-mail service, then you don’t need to worry about the size of the file.
Can I have my Turing Award now?
[UPDATE:] A coworker offered me a 0 and said that it my compressed Turing Award, he just refused to give me the e-mail address associated with it.
Most people who know me, know that I’m a fan of American Express in general. There are few companies that I have a lot of faith in and stay pretty loyal to, and American Express is one of them - I take “don’t leave home without it.” very seriously.
Today I booked a trip for myself and family back to FL to see my brother graduate in May. By now, as a matter of course, I went to American Express Travel. Once I was done, I realized that there are a lot of reasons why I use them and always go back to them, here’s that list:
So there you have it - I’m done shilling for now; but go Amex!
Apparently since I like The Office, and Christine Grey’s Anatomy, Netflix suggested “Parking Wars” - a reality TV show about the Philly Parking Authority. It is a fun train wreck of humanity. I highly recommend it!