Class "B" forsale (fwd)
Alex P. Rudnev
alex at Relcom.EU.net
Mon Mar 10 21:06:18 UTC 1997
BTW, do you see big difference between _IP addres allocation_ and _radio
frequencies fir TV channels allocation_?
On Mon, 10 Mar 1997, Jim Fleming wrote:
> On Monday, March 10, 1997 5:46 AM, Michael Shields[SMTP:shields at crosslink.net] wrote:
> @ > So, since I paid money for my car registration & license plates, I should
> @ > be able to sell my plates to someone else to put on their car?
> @ I believe that people with spiffy vanity plates have sold them. Why not?
> @ But discussion about the Internet is always plagued with analogies.
> @ IP address allocation is not really like the allocation of land, or
> @ phone numbers, or pollution credits, or milk quotas, or typing paper,
> @ or license plates, or routing table slots, or cocaine. It's sort of
> @ like all of these things, but not completely like any of them. And
> @ the nature of an analogy is that it pretends two things are similar in
> @ all ways.
> @ The best way to think about this is not: "IP addresses should be
> @ allocated in X way because Y is allocated that way," "But IP addresses
> @ are not like Y," "Are so!", but instead: "What is the current policy
> @ on IP address allocation? What are the implications? What would be
> @ the implications of this other policy?"
> @ Analogies are a good tool when things really are the same, but nothing
> @ hurts you like using the wrong tool. Since IP addresses are not like
> @ other things, there is not much to compare them to.
> @ --
> @ Shields, CrossLink.
> Analogies are sometimes useful when trying to explain
> complex technical problems to a non-technical person.
> Imagine trying to explain IP address allocations to
> a U.S. Senator. Imagine trying to explain routing
> tables, flapping, aggregation, source filtering, etc.
> Imagine trying to explain how "fair" the allocation
> policies are and trying to define an "upstream
> provider". Just trying to define an ISP is a challenge
> in itself.
> Instead, imagine starting with...
> "IP addresses are like phone numbers"
> "Senator, the companies in your State have
> no phone numbers allocated to them, the
> State of Virginia controls those..."
> "Yes Senator, people in the State of
> Virginia now want to charge fees to
> obtain phone numbers from their stock pile..."
> "Where did they get those phone numbers ?
> well Senator, they obtained them from
> "Yes, Senator people in California do not
> have to pay the State of Virginia for their
> phone numbers they get them directly from
> the source..."
> "Yes, Senator there are exceptions, lots
> of exceptions...Nooo, they are not documented
> the Internet does not have anything like the
> Confressional Record...there are mailing
> lists but people can delete records after the
> fact if they do not like the story that unfolds..."
> <click>.....<dial tone>
> Jim Fleming
> Unir Corporation
> JimFleming at unety.net
> JimFleming at unety.s0.g0 (EDNS/IPv8)
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