It's been a long time coming, but we're finally going to run out of internet. Back in 2011, we warned that this web reckoning was upon us, and now we have a more substantial timeframe. According to The Wall Street Journal, we'll be fresh out of IP addresses in the next few months.
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In a lot of ways, China's internet isn't the sort of internet you want to be using. It's ridiculously censored, for example. But in other ways, it's way better than the stuff we have over here. According to a recent report from the New England Complex Systems Institute, China's 'net infrastructure is head and shoulders above what we've got here in the west.
The new internet -- or at least, the new IP protocol that allows the internet to work -- rolled out earlier this month. Shiny and new, it's the future of our online lives. But US law enforcement agencies are worried that it could be abused in intriguing new ways by online criminals.
A brief release this afternoon from Telstra notes that it's now deploying IPv6 addresses. Hurrah! We don't have to run out of addresses any more! Except that... hmm... it's only for enterprise, government and wholesale customers for now. It could mean big things if your internet service comes through a Telstra reseller, though.
In preparation for World IPv6 Day, Google's set up a simple test page to allow users to check whether or not their current browsers, systems and networks are set up to handle the impending changeover.
When we remarked that home automation technology was a reason we needed iPv6 technology, we weren't kidding. If Netherlands-based NXP has it their way, we'll all be using networked LED lightbulbs, each with their own IPv6 address.
The era of IPv6 is almost upon us. And in an interview with Gus over at Lifehacker, Tesla driver and Internode top dog Simon Hackett explains how it will be mobile phone use that will drive the move to IPv6 more than anything else.
If your grandmother's Facebook account wasn't a telltale sign that the internet has come of age, here's another: after this week, the internet will run out of new IPv4 addresses. But don't fret, because we're moving on up to IPv6!