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.

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@natecull @hugh I used to be part of a similar (non-random) testing system in Australia.

You could be designated a sender, receiver or both. And you logged when you sent letters to other people/nodes in the testing system.

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