[arin-ppml] Solving the squatting problem

Michel Py michel at arneill-py.sacramento.ca.us
Thu May 16 16:03:59 EDT 2019

> Owen DeLong wrote :
> Let’s see what that entails…
> Any of those organizations have Linux boxes? — I bet the answer is yes… OK… Have to update the Linux Kernel…

Already done.

> BSD? — Yep — OK, that too…

Not on top of that one, but I don't see a problem either.

> Cisco?…

Would not be an issue, since Cisco employees wrote one of the drafts.

> Juniper?…

Easy money : do it, or we switch to Cisco

> Windows?…
> MacOS?…
> Arista?…
> iPhones?
> Androids?
> Windows Phones?

Don't care, don't use, don't need. Not on my internal network infrastructure.
And you forgot FRR and BIRD, don't see an issue there either.

> I’m arguing that 204/4 wouldn’t have eliminated the squatting problem.

Come on, how could you say that ? if 240/4 was available, people would use it instead of squatting DoD space. They know it's wrong.

> It does not work, and as time passes, it will work even less.
> How do you figure this? It’s working more and more every day… Every statistical
> measure shows IPv6 to be a growing fraction of internet traffic.

Obviously has not stopped people from squatting, and squatting is a much more recent phenomenon than IPv6.

>> You're telling them to drink fruit juice, but they want booze.
>> No matter what you say, they'll keep making moonshine.
> Well, it’s more like I’m saying “Look, we’re out of petroleum and
> continuing to use it is destroying the planet. Perhaps solar, wind,
> hydro, or other renewables would meet your energy needs?” And you’re
> saying that we should just keep supporting their petroleum habit.

You're missing the point here. Every bit of renewable energy we use reduces the use of fossil fuels.
You know why : because energy is energy. There is no IPv6 energy incompatible with IPv4 energy.
Using IPv6 barely reduces IPv4 usage : almost everyone has to dual-stack.

>> This is not what you and I wanted, 20 years ago. Owen, the
>> prohibition looked like a good idea, but it did not work.
> Phrasing it like prohibition is where you depart from reality. Nobody was trying to prohibit
> people from using IPv4 as long as there were IPv4 addresses available. Now that we’re out,

They are not out. There is a /4 sitting unused, and efforts to torpedo it have led to squatting.
Squatting is a direct by-product of RFC1918 space being too small. We have the solution, yet you support the prohibition.
In order to promote your views of IPv6 deployment, you prohibit people from using 240/4.
Result : they squat DoD space.

This IS prohibition : they want the barrel of 240/4 booze, you say they can't have it. At night, when the moon shines, they make their own. Down the hatch, a bottle of 30/8 gets the job done, and they still are not drinking your fruit juice.
People are not drinking less, and now the mafia owns the market. And you don't see it much as a problem.


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