An IT company in Durban, South Africa, was so pissed off at the performance of their ADSL connection that they actually decided to test whether or not data could actually be transferred faster by carrier pigeon. Guess who won:
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. [...]Telkom claims that the IT firm haven't accepted any performance recommendations thus far. Still, I think it's pretty cool that a pigeon was able to lay the smack down on the tubez.
The firm said Winston took one hour and eight minutes to fly between the offices, and the data took another hour to upload on to their system.
Mr Rolfe said the ADSL transmission of the same data size was about 4% complete in the same time.