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Re: When IPv6 ... if ever?
Marshall Eubanks asks: | What about wireless IP? Isn't everyone supposed to be forced to adopt IPv6 | once billions of mobile units start using it ? So, the problem here is that the very smart doctors of the IETF observe a number of people complaining about hunger pangs, because they cannot get the number of ROUTABLE addresses that they want. Enter IPv6, the Morphine of the Internet. The bright side is that, like morphine, it makes the patient much less hungry, but there are unpleasant side-effects, and no added nutrition. It also distracts one from real problems by introducing an euphoric "solution" to a migraine headache. Sure, you can have all the addresses you can ever want, and more, but the fact is that they are not ROUTABLE addresses. A 128-bit number is no more useful than a 32-bit number if nobody can use it to contact you. The unfortunate thing about IPv6-Morphine is that like any narcotic one sees things in a dreamy, rosy state, tinted with denial. Those good doctors took away my pain, so they can take away any future pain too. Oh, but alas, the fatal disease IPv4 users are faced with, namely the failure of the global routing system to cope with increasingly complex and increasingly dynamic network topology, is not cured by IPv6-Morphine, it is EXACERBATED by it. Like many narcotics junkies, the wireless folks are simply of the belief that the dealers are their friends. Sean.