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A friend of mine got this puzzle to solve. Anyone have an idea what code it may be:

16*+ 3$0+ 288;08

I know it's not a programming thing was just figuring programmers think differently. Thanks for any help
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From:jabber
Date:February 17th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
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Is that all there is? No context?
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From:aree
Date:February 17th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Well um it was in an p and was left on a piece of paper so yup that's all there is.

I know it's in code not sure i tried google for decipher utilities but no luck yet
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From:aree
Date:February 17th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
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sorry meant it was in an rp not p
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From:jabber
Date:February 17th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
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An "rp"?

Is it a cipher? Is it coordinates? An equation? A scrambled password?

I'm sure we could come up with some convoluted algorithm to convert that string into any number of things, but without context, there's no way of knowing when the result is a correct, or even reasonable one.
From:ex_gigahertz567
Date:February 17th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
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RolePlay I think.
I just love questions like the root post :(
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From:aree
Date:February 17th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
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Yup was thinking the same way as you jabber when my friend asked about it. I checked the role play where he got the strange string and said no it's not math I'm familiar with maybe it's some code of some sort.

My friend posted wondering if it was a math equation or code and was told it was code.

It's difficult to decipher something when you don't have something that is equal to it or at least the key to unscramble the code. The reason I posted was just in case someone else may have come across it. Mabe it was some notation that I'm not familiar with.
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From:jabber
Date:February 17th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Crypto, like everything else, has rules. Given just the cipher, even knowing that it is a cipher of some sort, doesn't help. Especially a short one. The likelihood of cracking a simple cipher increases with the length of the sample, because with enough data one can do frequency analysis and make certain inferences. A strong cipher is immune to such analysis, but a simple byte substitution one becomes pretty ease, especially if you can safely assume the language of the plaintext, i.e. English.

Even the nature of the game would be useful. Is if sci-fi? Fantasy? Is the world big enough to have its own coordinate system?

Without at least some information, it's as good as telling someone that the answer is "42", and asking them to tell you what the question is.
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From:morecooler
Date:February 17th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
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It's obviously a simple substitution code. The answer is:

"Darn icon beetle"

You're welcome. :-)
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From:aree
Date:February 18th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
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Huh?
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From:morecooler
Date:February 18th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
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I don't know why that person would say that. I was just decrypting the message.
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From:aree
Date:February 18th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
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How does that translate to "Darn icon beetle?" Sorry if I'm slow
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From:morecooler
Date:February 18th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
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It's a substitution code, where one character replaces another. 1=d, 6=a, *=r, etc. "Icon beetle" is rp slang for someone with a bad character, so that's what it's about.
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From:aree
Date:February 18th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Now that I look at it that substitution makes a lot of sense . Thanks so much
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From:aree
Date:February 18th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Though wouldn't it translate to
Darn icon beetoe not beetle
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From:valera
Date:February 18th, 2005 02:12 am (UTC)
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lol, aree, aside from it not being a programming thing, it's not even webdev..

i'll think about it once i have dinner
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From:valera
Date:February 18th, 2005 02:28 am (UTC)
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well, the only thing my "programmer's" mind could come up with is... if it's related to role playing, have you tried asking in a role playing community? maybe in the one related to the game that this "puzzle" has to do with?
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From:aree
Date:February 18th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
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lol, was wondering when you would pop up val. i did sy in the main post I know it ahas nothing to do with programming or webdev. How goes?
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