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IPv4 addresses will apparently be exhausted in the next few weeks.:

 26 Morven, Wed, 26th Jan '11 12:51:43 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
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Almost every computer system now in use can handle I Pv 6. It'll generally require configuration and possibly the installation of optional modules, but it's there. Your router can do it, most likely. Your computer can.
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 27 pvtnum 11, Thu, 27th Jan '11 9:53:28 AM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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Me and my IT buddies are having an End of the Net party on Friday. One of them is all "pffft, we're not ever running out" but the rest of them just sort of blinked hard and gave him a death glare. Then they schooled him. Pretty funny stuff.
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It should be noted that the addresses are only exhausted at the highest level (the IANA). There are still IP addresses to allocate at the regional level. Of those, the Asia-Pacific region will run out in less than half a year, but for the other regions, who knows?
 29 del diablo, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 2:33:49 AM from Somewher in mid Norway
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I think it will be fun when ISP's can not access more adresses, and will have to do gigantic NATS inside their own networks just to keep on running.
NAT causes security problems, and hence problems.
This will be fun, because nobody is actually attempting a proper I Pv 6 migration, so a lot of gnomes will stand with their beards in their postboxes(not a english expression anyhow).
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 30 Tibetan Fox, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 2:53:49 AM from Death Continent
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I hope there is some sort of workaround, since I emailed my ISP about the IP Calypse and their response was:

Please be informed that    REDACTED    has its own pool of I Pv 4 addresses. Even if the I Pv 4 addresses run out,    REDACTED    already has an allocated address for your account. And as of the moment,    REDACTED    does not use I Pv 6. Since this will require all its customers to use I Pv 6 compatible equipments.

From which I gather that although I'm certainly not going to be without internets as a result of this (I'm on a big-ass ISP) they're not planning on transitioning to ipv6 in a hurry, either.
 31 Fighteer, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 6:39:57 AM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Bluh. People are going to stuff their heads in the sand on this one, I think. Because nobody wants to tell their customers, "Go buy new hardware or you lose your Internet access."

edited 2nd Feb '11 6:40:25 AM by Fighteer

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 32 Blue Ninja 0, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 7:44:06 AM from The Middle of Nowhere Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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 34 Yej, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 9:44:58 AM from <0,1i>
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I thought they'd already gone?
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 35 Tzetze, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 9:51:30 AM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
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Christ, just how much does the upgrade cost if ISPs procrastinate this much?
 36 Wicked 223, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 10:02:33 AM from Death Star in the forest
I imagine replacing all non-IPv6-compatible routers might take some time and money.

You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
 37 Morven, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 1:38:38 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
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Almost all hardware and operating system software in current use supports IPv6. Windows XP and newer support it. There may be issues in some implementations, however.

A fair amount of application software does not properly support it.

edited 2nd Feb '11 1:44:43 PM by Morven

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 38 Sand Josieph, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 1:50:22 PM from Grand Galloping Galaday
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How can I check to see if I'm using the new IPv6 thingie?
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 39 Morven, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 1:52:20 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
You're almost certainly not, although your computer may be running link-local IPv6 anyway, many do these days. However, you're probably not getting globally routable IPv6.
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 40 Sand Josieph, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 1:54:12 PM from Grand Galloping Galaday
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So the world will simply abandon people who use IPv4?
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There will be a great crusade that will sweep the land and eliminate those who do not recognize I Pv 6 as their God.
Well he's talking about WWII when the Chinese bomb pearl harbor and they commuted suicide by running their planes into the ship.
 42 Morven, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 2:06:26 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
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Growing portions of the Internet world will be IPv6 and will only be able to access IPv4-only resources via use of a proxy service.
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 43 Tzetze, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 2:16:06 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
A fair amount of application software does not properly support it.

Like what?

...well, my browser doesn't, apparently. ._.
 44 Morven, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 5:34:57 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
There's a chart on Wikipedia somewhere of some major stuff and whether it does/doesn't.
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I think the best way to change over would be for the change to happen overnight. Have IS Ps replace their old I Pv 4 hardware with hardware which only supports I Pv 6, then shut down all the I Pv 4 hardware on a specific date. Email the customers a month in advance that they'll have to get I Pv 6 hardware or go without Internet access, of course.
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 46 pvtnum 11, Wed, 2nd Feb '11 11:14:53 PM from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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So, IANA ran out. Now it's up to the RIR's to run out - sometime later this year, or so I heard. Then you'll be hearing about it more.
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[up][up] There will be a 24-hour period where all the major DNS providers will be returning "AAAA" records (IPv6) instead of "A" records (IPv4) to see how many ISPs and end users can deal with it.

edited 20th Feb '11 9:21:20 PM by WitchHunterRobin

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Growing portions of the Internet world will be I Pv 6 and will only be able to access I Pv 4-only resources via use of a proxy service.

Actually, it will be the other way around. IPv4 is a well-defined subset of the IPv6 address space; it can be accessed directly from IPv6 clients. An IPv4 client can access certain IPv6 servers via proxies.

All the major web sites will be maintaining both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for many years. The IPv4 network may stagnate, but it won't be going away for a long time.
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 49 Tangent 128, Tue, 22nd Feb '11 11:42:59 AM from Virginia Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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[up] Since when has that been the case? So far, the only ipv6 to ipv4 connection methods I've seen required NAT proxies.
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