Coming Soon… Fiber Optic Pigeon Transfer Rates


So apparently, there is in fact a place with worse internet speeds than the one I have here… in my mothers basement… wireless… leaching off the Econo-Lodge up the road.

An IT Company in South Africa this past Wednesday grew tired of the pathetic data transfer rate and decided on an impromptu publicity stunt.  They decided to prove that it was faster for them to transmit data with a carrier pigeon than to send it using Telkom, the country’s leading Internet service provider.  After acquiring an 11 month old carrier pigeon named Winston, they handed him the USB Stick containing what is assumed to be filled with a ton of porn important, highly classified data.  Donning his standard issue Aviator’s cap with goggles, his official Carrier Pigeon Satchel, GPS Navigator and a Map (just in case), Winston stood proud among his superiors, saluted with his tiny feathered arm and flew off to uncharted lands nearly 50 (Fifty… FIFTY!!) miles from Petermar…. Pietemrtz… Prmzburg…. the Unlimited IT’s offices to the coastal city of Durban (which we assume was his destination).

It only took Winston a rather impressive 1 Hour and 8 Minutes to arrive at his destination.  Including downloading, the transfer took two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds — the time it took for only 4% of the data to be transferred using a Telkom line.

Not a bad idea really… I think I’ll start writing my posts in Notepad and fly them off to the “office” where someone else can post this crap.  I can’t afford a pigeon tho…  I wonder how many flies it would take to carry off a USB stick…  There ARE plenty of flies around here and OH COOL!  I found pizza.  Om nom nom.

Source:  USA Today
(Who sends me copies via Carrier Sloth…   omg Michael Jackson died??!!)


~ by steamcrypt on September 11, 2009.

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