What are Microsoft codecs?

Ed Greshko Ed.Greshko at greshko.com
Fri Aug 7 00:38:45 UTC 2009

Craig White wrote:
> On Fri, 2009-08-07 at 05:50 +0500, gilpel at altern.org wrote:
>> What are Microsoft codecs? Is it more than an encapulation of MP4? What's
>> the legal status of MP4? Once you have at hand the
>> compression/decompression algorithms -- which must have been developed by
>> mathematicians decades ago -- is there so much work involved in writing
>> codecs? Has the reason they weren't developed before more to do than with
>> the fact the CPUs weren't powerful enough to use them?
>> In other words, are codecs more than a marketing scheme, just as were the
>> "codecs" for Word  and Excel documents? 'Cause, if you save a Word file to
>> odt format, the size will shrink by about 75%. (I must admit I checked
>> this with rtf vs odt, but I suppose it's at least as bad with doc format.)
>> It seems the extra code's only purpose is to make decryption more
>> difficult.
>> Isn't this the same with MWV codecs?
> ----
> Do you have a problem with google? Do you have a problem doing research
> on your own instead of bothering the list with things that really aren't
> related at all?
> The Internet has a vast amount of information and if you want more
> targeted information, try wikipedia.org...they will have the answers to
> each of the things you are wondering about above, including what makes
> ODF files smaller.
Craig, Craig, Craig....you fail to understand.  He wants you to find the
info for him so that he can disagree with you and then reopen his
"discussion" about "market share".

As evidenced by his most recent post...he also wants people that
disagree with him, and who call him out, to "buzz off".  In other words,
the only dissent he is thinks should be tolerated is his dissent. 
Frankly, I would killfile him but sometimes I need the humor to brighten
up my days.  (Too bad it then devolves into depression....).

Just remember....the only opinions that matter are his.....

Hollywood is where if you don't have happiness you send out for it. --
Rex Reed Mei-Mei.Greshko at greshko.com

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