Finger pointing [was: Yahoo and IPv6]

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at ianai.net
Mon May 9 15:40:03 CDT 2011


On May 9, 2011, at 4:26 PM, Jeff Wheeler wrote:
> On Mon, May 9, 2011 at 3:58 PM, Doug Barton <dougb at dougbarton.us> wrote:
>> I do agree with you that pointing fingers at this stage is really not
>> helpful. I continue to maintain that being supportive of those content
>> networks that are willing to wade in is the right answer.

[...]

> This problem is, and always has been, on the access side.  Point your
> fingers that way.

While I agree with Jeff, I agree with Doug more.  Unfortunately, finger-pointing will not fix the problem.  We have identified many of the problems, and hopefully June 8 will shine a very bright light on any that are left.  Let's work on fixing the problems, and let the historians figure out whose "fault" it was.

-- 
TTFN,
patrick

P.S. As an aside, and since the finger was pointed in my general direction, I'd just like to say chicken and egg problems always suck.  However, when the largest sites on the 'Net have enabled v6, yet are forced to whitelist or lose millions of dollars because the other end is broken, I don't see how any rational person can seriously call this the "content mafia's" fault.



On May 9, 2011, at 4:26 PM, Jeff Wheeler wrote:

> On Mon, May 9, 2011 at 3:58 PM, Doug Barton <dougb at dougbarton.us> wrote:
>> I do agree with you that pointing fingers at this stage is really not
>> helpful. I continue to maintain that being supportive of those content
>> networks that are willing to wade in is the right answer.
> 
> Frankly, I think the finger is simply pointing in the wrong direction.
> I have zero choices for native IPv6 at home, and I'm sure that is
> true for the majority of us.  SOHO CPE support barely exists because
> access networks haven't been asking for it.  Call centers are
> certainly not equipped to evaluate "traceroute tickets" or assist
> users in any practical way, which is why we see "disable IPv6 and try
> again" as the cookie-cutter answer to any problem when the end-user
> has IPv6.
> 
> The expectation that content providers should rush to publish AAAA
> records by default (instead of white-listing, etc.) at a time when
> even motivated end-users can't get IPv6 without resorting to tunnels
> is ridiculous.  Let's be glad that these content providers have done
> all the necessary prep work, such as deploying appropriate network
> infrastructure and updating their software, so that they can choose to
> send AAAA responses when they want to.
> 
> This problem is, and always has been, on the access side.  Point your
> fingers that way.
> 
> -- 
> Jeff S Wheeler <jsw at inconcepts.biz>
> Sr Network Operator  /  Innovative Network Concepts
> 





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