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Re: OMB: IPv6 by June 2008

  • From: Andre Oppermann
  • Date: Thu Jun 30 17:27:55 2005

Scott Morris wrote:
We could have been much better served adding 3-bits at the beginning.
Effectively giving a full IP v4 space to every continent (even Antartica)
and having an extra one for the extra-terrestrial working group.  ;)

And it would have given us real geographic-based filtering capabilities at
the same time without any major changes to everything we have worked so hard
to get to the level of insanity where we are today.

*shrug*  Simple things often get overlooked.
bzzzt...  You just described a rule #1 violation; IP addresses are routable
entities and thus by definition unsuitable for any kind of geo-location.

Rule #2 would be that IP addresses do (and must) not encode routing information,
they just serve to transport data.  All routing information is carried on the
routing layer and applied to the forwarding layer from there.

When do people learn that these layers do not intermix just like water and
oil do not?  I guess the only lession history teaches us is that it doesn't.