[arin-ppml] A modest proposal for IPv6 address allocations

michael.dillon at bt.com michael.dillon at bt.com
Fri Jun 5 07:01:40 EDT 2009

>    that it is likely that the SLIPSHOD
> 	brake company has is brake subassemblies in your YUGO.
> 	It has no desire or requirement to talk to the rest of 
> 	your car, but it does want to track where all its brake
> 	subassemblies  are, when the inevitable recall occurs.
> 	So the SLIPSHOD brake company has given its subassemblies 
> 	their own IPv6 addresses/prefix to each subassembly.  Hum...
> 	What just happened? 

SLIPSHOD just did a dumb thing. They assumed that just because
a device has an IP address, it also has IP connectivity, and
that connectivity allows this device to communicate to the 
mothership. In fact, this problem is already solved with
databases, recordkeeping processes, and the occasional RFID
tag in the factory.

> that this is just one possible example of how the
> 	IOT is only marginally related/associated with the number
> 	of humans.

Anybody can repurpose IPv6 addresses to use as numeric tags
for things. But that doesn't mean that those things will
be able to use the addresses to communicate. Like my cellphone,
for instance. It has a UK phone number, but when I travel to
the USA, it uses a US phone number assigned by the US
cellular operator in order to communicate. I never see that
number, but it is there under the hood and it is what enables
the voice packets to get from point A to point B. 

--Michael Dillon

(who talks about ideas and not about the people who 
own them, or claim to own them)

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