DSS Decryption Contest

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For day 2 of the Solrain Reconstruction Days holiday, the theme is the Search for Arcane Knowledge. The STCC is publicly releasing the contents of 3 DSS’s that have been recently turned in by pilots. These are pristine discs, still encrypted, untouched by station research technicians. Pilots are encouraged to decipher the contents, and e-mail their findings back to UUNN (jgnewsnet@gmail.com). Pilots correctly decoding will be awarded the Seeker of Knowledge medal. The first pilot to do so for each disc will be awarded 1 million credits (max of 1 prize per pilot). STCC technicians will retain possession of the physical DSS and will validate the findings after they are submitted.

DISC #1

49 72 75 20 64 6f 70 72 76 77 20 77 6b 75 68 68 20 62 68 64 75 76 20 77 6b 68 20 73 68 72 73 6f 68 20 6b 64 79 68 20 73 64 76 76 68 67 20 77 6b 75 72 78 6a 6b 20 57 6b 68 20 51 64 71 77 6b 2e 20 20 57 6b 68 20 6a 75 68 64 77 20 70 6c 6a 75 64 77 6c 72 71 20 71 68 64 75 76 20 66 72 70 73 6f 68 77 6c 72 71 2c 20 65 78 77 20 77 6b 68 20 66 72 76 77 20 77 72 20 77 6b 6c 76 20 76 73 64 66 68 20 6c 76 20 66 64 6f 64 70 6c 77 62 2e 20 20 5a 6b 64 77 20 6b 64 79 68 20 7a 68 20 67 72 71 68 3f

DISC #2

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DISC #3

83 97 121 32 103 120 120 120 120 121 101 32 116 111 32 116 120 120 120 120 32 102 114 111 122 101 110 32 120 120 103 115 32 111 102 32 66 120 120 121 32 66 105 116 120 120 120 120 120 116 32 120 120 120 120 32 115 104 105 112 112 101 100 120 120 120 120 120 114 111 109 32 77 97 114 116 105 117 115 120 120 120 117 114 32 109 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 46 32 84 104 120 120 32 104 111 109 101 109 97 100 120 32 118 101 114 115 120 120 120 120 120 120 32 115 111 32 101 97 115 121 44 32 120 114 101 101 122 101 114 120 120 120 120 120 110 100 108 121 32 97 110 100 32 119 97 121 32 98 101 116 120 120 120 120 120 104 97 110 32 115 116 97 116 105 111 120 120 120 98 111 117 103 104 116 33 13 10 120 110 115 116 120 120 120 120 105 111 110 115 13 10 80 108 97 99 101 32 116 119 111 32 112 111 117 120 120 120 32 111 120 120 120 120 120 120 121 110 97 32 40 111 114 32 97 120 120 116 104 101 114 32 115 105 109 105 108 120 120 120 115 116 97 114 99 104 121 32 114 111 111 116 32 118 101 103 120 120 120 120 120 101 32 97 118 97 105 108 120 120 120 101 32 111 110 32 121 111 117 114 32 112 108 97 110 101 116 41 32 105 110 32 97 32 108 97 114 103 101 32 120 97 117 99 101 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 118 101 114 32 119 105 116 104 32 99 111 108 100 32 119 97 116 120 120 120 120 120 32 49 32 105 110 99 104 46 32 66 114 105 110 103 32 120 120 120 120 120 120 111 105 108 32 97 110 100 32 99 111 111 107 32 117 110 116 105 108 32 112 97 114 98 111 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 98 111 117 116 32 54 45 55 32 109 105 110 117 116 101 120 120 120 120 97 105 110 32 119 101 108 108 32 97 110 100 32 120 120 120 120 120 111 111 108 46 32 13 10 85 115 120 120 120 120 120 120 98 111 120 32 103 114 97 116 101 114 32 120 120 120 120 120 120 101 108 108 45 104 111 110 101 100 32 120 120 109 98 97 116 32 107 110 105 102 101 44 32 102 105 110 101 108 121 32 115 104 114 101 100 32 107 111 108 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 115 120 120 120 120 120 120 99 108 101 97 110 32 100 105 115 104 32 116 111 119 101 108 32 111 114 32 120 120 101 101 115 101 32 99 108 111 116 104 44 32 100 114 97 105 110 32 107 111 108 121 114 121 110 97 32 99 111 109 112 108 101 116 120 120 120 44 32 114 101 109 111 118 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 117 99 104 32 119 97 116 101 114 32 120 120 32 112 111 115 115 120 120 120 120 120 32 13 10 84 114 97 110 115 102 101 114 32 107 111 108 114 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 32 108 97 114 103 120 120 120 111 119 108 46 32 120 120 120 120 32 105 110 32 102 108 111 117 114 44 32 97 120 120 105 102 105 99 105 97 108 32 98 105 116 122 32 115 101 97 115 111 110 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 105 99 32 112 111 119 100 101 120 120 120 120 110 105 111 110 32 112 111 119 100 101 114 44 32 111 120 120 103 97 110 111 32 97 110 120 120 120 105 108 108 59 32 115 101 97 115 120 120 32 119 120 120 120 120 120 120 108 116 32 97 110 100 32 112 101 112 112 101 114 44 32 116 111 32 116 97 115 120 120 120 32 84 104 101 32 109 105 120 116 120 120 120 32 115 104 111 117 120 120 120 120 101 32 119 111 114 107 97 98 108 101 32 98 117 116 32 100 114 121 46 32 70 111 114 109 32 107 111 108 114 121 120 120 120 120 110 116 111 32 34 98 105 116 122 46 34 32 13 10 72 101 97 116 32 118 120 120 120 116 97 98 108 101 32 111 105 108 32 105 110 32 120 32 108 97 114 103 101 32 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 114 32 79 99 116 45 111 118 101 110 32 111 118 101 114 32 109 101 100 120 120 120 32 104 101 97 116 46 32 13 10 65 100 100 32 34 98 105 116 122 34 32 120 120 32 116 104 101 32 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 32 97 32 116 105 109 101 44 32 120 120 100 32 99 111 111 107 32 117 110 116 105 108 32 120 120 101 110 108 121 32 103 111 108 120 120 120 32 97 110 100 32 120 120 120 115 112 121 44 32 97 98 111 117 116 32 51 45 52 32 109 105 110 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 97 110 115 102 101 114 32 116 120 120 120 32 112 97 112 101 114 32 120 111 119 101 108 45 108 105 110 101 120 32 112 108 97 116 101 32 13 10 120 120 120 120 32 120 120 120 120 100 105 97 116 101 108 121 44 32 103 97 114 110 105 115 104 101 100 32 119 105 116 104 32 112 97 114 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 120 101 115 105 114 101 100 46

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10 responses to “DSS Decryption Contest

  1. Disc 1 as decrypted by pilot Narada:

    “For almost three years the people have passed through The Nanth. The great migration nears completion, but the cost to this space is calamity. What have we done?”

  2. Disc 2 as decrypted by pilot Narada:

    nothing is for cerxxxxxxxxxxxxe start with that but thaxxxxxrorchamxxxxxx a contaxxxxnt lab hxxxxxxxxxxxxxielded some amaxxxxxxxxxxmation abxxxxxxxxxonfluxwe know from tisxxxxxxmples thaxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxe not from our galaxxxxxxxxed on this thexxxxxxxxxxxxxxx what we call xxxxxux space is not their original homxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxow did they get herxxxxxxxxxxxxxat the first encoxxxxrs with txxxxxxflux happened in iusxxxxxxxxxxfter tri began recruitinxxxxrge numberxxxxxxxxxxxxlots with that recxxxtment began the regulaxxxxxxxxxxistent use of xxxxxxtes and we know there is connecxxxxxxxxxxen iuxxxxxxxxxnd the coxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx believed that gate activaxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxlled the coxxxxx or alxxxxx them to the prexxxxxxxxxxxxxlot thereforxxxxxxxxxxxx them but i have begun to beliexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxore thxxxxxat to that end i askxxxxxxxxxxxxssion to eitxxxxxxxxxy to make contaxxxxxxxxxxxxanth regarding the antixxxxxxxxxxxxxxxistle since these devices are xxxxxxxxxxxfluence whethxxxxxxxxxxxxre attracxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxctivation or garnxxxxxxficient resouxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxeverseenginxxxxxxxxxxxxvices txxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxy and how they wxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxly putoff with the excuxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxements witxxxxxxxnth was that such produxxxxxxxld be provided axxxxxxxxxxther words no quxxxxxxxxxxxxxxverseenginexxxxx

  3. Disc 3 as decrypted by pilot Narada:

    Say gxxxxye to txxxx frozen xxgs of Bxxy Bitxxxxxt xxxx shippedxxxxxrom Martiusxxxur mxxxxxxxxx. Thxx homemadx versxxxxxx so easy, xreezerxxxxxndly and way betxxxxxhan statioxxxbought!(13)(10)xnstxxxxions(13)(10)Place two pouxxx oxxxxxxyna (or axxther similxxxstarchy root vegxxxxxe availxxxe on your planet) in a large xaucexxxxxxxxxxver with cold watxxxxx 1 inch. Bring xxxxxxoil and cook until parboxxxxxxxbout 6-7 minutexxxxain well and xxxxxool. (13)(10)Usxxxxxxbox grater xxxxxxell-honed xxmbat knife, finely shred kolxxxxxxxsxxxxxxclean dish towel or xxeese cloth, drain kolyryna completxxx, removxxxxxxxxuch water xx possxxxxx (13)(10)Transfer kolrxxxxxxxx largxxxowl. xxxx in flour, axxificial bitz seasonxxxxxxxxxic powdexxxxnion powder, oxxgano anxxxill; seasxx wxxxxxxlt and pepper, to tasxxx The mixtxxx shouxxxxe workable but dry. Form kolryxxxxnto “bitz.” (13)(10)Heat vxxxtable oil in x large xxxxxxxxxxr Oct-oven over medxxx heat. (13)(10)Add “bitz” xx the xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx a time, xxd cook until xxenly golxxx and xxxspy, about 3-4 minxxxxxxxxansfer txxx paper xowel-linex plate (13)(10)xxxx xxxxdiately, garnished with parxxxxxxxxxxesired.

  4. Disc 3, by pilot Askume (late entry):

    Though the disk is in pristine condition, some data packets were lost and needed to be extrapolated from the original data. Using our new experimental algorithm, we have attempted to piece together the lost information from the disks. Here is our result:

    Say goodbye to those frozen bags of Baby Bites that were shipped in from Martius, our merchanter. This homemade version is so easy, freezer-friendlyand way better than station’s-bought.

    Instructions

    Place two pounds of kolyryna (or another similar starchy root vegetable available on your planet) in a large saucepan and cover with cold water to 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until parboiled about 6-7 minutes drain well and let cool.

    Using a box grater or well-honed combat knife, finely shred kolyryna. Using a clean dish towel or cheese cloth, drain kolyryna completely, remove as much water as possible.

    Transfer kolryna to a large bowl. Mix in flour, artificial bitz seasonings, garlic powder or onion powder, oregano and dill; season with salt and pepper, to taste. The mixture should be workable but dry. Form kolryna into “bitz.”

    Heat vegetable oil in a large pan on your Oct-oven over medium heat.

    Add “bitz” to the boiling oil one at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, t 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate

    Dish immediately, garnished with parsley if desired.

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  6. Rofl. I thought i had to fill the gaps in the text in disk2 and three … XD
    But nicely done. The modified random text from the printing webpage in DSS2 was golden. Had a good laugh.
    And with the Caesar- and the Polybius-Chiffre i learned something about ancient text cipher. *thumbsup*

    • Well it would have been preferable if the data corruption “gaps” had been filled-in but STCC was generous with its awards. We did receive a late entry with the completely decoded Disc 3, but if you want to take a crack at disc #2, go ahead! Even if all gaps cannot be filled, trying to get at at least some of the main ideas there could be invaluable.

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