Flight Protocol

If, this morning, someone had asked me how an aeroplane flies, my answer would probably have gone something like this:

Well, the wing is shaped in a curve. Air passing over the top of the wing has to go faster to keep up with the air passing beneath the wing, creating an area of lower pressure above the wing, generating lift.

I’d have been wrong. I can’t remember where the above came from, but I’ve believed it for years (just like I believed the Bill Gates “640k ought to be enough for anybody” quote). A link in one of Dan‘s articles showed me the error of my ways. To be fair to myself, I do remember thinking at one point in the last year that I didn’t understand why the air on top would go any faster, but I just assumed I was wrong and ill-informed. Nope.

An article with the title “Internet 6.0” attracted my attention earlier, but it proved simply to be about the IPv6 protocol rather than the ultra-fast new communications method I was hoping for. It’s quite bizarre. The author (whose name is nearly rather musical) says in his introduction that IPv6 will make the net less secure. This drew my eye, as I hadn’t heard that before about IPv6.

The fourth paragraph on page 2 is his justification for this argument. So…What’s the point in upgrading to the latest linux kernel? It’s new code, so will be full of holes! Good grief, I’m never buying new software ever again! The third paragraph on page 2 is another good one. Lots of companies have routers so fast they’ll cost $62,500 each to replace, but only 16 of them 🙂 There’s also a more drawn-out argument about NAT: it doesn’t work at the moment due to lots of security holes, and file sharing programs don’t work through it, so it’s just a rubbish technology. IPv6 gets rid of the need for NAT, but then file-sharing programs will work and everybody will be acting illegally, so that’ll be even worse!

Conclusion: I think it’s a silly article. Others seem to agree.

Oh, I know everyone’s going to disagree with me on this, but hahahahahah.