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Re: Google wants to be your Internet
On Tue, 23 Jan 2007, Chris L. Morrow wrote:
globally unique addresses
Satellite set-top boxes don't need to be assigned unique phone numbers to report pay-per-view events back to Dish/DirecTV. They just wake up every
few weeks, use the transport identifier already available on the customer's phone line and sends the data, with an embedded identifier
independent from the network transport. If the satellite STB ever knew
its telephone number, it is probably out-of-date after a few area code
changes. The same thing happens with burgerler alarm reporting, and lots of other things.
I think network engineers are too quick to use network identifiers for applications. Electric meters, set-top boxes, alarm systems, ice-boxes, and whatever else you want to connect to the network don't need to have the same permanent identifier for the application and the transport. Most of the time they don't need a permanent transport identifier.