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CSV/JSON/YAML/XML/similar + zip/gzip = best of both worlds in many cases. But don't add the compression step until you're sure you really need it. It may not matter. If/when it does matter you may have a kind of Maserati problem on your hands anyway.

I'm really hoping all the "Every Byte Is Sacred" kinds of wire formats will die off. Moore's Law-like effects are making computing resources beefier and more abundant over time. No similar effect for our human cognitive capacity or work environments. Meatware is more expensive than hardware, in the general case.

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