"That distribution system is coming to a close"
What? no? IPv4 is not closing. The distribution system is fine. It is the allocation system that is running out.
"Every internet connected computer, smartphone, car, gadget and gizmo is assigned a four-digit IP address which allows it to communicate with the net..."
Err, no. It is IPv4 because it is version 4, not because it uses 4 digits. It uses 32 bits, which in decimal notation might be 12 digits with some dots. Not 4 digits!
"Web developers have tried to compensate for this problem by creating IPv6 - a system which recognises six-digit IP addresses."
OMG! It is "Web developers" that have created IPv6 is it, wow... And six digit IP addresses? WTF?!?!?
“But IPv6 is not backwards compatible. If I changed my mobile phone to run IPv6 rather than IPv4, then all of a sudden I wouldn’t be able to see the IPv4 network – none of it. Nobody. Nothing. We’re not going to do that."
Err, WTF would you stop using IPv4. Look, idiot, your mobile almost certainly does IPv6 already. Mine does on the WiFi and will on the mobile network just as soon as the network gets its act together. You don't turn off IPv4!!!
"Though web developers and ISPS have known about this problem for years there aren’t presently any acceptable solutions."
Err, so what's IPv6 then? Seems like a perfectly acceptable solution to me.
"Time is running out, and developers are no closer to fixing the problem, things are looking grim."
Err, it was fixed back in 1995.
“The issue now is if IPv6 isn’t a workable solution and v4 has run out, you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.”
Err, works for me!
"A short-term solution may be for ISPs may be able to sell IP addresses that connect through what’s known as “Network Address Translation” – which allows more than one user to connect to a public IP address. But like trying to use a mobile phone on New Year’s Eve this presents its own problems - because it slows down the connection speed, or could potentially make it unusable."
OK, now I am lost. Sell IPs that connect through NAT? And why does NAT slow things down? I suppose maybe if CGNAT boxes are over loaded, but NAT does not solve the other end - more web sites and so on not having IPv4 addresses.
With this level of technical journalism is there any hope that anyone will get the right message?
P.S. news.com.au article has been updated to remove a couple of the stupid comments following my blog post. The fox news one still has them.