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Distributed computing cracks Enigma code
cnet news ^ | 2/27/06 | Graeme Wearden

Posted on 02/27/2006 3:51:57 PM PST by SirTaurus

The M4 Project began in early January, as an attempt to break three original Enigma messages that were intercepted in 1942 and are thought never to have been broken by the Allied forces.

These messages were encrypted using a four-rotor Enigma. That version was considered by Germany to be completely unbreakable, as it could be set up in any one of a vast number of ways (2 times 10 to the 145th power), each of which would encrypt a plain text message differently.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: code; computing; cracks; distributed; enigma
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interesting I thjought ..imagine the power of a distributed FREEP
1 posted on 02/27/2006 3:51:59 PM PST by SirTaurus
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To: SirTaurus

So what did the messages say?


2 posted on 02/27/2006 3:53:59 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: soccer_maniac

Folding Ping


3 posted on 02/27/2006 3:54:39 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Mount Athos

"DRINK MORE OVALTINE"


4 posted on 02/27/2006 3:54:54 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: SirTaurus; All

Join FR's distributed computing team

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1586297/posts


5 posted on 02/27/2006 3:55:00 PM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: Mount Athos
There were three messages and each was different

Message 1

Roosevelt sucks

Message 2

Leave the gun, take the strudel

Message 3

All your base are belong to us 

Well, you asked.... 

6 posted on 02/27/2006 3:56:29 PM PST by Phsstpok (There are lies, damned lies, statistics and presentation graphics, in descending order of truth)
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To: Mount Athos

and the answer is:

The translation of the message is as follows:

Radio signal 1851/19/252: "F T 1132/19 contents: Forced to submerge during attack. Depth charges. Last enemy position 0830h AJ 9863, (course]) 220 degrees, (speed) 8 knots. (I am) following (the enemy). (Barometer) falls 14 mb, (wind) nor-nor-east, (force) 4, visibility 10 (nautical miles)."


7 posted on 02/27/2006 3:56:44 PM PST by SirTaurus (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!)
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To: Mount Athos

"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine".


8 posted on 02/27/2006 3:56:48 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mount Athos
So what did the messages say?

Radio signal 1851/19/252: "F T 1132/19 contents: Forced to submerge during attack. Depth charges.
Last enemy position 0830h AJ 9863, (course]) 220 degrees, (speed) 8 knots. (I am) following (the enemy).
(Barometer) falls 14 mb, (wind) nor-nor-east, (force) 4, visibility 10 (nautical miles)."


9 posted on 02/27/2006 3:57:11 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Petronski

Ha ha ha ha GOOD ONE! From A Christmas Story


10 posted on 02/27/2006 3:58:22 PM PST by buffyt (America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. Pres. George Bush)
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To: Mount Athos

Achtung! Auf Wiedersehen und danke für die fisch...


11 posted on 02/27/2006 3:58:32 PM PST by null and void (Imagine what they would be doing if it wasn't a religion of peace!!!)
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To: Mount Athos
So what did the messages say?

All your base are belong to us!

12 posted on 02/27/2006 4:01:04 PM PST by Jambe ( Save the Cows ! -- Eat a Vegan !!!)
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To: Mount Athos

"How do you spell enigma again?"


13 posted on 02/27/2006 4:02:34 PM PST by xcamel (One should hope Global Dumbing is reversible.)
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To: Jambe

Post collision with #6 !


14 posted on 02/27/2006 4:02:48 PM PST by Jambe ( Save the Cows ! -- Eat a Vegan !!!)
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To: Jambe

Post collision with #6 !


15 posted on 02/27/2006 4:02:51 PM PST by Jambe ( Save the Cows ! -- Eat a Vegan !!!)
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To: buffyt; Petronski; darkwing104

I was very worried that we might lose WWII. Can we now declare that we won?


16 posted on 02/27/2006 4:04:21 PM PST by ARealMothersSonForever
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To: Mount Athos
So what did the messages say?

We stuned them with our beebers.

17 posted on 02/27/2006 4:04:42 PM PST by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: SirTaurus

The enigma was an absolute wonder.


18 posted on 02/27/2006 4:05:15 PM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: darkwing104

"Radio signal 1851/19/252: "F T 1132/19 "

Wonder which sub it was that sent it? Right out of "Das Boot"


19 posted on 02/27/2006 4:06:43 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: spetznaz

follow the source link and cnet has some real nice images of the beast


20 posted on 02/27/2006 4:07:02 PM PST by SirTaurus (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!)
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To: SirTaurus

For the full story on Enigma read Stevenson's, "The Man Called Intrepid". Lots of info on Camp X as well as American and Brit wartime intelligence and the French resistence.

There is a bonus story about the Kelso raid on Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen.


21 posted on 02/27/2006 4:09:11 PM PST by beaver fever
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To: Petronski

LOL you have watched that kid Christmas movie too long.

Youll put your eye out.


22 posted on 02/27/2006 4:10:48 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: SirTaurus

If Bush had tried to wiretap the Japanese the Democrats would have wanted his head. It was ok for Roosevelt though . He was a Democrat.


23 posted on 02/27/2006 4:13:00 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: spetznaz
Had the US been cursed with our present federal judicary back in 1944, we would have had to reveal to the Germans that we had captured the enigma and were reading their communications.

You'll recall that upon the capture of the U-505, we represented that the boat had been scuttled and the crew lost. Even though it was probably required by the Geneva Convention, revealing the names of the German sailors held prisoner would have tipped-off their command that we had captured the boat with the enigma intact.

24 posted on 02/27/2006 4:13:09 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Petronski

Wouldn't ya know it would be another $#@%*&%$ commerical!


25 posted on 02/27/2006 4:14:49 PM PST by attiladhun2 (evolution has both deified and degraded humanity)
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To: Phsstpok

"Leave the gun, take the strudel."

Excellent.


26 posted on 02/27/2006 4:16:44 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: Petronski

OK you got me ...I would like to be contributer #279 to the RR folder ...but does the software comsume abnormal resources and does it conflict with corporate VPN and can it be easily toggled off and on?


27 posted on 02/27/2006 4:18:21 PM PST by SirTaurus (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!)
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To: SirTaurus
...but does the software comsume abnormal resources and does it conflict with corporate VPN and can it be easily toggled off and on?

It consumes whatever portion of free resources you instruct it to consume. I left my at 100%. But the process priority is very low, so that it always yields to whatever other process wants the cycles. You won't notice it.

There is a systray icon, and by right-clicking, you can pause the processing or exit the program.

I cannot imagine how it would interfere with corporate VPN. It uses the internet once to get the work assignment...processes it...and then uses it again to send the work product back.

Be sure if your computer is corporate-owned that you have permission of the proper corporate authority.

28 posted on 02/27/2006 4:23:10 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Mr. Lucky

That`s it? A crummy commercial?


29 posted on 02/27/2006 4:24:53 PM PST by Screamname (Tagline)
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To: Mount Athos

So what did the messages say?

Hallo Diätetiker. Wie Sie sind. Ich bin fein. Ich hasse ihn hier in Berlin. Das Bier schmeckt wie Hundeurin und der schnitzel Geschmack, wie sie faules Fleisch benutzen.


30 posted on 02/27/2006 4:28:49 PM PST by Busywhiskers ("The fool says in his heart, There is no God." -Psalms)
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To: All

Well, now that the Enigma code has succumbed to the power of distributed computing, join your fellow Freepers in folding proteins for science--curing Alzheimer's is much more interesting than cracking an obsolete code! ;-) Go here for more info: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1586297/posts


31 posted on 02/27/2006 4:31:31 PM PST by ahayes
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To: Petronski
Be sure if your computer is corporate-owned that you have permission of the proper corporate authority
It's my box and my ISP so no liberal pencil neck geek is gonna tell me what I can process or not process. besides they're to cheap to expend the cost of the access and hardware.
32 posted on 02/27/2006 4:31:45 PM PST by SirTaurus (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!)
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To: Petronski

he he he


33 posted on 02/27/2006 4:34:00 PM PST by Ben Chad
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To: Mount Athos

Hitler is a weenie .... sent by the German general staff to General Eisenhower ...


34 posted on 02/27/2006 4:35:02 PM PST by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition is Sad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Peanut Gallery

PING


35 posted on 02/27/2006 4:35:15 PM PST by Professional Engineer (It's a bunch of hot air, crap flows down hill, and electrons go wherever they darn well please.)
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To: Mount Athos
So what did the messages say?

"Dear Adolph:

Whatever you do, don't invade Russia.

Sincerely, Fritz"

36 posted on 02/27/2006 4:37:18 PM PST by ArmstedFragg
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To: ARealMothersSonForever
I was very worried that we might lose WWII. Can we now declare that we won?
---
Well, we signed the peace treaties, so I think it's ok.
37 posted on 02/27/2006 4:50:15 PM PST by Cheburashka
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To: Mount Athos

Had to submerge,depth charges, enemy last position.


38 posted on 02/27/2006 4:56:34 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you. NSDQ)
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To: ArmstedFragg

"Not much fun in Stalingrad, Mr. Hilter."


39 posted on 02/27/2006 4:57:21 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Mount Athos
So what did the messages say?

"Click here to renew your license for another year."

-PJ

40 posted on 02/27/2006 5:00:05 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Petronski
FUTURE KRYTEN: I forgot to say, before you reach the final confrontation in the storage bay you must have decoded the gauntlet's controls.
LISTER: How? Can you give us a clue?
FUTURE KRYTEN: Well, I cannot explain. For some bizarre reason my final words are "Enig."
LISTER: "Enig?!"
FUTURE KRYTEN: Yeah, enig--


41 posted on 02/27/2006 5:03:45 PM PST by null and void (Imagine what they would be doing if it wasn't a religion of peace!!!)
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To: Petronski
"Not much fun in Stalingrad, Mr. Hilter."

My second choice was:

"Dear Adolph:

Stay away from that Braun broad, she'll make you suicidal."

42 posted on 02/27/2006 5:04:58 PM PST by ArmstedFragg
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To: Mount Athos
So what did the messages say?

"Die ist ein Kinnerhunder und zwei Mackel uber und der bitte schon ist den Wunderhaus sprechensie. 'Nein' sprecht der Herren 'Ist aufern borger mit zveitingen'."

43 posted on 02/27/2006 5:37:45 PM PST by PackerBronco
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To: Petronski

LOL............


44 posted on 02/27/2006 5:42:12 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: Mount Athos
So what did the messages say?

A7

E2

C8

You sunk my battleship!
45 posted on 02/27/2006 5:43:22 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: festus

I am in so much pain from your reply hahahaha


46 posted on 02/27/2006 5:55:18 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

No No the message was Global warming is Bush's fault..lol


47 posted on 02/27/2006 6:09:54 PM PST by Omglol
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To: beaver fever
Ah, excellent book. I went to read my copy again and I can't find it. An amazing man as well as an amazing group of people.
48 posted on 02/27/2006 6:12:34 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Mount Athos

"This is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."


49 posted on 02/27/2006 6:16:20 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Cagey; MotleyGirl70

Or:

"Maybe he's an enigma, a mystery wrapped in a riddle."

"He's a mystery wrapped in a Twinkie."


50 posted on 02/27/2006 6:17:31 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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