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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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Not until they pry it from my cold, dead, stubby fingered hands....
“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)