Thomas1134 wrote:Something I've always wondered is why computers, particularly in URLs, insist on putting seemingly random characters in, such as the '%20' part in this one.
I've always thought it has something to do with maintaining backwards compatibility. Because some operating systems (sa DOS) do not support certain characters (sa spaces) in file and path names. Then again, I always thought the number after the % was an ASCII code number, but ASCII 20 is a paragraph break and not a space. *shrugs*
Computers also annoy me when they come up with error messages, and you ask for more detail, and it gives you a load of gibberish. Yeah, real helpful.
The errors are usually hexidecimal, machine code, and/or memory addresses. I don't know for sure. Doesn't mean much to me either, but it can be useful to people who can interpret it. When my PC started spitting up Blue Screens after Patch 1, I was able to track it to a memory problem by cross-referencing the address in the error to an online code list.
But... uh... to keep it on-topic... Not even the error codes can pop up faster than the speed of light.
In fact, electrons in a wire only move at about 70mph. However, the positive "hole" that the moving electron leaves when it moves travels the opposite direction down the line... at the speed of light.