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How do you [Slashdot users] see IPv6 transition actually happening?
Will each internet user have dual stack?
Yes. They will have a dual stack with the IPv6 address being used for a bigger and bigger proportion of traffic. Meanwhile IPv4 will probably traverse some NAT.
Once IPv4 is the minority of traffic (many years in the future), it will turn into a legacy PITA to administer separately. But that is a while away.
IPv6 is much more complex, how will companies support users who barely understand IP addressing when IPv6 is going to seem like a long string of meaningless characters?
Those 30% of Comcast customers aren't calling a helpdesk and reading out hexadecimal digits. If DNS is working they will say things like "www.facebook.com". If DNS isn't working then they can't fix it by reading out or typing those "meaningless characters".
Do you see something like a dynamic IPv6 to IPv4 DNS/NAT translator to hide IPv6 complexity from the user a viable solution?
Not viable. It wouldn't help more than a single digit percentage of users anyway.
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Soda companies use psychology to sell huge buckets of sugar water... Hands off our soda, Mayor Bloomberg!
This is the common definition:
- Settlement free peering: Doesn't take money from you. Advertises their routes to you. Advertises your routes to their customers.
- Paid peering: Takes money from you. Advertises their routes to you. Advertises your routes to their customers.
- Transit: Takes money from you. Advertises the whole Internet routing table to you. Advertises your routes to their customers and peers.
You will see that there is no technical difference between settlement free and paid. It's the same router configuration. The money flow is just the end result of the poker game of which peer needs the other more.
What wavelengths get through without attenuation/distortion, then?
1550nm, which is the same range used in long-range optical fiber transmission.
More info on the projects linked from http://esc.gsfc.nasa.gov/267.h...
ipv6 (which no consumer ISP is supporting, not even comcast who was running trials)
As of December last year, more than 25% of Comcast customers can get native dual stack broadband - see http://www.comcast6.net/