#345: Locaticons

Long numerical domain names defeat their purpose -you might as well try to remember ip addresses?…well, perhaps not. The boy’s own book of internet facts tells me that domain names like this are perfectly legitimate:

Steven_Griffin_pixels840.jpg

www
.00000000000000
.00000000000000
.00010000010000
.00101000101000
.00100111001000
.00100000001000
.00010000010000
.00001000100000
.00000101000000
.00000010000000
.00000000000000
.00000000000000
.00000000000000
.00000000000000.break-step.com

So anyone with a domain name can, using today’s invention, provide people with an image-based way to access their web content (using an in-page widget to record mouse movements in pixels and translate that into a url).

In practice, since people have trouble drawing accurately and there are 2^(14*14) binary variants on the above ‘image’, this scheme would probably need to be limited to a 5*5 grid. It’s surprising how many shapes can be represented recognisably within only 25 pixels.

A clever implementation would involve also mapping near-miss drawings onto the correct url.

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