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    Your Internet Will Come From the Barrel of a Gun?
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 26 2005, @06:41AM (#15358)
    Techies Ramp Up For Internet's Next Incarnation

    By Ellen McCarthy

    Thursday, May 26, 2005; Page E01

    The 500 technologists hunkered down in the Reston Hyatt this week are plotting the best way to push us onto the new Internet.

    They assume everyone's heard that there's a new Internet coming. Didn't know we needed an upgrade? Yes, the one we're working on now is a bit antiquated, they say nonchalantly, and it's about time we moved to a sleeker model.

    "What we've found over the last 10 years is that we need to do a number of things to improve [the Internet]," said Rod Murchison , senior director of product management for Juniper Networks of Sunnyvale, Calif. The current Internet simply wasn't designed to handle the volume of users and devices that are tapping into it, he adds.

    But out there in the ether, waiting to be accepted and adopted, Murchison says, is an Internet that can handle all the needs of the growing digital society. Those in the know call it " IPV6 ," short for Internet Protocol Version 6. (For the curious, we're currently using Version 4 -- Version 5 never really got off the ground.)

    The essential advantage of Version 6 is that it can expand to give Internet addresses not only to every cell phone, iPod and BlackBerry that will eventually come online, but also to Web-enabled sensors that will someday be scattered around our homes, cars and communities, allowing users to control more of their world through the Internet.

    The current version has about 4.3 billion available addresses; the new one has so many it is expressed in exponents (3.4 x 10 to the power of 38).

    The average consumer may never know the switch is occurring, because the two versions interact seamlessly with each other. Most modern computers are already enabled to use IPV6, but for network service providers, like Comcast or America Online , it can require significant and costly equipment upgrades, Murchison said.

    Enthusiasts at this week's conference, called the IPV6 Summit and attended by many representatives of local tech companies and government agencies, expound fervently about the days when the sensors on a car's timing belt will send an alert through the Internet to a consumer's cell phone, informing the owner that it's time for a tune-up. Or when an e-mail will show up with the message that the freezer in a user's vacation home has risen above a certain temperature, putting that expensive buffalo meat at risk of spoiling.

    The new Net is also more secure, its proponents say, because the simplicity of its structure makes it easier to identify potential trouble spots. And streaming video images played on IPV6 are far more clear than those shown on the old model.

    American corporations have been slow to adopt the new standard, which was developed by a consortium of public- and private-sector technologists, but the Pentagon isn't giving its units the option to ignore it. By 2008, the Defense Department intends to deploy Version 6 and is requiring that all of the new devices purchased by military buyers are equipped to work on the new network.

    "As the network gets bigger, they want more reach. They want more end-to-end communication. . . . The goal is ubiquity," said Chuck Lynch , technical director of the DOD transition office.

    Rep. T homas M. Davis III (R-Va.) stopped by the conference Tuesday morning to promote the advantages of the new Internet, and last week the Government Accountability Office issued a report recommending that federal agencies start planning their transition strategies.
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    Re:Your Internet Will Come From the Barrel of a Gu
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 26 2005, @07:28AM (#15360)
    Allied Technology Leaders From Governments and Companies Around the World Gather for New Internet Summit in Reston, VA on IPv6.
    Military and Industrial IT Executives of Coalition Countries to Focus on Communications Interoperability and Commercial Applications of IPv6, the New Internet.
    IPv6 Summit, Inc. announced today the major new conference on the New Internet, the Coalition Summit for IPv6, to be held May 23-26 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA. This premier event for government and industry decision makers to unveil new programs and products will this year feature not only US initiatives, but will focus on major projects, best practices and plans from major global partners. Limited registration and sponsorship for the Summit are available online at www.coalitionsummit.com.

    "The Coalition Summit for IPv6 will establish the global effort for the New Internet," says Dr. Charles L. Lynch, Chief of the IPv6 Transition Office at DISA (the Defense Information Systems Agency), which has been tasked to spearhead the transition of the entire US Department of Defense to the New Internet standard.
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    Re:Your Internet Will Come From the Barrel of a Gu
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 26 2005, @07:31AM (#15361)
    There will be specialized meetings for Internet Service Providers and for international embassy business and military affairs officers.

    Your take-away will include knowledge of IPv6, insights into business strategy, a deep understanding of what new features are enabled by the New Internet, and many new relationships and connections, from down the street to around the globe.

    Watch this space for the upcoming Agenda for this important event (which will include Keynotes by VIPs, panels, presentations, dinner meetings, live demonstrations and tutorials). Save the dates of 24-26 May on your calendar, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, VA (only minutes away from Dulles Airport and Washington, D.C., and close to the Pentagon and DHS).

    The New Internet has been mandated by the US Defense and Homeland Security Departments, and will become the new standard for many allied countries. The New Internet is inevitable, and affords incredible opportunities for early adopters.
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    Re:Your Internet Will Come From the Barrel of a Gu
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 26 2005, @07:49AM (#15363)
    "They assume everyone's heard that there's a new Internet coming. Didn't know we needed an upgrade? Yes, the one we're working on now is a bit antiquated, they say nonchalantly, and it's about time we moved to a sleeker model."

    Yep, many people have already moved. They do
    not even know it.

    Do you really think they will read the code in their $50 WIFI routers ? That is where their DNS comes from.
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    Re:Your Internet Will Come From the Barrel of a Gu
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 26 2005, @07:56AM (#15364)
    Regarding the research/development/deployment for the IPv6, he has been very tightly and closely working with Prof. Jun Murai, who is a political and technical advisor for the Japanese cabinet. He is an executive director of IPv6 promotion council, which is cross ministry and cross industry council to promote the IPv6 technology. He has been responsible on the design and operation of JGN (Japan Gigabit Network) IPv6 network, since 2000.
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    IPv6 Has Reached the Clue-Less Masses - Sell It
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 26 2005, @09:49AM (#15365)
    IPv6 Has Reached the Clue-Less Masses - Sell It

    The insiders are going to make a lot of money on that mess.
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    Re:Your Internet Will Come From the Barrel of a Gu
    by Anonymous on Thursday May 26 2005, @07:34PM (#15366)
    "Rep. T homas M. Davis III (R-Va.) stopped by the conference"

    Was he looking for the .VA TLD ?

    Let him know that Jon Postel gave it to the Pope.
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