04w14:1 Biological Bandwidth

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Good Reads Mailing List | 2004 week 14 number 2 (biological bandwidth)
A bit of foolishness for the first of April. Gibson’s has the good fortune to be exactly a year old, while the other report I learned about earlier this week. – Tim


While I rest up, a factoid | William Gibson
“Penises have higher bandwidth than cable modems. (The following found, of course, on the Internet.) […] Putting these together, the average amount of information per ejaculation is 1.560*10^ 9* 2 bits * 2.00*10^ 8, which comes out to be 6.24*10 ^17 bits. That’s about 78,000 terabytes of data! As a basis of comparison, were the entire text content of the Library of Congress to be scanned and stored, it would only take up about 20 terabytes. If you figure that a male orgasm lasts five seconds , you get a transmission rate of 15,600 tb/s . In comparison, an OC-96 line (like the ones that make up much of the backbone of the internet ) can move .005 tb/s. Cable modems generally transmit somewhere around 1/5000th of that”. Article Date: 1 April 2003

A New Israeli test confirms: PEI (Pigeon Enabled Internet) is FASTER then ADSL | RIM – Ami Ben-Bassat’s Blog
“A New Israeli test confirms: PEI (Pigeon Enabled Internet) is FASTER then ADSL […] Pigeons’ Data Transfer Rate: the bandwidth achieved by the pigeons was significantly larger that that available through commercially available ADSL broadband Internet connections: about 2.27 Mbps (Mega bit per second) as compared to 0.75 – 1.5 Mbps (see detailed calculations). Please note that all measured times are of an observer on the ground. If measured by the moving pigeon it self, times are a bit shorter, according to Einstein’s relativity theory.”

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