• In 2009 a pigeon named Winston raced Telkom, South
Africa's largest ISP, to see who could deliver of data to a location 60 miles away the fastest. By the time
Winston arrived with the flash drive, Telkom had
MemeCen
transmitted only 4% of the data.
YEAH NATURE, BITCH!
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    • This is true! Winston took 1 hr 8m to carry the data across the 60-mile course and another hour to upload it.The race was held by an IT company in Durban, South Africa, called Unlimited IT. The race happened after one of Unlimited IT's employees complained about the slow speed of data transmission.
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    • Now I can download a 5gb file in a minute
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    • little know fact. The G in 3G 4G 5G stands for pigeon speed. 5G is 5 times as fast as the pigeon was
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    • Thats it im gonna send 60gb at a time via pidgen
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    • does this mean there’s a chance i’ll get free robux if i shoot down a bird
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    • *puts a 1tb m.2 on a pigeon*
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    • You wouldn’t download a bird
      DashMan 4 sep
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    • Flammu 4 sep
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    • Government drone conspiracy intensifies
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    • How does the bird know where to go?!?!?!
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    • Yeah south Africa isn't exactly a gold standard for internet service
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    • How long does it take the computer to download it off the chip?
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    • content not available more
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    • Never underestimate the bandwidth of a minivan full of hard drives
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    • Now the common internet connection in South Korea is a gigabit.
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    • How do they train pigeons for this stuff. Like how does the pigeon know where to take it.
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    • Comment about how bedophiles will send child pornography with this. (Ifunny changes p.edo to ferret)
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    • And they make chips that small that go up to a terabyte. That pigeon could have dusted them harder
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    • As a native from South Africa I can confirm
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    • An African or a European pigeon?
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    • So moral is either, pigeons are fast and freaky or South Africa kinda sucks.
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    • I’ve never understood how pigeons were used like that. Like how does that training work
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    • Jesse never said bitch in that scene
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    • I’m surprised that no one has referenced John wick 2 with the black dude with the pigeons
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    • They did this in Australia and then proceeded to waste 53 billion dollars for them to fail that same test a decade lter
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    • The year is 2035. Activision has taken over. A pigeon has just arrived with my daily 10 terabyte update. I start it, then I see the words...”update 1 of 3”. I hear taps on the window....2 more birds..
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    • Yeah no telkom is just absolute shit. I’m so glad I don’t have telkom WiFi because it’s down 35% of the time, unfortunately I have telkom on my phone and the signal is.. well
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    • *sends Modern Warfare files by pigeon*
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    • The birds work for the bourgeoisie
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    • emuphile
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    • Bandwidth vs speed
      opeman24 4 sep
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    • Africa has always had pretty slow internet. It's a giant place with not a lot of money.
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    • Imagine not being able to download 4 gb in under a minute
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    • “In 2009”
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    • But when i put pigeon in my pc case to boost performance its animal abuse
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    • emu
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    • How does the bird know where to go?
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    • How the hell was this bird going that fast that's almost twice the limit
      R3V0LT 7 sep
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    • now race Google fiber
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    • Telkom is a piece of 💩 ISP. Some of our ISPs even have gigabit lines for residences but the cost is exorbitant relative to first world countries.
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    • Key word: 2009
      Pandaska 7 sep
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    • The comma is misplaced
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    • Rfc 1149 ip over avian
      moepey 7 sep
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    • Can’t pigeons fly up to like 95 miles per hour?
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    • Packet loss is more risky tho
      SauI 6 sep
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    • Well yes because technology wasn't nearly as fast nowadays. Now, take a NASA computer and transmit something across the world, it probably wouldn't take nearly as long as one of the other computers
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    • That’s an SD card, not a flash drive
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    • Yeah science
      lava0 6 sep
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    • That's why monopolies are shit and the FCC needs to be ritually disemboweled.
      Zenith12 6 sep
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    • Crazy how far we have come in the last 10 years, and where we will be 10 years from now. Between 5G, WiFi 6 (or 7), satellite internet, mesh networks, AR/VR. It's gonna be wild.
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    • The data was probably call of duty modern warfare.
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    • South Africa has the worst internet speeds
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    • Pigeons can fly at 90mph
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    • A new game delivery system.
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    • i can download 6gb in like 15 seconds. i’ve been experimenting with emulators for the past month and never had a problem downloading ROMs
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    • More like the GOVERNMENT REMOVING THE SD CARD FROM ITS SURVEILLANCE DRONE. Wake up sheeple. BIRDS ARE NOT REAL
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    • Classic Winston.
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    • But the lag! 🤣
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    • twitter before it was cool
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    • Fuck ISP monopolies and their shitty ass service
      Zimrino 6 sep
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    • Fuck now emus will do this shit with porn
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    • Now it takes 2 minutes
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    • That’s some fucking slow internet
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    • * “yeah! Science, bitch!”
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    • What does packet loss look like
      Orashgle 6 sep
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    • 4gb was like 4tb back then.
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    • He doesn’t say bitch
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    • Just goes to show that Africa is shit. Perhaps a certain group of people should be a bit more grateful they are here
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    • That’s because telcom is shit
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    • Pigeons can fly at 120mph
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    • Fuck Telkom fuck Telkom fuck Telkom they're like everything else in this country, useless and corrupt
      Loerie 5 sep
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    • FUCK TELKOM PIECES OF FUCKING SHIT WERE IT LEGAL I WOULD SET FIRE TO THEIR OFFICES FFFFUUUCKING CHRIST
      Loerie 5 sep
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    • Time to download my games by carrier pigeon.
      Sukaro 5 sep
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    • It takes y'all more than like 90 seconds to download 4Gbs of something?
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    • Pigeons be peepin, they are on your roof that's how you get street view
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    • Would have been funnier without the 2nd half of the meme.
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    • In 2009, and this doesn’t include transfer time to put it on the computer
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    • That’s not a flash drive
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    • Flash drive? Or SD card?
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    • There just updating the drones
      Stizo 5 sep
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    • Good bandwidth, bad latency
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    • Well.... there’s more to the story. I learned about this in C.S. Class
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    • 5g is gonna be faster than my home internet and thats sad
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    • That’s not a flash drive lmao
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    • You're telling me that South Africa's LARGEST ISP transferred only 164 MB in 68 minutes?
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    • As a group on hackthebox says, "if it flies, it lies"
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    • Send them into North Korea with flash drives
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    • Even in the US, loading up a hard drive and shipping it overnight is faster than trying to send massive amounts of data over the internet
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    • I don't miss those slow internet speeds.
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    • Till it rains
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    • Winston against the machine
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    • What's then point? Its not like people was going raise messenger pigeon.
      BMCnin 5 sep
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    • Sounds like my internet
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    • O(1) vs O(N)
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    • How do you train bird to drop it off? I get making friends and giving it something to hold but how does it know who to give it to or where to put it
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    • John Henry of pigeons
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    • Pretty sure it's called sneaker net, and it will be a long, long ass time until it's not faster.
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