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February 3, 2011 9:04 AM   Subscribe


 
Let's just get this out of the way:

"8YBHL YWVJL CFPQV HLVEX OWCFY"
posted by Burhanistan at 9:07 AM on February 3, 2011


Xvqf gurfr qnlf, jvgu gurve enc zhfvp naq gurve svfgvat, naq gurve vanovyvgl gb erzrzore jung ebg13 vf.
posted by norm at 9:09 AM on February 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


Um, don't we need the key to decode those?
posted by cashman at 9:23 AM on February 3, 2011


They all just say "Drink more ovaltine...." Geeze!
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:27 AM on February 3, 2011 [2 favorites]




True believers know the key. A = A.
posted by Eideteker at 9:38 AM on February 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


It's much more secure than rot13, but it could still be broken with enough raw computation. That's why I have engaged native Navajo speakers to translate all my super-seekrit Facebook postings. Becky will never figure out who has a major crush on her now!
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:38 AM on February 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


It's much more secure than rot13

That's why you should always take the time to double-ROT13 encode the plaintext.
posted by CaseyB at 9:57 AM on February 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


CaseyB, I encoded the following message to you using double-ROT13 (I'll send you the key via MeMail:

I have a major crush on Becky.
posted by etc. at 10:17 AM on February 3, 2011


etc. how did you manage to represent that italic in DROT-13? I didn't think it handled control characters....
posted by casconed at 10:24 AM on February 3, 2011


This message was encrypted using ROT26.
posted by schmod at 10:31 AM on February 3, 2011


It's much more secure than rot13, but it could still be broken with enough raw computation.

Actually, it's barely more secure than ROT 13, and it's trivial to crack with enough cryptotext. It's a simple monoalphabetic substitution cipher. It has 10 wheel sets, and you set where the wheels are, but once it's set, it's a fixed transposition.
posted by eriko at 10:37 AM on February 3, 2011


Taman shud
posted by iotic at 10:56 AM on February 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


I remember getting one of these wheels thingys in the mail after sending in $5 to a comic strip that would print a code at the end of each strip. The messages were stupid, but I loved having a code wheel and reading books about "spy stuff"/Macguyver tools you could build out of everyday objects.

I miss when newspaper comics did awesome shit like that. On the other hand, webcomics are doing stuff like putting playable videogames into their comics, so it's a fair trade.
posted by yeloson at 11:01 AM on February 3, 2011


New red white 'n blue Froot Loops comes with a dogwhistle.
posted by jfuller at 12:44 PM on February 3, 2011


Gosh, if only there were some way to send twitter messages that only specific people could see. Didn't there used to be an internet protocol for that? I seem to remember sending messages to friends. As I recall, I could even send more that 143 characters.
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 1:58 PM on February 4, 2011


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