Allocation of IP Addresses

Curtis Villamizar curtis at
Fri Mar 15 04:14:10 UTC 1996

In message <199603141745.MAA03465 at>, "Perry E. Metzger" writ
> Paul Ferguson writes:
> > Perry, this is a ridiculous comparison. One could also argue that you
> > can grow more food,
> Can you grow an infinite amount of additional food?
> Can you buy more gold than there is on the planet?
> Can you make more land than we have?
> Can you, as someone unaffiliated with a company, "make" more shares of
> the company?
> I could also argue that you can use NAT boxes to "make" more IP
> addresses.
> In any case, so what? Economic allocation of resources is, if
> anything, more important when there is significant scarcity.
> Perry

Hoarding is only effective if there is a scarce resource, even if it
is artificially scarce, as in the two "gas shortages" of the 1970s
(when there were huge gas company stockpiles and enormous gas company

Hoarding water wouldn't work as well since its hard to make it a
scarce resource.


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