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[ih] Some Questions over IPv4 Ownership

On Oct 14, 2010, at 11:35 PM, Ofer Inbar wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 06:53:19PM -0700,
> Jack Haverty <jack at 3kitty.org> wrote:
>> Getting back to history...   IIRC, the Telephone Companies used the same
>> argument about telephone numbers - they had a structure which was
>> meaningful to the switching system, and was needed to establish the
>> circuit through the various COs to end at a particular wire inside your
>> house.
>> Somewhere between then and now, Number Portability happened despite
>> their objections, cell phones were attached to everyone's ear, and, at
> [...]
>> Seems like The Internet could make a similar evolutionary step if it was
>> needed....or mandated by government or customer pressures, as happened
>> to the Telephone networks.
> Perhaps if people routinely gave out business cards with their IP
> addresses on them, and companies spent money advertising their IP
> addresses, and people scribbled friends' and business partners' IP
> addresses on notes and put them in their contact files, it might
> make sense to consider that ever happening.
> In our world, it makes no sense.
> P.S. This thread makes me realize that I can't even remember
> nic.near.net's IP address anymore :)