Saturday, 12 September 2009

Carrier Pigeon

A news report highlights the slow speed of broadband in South Africa. The data transfer from PMB to Durban took 2 hours 6 min via pigeon, during which time only 4% of the file had been transferred over the Internet. Impressive as a publicity stunt, but ...
  • There is always some point at which sending a physical medium is faster that a WAN transfer, as discussed on Low-tech Magazine.
  • I bet they didn't use the IP Over Avian Carrier standard or any other protocol that allows for transmission problems.

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