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Thursday, April 28, 2005

I always knew pigeons were over-rated

Through Dan Gillmor, Ami's hilarious post, A New Israeli test confirms: PEI (Pigeon Enabled Internet) is FASTER then ADSL

"Never underestimate a pigeon carrying a memory card, hovering above your head, ready to download"-yossi vardi

Will B2B (Back to Pigeons) save an endangered technology? On Friday, March 12, 2004, a group of several dozen Internet addicts from Israel and abroad, gathered in the large grass field of the OHALO Center near the Sea of Galilee. The purpose of the gathering was to try and improve Wi-Fly - pigeon-empowered wireless internet and to confront this technology against ADSL. The participants sent 3 homing pigeons to 100 km distance, each carrying 20-22 tiny memory cards containing 1.3 GB, amounting in total of 4 GB of data...

[Ed: Take it from someone who hails from a country who acronymizes everything, B2B should be Back 2 Birds! This is so for the birds...]

(www.notes.co.il/benbasat/)
However, a year on from the pigeon trials, they find that Snails are faster than ADSL and pigeons!

"Never underestimate the data transfer rate of a snail on wheels"! - Y. Vardi (more laws at the end...)

Novel new data transfer system was launched recently in a unique experiment being held in KinnerNet 2005 camp (an Israeli internet camp , modeled after Tim Oreilly's Foo camp). The experiment conceived and run by a group of Israeli Internet addicts, including Yossi Vardi (former ICQ chairman), Shimon Schocken (computer scientist) and Ami Ben Bassat (science writer).

The system called SNAP (SNAil-based data transfer Protocol(, uses biological carriers, and, for the first time, taking advantages of the unique merits of the wheel for data transfer.

(Herbert Bishko)
I've always suspected Google's pigeonrank was inferior technology!

Snails rule!

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