Silent Bob for President!
- Oct 12, 2007
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FOXNews.com - World Will Run Out of Internet Addresses in Less Than a Year, Experts Predict
I remember going to an IBM training class years ago. When this was discussed, the idea of running out of IP addresses was never even a possibility. But here we are. Looks like something had better be implemented quickly before mass chaos erupts.There are currently only 232 million IP addresses left -- enough for about 340 days -- thanks to the explosion in smartphones and other web-enabled devices.
No Gmail?????The solution to the problem is IPv6, which uses a 128-digit address. It would give everyone in the world more than four billion addresses each, but most of the internet industry has so far been reluctant to introduce it.
It would require each device that connects to the internet to be reconfigured or upgraded, with some users even being forced to buy new hardware, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
In the meantime ISPs may force multiple customers to share IP addresses, which may lead to common applications, such as Gmail and iTunes, ceasing to work.