Friday, 28 January 2011

One Problem, One Solution

Note: I'm in no way attempting to make light of the disturbances currently sweeping Egypt but i thought this was too funny a juxtaposition to ignore.

The BBC has apparently finally woken up to the fact that the world is running out of IP addresses -- this is actually a serious problem. There is a long term fix which is to move from IPv4 to IPv6 but this is quite a technical challenge.

The BBC then published another news article detailing how Egypt had quit the net in an attempt to disrupt protests planned for today. Removing such a large country from the Internet would certainly give us more time to move to IPv6 although not too long.

Anyway while both stories are interesting it was the juxtaposition of the stories on the BBC News technology page that I found amusing.

Maybe it's just my warped sense of humour!
30 January 2011 at 10:09 , GB said...

Yes. The juxtaposition was rather ironic.

I had never thought about IP addresses running out. Obvious when you do think about it though.

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