September 26, 2008

The internet will run out of addresses by 2010

Why is this computer so sl-o-o-o-o-o-o-w

The world is about to run out of the internet addresses that allow computers to identify each other and communicate. Vint Cerf, the “father of the internet” and one of the world’s leading computer scientists, said that businesses and consumers needed to act now to switch to the next generation of net addresses. Unless preparations were made now, he said, some computers might not be able to go online and the connectivity of the internet might be damaged. Read more >>

New technology will need to be put in place soon. A new system, called IPv6, has been ready for implementation for more than a decade. It will provide 340,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 addresses. It is assumed that this will meet humanity’s needs for decades to come.
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