Internic address allocation policy

>Looks like a double standard to me... The same argument could be placed
>for any subnet not on an 8,16, or 24 bit bound.

Yes and no. Technical limitations in things like in-addr name service make
moving things with any boundary in the last byte very difficult, but things
with any boundary before it possible (and a boundary on a byte much easier).

But there are ways to do this -now-. Folks are just not willing to do it.
(Ever look at how TPC.INT works? How about NSAP in-addrs?)
Look, the in-addr argument is just that.