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The Enigma code, once used by the Nazis to send secret military commands, will be used by visitors to the Cheltenham Science Fair next week to send tweets. In a celebratory code-cracking session to mark 100 years since Alan Turing's birth, GCHQ has lent out one of its Enigma coding machines to the Science Fair from 12 to 17 June …

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Headmaster

El Reg standard are slipping

The headline should capitally say "...for SCIENCE!!"

I do not consider this a triumph.

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And finally...

Buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters...

We thank you, Douglas Adams.

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Headmaster

Less sense?

On the contrary, a lot of tweets would gain comprehensibility by being run through Enigma.

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Where are they going to get the cribs?

To use a Turing Bombe to crack an Enigma message, you require a "crib" (some known plaintext of the message). Are they going to add a fixed preamble to every message to provide that crib, then? (e.g. "Cheltenham Science Fair: ...") I think it's only fair to disclose that, as otherwise the educational point is missed, i.e. that the Bombes weren't magic and weren't even computers, they just tested all the possible rotor orders and positions.

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"The Enigma code was developed by the Germans just after the WWI"

It is accurately referred to by historians as 'The Great War'.

The conflict of 1914-1918 is not known as 'the WWI'.

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Re: "The Enigma code was developed by the Germans just after the WWI"

WWI is in the Concise Oxford Dictionary. Until 1939 it was referred to as the Great War or the World War. Only after WWII did the phrase WWI become commonplace.

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World Wide Idocy

Also known as the "Great War for Civilization" or the "War to End all Wars".

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Re: "The Enigma code was developed by the Germans just after the WWI"

Surely "WW1" or "The 1st World War" not "THE WW1"

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Re: "The Enigma code was developed by the Germans just after the WWI"

But what does the Wantage Womens Institute have to do with this?

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Re: "The Enigma code was developed by the Germans just after the WWI"

Actually WW1 was referred to as the First World War, nit just the Great War, before WW2.

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Only after WWII did the phrase WWI become commonplace...

...and even then, without the use of the definite article.

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Well, you know what they say...

"Hjuyi djduy kklwy iotus nksgt ppwut 4hjsf nmno2" Lol

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Re: Well, you know what they say...

Don't be silly! It is never that small

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Re: Well, you know what they say...

jwiaz pwmql !

Pistols at dawn, Sir!

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Re: Well, you know what they say...

"Hjuyi djduy kklwy iotus nksgt ppwut 4hjsf nmno2"

Obviously, not a navy man!

(and numerals never appeared in Enigma code).

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Re: Well, you know what they say...

You lot still using a three wheel system?

thrwt wyndr plctb fvwhl

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Re: Well, you know what they say...

This is a really good idea. The resulting silence would be deafening.

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If it was reall for science

They would be working on AES 1024 !

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Not to diss Mr T but I thought the Poles "invented" the bombe:

>> It was a substantial development from a device that had been designed in 1938 by Polish Cipher Bureau cryptologist Marian Rejewski, and known as the "cryptologic bomb" (Polish: "bomba kryptologiczna"). <<

& thats wikipedia so it must be right!

Or

>>Before World War II, Polish crypto-analysts had already designed an electro-mechanical machine to test Enigma rotor settings called a ‘Bomba’. However, in December 1938 the German military changed their system slightly thus thwarting the Poles’ ability to decrypt Enigma messages.<<

that's from http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/content/machines.rhtm which may be more reliable.

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