SA pigeon 'faster than broadband'

Michael Thomas mike at
Fri Sep 11 14:00:34 UTC 2009

On 09/11/2009 06:36 AM, Jeff Kell wrote:
> William Allen Simpson wrote:
>> Update needed for RFC 1149 (1 April 1990),
>> A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers
> Truly practical with today's storage media... if the Wiki story is
> correct, it was a 4Gb memory stick
> ( under "Usage Examples"). There
> was the old "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full
> of tapes hurtling down the highway. —Tanenbaum, Andrew S." but then a
> pigeon would have trouble hauling 9-track tapes :-)

Heck, your average sheet of paper with your average laser printer is
about 5Mb. And that's random access, not some crufty sequential seeking
tape :)


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