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Comment Re:Three years after Europe ran out? (Score 1) 435

Specifically, RIPE's policy is that each LIR can get one /22 from the final /8, and that's it. The idea is to make sure that new LIRs can at least get some v4 space to run NAT64/CGNAT on.

ARIN didn't think that would be useful, for whatever reason.
ARIN's policy is that each LIR can get one network (/28 - /24) from the final /10 every 6 months for exactly the same purposes.

Comment Re:Comments Summarised (Score 1) 435

What are we running out again? I thought we ran out last month! They are crying wolf!

This one is from 2011: Last Available IPv4 Blocks Allocated.

Well, except that article is all kinds of incorrect...

Following on from APNIC's earlier assessment that they would need to request the last available /8 blocks, they have now been allocated 39/8 and 106/8, triggering ARIN's final distribution of blocks to the RIRs. According to the release, 'APNIC expects normal allocations to continue for a further three to six months.

Lets see...
1. ARIN doesn't, and never has "distributed blocks to the RIRs" - that's IANA's job, and that article was actually talking about IANA, not ARIN, despite the submitter getting it completely wrong.
2. "normal allocations to continue for a further three to six months" so definitely not the same as the RIR running out.
3. The RIR in that article is APNIC, the RIR in this article is ARIN. Maybe you don't know the difference between Asia and America though. :)

Comment Re:It's a good study in human nature (Score 2) 435

This is actually a good study in human nature. A resource exhaustion (with a solution already in place) we could see from a mile off, but will do nothing about until it becomes absurdly painful to continue. Already we see monstrosities like carrier grade NAT which breaks many applications, rather than moving to IPv6 which nearly every device supports.

We'll see this same procrastinating with AGW, fossil fuels, everything else - we won't do anything about it until the economic damage is already being done and the pain level becomes extreme.

It does seem very similar to climate change, and in both cases I think the bystander syndrome is probably quite strong: for both IPv6 and climate change, "what's the point in me doing anything when no one else is" is a prevalent attitude - a single person can't really change anything, so everyone stands around watching the oncoming train that's about to hit them, but does nothing.

Comment Re:Three years after Europe ran out? (Score 3, Informative) 435

No, that's just an artifact of the different policies for assigning the last addresses. RIPE (the European registry) throttled assignments by making the requirements much more strict. That change of policy was considered the point when RIPE ran out of IPv4 addresses, because the remaining addresses are not given out just for asking. Unlike the other registries, ARIN did not institute a policy to extend the availability of IPv4 addresses for transitioning purposes, so they burned through the last 16 million addresses like no tomorrow and are now truly out of IPv4 addresses to assign. They are in fact the first registry without IPv4 addresses in stock. RIPE still has almost a full /8, APNIC has two thirds of an /8, LACNIC has one seventh of an /8, and AFRINIC still has 2.3 /8 blocks.

Well, not really... RIPE, APNIC and APNIC reserved the last /8 for "IPv6 transition" (i.e. an extremely restrictive allocation policy). ARIN reserved the last /10 for the same purpose. So 3 years ago, RIPE hit the last /8, now ARIN have hit the last /10. They all still have addresses to hand out, but in all cases (except Afrinic) the allocation policies are now so restrictive that for practical purposes you can consider them "out".

Submission + - America Runs out of Internet Addresses (

FireFury03 writes: The BBC is reporting that the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) ran out of spare IP addresses yesterday. "Companies in North America should now accelerate their move to the latest version of the net's addressing system. Now Africa is the only region with any significant blocks of the older version 4 internet addresses available." A British networking company that supplies schools has done an analysis on how concerned IT managers should be. This comes almost exactly 3 years after Europe ran out.

Comment Re: (intentionally blank) (Score 5, Interesting) 268

My Epson was bought on the premise of having a separate ink cart per colour, so I expected this to improve ink economy. However, it turns out that Epson have done their best to avoid any such economy improvements:

1. It flatly refuses to print at all if any of the carts are empty - a number of times I've been unable to print important black & white documents because one of the colour carts is empty and I didn't have a replacement to hand.
2. Whenever you change a single one of the carts, it reprimes all of them, wasting a lot of ink from them all.
3. When the display tells you one of the carts is empty, it won't let you look at the stats to see which other carts are almost empty (so you could swap them at the same time). This invariably leads to me changing one colour, watching it reprime all of the carts (see (2) above) and immediately tell me that another has run out because of the priming, so then I have to change that one and let it reprime all of them *again*.

Also, I find that blocked heads are perpetually a problem, leading to me having to waste lots of ink repeatedly running the cleaning cycle. Next time I buy a printer it won't be an inkjet.

Comment Re:We need this why? (Score 1) 98

I'm seeing an increasing number of websites sticking transparent div elements over flash so that you can't click on them in flashblock. I've got to assume it's an effort to devalue flashblock and make people turn it off. (It causes me to close the web site in question, unless I absolutely have to use it, in which case I fire up firebug and delete the element)

Comment Re:Saturday Night Specials (Score 2) 117

Incredibly a captured ISIS fighter was on the radio making pretty much that exact argument just yesterday (BBC Radio 4 PM programme IIRC).

He claimed that he joined ISIS for the money as someone who planned and helped execute suicide bombings. He said he had been involved in 8 such bombings, but wasn't a murderer and would never kill anyone. It was the suicide bombers killing people. Therefore he shouldn't be punished too harshly. Seriously.

That argument seems to work fine for government/military officials

Comment Re:Floppy support (Score 1) 468

Last time I installed a windows system off a CD, after installation it couldn't see the CD or network until I'd found appropriate drivers and installed them from floppy. Of course, this is going back a few years - I've not installed Windows since Win98 :)

Indeed, and last time I installed MSDOS 3.3 on a system, it wouldn't even connect to my broadband so I could download Office 365!

Fucking M$...

The difference, of course, is that Win98 was distributed on a CD, so not installing the CD drivers by default is a bit dumb...

Comment Re:Backups (Score 1) 468

If 10 is anything like 8.1, the upgrade will silently stop your backups and remove your ability to access any backups made in the Windows 7 backup utility. I discovered that one the fun way.

Sounds like Apple's Timemachine, which we've stopped using here because every so often it decides there is an error in the (remote) backup image, and rather than offering to repair it it just blows the damned thing away and starts running a backup from scratch (last time it did that was when the hard drive was in the process of dieing and having the backups auto-deleted was the last thing we wanted!)

I use rsnapshot for my always-on machines, but that's not so useful for other machines.

Comment Re:Share your "encryption network" with Suckerberg (Score 1) 138

Maybe you're right. But for me pgp encryption needs marketing so a lot of people start using or at least being aware of it. It needs to become mainstream.

Why not S/MIME? - Seems like a better technology to me, since you can encrypt entire MIME parts (including attachments and (some) headers) rather than just body text.

Comment Re:Consumption's up (Score 1) 138

Because of the moral argument: while both of those may be illegal only one of them is immoral.

I'd counter that by saying that supporting publishers that over-restrict the public's rights is immoral.

(Pedantic moment:Also DRM removal, while often illegal, is not copyright infringement.)

DRM removal is covered by the European Union *COPYRIGHT* Directive, and the US's Digital Millennium *COPYRIGHT* Act.

Comment Re:Doesn't get it (Score 1) 306

Your wife doesn't need to code, thats what the hospital has Business Analysts and an IT department for. The only reason your writing these scripts for her is that it would be too painful/time consuming for her to get this done through the proper channels.

No, these resources aren't available to her at all. Also, IT departments don't get involved in writing code for analysing data - they do stuff like imaging Windows machines, etc.

Her time is better spent doing "doctor" stuff, not sitting behind a computer coding. (Unless it was her hobby of course..)

The work in question is actually a mandatory part of her job.

It is not every question that deserves an answer. -- Publilius Syrus