Today I learned that the New Zealand postal system sends physical ping packets to test their network.
I received a "tracked letter" which says "we send 2,500 of these letters every week to random addresses all around New Zealand to help us check the performance of our network."
I am the lucky winner of a functioning national postal system, which considering the alternative in other countries, makes me feel pretty darn lucky.
@natecull i don't want to bag on the united states postal service too hard - i think they give good service despite being structurally hamstrung by a political system determined to destroy them, and they're a lifeline for small towns and rural communities.
all the same: i'm jealous of the level of service that implies. i think a lot about how much cool stuff the postal system here could do if we treated it like we wanted it to not only exist but thrive and function well.
@brennen Well, on the other hand, our postal service recently dropped their deliveries down to like once every three days, so, it's not *amazingly* functional.
Apparently too many people are using the Internet now instead of sending letters, but not enough of them are ordering things online? or something.
Apparently not! The text of the letter says to just put it in the recycling... it's just a test of their track and trace system.
Never ever had one of these before.
@natecull weird. so you're meant to mail the latter back? How does it work exactly? I would think the postal system could gather whatever metrics without you seeing the artifacts
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!