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VMs: Re: Bill Gates and the VMS?

At 07:29 16/09/02 -0500, GC wrote:
The following information was discovered on abebooks.com.  Was
anyone aware that Bill Gates now owns the Voynich?

If true, I'm sure we can confidently look forward to having to retranscribe it all over again in "EVA#", the .NET version of EVA.

The word "Voynich" will also have to be replaced with "MS-Voynich", and it will be mandatory for all analysis to be done using an MFC-architected WinXP application, which will rapidly move to a subscription-only model (once the true cost of maintaining it becomes apparent to MS).

On the basis that Voynich has (now) become a registered trademark, all the mailing list archives will then retrospectively become Microsoft property (I'm sure their lawyers will find a way of achieving this), and will be issued on a CD as "Encarta/Voynich 2002", updated every year. Holding mailing list archives in your email program will become a copyright offence - you'll have to memorise them using a form of Augustinian mnemonic visualisation technique.

The good news is that the VMS will then get broken (by renegade Linux hackers, running their tools on reverse-engineered XBox 2's): but the bad news is that Microsoft's marketeers will make sure that nobody believes them, to maintain healthy sales of the MS-Voynich tool-chain.

Just so you know. :-)

William Romaine Newbold. THE CIPHER OF ROGER BACON.
www.sacredscience.com Sacred Science Institute 1928. As NEW.
Metaphysics 224p. This Is An Analysis & Interpretation Of The
Famous Voynich Manuscript, Attributed To The Great Middle-Age
Alchemist & Cosmologist Roger Bacon, Said To Encode The Universal
System Of Order & Knowledge, But Written In A Sophisticated
Symbolic Code. The Original Voynich Manuscript Was Purchased Some
Time Ago By Bill Gates For Around $70,000, No Doubt To Feed The
Imagination Of His Cryptography Team. Contents: Forerunner Of
Modern Science; Voynich Cipher Manuscript Of Roger Bacon: Sketch
Of Its History & Contents; Principles Of Roger Bacon's Cipher;
Following The Clues; Derivation Of Bilateral Alphabets; Script Of
Shorthand Cipher; Rules For Deciphering Texts; Interpretation Of
The Key; Annular Eclipse Of 1290; Great Nebulae Of Andromeda;
Comet Of 1273; Cato & Fulvius; Oxford Story; Gunpowder Phenomena;
Vatican Document; Paris Medical Text; Formula For Producing
Metallic Copper; Abbreviated Word About The Green Lion; Table Of
Values. Facsimile Reprint 1999st edition. Binding is Spiral Bound.
Book # 188

...and what's the "Abbreviated Word About The Green Lion" all about?