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May. 25th, 2003 | 03:35 am

I bet you can't see the turtle dance. I actually managed to set up my network to access the currently nearly useless IPv6 address space.

The most useful thing I was able to do was to ssh from a computer outside of my router/firewall to inside my network without having to log into the router first.

It occured to me one reason ISPs aren't really pushing for IPv6 is the large ISPs at this point are tend to be telephone and cable TV companies and they don't really want average users to be able to contribute content.

If we were actually rolling IPv6 out it would be possible for everyone to have static IP addresses again, and therefore average people could host services off of the computers. (well in theory at least, it still can be a pain to actually host services).

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from: irilyth
date: May. 25th, 2003 08:57 am (UTC)

I don't know for sure about this, but I don't think the big ISPs have no-servers rules because of IP address restrictions; I think they do it because they want to charge as little as possible to the mass of residential customers, and they do that by charging more to people who look like "a business", i.e. anyone with a server, and using that to push down rates for everyone else. It's all about economics for them; it's not like SBC and AOL really care what you and I post on the net.

(One solution: Get a small ISP, who doesn't care what you do with your connection.)

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from: alienghic
date: May. 25th, 2003 12:38 pm (UTC)

Well I was thinking that big corps (especially media companies) do somewhat want to limit what people post to the net. Limiting the individuals ability to produce and share works means preventing grass roots alternatives to mass media.

Of course your explanation is simpler, that static IPs indicate an interest to run a server and can therefore can force people to pay more money.

Though in general capitalism does do better when exploiting scarce resources, so having an IP address shortage can be used to at least justify the different pricing structures.

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