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(Gizmodo)   "Large garrison of Wehrmacht troops headed by rail to Dusseldorf. Expected to arr......." *FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP* "...arrive in station in two days"   (factually.gizmodo.com ) divider line
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2014-08-04 03:07:54 PM  
And the whole thing about Robert Crane on Hogan's Heroes becomes all the more creepy.
 
2014-08-04 03:10:13 PM  
The founder and head of MI6 at the time, Captain Sir Mansfield Cumming

Okay, now you're just messin' with us.
 
2014-08-04 03:46:44 PM  
Actually, just about any organic fluid can be used as invisible ink.  Urine was also used.  Lemon juice works too, as does milk.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-04 06:52:05 PM  
You can have my communications gear when you pry it from my cold, dead, sticky hands.
 
2014-08-04 07:44:37 PM  
Nice from a historical perspective, useless for modern day- a computer's encryption is so much faster, and if you use snail mail they now photograph every letter and package to make it easy to trace to from the source.
 
2014-08-04 10:05:54 PM  
This got brownlit? Oh come on!
 
2014-08-05 09:17:55 AM  

Trailltrader: Nice from a historical perspective, useless for modern day- a computer's encryption is so much faster, and if you use snail mail they now photograph every letter and package to make it easy to trace to from the source.


Actually, not so.

First, as the NSA revelations have shown, no computer that is hooked up to the internet can be made truly secure.  Even if you use the newest super-de-dooper whiz-bang 4096 key length encryption, they can pull the plaintext off your machine using a keylogger.

Second, while the outside is photographed, the inside isn't.  A letter that contains a hidden message written in invisible ink in addition to the innocuous visible text is indistinguishable from the outside to one that doesn't have a hidden message.

Third, snail mail isn't the only possible way to physically transfer a piece of paper.

Fourth, faster isn't always better.  We've become accustomed to the convenience of nearly instantaneous communications, but for the majority of information a potential spy might want to send, a delay of a couple of days isn't intolerable.

There are of course cases where you'd want to send the information faster, of course, and in that case, WWII spycraft also informs us:  You can use shortwave radio to transmit the information.  That of course is subject to being located through direction finding, but with the small size and outstanding flexibility of modern HF radios, combined with better knowledge about propagation and better modulation techniques, and the unparalleled mobility afforded by the modern highway system, you can get away with it *MUCH* easier.   You can go to a remote spot, throw a wire up into a tree, send your message, and while they might be able to see where you *WERE*, by the time they can get there, you've been gone for hours.

I actually do that sort of thing for recreation:  as a ham radio operator, I take a small, low-powered transceiver to remote locations, put up an antenna, and make contacts with people hundreds, and even thousands, of miles away from me.

Oh, and HF direction finding isn't necessarily that accurate:  Unless you've got direction finding assets within a few tens of miles of the transmitter, you aren't going to get an accurate enough "fix" do to anything about.  Good enough if you're trying to find a ship on the ocean or a military unit, but not good enough to find a single person with a radio the size of a paperback book.

Also, if you're communicating with someone only a few tens or hundreds of miles away, you can use NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) techniques.  Not only do they provide near 100% reliability, they are also harder to DF because to the high angle of radiation.  Not impossible, just more difficult.

Heck, you can even send the message while you're driving.  I do that sort of thing also.  Farthest contact while driving:  New Zealand from upstate New York (over 9,000 miles).
 
2014-08-05 07:33:03 PM  
Yay -- red to green!
 
2014-08-05 07:34:11 PM  
"If they brought a blacklight in here, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting."
 
2014-08-05 07:35:08 PM  
Dusseldorf mussels.............../drools.
 
2014-08-05 07:35:44 PM  
Captain Sir Mansfield Cumming, you say?  Righto old chap, during the height of the fracas in the Balkans he kept up such a torrid pace of communiques that, although right-handed by birth, he had to become ambidextrous.
 
2014-08-05 07:35:59 PM  
That's why my mother looked at me so suspiciously when I was a teenager and spent hours at a time in the bathroom. She secretly suspected that I was a spy.
 
2014-08-05 07:36:03 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: The founder and head of MI6 at the time, Captain Sir Mansfield Cumming

Okay, now you're just messin' with us.


They used to call him "Mans Cumming" for short.
 
2014-08-05 07:36:36 PM  
So all these years I've been a self taught MI6 Agent?
 
2014-08-05 07:37:24 PM  
Oh, Miss Moneypenny? Please step into my office and give me a hand with my correspondence.
 
2014-08-05 07:38:08 PM  
Wehrmacht in WWI?
 
2014-08-05 07:39:45 PM  

Twice Banned: Wehrmacht in WWI?


They were ahead of their time.
 
2014-08-05 07:42:21 PM  
Whoa. Talk about seminal techniques in espionage!
 
2014-08-05 07:43:31 PM  
www.red-hot-tips.com

"Private! What are you doing?"

"Sir, I'm, uh, practicing shooting Germans in the face."

"Very well, carry on."
 
2014-08-05 07:51:27 PM  

gerbilpox: [www.red-hot-tips.com image 561x402]

"Private! What are you doing?"

"Sir, I'm, uh, practicing shooting Germans in the face."

"Very well, carry on."


Beer Frau Kombat!
img.fark.net
 
2014-08-05 07:53:36 PM  
Seriously subby.. how are you acting surprised or amazed over this?  after all those love letters I wrote to you all over your moms face
 
2014-08-05 07:55:54 PM  
brings new meaning to the word "Stift" nicht wahr?
 
2014-08-05 07:57:31 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: The founder and head of MI6 at the time, Captain Sir Mansfield Cumming

Okay, now you're just messin' with us.


Came (like a spy) for this.
 
2014-08-05 08:00:16 PM  

Prey4reign: Captain Sir Mansfield Cumming, you say?  Righto old chap, during the height of the fracas in the Balkans he kept up such a torrid pace of communiques that, although right-handed by birth, he had to become ambidextrous.


a4.files.biography.com

"Captain Sir Mansfield Cumming, you say?  Righto old chap, during the height of the fracas in the Balkans he kept up such a torrid pace of communiques that, although right-handed by birth, he had to become ambidextrous. "
 
2014-08-05 08:14:21 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: The founder and head of MI6 at the time, Captain Sir Mansfield Cumming

Okay, now you're just messin' with us.


Yep. I ain't buying it.
 
2014-08-05 08:25:57 PM  
"Expected to arr....... *FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP FAP* "

What is that?

He must have fapped while writing it.

Come on!

That's what it says.

Look, if he was fapping, he wouldn't bother to write "FAP", he's just flog it.

That's what's written on the paper.

Perhaps he was dick-tating.

Shut up!
 
2014-08-05 08:27:20 PM  
The British are cumming, the British are cumming!!!
 
2014-08-05 08:39:37 PM  
t.fod4.com


"Granma?  I think I just heard about a way we kin talk without the gubmint listenin' in."
 
2014-08-05 08:42:28 PM  
The funniest headline for a long time. Good work, subby.
 
2014-08-05 08:46:41 PM  
dittybopper:

I actually do that sort of thing for recreation:  as a ham radio operator, I take a small, low-powered transceiver to remote locations, put up an antenna, and make contacts with people ...

You and Hubiestubert really amaze me.
Thanks, and no snark.
 
2014-08-05 08:53:30 PM  
Right In Der Fuehrer's Face?
 
2014-08-05 08:55:54 PM  

dittybopper: Actually, just about any organic fluid can be used as invisible ink.  Urine was also used.  Lemon juice works too, as does milk.




divorcedmoms.com


STOP.  RUINING.  OUR.  FUN.

 
2014-08-05 09:00:58 PM  
That's how Gordon Ramsay leaves his feedback for the maids when he does an episode of Hotel Hell.

img2u.info
 
2014-08-05 09:02:50 PM  

Twice Banned: Wehrmacht in WWI?


Das deutsche Heer, in those days.
 
2014-08-05 09:03:45 PM  
WWI.  WWII.  Eh, what's the difference?  Right Subby?
 
2014-08-05 09:05:17 PM  
img2.wikia.nocookie.net

This news suddenly puts an awful lot of disturbing tweaks to some Hogan's Heroes episodes...

/mmmm, yummy yummy Hilda...
 
2014-08-05 09:15:37 PM  
Headline of the day, maybe the week. :)  GJ Subby.
 
2014-08-05 09:40:21 PM  

skinink: So all these years I've been a self taught MI6 Agent?


*looks at farkhandle, backs out of range*
 
2014-08-05 09:57:25 PM  

Twice Banned: Wehrmacht in WWI?


Forget it, he's rolling.
 
2014-08-05 10:07:08 PM  

arkansized: dittybopper:

I actually do that sort of thing for recreation:  as a ham radio operator, I take a small, low-powered transceiver to remote locations, put up an antenna, and make contacts with people ...

You and Hubiestubert really amaze me.
Thanks, and no snark.


Thanks, but really, there's nothing that amazing about me.  Except, of course, for the amount of invisible ink I can produce.
 
2014-08-05 10:27:11 PM  

Bondith: "If they brought a blacklight in here, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting."


I was astonished that line was in a PG-13 Disney movie. Still laughed.
 
2014-08-05 10:43:48 PM  

cgraves67: Bondith: "If they brought a blacklight in here, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting."

I was astonished that line was in a PG-13 Disney movie. Still laughed.


There was a lot I was surprised they got away with, mostly the amount of swearing.

"They got my dick message!"
 
2014-08-05 11:00:03 PM  
So the Germans were on the look out of chronic masterbators, whilst the British were keen to know about anybody was asking for a "Dusseldorf Steamer".
 
2014-08-05 11:01:07 PM  
I heard that whenever someone asked Mansfield Cumming if he was indeed Captain Cumming, he always replied, "No, I'm just Captain Breathing Hard".

/thank you
//here all week
///try the veal
 
2014-08-06 12:00:59 AM  

baconbeard: Benevolent Misanthrope: The founder and head of MI6 at the time, Captain Sir Mansfield Cumming

Okay, now you're just messin' with us.

They used to call him "Mans Cumming" for short.


Gold!
 
2014-08-06 01:33:29 AM  
I can see a Hollywood adaptation of this amazing true story.

Capt. Cumming and his Stealthy Band of Seamen.
 
2014-08-06 02:05:53 AM  
Bloody wankers.
 
2014-08-06 02:27:44 AM  

hammettman: The British are cumming, the British are cumming!!!


Exactly what I was going to say, thanks for covering it.
Glad I read all the comments as well...
 
2014-08-06 03:26:28 AM  

cgraves67: Bondith: "If they brought a blacklight in here, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting."

I was astonished that line was in a PG-13 Disney movie. Still laughed.


<CSB>
After I pried myself free of the theater floor in front of my seat, having fallen there in a paroxysm of laughter because I couldn't believe they got away with that joke, I decided the line was considered "safe" because it relies on a specific knowledge to get the joke.  I thought my 16-year-old daughter (who is not in any way sheltered) probably didn't know who Jackson Pollack was and so might miss it.

Checking with her later, she said "I didn't, but I could guess what his work must look like from context." <Google image search>
"Yep.  Figured."
</CSB>
</CSB>
 
2014-08-06 05:59:56 AM  

Bondith: "If they brought a blacklight in here, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting."


I don't think my kids got that joke...(whew)
 
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