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decode. [Nov. 4th, 2001|10:03 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
4 4 4 0 # 9 7 7 7 6 6 6 8 3 3 0 2 0 3 3 3 8 8 6 6 0 6 6 3 3 9 0 7 v 7 7 7 6 6 6 4 7 7 7 2 6 1 1 1 1 0 # 4 4 # 6 6 6 v 6 6 6 7 7 7 2 9 9 9 1 0 # 4 # 6 6 6 v 6 6 6 3 6 6 4 4 4 v 4 v 4 4 8 1
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[User Picture]From: way2tired
2001-11-04 10:07 pm (UTC)
Any clues?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2001-11-04 10:09 pm (UTC)
Analyzing the set of characters and patterns should be clue enough.
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From: ahze
2001-11-04 10:25 pm (UTC)
google gave me netscape and IE links
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[User Picture]From: deus_x
2001-11-04 10:41 pm (UTC)
I wrote a fun new program, hooray. goodnight.

?
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[User Picture]From: digipete
2001-11-04 11:50 pm (UTC)

Yup.

I think you got it. The 'v's separate letters (only necessary when two letters in a row are on the same key) the '0's act as spaces, and the '#'s denote capital letters. If '1's are periods, it looks like this-

I wrote a fun new program.... Hooray. Goodnight.

The irony of it all being it probably took us longer to decode then it did him to write the little script to generate it.
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[User Picture]From: jzig
2001-11-04 10:52 pm (UTC)
music, but I'm too lazy to figure out what the tune is.
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[User Picture]From: twistah
2001-11-04 10:56 pm (UTC)
Ahh, that could be it. I was looking for other patterns, but I am stumped, and the music theory seems to make sense.

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[User Picture]From: deus_x
2001-11-04 11:12 pm (UTC)
Heh, you guys don't do much cell-phone-based instant messaging, do you?
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[User Picture]From: twistah
2001-11-04 11:19 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAH! That's what it is! I got as far as "I wrote a fun new program", but then decided decoding by hand isn't worth it and that your decoding is correct ;)
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[User Picture]From: deus_x
2001-11-04 11:23 pm (UTC)
I think I'm close, but I didn't know what some of the 0's, v's, and #'s were for. Likely my phone's a little different.
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2001-11-04 11:45 pm (UTC)
The # keys alternate between lower-case and upper-case letters. The v's most likely represent pauses. Alternatively, you can substitue # # for the v's on (I believe) all Nokia phones. Spell mode on the 5165 is also very nifty. It determines what you're trying to spell out by comparing your key presses to a dictionary, so you don't have to press a key multiple times to make a single letter.
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2001-11-05 04:57 am (UTC)
I use my Palm Pilot with PhoneSMS to send messages via my Nokia 6210. I haven't had to use the phone key pad to write a message for ages now. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
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From: sheehan
2001-11-04 11:01 pm (UTC)

music?

just a guess...

--scott
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[User Picture]From: twistah
2001-11-04 11:05 pm (UTC)
I give up. :) It's too late at night for me to figure it out. I am now leaning away from the music theory, because I have read 3 sites on reading music, and I am not sure what a "v" would be (the "#" could mean "sharp"), or a "9." Perhaps I'm wrong.
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[User Picture]From: technojunkie
2001-11-05 12:05 am (UTC)

good thing it isn't music...

I went as far to write it out as a melody where 4 would be "F" and 1 would be "C." That made that 9 a "D#?" I was guessing that the v's ment lowering the note so I got a bunch of "B flats" which kinda made sence cause you started on 4 or "F" being that "B flat" is the only flat in "F" major. Oh, and I translated the 0's as Quarter Rests. Damnit... I went and played the damn thing on my keyboard even. I kept trying to figure out if I had heard the melody before. I would have thrown out the whole music guess long ago if the damn thing didn't fit in perfect 4/4 meter.

Thanks for a bit of frustration... yet alot of fun.
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[User Picture]From: bride
2001-11-07 05:23 pm (UTC)

Not Music...

Because music would only be numbered from 0 - 7.

Unless it's a very strange version of "Old MacDonald Had A Farm"...
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