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During my search, I found two interesting patents on a process which is mathematically impossible: compression of random data.

Jean-loup Gailly, Author of Gzip on software patents

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Skeptic Bias said

And during my search to prove my point about something found 2 interesting things that prove my point. BTW: a text file or any file is random data, it just happens to be readable.

Julian Gruber said

@Skeptic Bias: perfectly random data can’t be compressed, that’s true. However text eg. contains some words more often than others, like `is` or `and`, and compression uses those distributions to generate a smaller output.

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