Re: Ciphers (Was: Berber/Tifinagh)

From: John Cowan (
Date: Mon Nov 10 2003 - 09:51:11 EST

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    > That would not describe the current use Theban (when it offers no real
    > secrecy, and when most occultists are aware of modern computer-based
    > encryption).

    The intention of secrecy is not the same thing, obviously, as actual
    secrecy, as too many have found out to their cost. But surely the reason
    for using Theban, as a practical matter, is to keep the cowans (:-)) out?

    "Kid-sister" encryption has its place. For example, a system I
    worked on maintained credit card numbers in a database. Using strong
    encryption would have been pointless, considering that the key
    would have to be on the system for on-line credit card operations.
    But it seemed worthwhile to use a simple encryption to keep
    DB administrators from seeing card numbers by accident. So we
    encoded each digit as a 4-character string in binary, but using
    0 and O instead of 0 and 1. So credit card numbers looked like
    Seeing that over someone's shoulder wouldn't help you much.

    "We are lost, lost.  No name, no business, no Precious, nothing.  Only empty.
    Only hungry: yes, we are hungry.  A few little fishes, nassty bony little
    fishes, for a poor creature, and they say death.  So wise they are; so just,
    so very just."  --Gollum

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