Skip to comments.Navy Scuttles All-Cap Messages
Posted on 06/06/2013 5:20:20 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Navy Scuttles All-Cap Messages By Michael Hoffman Thursday, June 6th, 2013 5:30 pm Posted in Naval
WE DONT HAVE TO SEND MESSAGES THIS WAY ANYMORE, the Navy has decided.
Word went out from the Navys Fleet Cyber Command on May 8 that the Navys internal messaging system now had the ability to transmit in lower case as well as the traditional upper case letters.
Therefore, it is not necessary to limit Navy messages entirely to upper case, said the directive, first reported by the Navy Times. Of course, the message saying that upper case was no longer needed went out this way: THEREFORE, IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO LIMIT NAVY MESSAGES ENTIRELY TO UPPER CASE.
Alone among the services, the Navy has been using all capitals for internal administrative messages from the routine to the emergency going back more than a century to the days when teletype machines only sent capitals.
The reasoning behind the change was that messages in lower and upper case were easier to read, Navy officials said. Another factor was that younger recipients of all-cap messages might tend to think that the person sending them was SCREAMING AT THEM AND REALLY TICKED OFF.
The capability has been there for about a year to send routine messages in lower case, said Lt. Joseph Holstead, a spokesman for the Cyber Command. The next step will be to expand that capability to secret and top secret messages, possibly in August, Holstead said.
There are still a couple of legacy systems out there that well have to convert, probably in mid-2014, Holstead said.
THE WORLD WONDERS
“Air raid. Pearl Harbor. This is not a drill.”
Doesn’t have the same...note.
Oh puh-leeze. Is this what constitutes a priority now for the Navy that it warrants a press release on the subject?
Such sad times we find ourselves in.
“now hear this”
Yeah, that’ll work
poor babies... bunch of over sensitive hot house flowers
All caps were obsolete in 1995 (end of electronic scanning), and that format was always a pain in the ass to read, and often confusing. It only took 20 years to move on.
I’m certain that somewhere in the bowels of the Pentagon, somebody felt the old template was unfair to the lower case letters.
Now THAT is funny.
All caps was the only way to get the attention of guys like Halsey.
Hey at least the press release wasn’t in caps..............so there!
Actually, CAPS were used originally because teletype machines for crypto work only had caps and later on the early computers were built around six-bit codes that limited the number of characters, numbers, and symbols to 64. Since most coded messages were in blocks of letters, like SDAAW SSNKL QWHHJ, it reduced ambiguities and confusion to use caps. For example, small letters like q, p, g could be easily misread on old typewriters and teletypes when the ribbons dried up.
It's the Navy. It is screaming at them and really ticked off.
LMAO.... or perhaps, lmao.
.SDRAWKCAB DNA SPAC LLA ETAH I
That one would be in all caps, regardless of the era.
Yep, but this works better:)
“NOW HEAR THIS”
“ALL SWEEPERS MAN YOUR BROOMS. GIVE HER A GOOD SWEEP DOWN FORE AND AFT. DO NOT THROWN TRASH OVER THE FANTAIL.”
“THAT IS ALL”
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Should have seen it coming when they replaced Mr. Hands in CATCC with a computer screen.