Re: ISPs can easily decrease net abuse
From: Rod (stellar_at_idirect.com)
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2003 21:05:31 -0600
>The need to go to ipv6 was due primarily to IP address shortages --
>public IP address space, they don't make any more.
>Need to transition was put off when IGP protocols became more flexible
>with VLSM i.e. classless vs classful plus the use of private IP address
>space i.e. 10.0.0.0/8, 172.16.0.0/16 - 172.31.0.0/16, etc. This was done
>some years ago, try and keep up !!!!!!!!!
Is it possible to keep up? I can't, can you? You do seem to be fairing
a little better at it than me. :)
Yes I knew that the 32 bit address space was considered inadequate.
Private IP space doesn't do you much good when you're trying to reach
other machines on the Internet. That's just for inhouse. Your own LAN.
I dunno. I think 32 bits is inadequate because that's only 4.2 billion
addresses. Minus what's private or reserved. That's less than the human
But I did think that 64 bits would have been plenty adequate. I was
dumbfounded when I read that IPv6 was 128 bits. With 128 bits...most of
the Earth's rocks could have an IP addresses. Worms could have IP
addresses. Fields of wheat. Cobs of corn. Cows. Cartons of milk, on
the shelf, in the store. The future: you can email a carton of milk in
the store and find out its expiry date if you want. It will
auto-respond. Carton of milk replies: "Sorry; I've turned." (Etc.)
Email your toaster, find out if your toast is done.
Thanks for the answer.