Saturday, March 17, 2007
Perpetual Motion and Lossless Infiinite Compression
Once a master was walking with a student.
The student exclaimed, "I have an idea for a new data compression scheme. I'll use a lossless compressor and pipe the output back into the input, looping until the desired size is achieved."
The master considered mentioning Shannon and his Limit,
but instead bought a balloon from a street vendor and releasing the knot, he deflating the balloon and handed it to the student saying,
"Remove the air from this balloon."
At that moment the student was enlightened.