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Re: Let's shrink Packages.xz

On Mon, 14 Jul 2014, Nathan Schulte wrote:
> "ASCII hex" encodes 4 bits as 8 (or 7. but really 8.), as each ASCII
> character is a nibble of the digest; that's a 100% increase (factor
> of 2) over the bare digest (or a "raw mapping" of 8 bits of digest
> to an 8 bit character set).

The figures given refer to changes to the size of the compressed text, not
to the plaintext.

> I've never heard of base93, but I found a reference that I think
> describes what you mean [0].  This should provide even better
> efficiency over base64, as should any binary-to-ascii mapping of
> higher radix. Perfect segue...

It can have lower spece efficiency in compressed text (in fact, that's
exactly what happened), even if it *is* more efficient in the plain text.

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