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2012-12-22 10:04:36 AM
 
2012-12-22 10:06:55 AM

Hollie Maea: Seraphinianus


Except for the page numberings, the author admitted it is gibberish. Reading it is supposed to be like a child who looks at a coffee table book and can see the pictures but not read the words.
 
2012-12-22 12:34:05 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: I am quite certain my cat is telling me things very specific when he Meows; at other times he probably is wondering why I do not respond to his telepathic messages. I do not know cat-code, however.

(Hey, how come the Navaho "Codetalkers" of WWII weren't included here? Was their work "easy" compared to the items being described??)


The code itself was pretty easy, as the Navajo didn't have native words for things like "battlships" and "tanks" they substituted words like "salmon" and "turtle."

The Japanese had a Navajo POW who had been captured before the Codetalker program, and while he understood the words, they didn't make sense in context. A simple, translated transcript could have been broken by Japanese codebrokers in a few days.

The dude was pretty hardcore. He survived the Bataan Death March, was singled out for extra torture because the Japanese had never seen a Native American before, and assumed he was half-Japanese and a "traitor" to the Emperor, and then he was transferred to a prison in Nagasaki, right before it was hit by the Atom Bomb.

Joe Kieyoomia
 
2012-12-22 01:21:01 PM
Does James Joyce count as code?
 
2012-12-22 03:03:27 PM

LDM90: I like how Fark encrypts Social Security numbers. Watch, it changes mine to 123-456-7890.


What is that, your phone number? Social security numbers are ###-##-####. So it changes mine to ***-**-****.

As to these codes, I'd really be interested in deciphering the Taman Shud or Zodiac codes.
 
2012-12-22 03:57:25 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: I am quite certain my cat is telling me things very specific when he Meows; at other times he probably is wondering why I do not respond to his telepathic messages. I do not know cat-code, however.

(Hey, how come the Navaho "Codetalkers" of WWII weren't included here? Was their work "easy" compared to the items being described??)


Actually, yes.

The code they used was actually fairly insecure. When the Navaho word for "tortoise" means "tank", well, you can see how easy something like that might be to crack.

It worked, though, not because it was uncrackable, but because of a combination of things:

1. It was only used for short-lived tactical messages. Because of that, it was used on short-range radio circuits. The ability for the Japanese to intercept it was limited in the vast Pacific.

2. Very few non-Navahos could understand the language. This isn't necessarily a deal killer: The Japanese had captured a native speaker, and had they properly exploited him, could have trained people.

3. The Japanese were terrible at signals intelligence. I mean, really, really *BAD*. Like, Three Stooges Incompetent-type bad. Even the friggin' *ITALIANS* were better at it then they were. They couldn't even break Playfair and simple strip ciphers, despite the fact that the principles used to attack them were know for well over 50 years at that point.
 
2012-12-22 05:28:39 PM
This one's been around for way more than 10 years and only one person has solved it Copy this Weak Signal and WIN $100 !

I'd tell you who did it but ..... modesty forbids.
 
2012-12-22 05:33:32 PM

LiquidTester: Hollie Maea: Seraphinianus

Except for the page numberings, the author admitted it is gibberish. Reading it is supposed to be like a child who looks at a coffee table book and can see the pictures but not read the words.


Yeah, but the art is still fun.
 
2012-12-22 06:38:01 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: I am quite certain my cat is telling me things very specific when he Meows; at other times he probably is wondering why I do not respond to his telepathic messages. I do not know cat-code, however.

(Hey, how come the Navaho "Codetalkers" of WWII weren't included here? Was their work "easy" compared to the items being described??)


They didn't speak in code.
 
2012-12-22 10:26:31 PM

LDM90: I like how Fark encrypts Social Security numbers. Watch, it changes mine to 123-456-7890.


hunter2
 
2012-12-23 12:57:57 AM

spawn73: Huck And Molly Ziegler: I am quite certain my cat is telling me things very specific when he Meows; at other times he probably is wondering why I do not respond to his telepathic messages. I do not know cat-code, however.

(Hey, how come the Navaho "Codetalkers" of WWII weren't included here? Was their work "easy" compared to the items being described??)

They didn't speak in code.


Yes, they did. A simple one, but a code nonetheless.
 
2012-12-23 04:39:47 AM

douchebag/hater: Subby?

Get back to us after you've been elected governor of state.

Any state will do, so knock yourself out.


Get back to us when you've been promoted to drive-through window.

Any station will do, so knock yourself out.
 
2012-12-23 10:40:19 AM
According to the "My way is the only right way and anyone who disagrees with me isn't legitimately disagreeing but is up to something evil" political philosophy it's racial code.
 
2012-12-23 06:59:26 PM

Sgt Otter: Joe Kieyoomia


Alright I may be way off base and/or stoned about this, but doesn't that guy's story sound similar to the backstory of Raven's father from Snow Crash? Anybody? Anybody?

/bubllbubblbubblblub
//cough
 
2012-12-23 07:28:16 PM

douchebag/hater: Subby?

Get back to us after you've been elected governor of state.

Any state will do, so knock yourself out.


Really?
 
2012-12-23 07:30:41 PM

Mattyb710: Well I don't really care about those codes as they don't really have any effect on my daily life. However, if someone could tell me what she means when she says "nothing's wrong!" I would be very grateful.


Hint: Something's wrong.
 
2012-12-24 12:40:56 PM

jking1247: Mattyb710: Well I don't really care about those codes as they don't really have any effect on my daily life. However, if someone could tell me what she means when she says "nothing's wrong!" I would be very grateful.

Hint: Something's wrong.


And how.
 
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