Wow…slap in the face is an understatement on this one folks. In case you are not aware, ancient carrier pigeons are still faster than some of today’s methods of carry high volumes of data. According to BiongBiong.net, a South African IT company got so fed up with the national Telkom’s notoriously poor Internet service that they decided to set up a race that pitted the Telkom’s network against a carrier pigeon. Yeah, and the pigeon won.
Apparently 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. The idea for the race came when a member of staff at Unlimited IT complained about the speed of data transmission on ADSL.
Ah man, you gotta love this. Some crap laden bird that has a wee bit of training totally school this DSL service. What does that say about the state of technology? Are we still in the Bronze Age…or the age of Steel…definitely not in the data age. To take this to the next level of dork amusement, some fine IT dorks did a little quantitative analysis on other scenarios.
“Over pigeon-traversable distances in which latency isn’t an issue, the pigeon will always win. A random web-page promises that a carrier pigeon can bear loads of up to 1.7 oz or about 48.2g. My postal scale says that my 64GB SD card weighs 2.05g. This means that a pigeon could carry twenty three (23) 64GB SD cards, or 1.472 terabytes. In the Telkom race, the pigeon traversed 40km in 2 hours. I think that even the best commercial ISP in the world would be hard-pressed to deliver 736GB/h between two customer DSL end-points. Likewise, I think that even the greatest pigeon on the world would be hard-pressed to deliver even one bit of information from Cape Town to New York. “
So in the end, the pigeon does have its limits, but let us just revel in the moment a bit. When a large company can eat the droppings of our fine feathered friends that means I have to move the pigeon down on my scale of shitty scavenger “poop on everything” birds. The first place is held by Seagulls, but now I will move the Morning Dove into second place and slide the pigeon back one place to turd! HA!