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Broadband promised to unite the world with super-fast data delivery - but in South Africa it seems the web is still no faster than a humble pigeon. A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country's biggest web firm, Telkom.
Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.
Telkom said it was not responsible for the firm's slow internet speeds.
Network collisions are a fact of life, without too much mess and data recovery built-in. But pigeon collisions? Oh, the humanity! Not to mention the data loss.
And that doesn't even begin to touch on security issues. Packet (pigeon) sniffing would be an easy, if smelly, task.
If they give the pigeon the 32G stick it could outdo internet connections everywhere.
With the new DOCSIS 3 networks coming and speeds up to 50 or 100mbps, already in my 'hood but the new speeds aren't rolled out yet, you could download 32G in about 90 minutes or 43 minutes respectively in theory.
Don't forget Comcast claims their new goal is the 4 minute movie download.
Edit: there we go.
RFC 1149 [tools.ietf.org] - A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers.
Boredom is a fascinating state of mind, really.
[edited by: johnnie at 2:57 am (utc) on Sep. 11, 2009]
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