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Username: Donner
Date/Time: Fri, August 11, 2000 at 7:28 PM GMT
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Subject: Re: IP solution for Dial-Up Users



>If I understand correctly, this idea is similar to dynamic DNS, with
>the addition of uniquely identifying the user or computer that dials

So do I understand him, too.

>There are many problems that this would create, without solving
>anything that I can see.  Why does a dial-up user need to to have a
>static address?  They already have an email address that is
>relatively static.  If they want people to be able to access their
>machine (over a analog line?) they can utilize a dynamic DNS service
>which updates their domain name to their IP when they log on.

NFS, let connections stay while offline, running servers ...
All but the last requires static IP addresses. And this are legitime
requirements. Dynamic DNS does solve the server problem partially.
It's still not possible to call out from the ISP without having
a static IP address for each server.

>I think that uniquely identifying a dial-up user would merely provide
>a much easier way for people to be tracked and identified on-line.

I see no reason for such a identification request.

>Communication solutions already exist -- there is no need to make the
>spammer's job easier.

Why do you assume, static IPs or names ease the life of a spammer?

>And what about people who have multiple
>computers logged in at the same time, or multiple computers behind a
>dial-up line on an ipmasq server? How would they be identified?  How
>would you handle multi-link ppp users with two, three, or five lines
>dialed up?

The current solution works fine. It will work fine even in the case
of static IPs and names. There is no need for Identification by
address in the Internet. (Of course, there are marketing guys ...)

>The overhead would be incredible, to maintain a dynamic system for
>the millions of dial-up users.  And remember that computer networks
>do not like things being addressed exactly the same -- tends to cause
>all kinds of neat (and ulcer-inducing) things to happen.

Please read IPv6. It offers several solutions.

Just another German candidate


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