Note: This was inspired by the following article
I saw posted on Slashdot and some of the resulting comments upon reading it this rather insane idea came into my head and I had to flesh it out further, whilst data transfer by avian carrier is theoretically possible I’m highly skeptical it will become the next big thing.
Ron’s letter was obtained by googling…
Disclaimer I do not own Buffy or Harry Potter
**** Watchers Council Cleveland *
“Ohmygod!” Dawn shrieked as Willow retrieved the package from around the bird’s leg “it’s a message from Hogwarts”.
“Don’t be ridiculous Dawn, this is just the morning field report from the LA office, see.” Willow held up the USB drive that had been strapped to the pigeon’s leg.
“But, but the bird..."
“A homing pigeon is not an owl.”
“Harry Potter is just a story, I’ll tell you what though, this data transmission over avian carrier is the real deal, I don’t know how we managed without it, the bandwidth from this little fellow is amazing.” Willow paused to pat the hapless bird on the head. “I remember when it used to take 8 hours to retrieve the weekly hard drive backups from the LA servers via FTP, now it takes a mere 3 hours by pigeon, it’s brilliant.” Willow paused for a second giving the bird another pat. “Of course there are some downsides now this mode of communication has really started to take off spammers are abusing it quite severely, I’ve got some rudimentary filtering in place though so we’re protected from the worst of it.”
“Oh so that’s why Andrew is sitting on the roof with an air-horn and a garden hose." I was curious about that…
*** * Meanwhile in Ottery St Catchpole *
Ron looked over at the stack of mail that had arrived, so many letters and they were all for him, some days it was great being the famous best friend of the ‘Boy Who Lived’. The owl that had delivered this last one though, it was the strangest looking owl he’d seen, with a shrug Ron tore open the letter.“My Dear Friend how are you;”
‘Just fine thanks’ Ron thought.“It is my great pleasure to write to you and present my business proposal for your consideration and possible acceptance which you will find mutually beneficial to both parties.”
Ron was intrigued now, “I am Engr. David Koni, the Chairman of the Contract Award Committee,Cotonou Republic Du Benin W.Africa,”
Well that explains the owl, must be some kind of species native to Africa.“We need a trust-worthy partner to assist us in the transfer of (US$11,5M) ELEVEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS.for further investment in your country,
You will be required to:
(1) Assist us in the transfer of this sum to your bank account in your Country.
(2) Advise on areas for potential future investment in your country
(3) Assist us in carrying out the feasibility study before actual investment. If you decide to render your service to us in this regard, you will be paid 20% of the total funds for assistance. Reply back this bird if you are willing to work with us.”
Ron was stunned he didn’t know how much 11,5M United States Dollars was but it sounded like a large sum of money. It was his lucky day all right. He made a note to remind himself to ask Hermione if Gringotts handled international transactions...