No more IP for you

David Cantrell david at
Wed Jan 20 14:48:28 GMT 2010

On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 02:28:22PM +0000, Bruce Richardson wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 03:05:24PM +0100, Mark Overmeer wrote:
> > IPv6 offers much much larger ranges and much simpler renumbering schemes.
> > The old mistakes are undone: enough ways to make new mistakes.
> "The demand upon a resource tends to expand to match the supply of the
> resource.", to quote the general application of Parkinson's Law.  It may
> seem that IPV6 has a huge range to give out, but that is only going to
> encourage people to produce solutions where every light switch and light
> bulb in the world (and eventually every cell-maintaining nanobot in
> every human body) receives its own IPV6 address.  Once the conversion to
> IPV6 is passed, the new address space will be consumed at a much faster
> rate than the old one.

There are of the order of 10 billion IPv6 addresses available for every
atom in the earth.  I'm sure there will be problems, but running out of
address space ain't one of 'em.

David Cantrell | A machine for turning tea into grumpiness

      Good advice is always certain to be ignored,
      but that's no reason not to give it            -- Agatha Christie

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