Carrier Pigeon Beats Internet in South Africa

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Carrier Pigeon Beats Internet in South Africa

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An IT company struggling with slow internet speeds has discovered a new way to dramatically increase its data transmission rates - a carrier pigeon.

Tired of dealing with unreasonably slow internet speeds, Unlimited IT of Durban, South Africa, decided to make a point by comparing the ADSL speeds of Telkom, the country's largest internet provider, with the speed of Winston, a pigeon. The idea was born when a frustrated Unlimited employee said it would be faster to just send data by carrier pigeon.

"We renown ourselves on being innovative, so we decided to test that statement," said Unlimited's Kevin Rolfe.

Rules were put into place to ensure a fair race: No cats were allowed and Winston was not allowed to eat any performance-enhancing birdseed before his flight. The bird was outfitted with a four-gigabyte memory stick and set loose from the company's call center in Howick, 60 miles away from Unlimited's Durban office. At the same time, an upload of the data between the two offices was started.

Winston took one hour and eight minutes to fly from one office to the other and deliver his cargo, while another hour was required to upload the data from the stick to their computers. Tthe online data transmission, meanwhile, was only four percent complete over the same stretch of time.

"Winston is over the moon," Rolfe said of the feathered internet-killer. "He is happy to be back at the office and is now just chilling with his friends."

Telkom, naturally, claimed it wasn't responsible for the slow internet speeds at Unlimited IT. In an email, the company said, "Several recommendations have, in the past, been made to the customer but none of these have, to date, been accepted."

Source: BBC

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Awesome pigeon!

Wow, i hope that isnt a problem everywhere, i have no idea how they will handle the overflow of people who need the internet during the World Cup.

Is there a reason I'm feeling Deja Vu? Have you used that picture before?

Also, sucks to be there.

xmetatr0nx:
Wow, i hope that isnt a problem everywhere, i have no idea how they will handle the overflow of people who need the internet during the World Cup.

A giant army of carrier pigeons. It will be like Birds all over again. Don't go in a phone booth. Or else.

Haha nice one pigeon... and uhh, how can internet speeds be so low?

Damn, didn't know the internet was that slow there. Puts those who complain the internet is slow because it takes a minute to load to shame.

Pigeon ftw, thats awesome man! XD

though... I don't think it would be able to beat my internet connection :P

I want some carrier pigeons!
E-mail's boring.

By the way, were these guys using Dial-up internet or Broadband?

I bet this little fella could beat virgin media

Whoa there, using a memory stick is an undocumented extension to the RFC.

Although, more seriously, being able to run to the data center to grab files faster then they could transfer over the wire has come in handy here a few times. We generally use the older Sneakernet protocols though.

Radeonx:

xmetatr0nx:
Wow, i hope that isnt a problem everywhere, i have no idea how they will handle the overflow of people who need the internet during the World Cup.

A giant army of carrier pigeons. It will be like Birds all over again. Don't go in a phone booth. Or else.

Haha, yes! "Welcome to Capetown! Heres your rental car and your pigeon." So now they need air traffic control for pigeons.

*unsubscribes to Comcast*

Alright! Time to subscribe to Winston.

So after 2 hours and 8 minutes, only 4 percent of 4 gigabytes was transferred over the internet?
Glad I live in New York City and have high speed internet.

I can see a possible money making opportunity for that company here...

Kross:
Whoa there, using a memory stick is an undocumented extension to the RFC.

Although, more seriously, being able to run to the data center to grab files faster then they could transfer over the wire has come in handy here a few times. We generally use the older Sneakernet protocols though.

Do you use Paper E-Mail as well?

Cpt_Oblivious:
I want some carrier pigeons!
E-mail's boring.

By the way, were these guys using Dial-up internet or Broadband?

I do believe they are using broadband.

Shame on you, Telkom, for making animals do all your work.

Ouch. They really need to sort out their internet in Afric- oh right...

Honestly this would surprise me if it happened elsewhere, but since South Africa is still in development, this dosen't surprise me. Either way, they need new wiring ASAP

Irony, it will always come to make you it's B*tch.

BAMF Pigeon! woo!

randommaster:

Cpt_Oblivious:
I want some carrier pigeons!
E-mail's boring.

By the way, were these guys using Dial-up internet or Broadband?

I do believe they are using broadband.

Shame on you, Telkom, for making animals do all your work.

Wow. I'd hate to try and download World of Warcraft in South Africa.

Cpt_Oblivious:

Kross:
Whoa there, using a memory stick is an undocumented extension to the RFC.

Although, more seriously, being able to run to the data center to grab files faster then they could transfer over the wire has come in handy here a few times. We generally use the older Sneakernet protocols though.

Do you use Paper E-Mail as well?

Paper E-Mail is kind of hazardous as it tends to cause the computer to grow limbs and attack everyone in a fifty-mile radius. The Sneakernet is needed to stop it, but once it's in the net you have to find somewhere to put it.

Okay, he's got massive bandwidth... I'll grant Winston that. But OMG teh laaaag...

/imagining gaming over Winston-net, and wishing he wasn't.

-- Steve

Hrm. My quick maths sets the speed at roughly 30kbps. Ouch.

(Note: VERY quick maths)

An hour for 4 gigs of data, that isn't bad to be honest.

You go, Winston.

In the meantime, that company needs a new net provider.

Worst.
Internet.
Ever.

Wow, well done to Mr. Pig, hope you had a good treat after you beat data uploading, you set back mankinds ego.

-Loads shotgun- Dinner time.

Cpt_Oblivious:
I want some carrier pigeons!
E-mail's boring.

By the way, were these guys using Dial-up internet or Broadband?

Fibre-optics, duhhh.

God, I'm horrible at puns.

pigeon WIN!!! internet fail =(.

Cpt_Oblivious:

randommaster:

Cpt_Oblivious:
I want some carrier pigeons!
E-mail's boring.

By the way, were these guys using Dial-up internet or Broadband?

I do believe they are using broadband.

Shame on you, Telkom, for making animals do all your work.

Wow. I'd hate to try and download World of Warcraft in South Africa.

Forget D/Ling it. What about playing it? LOL gonna need alot of pigeons.

The interneat is a series of tubes... in Africa, those tubes are much smaller, which means the internetz travels through them at the same speed, but less of the internetz is recieved over time.

what doesn't beat carrier pigeons in South Africa?

Very cool of the pigeon and all, but the question is, can Winston compete with the postal system now that software storage is small enough to be carried by birds?

bad rider:
An hour for 4 gigs of data, that isn't bad to be honest.

It was 1hr and 8mins to send 4% of 4GB. Not the whole thing.

Hybridwolf:
Ouch. They really need to sort out their internet in Afric- oh right...

Honestly this would surprise me if it happened elsewhere, but since South Africa is still in development, this dosen't surprise me. Either way, they need new wiring ASAP

South Africa is considered a developed nation.

Cpt_Oblivious:

randommaster:

Cpt_Oblivious:
I want some carrier pigeons!
E-mail's boring.

By the way, were these guys using Dial-up internet or Broadband?

I do believe they are using broadband.

Shame on you, Telkom, for making animals do all your work.

Wow. I'd hate to try and download World of Warcraft in South Africa.

I'd hate to download World of Warcraft enywhere or under any circumstances

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