paul at timmins.net
Wed Oct 21 13:59:29 EDT 2009
Alex Balashov wrote:
> It's certainly shorter. The issue is that it takes more effort and
> time mentally to compute contiguity, subnet boundaries, etc. because
> the numbers involved are not base 10.
> As you suggest, it's something one can probably get used to. But it
> sure is ugly in the interim.
> Being a systems programmer by trade, I have little difficulty counting
> in hex. It's just harder than counting in base 10, especially for
> people who aren't similarly disposed. And contractions do make it
> difficult to read.
> I do think that's one of the major barriers to the adoption of IPv6 in
> a commonsensical, pedestrian way. Nobody is against bigger address
> space, increased security, more interface autoconfiguration, etc. I
> think they just look at the addresses and go, "Uh, I don't want to
> read THAT..."
The choice is theirs, I suppose. I mean, we don't really have a choice
on the expanded address space, might as well go big and never worry
about it until after we retire :)
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