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From a New York Times report by Alan Wong:

President Xi Jinping of China is not expected to be strolling the manicured fairways of the Trump International Golf Club on Thursday, sizing up his approach shot.

Mr. Xi is known to be an avid soccer fan, bent on transforming China into a great power in that egalitarian team sport, but the Chinese Communist Party maintains an ideological contempt for golf as a rich person’s game.

That view, among others, places him at odds with President Trump, who owns more than a dozen golf courses and whose so-called Winter White House, the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., charges more than $200,000 for membership.

Describing Mar-a-Lago as “the so-called Winter White House” is pernicious at best, and I would argue it’s downright outrageous. No news organization, let alone one as prestigious in stature and as fastidious about style and usage as The New York Times, should ever describe Mar-a-Lago as “the Winter White House”. Prefacing it by “so-called” doesn’t make it right. So-called by whom? By Trump.

There is only one White House. It is in Washington D.C., and it is owned by the U.S. federal government. It is sometimes and rightly called “The People’s House”, because we the people own it, and we vote to elect the president who lives and works in it. No one profits financially when a state visit is held at the White House.

Mar-a-Lago is a private facility owned by Trump himself. When he hosts state visits there, not only does someone personally profit from it, that someone is Trump himself. Using Mar-a-Lago for official state business goes against everything that the actual White House stands for.

This is no little thing. Describing Mar-a-Lago in a news article as “the so-called Winter White House” is normalizing out and out corruption — Trump’s shameless profiteering off the presidency.

If the Times wants to quote Trump using the phrase, so be it. But the description should never be used in news copy. The New York Times has no more reason to describe Mar-a-Lago as “the Winter White House” than they do to refer to their own publication as “the failing New York Times”.

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"Describing Mar-a-Lago ... as “the so-called Winter White House” is normalizing out and out corruption"
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mareino
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Honestly, I think the bigger story here is that Trump & his staff are so f***ing clueless that they took a Communist golfing.
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Help, My Child Has Disobeyed Me By Obtaining a Master’s Degree, A Job and a Nice Boyfriend She Likes

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Captain Awkard, 2 December 2015:

Dear Captain Awkward, 
 First off, I want to let it be known that we are a family of Christians; I believe there is only one true God and that to be saved it must be through Jesus Christ. I have raised both my children “Paul” – 19 years old – and “Mary” – 24 years old – to be strong in faith and put their trust in God. However, I fear for my daughter’s life. She recently confessed to me (this past summer) that she is seeing someone, let’s call him “Jim.” Jim is not who I want for my daughter and I worry that their incompatibilities and differences will lead to her being hurt. One, his family is Catholic. We are a Baptist Christian family. I don’t believe in the teachings of Catholicism. Even worse, Jim is an atheist and does not believe in God and I feel that he will drag Mary down spiritually. This is the biggest thing that I am scared of, and while I have tried to tell Mary that she should break up with Jim for her own wellbeing, she will ignore me or pretend I didn’t say anything. It hurts me deeply that she would choose to ignore her own mother like this. She should know that God’s love is not to be taken lightly. Secondly, We are a Chinese family and Jim is from an American family. I worry that the cultural compatibility will be an issue. Three, Mary has a masters degree whereas Jim has only his bachelor’s. I feel that he will come to resent my daughter for having a higher education since he is the man in the relationship (and I have seen many relationships end because of this). Four, I am scared that he will be a bad influence on Mary. He does not smoke or do drugs but according to Mary he does drink on occasion. Mary tells me she does not drink (she claims she does not see the point) but for how long until she gives into the temptation of drinking? What about peer pressure from hanging out with his family and his friends? Five, I feel like Mary is settling in life and Jim is a result of that. Another example: She is in a marketing job and they are not paying her very well (only 40K and she has a masters degree). She says she loves it but I don’t think she does, I think she’s just trying to rebel against me. She doesn’t even listen to my suggestions that she move back home to Virginia (she lives in New York) to save on rent or so that I can help her grow. Six, I am scared that Jim will pressure Mary to do sexual things. I have already warned her that her purity is an important gift from God, but I am so scared that she will ignore my pleas. And because Jim is a man, I am worried that he may rape her even if she says no. Mary has always been very independent, but she is still young and not mature. I need help in making her realize that Jim is not a good person for her and that she will suffer in the long run as a result from being with him. If she does not break up with Jim, how can I help lead them back to God so that they can have a Christ-like relationship?
 Thank you, Concerned Mother

Dear Concerned Mother,

There’s a lot going on here, so the Bad Advisor will start by taking the wide view: nobody has children just to see them grow up and be productive members of society who make their own decisions about their lives. Most parents can expect their children to follow a precise path, laid out for them at birth as part of a 90-year plan that mainly consists of living at home and practicing a religion that condemns the vast majority of humanity to everlasting damnation. As we know, 99.9 percent of children do just that. Somehow, the universe has wronged you and given you a defective. (Not you, Paul! You’re great.)

So what can you do? Let your daughter date the man she chooses, work in a job she finds fulfilling and live in New York?! This isn’t backwards day! We don’t live in upside-down world! 

At best, your daughter’s expectations are unrealistic if she does not surmise that certain death and attendant eternal hellfire are not the obvious result of going out with a man raised by Catholics. Even worse, an atheist man! Catholic atheists, a notorious scourge on humanity, are nothing if not known for their tendency toward loose living and, as you point out, committing sexual assault against their loved ones. So that’s problem one, the Catholic atheist who is daily threatening to visit terror and mayhem on your demonstrably helpless baby with a job and a place to live and two degrees and a satisfying love life.

Which brings the Bad Advisor to problem the second: your daughter will be powerless to resist the temptations of the world (a marketing job!!!!!!) without her mother’s gentle guiding hand preventing her from having literally any interaction which is not carefully vetted, staged and approved by you. Raising children to become self-sufficient adults with the capability of doing the bare minimum to stay alive is the foolish goal of incompetent parents with no foresight. Parents who are, the Bad Advisor dare says, less committed than you to a lifetime of the guilt-tripping and browbeating necessary to ensuring total compliance, within which rests the great joy of child-rearing.

Problem the third: you must now convince her that everything she has ever achieved is nothing but a deadly disaster waiting to happen. Will it be tomorrow that she samples a Smirnoff Ice and descends into a life of iniquity? She must see the truth! She must return home so that you can help her grow by undoing the whole of everything she has strived to achieve in her worthless, sinful life. 

For advice here, I think we can turn to the Good Book Itself: from the Gospel of Mom, book 1, chapter 1, verse 1: And lo Jesus said to them, “Kidnap the little children and keep them perpetually under lock and key, for I am the Jailkeeper and the Boss.”

The only thing that will bring your wayward infant back to God is dogged relentlessness and nagging. Shaming, too, if your generous constitution can manage it. In time, your wee bairn will surely see the error of her ways and shall turn back to a life of complacent obedience to the Momgod.

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Free(dom): A Black Gender Journey

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My first word was free. I would spend nearly three decades trying to find it, trying to live in it and feel it for myself. There were cities and people I thought would free me, so I ran to and through them. For a while, I even thought I might find it in books, in blunts, maybe in both. My pursuit of that elusive free(dom) I could never seem to put my fingers, feet, or lips on came to a recent end. Something about the night and a bottle of cabernet made stark the realization that I had been running from myself. I had been running my whole life, away from necessary spiritual work, away from what little Black boys are expected to grow into. Having grown, I was now running away from the constraints of gay manhood. In seeking freedom as some outer thing or destination, I was missing it. All along, the freedom I sought was a personal decision, a change of mind, an indisputable truth spoken then lived without apology.

So I gave manhood back. I finally decided to take it off at 29, leaving it behind for the world to pick up and do with it what it likes. It’s not my box and chains anymore, which has both freed and exposed me. This freedom from the gender binary and of expression, newfound and exciting as it is, is a vulnerability you have to live to believe. Claiming any freedom while Black makes fast adversaries, most notably of those who like and have become reliant on the same type of box and chains you’ve shed.

The High Cost Costs of Freedom

The first time I said the words I’m not a man was to a Black gay man I had been friends with for years. There was a change in his breathing. His pupils even seemed to dilate as he examined the bearded, brown anamoly before him who suddenly posed a threat to manhood so fragile and to Black manhood so endangered. Waiting for him to reply, I wondered what our relationship would be like going forward. Could he, or would he, bother really talking to me if he could no longer see me as bruh or refer to me as such? It turns out, the way his manhood is set up, he could not.

Being openly agender has been isolating, so far. When your declared otherness challenges or forces people to confront who they are and how they move through life, many either resist your very being or fall quickly by the wayside. Though I recognize my privilege of appearing cisgender, it would be much easier navigating all types of relationships if in leaving manhood behind I found myself somewhere else on the gender spectrum. I hoped against reason, for most of my life, that freedom could be joy without responsibility or burden. Deep down, I think I always knew better.

Black manhood is hard enough. Being treated by society as a Black man but not identifying with or finding community among Black men, for whatever reason, is much more difficult. In freeing myself, I’ve lost the only brotherhood I’ve ever known (as fickle and based on pronouns as it so clearly was). In my freedom, loving Black men fiercely and fearlessly is a revolutionary act that often asks of me compromise I’m now unwilling to make. The journey ahead requires a stronger self-love practice. There are high costs I’m willing to pay for wholeness, permission of self, and for never seeing that box or those chains in my mirror again. It’s a toll road.


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If DjangoGirls makes you uncomfortable, maybe that's a good thing

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Monday was the first day of Europython, and the first keynote was by Ola Sendecka & Ola Sitarska, the founders of Django Girls. They gave a wonderful talk leading us through their journey in creating the Django Girls tutorial, its viral-like spread in introducing over 1600 women worldwide to Python programming, leading to a Django Girls Foundation with a paid employee, and their plans to expand the tutorial to a book, Yay Python!. This was all illustrated with an incredibly charming squirrel-centred parable, hand-drawn by Sendecka. The two Olas are clearly a formidable team.

And yet. I had no less than three conversations with men later that day who told me they thought it was a great idea to encourage more women in Python, but…wasn’t it encouraging stereotypes? Was it good that Django Girls was so, well, girly?

There may be a well-meaning concern about avoiding stereotypes, but I wonder if there also wasn’t some underlying discomfort, about seeing something encouraging people in their field that didn’t speak to them. Could programming really look like this? Maybe it felt a bit like being a squirrel surrounded by badgers, in fact.

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So firstly. Certainly pink can be a lazy shorthand for marketing to women. But anyone who watches the Olas’ keynote can be in no doubt that they have poured endless effort into their work. Their enthusiasm and attitude infuses every aspect of the tutorials. There’s no way it could be equated with a cynical marketing ploy.

Certainly pink things, sparkles and curly fonts have a reputation as being associated with girls. Here’s a question to blow your mind: is there anything bad about them, besides the fact that they are associated with girls?

Compulsory femininity, where girls and women are expected to act and look a certain way, is bad, yes. But femininity itself is not inherently weak, or silly, or frivolous, or bad.

Monospace white-on-black command-line aesthetic is a stylistic choice. It’s one that is relatively unmarked in our community. Glittery pastels is a different aesthetic. They are both perfectly valid ways to invite someone to be a programmer. And they will appeal to different audiences.

Julia Serano writes:

Most reasonable people these days would agree that demeaning or dismissing someone solely because she is female is socially unacceptable. However, demeaning or dismissing people for expressing feminine qualities is often condoned and even encouraged. Indeed, much of the sexism faced by women today targets their femininity (or assumed femininity) rather than their femaleness.

Demeaning feminine qualities is the flip side of androcentrism. Androcentrism is a society-wide pattern that celebrates masculine or male-associated traits, whatever the gender of the person with these traits. It’s part of the reason why women who succeed in male dominated fields are lauded, why those fields themselves are often overpaid. It’s how we find ourselves being the Cool Girl, who is Not Like Other Girls, an honorary guy.

It’s not a coincidence that people in our community rarely attend with a feminine presentation, for example, wearing dresses. Fitting in – looking like we belong – currently requires pants and a t-shirt. Wearing a dress is a lightning rod for double-takes, stares, condescension, being doubted, not being taken seriously.

To be explicit, this doesn’t mean that all women currently in tech are longing to femme it up. Many women are perfectly comfortable in a t-shirt and jeans. But implicitly expecting women to conform to that uniform is just as much a problem as expecting feminine attire. The problem is the lack of freedom to present and participate as our authentic selves.

Read these personal accounts and believe that this is how feminine women in tech get treated. They’re both hugely insightful.

Coding Like a Girl (2015) by Sailor Mercury

Hyper Mode: How to Be Visibly Femme in the Games Industry (2014) by Maddy Myers

(Then maybe read Julia Serano’s piece again and think about the connections to these two stories – seriously, these three pages are dense with concepts to absorb.)

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Like Ola Sendecka, Sailor Mercury is a talented illustrator, as can be seen in her article. She ran a Kickstarter campaign to create her Bubblesort Zines (which you can now buy!). The overwhelming success of her Kickstarter (it reached its goal in 4 hours and eventually raised over US$60,000) speaks to an excitement and hunger for this style of work.

Inviting women into tech isn’t worth much if they have to leave their personality at the door to be accepted. Being supportive of diversity doesn’t mean much if you expect to look around and see things look basically the same. The existence of Django Girls does not compel all Pythonista women to femininity, but it does offer and even celebrate it as an option. If it’s not for you, so what? Take your discomfort as a starting point to figure out what you can do to make your community more welcoming for feminine people. Embrace femininity: Take a feminine person seriously today.


PS. If you’re still stuck back at “isn’t something only for girls (REVERSE) SEXIST?” - Read the FAQ.

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A thing I wrote today
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Martin Thomson: The Harmful Consequences of Postel's Maxim

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Martin Thomson: The Harmful Consequences of Postel's Maxim:

A middle ground that may avoid Postel’s Death Spiral without spewing errors everywhere is Ruby’s Law: Be exact in what you send. Excercise every feature and loophole of the protocol (e.g. randomize anything that can be randomized), requiring the receiver to actually implement the whole thing.

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Jon's guidance was critical to the early growth of the Internet, and the IETF in particular. Now, the question is: is that philosophy still valid today? To understand the significance of even asking the question would require one to understand Jon Postel's enormous shadow, influence, and guidance for decades.

Still, I continually run into problems that are a result of the long-term adhearance to his maxim.
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It’s official: North America out of new IPv4 addresses

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Remember how, a decade ago, we told you that the Internet was running out of IPv4 addresses? Well, it took a while, but that day is here now: Asia, Europe, and Latin America have been parceling out scraps for a year or more, and now the ARIN wait list is here for the US, Canada, and numerous North Atlantic and Caribbean islands. Only organizations in Africa can still get IPv4 addresses as needed. The good news is that IPv6 seems to be picking up the slack.

ARIN, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, has now activated its "IPv4 Unmet Requests Policy." Until now, organizations in the ARIN region were able to get IPv4 addresses as needed, but yesterday, ARIN was no longer in the position to fulfill qualifying requests. As a result, ISPs that come to ARIN for IPv4 address space have three choices: they can take a smaller block (ARIN currently still has a limited supply of blocks of 512 and 256 addresses), they can go on the wait list in the hopes that a block of the desired size will become available at some point in the future, or they can transfer buy addresses from an organization that has more than it needs.

"If you take a smaller block, you can't come back for more address space for 90 days," John Curran, CEO of ARIN, told Ars. "We currently have nearly 500 small blocks remaining, but we handle 300 to 400 requests per month, [so] those remaining small blocks are going to last between two and four weeks."

Doesn't this allow for strategic behavior, where each ISP tries to request a block slightly smaller than the requests already on the wait list? "The wait list is a last resort as very little address space is returned to ARIN," Curran said. "Trying to figure out how to game the wait list is not strategic. Trying to figure out how to use IPv6 for new customers is strategic."

"ISPs will have to get used to the transfer market. If you need IPv4 addresses, go there," Curran continued. "But I'm not sure how long a market is going to be around. Seven billion people with smartphones and home connections, a connection at work, then add Google, YouTube, Facebook, Bing... Four billion addresses, even with a perfectly working market, isn't going to work in the future."

IPv4 address markets

We spoke to Janine Goodman, vice president of Avenue4, a broker of IPv4 addresses, about what to expect in the short term.

"IPv6 is going to happen, that's the direction it's going," she said. "But it's going to take a while. Organizations are not ready to turn to IPv6 tomorrow; this will take a few years. A transfer market allows for the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 in a responsible way, not a panicked way."

"The price for blocks of IPv4 addresses of 65,536 addresses (a /16) or smaller is about $7 to $8 per address in the ARIN region. In other regions, which have fewer addresses out there, the price tends to be a little higher," Goodman said. "We expect the IPv4 market to be around for at least three to five years. During that time, the price per address will likely go up and then finally come back down as IPv6 is being widely deployed."

Goodman stressed that buyers of addresses should make sure they are "clean" and have a known history. There have been reports of address sales where the addresses turned out to be in ongoing use after completion of the transaction.

ARIN CEO Curran also suggested that buyers do their due diligence. "With a car, the car and the registration are two different things. Not so with IP addresses: the registration in the whois database is the only thing," he said. However, ARIN will only modify its whois records if the buyer of the addresses has a documented need for the amount of address space in question. As such, prospective buyers can pre-qualify with ARIN and then go out and buy the address space that covers their documented needs for the next two years, or they can find a seller of address space first and then come to ARIN to make sure they qualify.

Bring on the IPv6!

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) saw the eventual depletion of IP addresses looming in the early 1990s, so they set out to solve the problem and came up with a new version of the Internet Protocol. The old IP has version number 4; the new version is 6. IPv6 increases the length of IP addresses to no fewer than 128 bits—sort of like increasing phone numbers from 10 to 40 digits. As a result, the number of available IPv6 addresses is, for all practical purposes, unlimited.

The trouble is that, of course, old systems can only handle the IPv4 with its 32-bit addresses. That problem has pretty much been solved in the intermediate decade, and today virtually all operating systems can handle 128-bit IPv6 addresses—although some applications can't or don't handle them properly.

The main issue remaining is that most networks simply haven't enabled IPv6 yet. Although turning on IPv6 is not as hard as some people think, it's not entirely trivial either in larger networks. Internet Service Providers, routers, firewalls, load balancers, and DNS servers must all be IPv6-ready and be reconfigured. And then there are all those little (and not so little) homegrown applications that keep businesses running. In almost all cases, a new IPv6 numbering plan is required, and DHCP works different with IPv6 than with IPv4.

So for a long time, the number of Internet users who had IPv6 connectivity in addition to IPv4 connectivity, as well as the fraction of total Internet traffic that is IPv6, were rounding errors. Google's statistics showed that only a few tenths of a percent of its users from 2009 to 2011 had IPv6 connectivity; that number reached one percent only at the end of 2012. A year ago, it hit 3.5 percent. Today, it stands between 6.5 (weekdays) and 7.5 percent (weekends).

Things get more interesting as we look at Google's stats for individual countries. In early 2013, the US and Belgium weren't notable players in the IPv6 adoption game, at 2.17 and 0.04 percent, respectively. Today, Belgium is the world leader at nearly 35 percent and the US is third just behind Switzerland (both have about 21 percent adoption). According to Akamai's numbers, seven countries now have IPv6 adoption rates above ten percent: Belgium, Switzerland, the US, Peru, Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal—Greece will be the eighth very soon. Sixteen countries have more than five percent IPv6 deployment and 32 countries have at least one percent.

Remarkably, neighboring countries may differ by an order of magnitude. The US is at nearly 21 percent, but Canada has only 0.5 percent IPv6 users. Belgium has nearly 35 percent, but the Netherlands has just three percent. Ireland is at 2.4 percent; the UK is at 0.2 percent.

Per-country IPv6 deployment

Don't be too alarmed by the colors of Google's IPv6 deployment map. White means no IPv6, while darker shades of green mean more IPv6. Red is bad, as it not only indicates very little IPv6 but also that IPv6 is slower than IPv4. Orange means that there is significant IPv6 deployment, but IPv6 connectivity is slower than IPv4 connectivity. However, IPv6 packets often take just two hundredths of a second longer than IPv4 packets, which isn't ideal but not as alarming as the orange coloring suggests.

However, there are also places, such as Belgium or Russia, where on average IPv6 is actually faster than IPv4. One explanation for this could be that "good" ISPs also tend to be the ones that have IPv6 deployed. Routing paths over worse-performing ISPs that are available to IPv4 packets aren't available to IPv6 packets, so those have no other choice than to flow through better performing ISPs. But in places where IPv6 deployment is lacking, there's always the risk that the ISP providing the shortest path doesn't run IPv6, so IPv6 packets need to follow a longer path, slowing down communication.

So it looks like a future where the Internet remains largely IPv4-only, with more and more invasive translation devices that let more and more users share a single IPv4 address, is not the most likely outcome. We now know that getting a tenth of a country's Internet users on IPv6 within a year is doable. And as someone smart recently said about ISPs adopting IPv6, referring to Metcalfe's Law, "If everyone is doing it, you have to do it, too."

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petrilli
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As someone who worked on the original working group for IPv6, it makes me sad that we're still where we are. We thought it might take 5-10 years for full migration. That was in 1995.
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acdha
665 days ago
That makes more sense in the context of the Internet growing up rapidly from a research network to something with widespread commercial deployment. I'd say the good news is that we've learned that this approach is *hard* but that's unevenly distributed as witnessed by e.g. SCTP advocates
petrilli
665 days ago
My concern is that none of this was "unforeseeable". Things like NAT and CIDR extended the timeline, but instead of using it for a smooth transition, people have largely just ignored it. So now we're truly running up against the wall, and lots of systems, while technically supporting IPv6, have poorly understood behaviors. Oh, and then we can talk about the fact that a large number of network and security tools are still largely blind to IPv6.
kazriko
665 days ago
Well, a lot of people have done well with the transition. The big names for sure, like facebook, google, etc. But when I talk to our IT department about getting IPv6, or our ISP, I usually just get blank stares. It's even worse when I talk to the vendors in the industrial control realm, but it's not surprising since they're still running on a product designed 15 years ago. I finally went ahead and finished my Sage certification with HE.Net this week, I got up to Guru ages ago and got stuck with my DNS provider.
kazriko
665 days ago
(As for the industrial control stuff, We've designed our own data logger and HMI display for the system that supports IPv6, and we can do SSH tunnelling to access the ancient IPv4 crud on the other side.)
acdha
665 days ago
I'm definitely mixed about IPv6 – it feels like including things like IPSec and multihoming had the immediate cost of increased implementation expense but also the much greater cost of getting a lot of people to think of it as a massive, complicated thing to learn and therefore best postponed until forced. Sometimes I wonder if it'd have been better to have a very evolutionary IPv4 – 64-bit-addresses, PMTUD, etc. – and let useful things like mobility happen independently or, in the case of false starts like IPSec, almost completely differently.
petrilli
664 days ago
There were a multitude of proposals. The one team I worked on, out of Bellcore, didn't win. Ours was by far the most radical. The thing is, the winning compromise, while appearing "evolutionary" required re-inventing everything anyway because it was just enough different everywhere. But it "felt" similar, so people went with it. If you're curious of where it came from, check out TUBA (TCP and UDP with Bigger Addresses).
acdha
664 days ago
“just enough different everywhere” is a great summation
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most interesting claim for me was that IPv6 is higher on weekends. My ISP doesn't do ipv6 but I have an ipv6 tunnel from he.net. I don't know what fraction of my own traffic goes over v6 though..
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kazriko
665 days ago
Same here. I imagine a fair bit of my traffic goes through IPv6, I should go into my router and see what the comparative amounts are for traffic over the tunnel vs over the wan port.
acdha
665 days ago
Comcast, for all of their other evils, has what must be one of the largest IPv6 deployments in the world: http://corporate.comcast.com/comcast-voices/comcast-reaches-key-milestone-in-launch-of-ipv6-broadband-network Since that's at “just works” status for most access points and client devices, now that popular apps like Chrome try IPv6 first and fall back to IPv4 I could easily believe that'd be enough to account for that swing when office web surfing drops off
kazriko
665 days ago
Yeah, I'm still waiting for Charter to catch up with Comcast, which is pretty sad. They said they'd be looking into it with the Docsis 3.1 deployment...
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