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I could sort of see it being used if you have to type in the URL (but even then...typing gobbledygook correctly is not all that much easier than typing real words), but why use it for links someone is just going to click?
Especially when a lot of systems have all sorts of "sensing" software on the network, and you don't know what you're going to be caught trying to access until after you click and the You're A Bad Boy screen pops up.
We won't sit down. We won't shut up. We won't go quietly away.
In those cases it's so you won't know where you are going, and will maybe click on it to find out. Doesn't work with me, but it does with enough to make it worth doing apparently. Are you more likely to click on "tinyurl.com/a1723erw" or "nigerianprinceneedsyourbankaccount.com"?
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
Twitter is one, but it arrived before that mainly for mobiles, its still not as easy as it should be to quickly easily transfer a link to/from mobile to other devices, a 6/8 character URL is far easier to type than some of the monstrosities that appear.
Finally some sites still seem to embed War & Peace in the URL, so even ignoring mobiles, URL shorteners are useful.
There was an XKCD (I think) where a kid was asking his dad; "Dad, why is the internet full of broken links" and he replied "Because in the old days we thought url shortening services were a good idea".
No. The index bufffer defines the triangle faces of a 3D object. For some reason the vertex buffer (which is indexed by the index buffer) may contain no more than 32000 vertices. For most uses this may be enough. Rendering too many objects with 32000 vertices and a corresponding number of faces is a slow affair. On the other hand, this decreases the size of the buffers, so that you can load more 3D objects at the same time. Video memory has always been precious.
"I don't know, extraterrestrial?" "You mean like from space?" "No, from Canada."
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