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Is IPv6 In Your Future? May 31, 2007

Posted by Maddog in Technology Issues.
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Early last month, the Board of Trustees of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) issued a resolution that would strongly encourage the use of IPv6 addresses. The resolution would also effectively make it more difficult to obtain new addresses from the dwindling IPv4 address pool.

ARIN logoInternet Protocol version 6, or IPv6, is the new underlying data transport infrastructure for the Internet. The current protocol, known as IPv4, is over 30 years old and can only support around 4.3 billion addresses. Now while that may sound like a lot, it is not anywhere enough for the many new online devices (such as Internet-capable mobile phones and PDAs) and applications (such as IPTV or Internet television) that will be flooding the online world in the near future. The number of addresses supported by IPv6, on the other hand, is around 2 to the 128th power. That is an unimaginably huge number and more than enough to fuel the Internet for perhaps the next hundred years.


Does Population Growth Really Exacerbate Poverty? May 28, 2007

Posted by Maddog in Religion and Social Issues.
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It is often alleged that high population growth and high population density result in greater consumption of resource in a locale and as such are “contributing factors” to poverty. These factors — if we follow the population controllers’ reasoning — should be reduced as they “exacerbate” poverty.

That is a flawed argument. Let’s examine the logic.

We have to remember that ANY activity that consumes resources can be considered a “contributing factor” that “exacerbates” poverty including such activities as manufacturing, raising livestock, and planting. But should we now lessen such productive activity?

And if having more people “exacerbates” poverty, then aren’t such things as decreased infant mortality and longer life expectancy also “contributing factors” that “exacerbate” poverty? Should we now close hospitals so more of these “contributing factors” can die off?

What about art and culture? These use up resources too and don’t produce a whole lot of mass consumables. Should we minimize these beneficial “contributing factors” too?

Argumentum ad absurdum. The argument of the population controllers leads to absurd conclusions.


Scare Tactics and Hypocrisy From Redmond May 28, 2007

Posted by Maddog in Technology Issues.
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coin_of_the_ms_realmthumbnail.pngWith known thieves, vigilante coddlers, and human rights violators emerging as winners in the recent elections, it would seem that hypocrisy has again been affirmed as an established feature of Philippine politics. Unfortunately, that’s not the only arena where such underhandedness occurs. Microsoft’s recent claim in a Fortune magazine article that various open source programs violate 235 of its patents is every bit as hypocritical, and may even work in Microsoft’s favor — but not for long.

Should we believe Microsoft and avoid open source software alternatives because of alleged legal liabilities? Let’s examine the facts surrounding the issue.