Ask Slashdot: What Is Your View On Sloot Compression?

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An anonymous reader writes: A Dutch electronics engineer named Jan Sloot spent 20 years of his life trying to compress broadcast quality video down to kilobytes — not megabytes or gigabytes (the link in this story contains an 11 minute mini-documentary on Sloot). His CODEC, finalized in the late 1990s, consisted of a massive 370Mb decoder engine that likely contained some kind of clever system for procedurally generating just about any video frame or audio sample desired — fractals or other generative approaches may have been used by Sloot. The “instruction files” that told this decoder what kind of video frames, video motion and audio samples to generate were supposedly only kilobytes in …
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Tell Future Employers Your Salary History?

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An anonymous reader writes: During the interview process for a technology job, I was asked to fill out an application which included questions about my compensation history. When I asked why, I was told that it was part of the background check and wouldn’t be used to determine the size of the offer… What is the risk for the employer of not knowing that info? Is this standard procedure or part of a trend at technology companies? The original submission asks if this is ever a legitimate questi…
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