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From Wired.com:

 

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2011/04/bike-messengers/all/1?utm_camp...

 

Profiling a couple NY bike messengers, and how even though technology evolves and sending information via emails still hasn't killed the courier practice. Interesting stuff! 

 

Have Chicago couriers been affected by evolution of technology?

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There's an old saying about how nothing beats the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes driving down the highway.  It's still true even with fast connections.  Having a messenger take a 1TB hard drive across town is way faster than trying to transfer it using the typical commodity connections.

And even though transferring/sending across the internet may be faster, a paper copy,flash drive can't be hacked or intercepted in route.

 

And who the heck has a 1 terabyte file just to send over?

 

ES said:

There's an old saying about how nothing beats the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes driving down the highway.  It's still true even with fast connections.  Having a messenger take a 1TB hard drive across town is way faster than trying to transfer it using the typical commodity connections.
Not everything is data.  Good old fashioned 3-dimensional items still need to be delivered in a hurry.  When sometime in the future you can email a toner cartridge then IRL messengers might be on the way out.


Mike Zumwalt said:

And even though transferring/sending across the internet may be faster, a paper copy,flash drive can't be hacked or intercepted in route.

 

And who the heck has a 1 terabyte file just to send over?

 

 

If you're working with hd video, you can quickly get close.  2 hours of uncompressed 1080p at 24fps is just over 1 TB.  Toss in extra stuff for effects, and other data  for editing and you can probably get to 1 TB with video that's a lot shorter than 2 hours.

Show's what I know.But I'm not a tech wiz.


Also remember the dot com burst where everybody set up businesses online then took orders but realized you couldn't ship products through the internet? Some things still need to be done in person, like most jobs.
S said:



Mike Zumwalt said:

And even though transferring/sending across the internet may be faster, a paper copy,flash drive can't be hacked or intercepted in route.

 

And who the heck has a 1 terabyte file just to send over?

 

 

If you're working with hd video, you can quickly get close.  2 hours of uncompressed 1080p at 24fps is just over 1 TB.  Toss in extra stuff for effects, and other data  for editing and you can probably get to 1 TB with video that's a lot shorter than 2 hours.

A properly configured network connection is much much harder to hack than people seem to think.  Modern encryption is effectively impossible to break.  Knocking over a guy on a bike and stealing his bag, on the other hand, is quite simple.  

Mike Zumwalt said:

And even though transferring/sending across the internet may be faster, a paper copy,flash drive can't be hacked or intercepted in route.

 

And who the heck has a 1 terabyte file just to send over?

 

ES said:

There's an old saying about how nothing beats the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes driving down the highway.  It's still true even with fast connections.  Having a messenger take a 1TB hard drive across town is way faster than trying to transfer it using the typical commodity connections.

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