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Re: IP address fee??
Thus spake "Joe Abley" <email@example.com> > On Thu, Sep 05, 2002 at 01:13:27PM -0500, Stephen Sprunk wrote: > > Because "Cee" is easier to pronounce than "slash twenty-four". Ease of use > > trumps open standards yet again :) > > Nobody was talking. "/24" is easier to type than "class C". No > trumps! Everybody loses! I just write/say "C" unless the meaning would be ambiguous. > How many people learn about networks from certification courses or > in school, anyway? It was always my impression that people learnt > mainly by listening to other people. > > If networking on the front lines is an informal oral tradition more > than it is a taught science, then perhaps it's natural for obsolete > terminology to continue to be "taught" long after it stopped having > any relevance. I'd bet most of the customers I deal with learned networking from OS manuals or CCNA study books, all of which still teach classful addressing as the primary method. All of the ones I work with use the term "C" or "class C" to refer to a /24, and all are noticeably slower when dealing with non-/24 masks. The point of communication is to get an idea across; if most of the people you communicate with don't understand slash notation, then you use terms they're familiar with even if they're imprecise or inaccurate. I think NANOG's ISP-centric membership may skew the perception of our lexicon's state. Most network operators are not ISPs. S