The Great Pigeon Debacle
October 9, 2004 9:08 PM   Subscribe

The Great Pigeon Debacle 2004. Now none of this would have happened if the guy had a resident snake.
posted by madamjujujive (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I liked the compressed air suggestion best.
posted by tiamat at 9:35 PM on October 9, 2004

I'd hide from those cats, too.
posted by yoga at 12:43 AM on October 10, 2004

Great story! I love that so many people now have the means to immediately document and share this kind of crazy stuff. I also couldn't help noting the various violent solutions initally offered - if it hadn't been for the happy resolution, we might have had to send Shane and biscotti over to get all wild-kingdom on their asses.
posted by taz at 1:10 AM on October 10, 2004

He must be running some software based on RFC 1149 and not know it.
posted by euphorb at 1:53 AM on October 10, 2004

From euphorb's link: Security is not generally a problem in normal operation, but special measures must be taken (such as data encryption) when avian carriers are used in a tactical environment.

So data encryption could have headed off this security problem then. But remember, when trying this at home, don't overlook the Pigeonhole Principle!
posted by taz at 2:41 AM on October 10, 2004

I think the encryption is more to do with protecting the data in case a packet (pigeon) were to be intercepted en route (by a couple of siamese for example). Without encryption a connection established over an avian-based network is very susceptable to cat-in-the-middle attacks and we can all understand how vulnerable plain-text data would be in this situation.
posted by sycophant at 2:56 AM on October 10, 2004

But what's the recommending seeding for the protocol?
posted by Samizdata at 3:42 AM on October 10, 2004

At least it wasn't
Guinea pigs!

posted by TungstenChef at 4:23 AM on October 10, 2004

Ah yes, euphorb - good connection! I had forgotten about the CPIP. Salon also wrote an interesting article about the this protocol. Which of course brings to mind this little-known Google technology as well. Now hamster technology, that's another story.
*waves at taz*
posted by madamjujujive at 5:02 AM on October 10, 2004

My pulse will be quickenin' with each drop of strychnine...
posted by PrinceValium at 8:36 AM on October 10, 2004

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