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Posted on 01/26/2011 12:18:01 PM PST by Sub-Driver
The Internet Is Nearly Out of IP Addresses
Published January 26, 2011 | News Corp Australian Papers
It's the end of the web as we know it.
Every Internet-connected computer, smartphone, car, gadget and gizmo is assigned a four-digit IP address that lets it communicate with the net, thanks to a system known as IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4). And the flood of new gadgets means we're running out of those addresses.
"That distribution system is coming to a close," said Geoff Hutson, the chief scientist at the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC). In the coming few days and weeks -- no longer -- the central pool is going to run out.
Web developers have tried to compensate for this problem by creating IPv6 -- a system that recognizes six-digit IP addresses rather than four-digit ones.
But IPv6 isn't backwards-compatible with IPv4, meaning that it's not able to read most content that operates on an IPv4 system. At best, the user experience will be clunky and slow. At worst, instead of a webpage, all users will be able to view is a blank page.
Hutson said the problem and solution for the IP address shortage presents the classic Catch-22 situation.
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I got mine, so the rest of you are SOL.
There’s really no need to have a public IP address for every device that needs internet access.
Obama will fix this.
Well heck, just print more!
Wasn’t this “not enough digits” thing the cause of the Y2K panic?
I’m sure that government can fix this problem. Of course, it will require raising taxes, banning guns, and forming a union to protect all the rights of IP address workers.
I don’t see a problem. IP4 and IP6 have been running together for many years
I got mine also. I wonder what people will pay for it?
All your IP addresses are belong to us!
“Web developers have tried to compensate for this problem by creating IPv6 — a system that recognizes six-digit IP addresses rather than four-digit ones.”
Um, yeah. Something like that.
Don’t worry they will fix it in time! I won’t worry about this just because of the national disaster created in 2000 year clock problem!!!!!
I got my ammo and canned food.
You’re on your own.
Hard to believe there's only 9,999 devices connected to the internet out there.
Man, those sure are some smart "Web Developers". I remember when it used to require engineers, scientists and Al Gore to create such things.
It’s suspect...there’s something else up their sleeve.
Well log off.
Other people need to use your IP address.
“Now, for your food credits, citizen of the world, please log on to:
Not until they pry it from my cold, dead, stubby fingered hands....
lol, good one
Interesting note (as an aside, not directly related). I had about 3 Wal-Mart cards I’d received as gifts in my pocket. Thought there were only 2 active ones this week but I hadn’t gone through one of them. Burned one out leaving 2 (thought only one).
Tried to use one of the remaining ones but I grabbed the wrong one. We tried multiple scans to no avail so I said to the guy I must have given you an old one. Yep, it pulled up all the past transactions with date. Not technological marvel obviously (simple database retrieval) but they were still keeping the detail (I’m sure it’s rolled off to archives after some preset interval).
Finally I found the active card with remaining credits.
The point being, I imagine when the thing comes down the pike, folks will be issued a card, or a chip with encrypted authorization key that can be read by a scanner which “excites” the chip, to an account where the debits and credits will be reconciled. Seems likely a PIN will be involved as well.
So that no man may buy or sell without the mark of the Beast (Revelation chapter 13 for those who do not know).
“The Internet Is Nearly Out of IP Addresses”
Then it’s time to start up an alternative internet.
How about the “Alternet”? :)
At least I can say with assurance that I invented it!
An IP czar.
“Hard to believe there’s only 9,999 devices connected to the internet out there”
Well that “Internet Thing” is the next big thing don’t you know...
“Hard to believe there’s only 9,999 devices connected to the internet out there.”
You can’t expect Fox to publish a technically accurate article, can you?
It’s 4 bytes, not digits, yielding 2**32 addresses which is 4294967296, and still not enough!
Algore screws up again!
Its always the developers that screw things up.
Throw in a nat or two and you got plenty
Yeah, I have been hearing this story for a while. Even back in the mid 90s there was an evangelist from Belfast Ireland that visited the church I was at, and he mentioned back then the idea of SMART Cards where everything would be on a microchip imbedded in the card and once that system was mainstream the next natural progression would be to implant the chip in the hand or forehead, with the sales pitch being, it will eliminate robberies, and you can never lose your SMART Card if it is embedded in your body somewhere.
OK class - this is Journalism 101. Today we’re going to cover the Internet protocol.
Whey do we call IPV4 “IPV4”?
Because the addresses have 4 digits?
That’s very good Tommy.
OK let’s see if we can call on someone else. Susie, now can you tell me why we call IPV6 “IPV6”?
Because the addresses have 6 digits?
That’s very good Susie. You guys are going to make GREAT journalists!
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
IPV4 addresses are 32 bit, allowing only 4,294,967,296 IP’s.
However, IPV6 is 128 bit and will allow approximately 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 IP addresses.
Of which about 317,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 IP addresses will be devoted to Internet porn.
::1 (0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 in full notation)
Yep, I imagine that will be the sales pitch, or something like it.
Remember the IBM ad where the guy appears to be stealing food from the grocery store? Based on unique RFID’s being embedded into products/labeling and scan/debit terminals at the front of the grocery store.
The IBM commercial starts about 2:20.
Prior to that are a group of actors praising their implantable microchips. Wow.
That all depends on if you want to have knowledge of those devices or not.
That’s a great t-shirt
He beat me by about a decade...
Fri Apr 15 16:51:45 2005 · 120 of 148
null and void to TXnMA
Oh, it was just a response to a comment on another thread about chipping kids as a kidnap countermeasure.
It occured to me that when “they” were ready to start chipping us all the’d need to sell the idea.
So I imagined an advertising campaign, star athletes, golf, tennis, baseball, etc. saying “It’s all in the wrist”.
You know, seeing a 7-10 split being knocked down, the smug bowler eyes the camera and says “It’s all in the wrist!” Then the voiceover says “If Joe Bowldownski is injured, the doctors can treat him faster because his medical records are always with him”. Cut to Joe with a couple hot babes buying drinks with a wave of the hand. A sly wink, and “It’s all in the wrist!”...
Hey, don't look at me, I'm only using half of 'em.
That means there can be an IP address for every dollar of the national debt!