See, the problem with alien communication fragmentation is that the aliens will have a hard time finding us. The real question, though, is whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. Also, we ponder whether we need a new rule about how no, you cannot turn off the Internet because of your inter-border protest issues ... EGYPT. Plus, LinkedIn goes IPO, Amazon is killing it, and the world is introduced to the CataPot. --Molly
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Hey Buzz Out Loud,
What happens when we run out of IPv4 addresses? Well, another chamber opens up in the Mayan ruins revealing the rest of the calendar that goes till December 29th 3013.
And now the serious explanation: When we run out of IP addresses no new device will be able to get its own routable IP address. In general the size of the Internet won’t be able to increase, it will come to a halt and simmer until IPv6 is a real and viable option. Those cheap websites that don’t have dedicated IPs will still be able to come online (because they use shared IPs that have already been allocated), but serious websites with real servers that require dedicated IPs won’t. People’s ISPs will probably start using NAT (all the computers behind the NAT router will appear to have the same IP address from the rest of the Internet, just like the router you use at home: Your house has one IP and the router knows where to direct traffic to the devices inside the network).
The short and long of it is, the wild growth of the Internet will suddenly clonk to a stop, there can still be a small amount of growth, but not multiple millions I believe, and everything will have to wait until IPv6 is ready and implemented.
Zeke the CSCS (Computer Science College Student) ‘lcarsos’, lowercase ‘L’, not capital ‘I’.
From it’s original Star Trek, LCARS OS.
I am a 13 year old boy, and I have yet to have my first kiss. While I do not think that 8th grade is too old to have yet to kiss a girl, some of my friends think otherwise. They are surprised that I havn't had a kiss yet, which makes me wonder how soon I am going to. I am a geek, which means that I am not one of the more "popular" kids in my class. Can you think of any ways I can use my computer skills/knowledge to impress the ladies? Remember, I am only in middle school, so please keep it appropriate.
Dear Computer Love,
I have run into a bit of a conundrum.
I decided to leave Facebook the other day after hearing about the whole address/phone number debacle…but now I’m left wondering…without being on a social network, how am I going to meet new people to date?
It’s been so long since I’ve been unplugged from the matrix, I don’t know how people did it back in the days before the Internet. And even if I were to meet someone, would it be socially acceptable these days to *not* have a Facebook account? I mean, when the woman asks for your Facebook handle, and you tell her you don’t have an account, is she going to get the wrong impression?…that I’m not interested and trying to blow her off?
Please help this social outcast and tell me everything is going to be alright!
Sleepless without Facebook
IpV4 CONTEST ENDS MONDAY!!!
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