What are Microsoft codecs?

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Fri Aug 7 01:20:37 UTC 2009

On Fri, 2009-08-07 at 08:38 +0800, Ed Greshko wrote:
> 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.....
no, I understand all right and he has already told me buzz
off...precisely because I dis'd his discussion on market share.

I was feeling charitable and suggested that he actually learn how to use
google and wikipedia for things like knowledge.


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