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Re: LUNATIC again

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, November 7, 1998, 23:24
charles wrote:
> All languages are codes. What's wrong with that?
No, language and code are different things. A code is a way of hiding something in an actual language. It may be as simple as changing the letters around (for example, replacing A with B, etc.), or it may replace entire words, or some more complex scheme, but it's always that original language in disguise, there's never any ambiguity in decoding, for instance, whereas when translating, there may be two or three ways to translate something. A language actually has a different structure. That's why during WWII, the Japanese were never able to break the Navajo Codetalkers transmissions, because they weren't using a code of English, they were speaking in their own language, but the Japanese did break most (all?) of the *codes* we used. -- "It has occured to me more than once that holy boredom is good and sufficient reason for the invention of free will." - "Lord Leto II" (Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert) ICQ #: 18656696 AOL screen-name: NikTailor