[arin-ppml] Use of "reserved" address space.

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Sat Jun 26 02:01:02 EDT 2010

On Jun 25, 2010, at 12:51 PM, Leo Bicknell wrote:

> In a message written on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 02:46:55PM -0500, David Farmer wrote:
>> I guess my question to Leo and Joe is, what do you suggest should be 
>> done within the scope of the PDP or ARIN to make these addresses available?
> I would find it more useful for ARIN to spend their outreach dollars
> sending staff to IETF or to meet with Cisco and Juniper to persue this
> issue than going to ComicCon[1] to tell people to be IPv6 ready.
Respectfully, I think ComicCon is a cheap and undeserved pot-shot
as you yourself admit in your footnote. I challenge you to list the outreach
locations which you think are ineffective.

I would much rather see ARIN's outreach dollars focused on a clean
long-term solution than spreading additional temporary chaos.

It's going to be a rough road until everyone is IPv6 enabled. Making that
journey longer makes about as much sense to me as installing a hammer
above your head on a spring before driving down an uneven dirt road which
takes a longer windier path than the paved road you are about to depart.
Likely with similar results -- Much more pain than necessary for a much
longer period of time.

> 240/4 is marked "Reserved for Future Use" by the IANA.  What else
> are we going to use it for, isn't the future now?
We probably aren't going to use it, but, it's not part of the useful IPv4 unicast
address space and open source operating systems that can be easily patched
don't even constitute a simple majority of the devices that need to be changed
for it to be useful, so, bringing them up is kind of pointless as a supporting
argument in favor of this fools errand.


> [1] No, ARIN has not gone to ComicCon as far as I know, and no this does
>    not mean I think all of their outreach efforts are bad.  However, it
>    does mean I think they are starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel
>    in terms of looking for useful places to be.
> -- 
>       Leo Bicknell - bicknell at ufp.org - CCIE 3440
>        PGP keys at http://www.ufp.org/~bicknell/
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