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Pigeon Found to be Faster Than Broadband

Carrier pigeons are an ancient way to transmit information. As we've seen in many movies, one would tie a small scrolled message to the leg of a pigeon before sending it flapping off to warn its recipient of impending danger.

Today we have much more modern and efficient ways to transmit information… or do we? If you're an internet user in South Africa on the Telkom ISP, you might have better results with the old ways.

A worker at a Durban IT company was very unhappy with the performance of Telkom's ADSL speed. As a result, he decided to pit a carrier pigeon armed with a 4 GB USB stick against a plain file transfer.

Winston the pigeon won.

By the time Winston reached his destination, only 4 percent of the file had transferred. The BBC report does not specify the full size of the file, but did say that Winston completed his journey in 1 hour and 8 minutes, while the internet transfer required an additional hour to complete.

ISP Telom said that it couldn't be held responsible for the slow transfer speeds to the IT company, as it has helped to advise the company in possible improvements, but thus far none have been accepted.

  • vertigo_2000
    So he needs to set up a network of carrier pigeons? How does he get his 1st pigeon back? Does he strap it to a 2nd different pigeon?

    :)
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  • trkorecky
    *starts collecting tons of pigeons*

    Alright, I'll start seeding the latest Ubuntu build.
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  • ColMirage
    By the time Winston reached his destination, only 4 percent of the file had transferred. The BBC report does not specify the full size of the file, but did say that Winston completed his journey in 1 hour and 8 minutes, while the internet transfer required an additional hour to complete.

    Wait, what? So the file was uploaded by only 4% in One hour 8 minutes, and the remaining 96% of the file needed only one hour to complete? That's some weird reliability.
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  • redgarl
    I love this! Birds with USB keys... awesome! Do you need to plug it in or something?
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  • What about packet collision between pigeons?
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  • Hockeyguyinoc
    That is funny. I'm amused lol.
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  • JeanLuc
    Wildlife FTW!

    If I was the boss of that ISP I would walk around with a paper bag over my head, I doubt I could live with the shame of losing to centuries old technology.
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  • SpadeM
    Hmm a DDoS ... with pigeons ... that should be fun
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  • jellico
    Think we could mount a small SSD on one of those birdies? If so, we might have something there. Of course, if a pigeon gets lots, shot down, killed by a predator, etc... that amounts to a WHOLE lot of packet loss!
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  • r0x0r
    Pfft pigeon. You should see the download speed I get from my perigrine falcon!
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