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Re: CHAT Tiny URLs (was: NonVerbal Conlang?)

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Friday, June 30, 2006, 11:24

Philip Newton writes:
> On 6/30/06, Henrik Theiling <theiling@...> wrote: > > Roger Mills writes: > > > I've been wondering (idly...): > > > What is tiny url's system? I suppose they'll never run out of strings, but > > > if every tiny url is eternal, then it's amusing to think that years in the > > > future, even tiny urls will run to two lines :-)) > > > > Hardly. Given 26 letters in two casings plus 10 digits they can make > > IDs for URLs counting in base 62, > > I doubt that tiny URLs are case sensitive, though -- or at least, I'd > consider it a bad decision if they are. Casing is too likely to get > lost when people re-type. Base-32 is, perhaps, more likely (26 letters > plus half-a-dozen digits, not including 1 or 0 which could be mistaken > for letters ell and oh).
Ah, you're right, they only use lower case. Ok, given base 32 you'd need 54 characters in your ID to address every atom in the universe. It still fits easily into one line. :-) **Henrik