Why should I imagine anything?
Posted Jan 26, 2011 23:32 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: DJB was wrong... even if he was right too.
Parent article: LCA: IP address exhaustion and the end of the open net
Imagine a country operating like this. One day they realise that their citizen numbers (call them SSNs) do not fit into the database field. So, what do they do? Call all existing citizens back to have their citizenship ceremonies (after applying that is) and be issued with brand new numbers. Of course, these citizens now have to give their new numbers to their employers, doctors etc. Yeah, sound like a _great_ plan. Never mind they could have added a few extra zeros to the front of each number.
Why should I imagine that? You've perfectly described how registration numbers of cars were handled in USSR, for example. They changed the form at least five times. Radically - totally new form was introduced, not an extension of an old one. Usually new form was introduced but you were allowed to keep old form for a time, but few years down the road you needed to change it anyway. Essentially what IPv6 developers proposed to do - only they have no government to enforce the change.
20 years later, we are still in this mess and you're telling us DJB was wrong? Never mind DJB, just use common sense. People connected to the net have to connect again for no good reason whatsoever. They already have perfectly good addresses.
Well, they have... for now. When/if IPv6 will be mandated in some places it'll create pressure to switch. Till then we have no incentive to switch and I fail to see what can induce the switch - DJB folly or no DJB folly. You still have not examplained how "DJB transion plan" will magically solve the real problem (you need to introduce new IPv6-capable routers - and this is expensive thing to do).
Somehow IPv6 developers believed people will start transition before IPv4 addresses are exhausted - but it can only happen if government will mandate it. Without government intervention it'll happen few years after IPv4 addresses are gone (because for a time you can trade/buy them from existing organizations).
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