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Carrier Pigeon Internet Protocol (CPIP) a success!

By spacejack in MLP
Tue May 08, 2001 at 02:36:51 AM EST
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With the help of a printer and some OCR software, a group of Linux enthusiasts have successfully managed to transmit a ping command from one PC to another and back via carrier pigeon. Not surprisingly, Microsoft was blamed for messing up the protocol, as one of the pigeons smacked into a Window. The network speed appears to max out at ~0.08bps. Check out the in-depth article on CNET, along with a photo.

See RFC 1149 for more information.


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Carrier Pigeon Internet Protocol (CPIP) a success! | 19 comments (7 topical, 12 editorial, 0 hidden)
Extension to other forms? (5.00 / 2) (#5)
by mind21_98 on Sat May 05, 2001 at 01:11:42 AM EST

Is it possible to extend the CPIP to other forms of paper transmission? If someone found a way to use fax modems to transmit Internet packets you can run the OCR program on the G3 files the fax software would generate. Also if fax transmission is not possible more traditional forms like postal mail can be used.

Imagine if someone used Priority Mail to send and receive HTTP requests? This seems like an inefficent method of data transmission in the developed world, but in parts of the third world without Internet infastructure people can develop a reliable network without needing any copper or fiber :)

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"Ask not if the article is utter BS, but what BS can be exposed in said article."

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"Ask not if the article is utter BS, but what BS can be exposed in said article."

Wow!! (3.00 / 3) (#6)
by Elendale on Sat May 05, 2001 at 02:42:38 AM EST

That's four times as fast as i used to get! Forget modems, CPIP is the wave of the future for low-cost conncetions!

-Elendale (*ahem*)
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When free speech is outlawed, only criminals will complain.


Heh. (4.62 / 8) (#7)
by gblues on Sat May 05, 2001 at 03:17:56 AM EST

Microsoft was blamed for messing up the protocol, as one of the pigeons smacked into a Window.
Wow, talk about your packet collisions! [rimshot]

Nathan


... although in retrospect, having sex to the news was probably doomed to fail from the get-go. --squinky
Wrong Bird? (3.50 / 4) (#9)
by tetsuo on Sat May 05, 2001 at 07:03:15 AM EST

The network speed appears to max out at ~0.08bps.

<insert obligitory Coconut Laden Swallow joke here>

'related quotes' (4.66 / 3) (#10)
by _Quinn on Sat May 05, 2001 at 03:13:56 PM EST

   Did anyone else find the 'related quotes' section of the article particularly amusing?

-_Quinn
Reality Maintenance Group, Silver City Construction Co., Ltd.
But no link to our own documents ! (5.00 / 3) (#18)
by Eivind on Tue May 08, 2001 at 07:17:46 AM EST

There's plenty of more documentation and pictures available from our rf1149 page at rfc1149

It was fun, but personally I found the penguin-feeding by mr Cox two days before even more hilarious. There we discovered that Red Hats are incompatible to penguins. The context was that we had made arrangements to have Alan help with the actual feeding of the penguins. And as it turned out that nessecitated removing his brigth red hat, the penguin-caretaker feared it would spook the penguins.

Belated coverage by the BBC (none / 0) (#19)
by imperium on Thu May 10, 2001 at 05:04:49 AM EST

I guess the pigeon finally got through to Broadcasting House...

x.
imperium

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