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      Zero is a default state, use a 128 bit int initialized to 0, parse the left side and right side of ::, applying the results to the int with a logical and at the right bit offset, which you get by parsing from extremities, and it shouldn’t cause issues?

      :: is actually a very elegant way to shorten these extremely long addresses, in my opinion.

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      I stumbled into some of these alternate IP address representations a few months back while writing some unit tests for code that used Python’s netaddr library.

      >>> import netaddr
      >>> netaddr.IPAddress('0xcafebabe')

      That’s pretty wild.

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      A fun article but it honestly doesn’t sound that bad, a lot of the stuff with IP addressing kind of makes sense (could be some kind of dunning kruger effect, though).

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      How is there not a single, canonical standard for this?