TCP/IP via bongo drums
June 2, 2008 8:53 AM   Subscribe

TCP/IP via bongo drums
posted by Meatbomb (19 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
I was going to remark that getting a "standard Windows PC" work right with OEM software was hard enough, let alone bongos but I see they went with a Linux bridge. Heh.

Also, it seems like AudioIP might actually be useful underwater.

Also also: This post is useless without audio.
posted by DU at 9:06 AM on June 2, 2008


Since we have high latency and bandwidth, it was found that the ARP requests were flooding the bongo link.

<3 internet
posted by cortex at 9:11 AM on June 2, 2008


Cf. RFC-1149: "A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers" and a real life implementation.
posted by Plutor at 9:12 AM on June 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is a use of bongos I can approve of.

Usually I am slightly annoyed by the existence of drums that one plays with the hands, because hippies, usually to my experience chill and considerate people, have this huge blind spot where many of them think that sort of drumming is universally appropriate and beloved by all.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 9:12 AM on June 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


That's a picture of a conga drum on the front page.
posted by euphorb at 9:18 AM on June 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


From the bottom of the front page:

*Yes I know that isn't a bongo drum at the top

bongo pwned!
posted by yhbc at 9:21 AM on June 2, 2008


C'mon, cortex, there's no ARP on the Internet. That's a LAN-only thing. You meant "<3 Ethernet."

There are some super-nerdy jokes ("trumpet winsock," etc.) in the Slashdot comments when this was first posted in 2003. What's killing me is that I distinctly remember watching video of them demonstrating this to their class, but now I can't find it. A single ping took a looong time.

Here's the audio sample from the website (warning: direct link to WAV file).
posted by sdodd at 9:25 AM on June 2, 2008


This guy gonna make your computer asplode.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:26 AM on June 2, 2008


Also, it seems like AudioIP might actually be useful underwater.

Audio pulses are in fact used by remote controlled scientific subs in the arctic where cables would likely be cut by ice. I think that the navy uses bouys to do something similar so that subs can get information in real time without surfacing.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 9:29 AM on June 2, 2008


But are the audio pulses TCP/IP?

On second thought, you probably DON'T want to transparently present a TCP/IP interface to devices underwater. Some idiot program will think itself above the surface and try to fetch an image or something...
posted by DU at 9:31 AM on June 2, 2008


Interesting, but they lose marks by not creating the concomitant RFC.
posted by grouse at 9:40 AM on June 2, 2008


Interesting, but they lose marks by not creating the concomitant RFC.

Request for congas?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:52 AM on June 2, 2008


A Request For Cowbell is more traditional, I think.
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:01 AM on June 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


This is pretty cool! It reminds me a lot of a more practical project, which was TCP/IP via infrared light shone over small distances, to eliminate the need for wiring over distances that are reasonably short but still infeasible to send CAT-5 over.

Usually I am slightly annoyed by the existence of drums that one plays with the hands, because hippies, usually to my experience chill and considerate people, have this huge blind spot where many of them think that sort of drumming is universally appropriate and beloved by all.

If it makes you feel any better, actual hand percussionists are annoyed by hippie drum players too, because their drum playing is roughly analogous to gracelessly strumming a guitar with all the strings open.

Give bongos a chance!
posted by invitapriore at 11:06 AM on June 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


This is how Richard Feynman would have invented the internet.
posted by kiltedtaco at 1:35 PM on June 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


This post is useless without audio.

There is audio on the page labeled "Pictures"
posted by Sys Rq at 1:41 PM on June 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Neat stuff. But from the linked page, the lower layers of the OSI model. OSI, really? Is anyone still pretending that matters?
posted by vsync at 4:53 PM on June 2, 2008


The OSI model is usually brought up in any introductory networking text. Using the model is not the same thing as using their protocols (some of which are still in use as well).
posted by grouse at 11:52 PM on June 2, 2008


Next up: using silbo to query google up to a mile away from your PC.
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:09 AM on June 3, 2008


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