Found: Who is responsible for no more IP addresses

George, Wes E [NTK] Wesley.E.George at
Thu Jan 27 13:51:54 CST 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jay Ashworth [mailto:jra at]
> Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2011 2:06 PM
> Subject: Re: Found: Who is responsible for no more IP addresses
> ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Brian Johnson" <bjohnson at>
> > >
> > To be clear, FOX screwed this up big time, but that doesn't mean we
> > all need to get out our personal/political pitchforks and run them
> out
> > of town. Take your Ritalin.  :-)
> Fox didn't screw up, for a change, and Vint's quote appears in many
> other news sources.  Apparently, I'm the only one on Nanog who knows
> about this new thing called The Google.  :-)
> Thinking that Fox "News" is not a reputable news source is not, indeed,
> an opinion attributable *solely* to non-Republicans, and indeed, it's
> easy
> to prove in a documentary, non-partisan fashion.
[WES] Don't kid yourself, defending a "reputable news organization" for not 
properly checking their facts on a technical story before publishing is 
politically motivated too, especially when you try to imply that being willing 
to call out inaccurate (technical) info in the news is somehow related to 
one's political party.

The article that everyone is causing everyone to make fun of Fox news for says 
nothing about Vint.
Fox news has posted two separate articles, both of which have been factually 

They at least corrected the first one - "Editors' Note: An earlier version of 
this story erroneously described an IP address as consisting of four digits, 
rather than four sets of digits, and inaccurately described the IP address. 
This story has been updated to reflect the correction."
But this gem still exists in the first article: "Web developers have 
compensated for this problem by creating IPv6". At least there's *probably* 
some web developers at IETF that might have had a hand in creating IPv6, so 
that one's not technically incorrect...

The second one from several months ago is still borked:
"IPv4, ... the unique 32-digit number used to identify each computer, website 
or internet-connected device. ... The solution to the problem is IPv6, which 
uses a 128-digit address." So, first it was 32 digits, then it was 4 digits...

FWIW, Marketplace (on NPR) did a story the other night too. It wasn't 
necessarily incorrect, but it was so dumbed down that they managed to talk 
about IPv4 exhaustion without mentioning the words "IPv4" or "IPv6"

Wes George
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