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    in defense of the forum - let us not become comp.compression

    I worry that this new Hutter prize is bringing the worst sorts of influences to this group in the form of gold prospectors.
    Eugene, might it be wise to create a sub forum for the Hutter Prize similar to the very effective "random compression" sub forum?

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    Its possible, but I think its too early for that.
    Killing all activity in the main forum is risky too.

    Why don't you post some on-topic thread instead? :)

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    Money in compression is in video compression. Literally billions per year. Hutter prize may be giving out a thousand per year, likely it will be about 1 : 7'777'777 of the financial impact of video compression. It is more symbolic than financial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jyrki Alakuijala View Post
    Money in compression is in video compression. Literally billions per year. Hutter prize may be giving out a thousand per year, likely it will be about 1 : 7'777'777 of the financial impact of video compression. It is more symbolic than financial.
    Maybe there is, but getting a piece of it for an outsider is an impossible task.

    For example WaveOne had revolutionary image compression in 2017, then video compression in 2018 ... then silence
    http://www.wave.one/video-compression

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    I share Michael's concerns. I think it would be a good idea to separate the grain from the chaff.

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    Why not just make a award with no prize 4 times a year to have various small file formats to be compressed so that people compare their skills to one another and encourage people to get better due to good sportsmanship? That is how most game programming contests do.

    I have won in a contest over $100k in funding by Government money to be used in a project. I also have done just for fun contests with no prize, which more people participate in those since they are not as serious and showcase peoples skills at one place.

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