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IPv4 address length technical design

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Barry Shein" <bzs at world.std.com>

> Well, George, you can take a new idea and run with it a bit, or just
> resist it right from the start.
> We can map from host names to ip addresses to routing actions, right?
> So clearly they're not unrelated or independent variables. There's a
> smooth function from hostname->ipaddr->routing.

Ah.  *This* is where you fell off the horse. 

Nope; the first one isn't smooth; it's *completely arbitrary*.

The mapping is, in fact, DNS's raison d'etre.

The second one has a relatively smooth mapping *at any given point in time*,
but you can't fit a function to that; it is prone also to arbitrary changes 
over time.

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