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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Carrier pigeon used to send data; faster than broadband

IT staff at a South African financial services company plan to use a pigeon to transfer data because they say it's faster than their broadband Internet connection.

The company, The Unlimited Group, says four gigabytes of data takes six hours to transfer between two corporate offices, which are 50 miles apart. A locally owned carrier pigeon named Winston, however, can carry a flash drive that distance in 45 minutes.

Comments:

Blogger Tako Hostil said...

Ha ha ha, nature laughs at us! :D

Wednesday, September 09, 2009 3:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, it's like a blast from the past, but w/o the legs...There In lies the question, how does one train a pigeon, especially since they like to eat off of curbs???

Wednesday, September 09, 2009 9:39:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

I believe their use of a flash drive violates RFC 1149.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_over_Avian_Carriers

Thursday, September 10, 2009 9:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Cazz said...

How do they plan to deal with packet loss?

Thursday, September 10, 2009 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Them birds are going over 65 mph...don't think so.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 2:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It may be 50 miles via surface streets by car, but only 25 miles as the crow... Carrier Pigeon flies. Then again, maybe it's an African Swallow instead.

Friday, September 11, 2009 5:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They do not specify anything about storage ……… what’s the maximum capacity ?

10 Micro HCSD cards per flight ?

or they will be installing an internal HDD with SATA/USB access .... for easy downloads of course ROFL !!

Thursday, September 17, 2009 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you can actually hack that company with an air gun :D

Saturday, September 19, 2009 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous SEO Pakistan said...

are they crazy????

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 7:41:00 AM  

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