Deploy360 10 February 2012

Friday Comic: XKCD on IPv6 and Nanobot Swarms…

By Dan YorkDirector, Internet Technology

Yes, this XKCD comic came out in February of last year, but I still find it amusing (click on the image to see a larger version):

For those not following IPv6, the joke here is that the nanobot swarm (ex. grey goo) wound up having to stop their proliferation – and destruction of earth – because they ran out of IPv6 addresses!  This was, of course, mathematically debated in an XKCD forum along with other discussion.

Thankfully, since we haven’t yet made the full migration to IPv6, we’re nowhere near needing to worry about their exhaustion!

P.S. Speaking of IPv6, are you ready for World IPv6 Launch on June 6?

Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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