The End of the Web as We Know it (Maybe)

Posted: February 16, 2011 by jerkmag in SURF -- tech
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We are running out of IP addresses. You know what this means?

It’s all over. No more internet. No more tweets, Facebook statuses, or internet incited protests for democracy. I’m lying, of course.

But in all seriousness, of the 4.3 billion IP (or internet protocol) addresses initially generated in 1977, we’re running out. But don’t fret, you’ll still be able to use the internet and you probably won’t even notice the slow death of IPv4, which you’re probably not even using. If you’ve bought a computer or other internet access device (see: your smart phone) in the last few years, chances are good that you’re already connecting through IPv6.

While IPv6, has been a little glitchy thus far, the transition is worthwhile. I haven’t hit any glitches with IPv6 in a long time, but to shed light on these glitches Google, Facebook, and Yahoo (remember them?) have made June 8th World IPv6 Day, due to their extreme number of users to shed light on the issue of IPv6.

But overall, unless you’re still running Windows ’95 or Mac OS, chances are good you’ll never even realize this was an issue, until June 8th when you log onto Facebook.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/technology/15internet.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&ref=technology&pagewanted=2&adxnnlx=1297811143-pKnWE4SItYBFo921q2RaMw

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