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Google Preps Chrome For IPv6 Test Day

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Google has quietly added an IPv6 band aid for Chrome.

In anticipation of the upcoming World IPv6 Day and the possibility of browsers failing to connect to web servers, Chrome now integrates an IPv4 fallback option.

Google officially added the feature in the most recent stable release of Chrome 11 (version 11.0.696.71), while Canary and Nightly versions of the browser received the update already in versions beginning on May 5. The new feature will prevent a timeout of a loading web page by setting the IPv6 connect time to 300 ms. Google said that a parallel IPv4 connect will kick in at that time and the IPv6 connect will race against IPv4. The first completed connect will be given priority.

There is a slight chance that some browsers may see delays or have some issues with the connection to IPv6 pages. More than 200 websites worldwide will be participating in the World IPv6 Day, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Mozilla and Tom's Hardware. The Internet Society hopes that the event will be a “test flight” for IPv6 to motivate web companies to prepare their services for IPv6.

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    Anonymous , May 27, 2011 11:08 AM
    Might have been worth mentioning when IPV6 day is?

    (why does this crap say i'm posting anonymous and then insist on a login?)
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    g-thor , May 27, 2011 5:19 PM
    I'm glad to see some prominent action regarding what will be the future of the internet - at least as far as we know now.
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    applegetsmelaid , May 27, 2011 6:49 PM
    IPV6 has many advantages over V4.... why wouldn't you want to participate?
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    cookoy , May 27, 2011 7:19 PM
    ipv6 test day is on june 8 2011
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    LuckyDucky7 , May 27, 2011 11:26 PM
    I don't want to participate.

    I want an internet protocol that's at least partly backwards compatible. It's possible to do this, by the way, though everybody seems to ignore that fact.

    I also want IP addresses that are easy to remember- a sequence of numbers is easier to memorize than a series of numbers and letters.

    Finally, I want IP addresses that aren't tied to MAC addresses.

    So hurry up, and let's get an RFC with an intelligent plan for the future!
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    fir_ser , May 28, 2011 12:08 AM
    cookoyipv6 test day is on june 8 2011

    Thanks for mentioning the date.
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    fir_ser , May 28, 2011 12:43 AM
    But IP v6 is hard to memorize.
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    applegetsmelaid , May 28, 2011 12:47 AM
    But IP v6 is hard to memorize.

    Girl's names are harder to memorize these days.... that doesn't mean I'm gonna stop having sex now does it?

    DNS servers were made so we don't have to know the IP address remember?
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    Rab1d-BDGR , May 28, 2011 11:05 AM
    Putting MAC addresses into IPv6 is an indescribably poor choice. I'll be clinging on to IPv4 for as long as possible.
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    applerocks , May 28, 2011 4:07 PM
    Rab1d-BDGRPutting MAC addresses into IPv6 is an indescribably poor choice. I'll be clinging on to IPv4 for as long as possible.

    Ive seen a couple of people mention this. While there is one standard of IPv6 addressing that uses this, Its not a popular way of doing IPv6 addressing and probably wouldnt be used specifically do to the privacy issues that it would entail. There are several other standards on how to issue IPv6 address that don't contain your mac address.
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    livebriand , May 28, 2011 10:18 PM
    applegetsmelaidIPV6 has many advantages over V4.... why wouldn't you want to participate?

    Because some people can't? For instance, I can connect via ipv6, but I cannot do it by domain name, thus making it useless. If that is still the case by ipv6 day, I won't be able to participate. Dang comcast...
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