Re: Convert some local addresses?
"Surely nobody needs 16777214 local IP addresses?"
Surely not. But in my LAN, I use both the 10.x.x.x and 127..x.x.x ranges, and like having the entire range available, as I use the address to encode certain things about my machines. For instance, 10.0.0.x are infrastructure servers, 10.0.1.x are media servers, etc.
So, while I don't use all of the addresses in the range, I do leverage the ability to use any arbitrary address in those ranges.
Could I live without doing that? Sure, but being able to do this is very convenient.