lucy24 - 3:39 am on Jan 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
:: drifting o/t ::
I was trying to think of an analogy for the 126.96.36.199/16 * notation and the closest I could come is this:
Suppose your personnel department's computer refuses to accept blank spaces, so there's no such thing as a five-figure salary. Any gaps have to be filled with leading zeros, like $052,986 or $098,250. Or $000,060 for that guy who came in one day to change a few lightbulbs when the janitor was off. (Let's, uhm, assume for the sake of discussion that if you take home more than $999,999 a year, the extra is not on your paycheck but somewhere else.)
Now you've got:
050,000/2 = first two digits have to be the same, so anyone whose paycheck is in the range $50,000 through $59,000.
050,000/3 = anyone in the range $50,000 through 50,999.
050,000/4 = now you're in the range where you can compare paychecks without making anyone mad, since the difference is at most $99.
050,000/1 = anyone who makes less than $100,000, whether it's the $50 lightbulb guy or the $098,000 management trainee. In fact the 5 in second place is meaningless; the correct form becomes 000,000/1.
The dots in your CIDR ranges aren't decimal points. They're equivalent to the commas separating thousands in big numbers. Come to think of it, this is where non-English speaking people say "And your point is...?" or possibly "Huh what?" depending on how much contact they've had with big numbers in English-language texts. In binary-speak:
= 0 + 64 + 32 + 16 + 8 + 0 + 2 + 1
... and you never need to stop and calculate what that final monster (123 x 2^24 + 123 x 2^16 + 0 etc.) would be in base ten. (I get two billion and something-- but I didn't pay much attention to the calculator so this may be entirely wrong.)
I could go on, but I suspect we are both getting tired.
* I first typed "123.456.0.0/78" but couldn't do it, even as a meaningless example.