Why do people rar videos?

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    >> Files that get RARed and yet don't benefit from it.
    I always put an extra r in ther. Rarred. Feels righter.
    Lets be honest. If we're going to start talking about things people do with no forseable benefit we'll be here all night. It's probably a tradition that they have followed over time because others have done it. Low percentages compression isn't going to make much difference, I think we can agree, to people's bandwidth. Especially if the video is already in a compressed state.

    Vart makes a good point about scanning before downloading and passwords.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twomers View Post
    Vart makes a good point about scanning before downloading and passwords.
    Yup, there are beneficial side-effects. But the rest is just it; tradition as you say, probably from the usenet days when files had to be split to be distributed.

    Overall it doesn't bother me as I don't download much. I confess guilty of a few movies once and a while. Old ones mostly, when I'm missing them and can't find them elsewhere. I can't compare the enjoyment of watching a movie at a theater with the low quality experience of a computer screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abachler
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    Err.. No-one here said that Zip was better than RAR
    and out of 2 paragraphs of post, that is the one sentence you picked up on...
    I hate to nitpick, but you are completely wrong. Since this thread seems to be for inane arguments lets prove my point by looking at the original post:
    Quote Originally Posted by abachler
    RAR is much better than ZIP. ZIP is very poor compression for one, and it lacks a lot of other features that RAR has. RAR has been around for ~15 years so its not like its some new standard. RAR can handle error correction, volume splitting, opens more file types, has a lot of backup features, and is just as free as winzip. Another nice feature of RAR is you can create recovery volumes AFTER the fact.

    I haven't seen you give one reason why ZIP is better than RAR.

    As far as RARing video's, RAR can compress an MPEG4 by an additional 10% on average. may not seem like much to you, but it means a lot to the guy paying the bill for the website that is hosting the files.
    First notice how there are three paragraphs, assuming like most people we are using a blank line as the delimiter.
    Next notice how the contents of the first two paragraphs are a comparison between zip and rar.
    It should be safe to say that around 60% of the post was mindless, unprovoked, zip bashing.

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    LOL, mike_g!


    Another downside of RARs is that you can't watch the partially downloaded movie to see if it isn't something you didn't actually want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_g View Post
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    You win the prize of the most annoying nitpicker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_g View Post

    Do I win something?
    3 NULL pointers and a deprecated API function

    Yarly I admit that I am guilty of unpovoked zip bashing. The remainder of the post stands though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_g View Post
    I hate to nitpick, but you are completely wrong. Since this thread seems to be for inane arguments lets prove my point by looking at the original post:

    First notice how there are three paragraphs, assuming like most people we are using a blank line as the delimiter.
    Next notice how the contents of the first two paragraphs are a comparison between zip and rar.
    It should be safe to say that around 60% of the post was mindless, unprovoked, zip bashing.

    Do I win something?
    I don't get it.

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    Oh right I get it. hahaha that's good.

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