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Re: Re: Re: Re: VMs: Further investigatio of folio f1r
======= At 2004-04-06, 22:06:00 you wrote: =======
>I am not keen on assigning authorship to a historical person without >evidence.
We cannot know a small percentage of the people who could >have created the
manuscript even if we should know the time and the >general location.
>We do not know who, if anyone else, the author hoped would learn to >read it.
--- Exactly. Well, we do not even need to agree on anything, but we should be able
to set up some agreed-on strategy to be able to go on. I am not trying to
establish here the reasons somebody had for writing the VM (that we will
probably never know), but his intentions as far as the concealment is
---So there may be intended or non-intended concealment, but since we still cannot
read it now after at least 400 years, we may very well assume that the
concealment was intended and using Occam's razor, we should hit first the
simplest explanations only - provided that we really want to solve it :-). Even
if author did not intend to conceal anything, it would have been apparent to him
that it was concealed to other persons :-). For the very same reason I am
assuming it was written either:
1) for somebody else to read it, or
2) to fool somebody (as a hoax), or
3) not to be read by anybody else, for whatever reason
(in which case we should honor his wish and not to crack it at all :-).
>I believe we can pretty well rule out sophistication but let's not rule out
complexity on a conditional observation.
---I am not ruling out anything, I am just setting starting point. Based on
probabilities, we can then set priorities for the attack. Now if it is case 1),
then the reader should be able to read it either:
a) by using secret, but simple procedures ( that does not mean that the cracking
would be simple :-), or b) by using complex, but not sophisticated procedures,
c) using sophisticated procedures only.
Again, Occam would start with a) and so on, but unless we
investigate case a) in depth, there is no point to go to b).
Best regards. Jan
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