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> (A funny aside is that my version of the compiler will optionally
> compress the byte code. In ALL cases I tested (mind you, just a
> handful), the resulting compressed file was actually BIGGER than with
> the old version.
> byte code old: 53714; same compressed: 26211
> byte code new: 51565; same compressed: 26322
> Not sure what's going here...)

The new format has less repetitions and more unique sequences. So, less
chance for compression.