RIPE NCC, which handles the complicated business of internet registry for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia, is down to its last packet of IP4 internet addresses. It's time to start panic-buying strings of numbers.

The internet managers have literally run out of numbers. The familiar IP address ranges we see today are nearing exhaustion, with the longer IPv6 versions so far failing to gain much traction, as ISPs and other internet bodies simply can't be particularly arsed about updating their legacy systems to support the newer protocol.

Axel Pawlik, the Managing Director of the RIPE NCC said, "When the Internet was first designed it seemed highly unlikely that IP address space would ever be an issue. However, the limitations of the pool of IPv4 address space became clear over time, and in the last few years we have been monitoring supplies closely, preparing ourselves and all stakeholders for the next stage of the Internet. Reaching the last /8 underlines the importance of IPv6 deployment, which is vital to the future growth of the Internet."

We're running out of internet. This might be a good time to force through a ban on cat photographs. [RIPE via Techradar]

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