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Re: VMs: In the news again...

Zitat von Gabriel Landini <G.Landini@xxxxxxxxxx>:

> > http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1130727,00.html
> The article reads:
> 'Rugg's conclusion is that Voynichese - the language of the Voynich
> manuscript 
> - is utter gibberish, put together as random assemblies of different 
> syllables. 
> ...
> Is that's a fact then? or is it just a bad interpretation of the paper in 
> Cryptologia?
> Cheers,
> Gabriel

I understand that it's a slightly careless oversimplification of the matter.

IIRC, Gordon showed that with a Cardan grille (which would have been available 
to Kelly) a nonsense text with several of the more outstanding statistical 
features as they are found in the VM could be generated.

This means that Kelly would have had the motif, the weapon, and the 
opportunity, which would make him a suspect, but not more -- please note in 
this context that it's logically impossible to _prove_ that the VM is gibberish.

But I guess subtle differences like these don't sell in the headlines.


   Elmar "fine print" Vogt

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