[ppml] Markets, pricing, transparency, 2008-2 / 8.3.9

Randy Bush randy at psg.com
Tue Mar 18 19:49:57 EDT 2008

Kevin Oberman wrote:
> even in a capitalistic economy, there tends to be a fair amount of
> "socialistic" meddling to try to maintain reasonable stability. Note
> the recent actions of the federal reserve to inject cheap cash into
> the economy and to "rescue" Bear Sterns.

it has been demonstrated that this path leads to wheelbarrow fulls of
currency to buy a loaf of bread.  but let's stick to our own little


let's get real here and look at over-inflated selves in the mirror.

our "self regulation" has led to 75% of recent allocations going to just
ten organizations (and they keep merging!), a barrier to entry at the
low end which we justify with words about routing table bloat, and a
routing table that is half crap, i.e. severely bloated.  i, for one,
ain't proud.

we are on the same exhaustion curve frank solensky drew in the early
'90s, before arin etc.  i.e. all our "self regulation" has not
significantly affected consumption of the resource we are supposedly
conserving.  the only thing which affected things was cidr [0].  i, for
one, ain't proud.

like icann, we have managed to create a global self-perpetuating
expensive bureaucracy to do the job which used to be done by one
computer scientist working part time [1].  i, for one, ain't proud.

btw, the graph <http://www.arin.net/statistics/index.html#ipv4org> is
not the same in all regions, for example, lacnic, ripe, ...



[0] - hypothesis, we're good at technical solutions but not at social.
      i guess this should not be a big surprise.

[1] - sure it would take more than dr. postel today.  but a thousand
      times more?

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