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    SubjectRe: About IP address
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    Followup to:  <20001127163217.B20394@alcove.wittsend.com>
    By author: "Michael H. Warfield" <mhw@wittsend.com>
    In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
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    > Glad you can't understand it, because it's incorrect. They can
    > be used but they are both assigned to IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers
    > Authority) as reserved address blocks. You can't use them because IANA
    > controls them and dictates how they might be used if they are ever
    > used. Since there may be broken software out there that mishandles
    > those addresses, it's entirely possible that IANA will never use them
    > for any routable purpose. Neither currently have reverse name servers
    > assigned, so it's presumable that they are simply not in operation
    > and IANA is keeping them reserved to keep them out of trouble.
    >

    Most likely, they have put them in a bin saying "potentially
    troublesome with old software, assign them last." As long as there
    are other addresses available, they won't be used.

    -hpa
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