[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
VMs: RE: VMS numbering systems hypotheses...
I was also going to broach the fact that a vast majority of
with 'o' - and if 'o' was a number I would strongly suggest o==1.
Because I suspect that the *encoding* was right-to-left, to my eyes these
instances of "-o" and "-9" fall at the *end* of labels.
In this context, two of my non-numeric predictions are that...
"-9" codes for...
"-um" (as in Tironian shorthand):
"-o" codes for...
" ", or
"(null)", or for
"-(as you'd expect)".
This last would mean (in Shannon entropy terms) "the remainder of this word
is as you'd predict it to be", ie "use the top-ranking candidate word in
this context", like a word-level "..."
Fo... ex..., th... is th... ki... of thi... I'm talk... abo...
My guess is also that "9-" codes for "cum-" or "con-" at the
(right-to-left) start of words - but that's another story entirely. :-)
>If we are sure that the all vms words are numbers, shouldn't we forget
>about cracking it, until the code book is found? :-/
Not if it's a spelling code that uses various charts/columns/rows or the
Something like - columnNR + rowNr from a basic default set for some words,
and chartNR+columnNr+rowNR for others?
Given that I believe the VMS' underlying language is probably a mix of
Latin and Italian, I suspect that verbs/nouns in the code book would need
some form of conjugating/declining - and this is what I suspect much of the
rest of the text is (though possibly in a obfuscated way).
In addition: common words (like "cum", "et", etc) could well have short
codes of their own - "89" [EVA "dy"] is a strong candidate, for example.
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....