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I have come to find that with DSS decryptions, each Line and each Letter can be critically important.

A small misstep at any phase can be the difference between a data recovery being successful — and being a failure.  I have tried to drill this into my new staff, but I fear that when you approach data recovery and decryption as a job rather than as a passion, results can be very different.

I am packing the last things from my lab in Tripoint.  A melancholy score plays in my head as I look out at my home for these last few years with beautiful, lush Kapenja as its backdrop. Its docking rings like welcoming, protecting arms.

I have a hollow feeling at the pit of my stomach and can’t help but wonder if I’m doing the right thing.  Truth be told, I was a squatter here.  But it was home.  It was a refuge during some scary times, and it was a place of jubilation and triumph as we were able to shine at least a dim light into some distant fragments of history.

A random DSS started my journey back in late 114.  I was just an engineer working on a project I’d been given.  DSS were not something I — and many others — had given much thought to.  But since then, they have become my life.

Along with my constant colleague, Hammer-BS, we have uncovered so much in a very short time.  We found an ancient piece of Amananth history.  We found a ship’s log from Enkido Kahn — one of the Thrice Seven that we dated to just two months before he discovered Amananth, and another one that had an actual image from the first days on Amananth station.  We found another image of an early manuscript of the First Book of Hamalzah.  We recovered an audio recording from a pre-collapse Solrain ship, doomed with some sort of virus, as it struggled to return home.

And those were just a few.

Sadly, I’m not sure many others were as interested in the work Hammer and I were doing — except, I guess, the people at Dorator, who now want me to do this for them.  DSS, for most pilots, are still the “trash artifacts” — annoyances in the quest for AB4s, EB-3s and CM-4s.  But, really, they are so much bigger.  I’m not sure that Dorator, as a for-profit entity, will be as ready to share all of the information they collect.  I guess time will tell. I’m kind of hoping my friend Hammer-BS can find a new partner to work with to continue that quest for pure discovery.

And so I’m ready to launch now, both literally and figuratively, into something new.  Ma’at Salamm is the Quani word “Goodbye.”  But it it not a goodbye with finality, because the more accurate translation is “Until I greet  you again.”

So . . . Ma’at salaam!

This one is quite short.  It is from a DSS2 in “Rare” condition and it was found in Outer Roh Cloud.

38 35 55 56 59 38 35 49 48 53 59 38 35 49 48 53 59 38 35 49 49 48 59 38 35 51 50 59 38 35 49 48 55 59 38 35 57 55 59 38 35 49 49 55 59 38 35 57 55 59 38 35 49 49 48 59 38 35 51 50 59 38 35 49 48 54 59 38 35 57 55 59 38 35 51 50 59 38 35 49 48 55 59 38 35 49 48 53 59 38 35 49 48 53 59 38 35 49 49 54 59 38 35 49 49 49 59 38 35 49 49 53 59 38 35 51 50 59 38 35 49 48 55 59 38 35 57 55 59 38 35 49 48 53 59 38 35 49 48 55 59 38 35 49 48 55 59 38 35 49 48 53 59 38 35 51 50 59 38 35 49 48 55 59 38 35 57 55 59 38 35 49 48 56 59 38 35 57 55 59 38 35 49 49 54 59 38 35 52 54 59

116.11.1 UPDATE:

OK, decrypted it this far, but I’m stuck here …

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I have recovered the following dataset from a DSS-2 in “poor” condition.  This DSS was found in Hook of Roh during the recent Miners Days Searching for Our History event:

22 48 49 4e 4b 27 53 20 47 55 4e 53 20 6e 20 47 45 41 52 2c 20 50 4c 43 0a 54 52 49 2d 43 41 52 47 4f 4e 65 74 20 4d 41 4e 49 46 45 53 54 22 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 0a 31 30 30 2e 39 2e 31 39 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 0a 43 6f 6e 74 61 69 6e 65 72 20 49 44 23 09 49 74 65 6d 20 44 65 73 63 72 69 70 74 69 6f 6e 3a 20 4d 61 6b 65 2f 4d 6f 64 65 6c 2f 53 65 72 69 61 6c 23 09 53 69 7a 65 09 4e 6f 20 6f 66 20 50 63 73 09 4d 61 73 73 09 55 6e 69 74 20 56 61 6c 75 65 09 4f 72 69 67 69 6e 20 43 6f 64 65 09 44 65 73 74 69 6e 61 74 69 6f 6e 20 43 6f 64 65 09 54 6f 74 61 6c 20 56 6f 6c 75 6d 65 09 54 6f 74 61 6c 20 4d 61 73 73 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 5b 6b 67 5d 09 54 6f 74 61 6c 20 56 61 6c 75 65 0a 09 41 62 61 74 74 69 73 2f 53 68 69 65 6c 64 20 45 6e 68 61 6e 63 65 72 09 31 09 32 30 09 22 31 2c 32 32 35 2e 30 22 09 22 36 31 2c 31 31 32 63 22 09 51 2d 43 4f 52 52 09 49 4e 56 09 32 30 09 22 32 34 2c 35 30 30 2e 30 22 09 22 31 2c 32 32 32 2c 32 34 30 63 22 0a 09 4d 61 74 74 65 72 20 43 6f 6e 76 65 72 74 65 72 73 09 31 09 31 30 30 09 22 32 2c 34 30 30 2e 30 22 09 22 34 30 2c 36 38 30 63 22 09 51 2d 43 4f 52 52 09 4f 2d 43 4f 52 45 09 31 30 30 09 22 32 34 30 2c 30 30 30 2e 30 22 09 22 34 2c 30 36 38 2c 30 30 30 63 22 0a 09 4d 6f 72 6e 69 6e 67 73 74 61 72 20 4d 69 73 73 69 6c 65 09 34 09 35 30 09 38 38 30 2e 30 09 22 39 37 2c 31 36 35 63 22 09 48 59 50 09 49 4e 56 09 32 30 30 09 22 34 34 2c 30 30 30 2e 30 22 09 22 34 2c 38 35 38 2c 32 35 30 63 22 0a 09 54 68 6f 72 6e 09 32 09 33 37 09 34 30 30 2e 30 09 22 31 31 37 2c 37 31 37 63 22 09 51 2d 43 4f 52 45 09 49 4e 56 09 37 34 09 22 31 34 2c 38 30 30 2e 30 22 09 22 34 2c 33 35 35 2c 35 32 39 63 22 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 30 09 30 2e 30 09 30 63 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 33 39 34 2e 30 09 22 33 32 33 2c 33 30 30 2e 30 22 09 22 31 34 2c 35 30 34 2c 30 31 39 63 22 0a 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09

 

Hammer-BS helped me out — telling me that the reverse alphabet is known as “Atbash” encryption. From this I was able to find a tool (<- link) to do the legwork rather than the manual substitution that I had started.  This appears to be a report dated 102.5.22 to TRI about a maintenance check on a gate that had been infested:

TRI MAINTENA³{U8«ÒORT

102.5.22

DARAN INGOLD, SUPERVIWðNºûINEER

I HAVE COMPLETED MY EXÙ;ç-# %ˆ´†þ¶Ó¦=KÑ<*å2ŸKRéÑHó–™E WHICH HAD BEEN “INFESTED” BY SOME KIND OF CONFLUX ORGANIC MEMBRANE. THE CONCERNS WERE BOTH THE POSIBLE EFFECTS OF THE ACTUAL INFESTATION AS WELL AS THE MULTIPLE NUCLQ ãTµV’2TIONS (12) REQUIRED TO CLEAR THAT INFESTATION.

I’M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THERE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE ANY DAMAGE. READINGS, FOR THE MOST PART ARE NOMINAL AND THE GATE APPEARS TO BE 100% FUNCTIONAL. I DID A FULL RE2¤#’šF‹¶IFAULT PARAMETERS AND RAN MULTIPLE SCANS DURING BOTH DORMANT AND ACTIVE PHASES. THE ONLY SOMEWHAT ANOMALOUS READING I HAVE GOTTEN, EVEN AFTER A HAEJ¡QSET, IS A NONLINEAR DAMPING WAVE SHOWING UP WITHIN THE STABILIZATION OSCILLATOR PATTERNS. I HAVE TRIED DOING A NUMBER OF RESETS AS WELL AS MANUAL ADJUSTMENTS, BUT NONE HAVE IMPACTED THIS DAMPING PATTERN. NONETHELESS, THI±²OES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE ANY IMPACT ON FUNCTIONALITY AND, IN FACT, APPEARS TO HAVE REDUCED THE BOTH THE POST-JUMP DISRUPTION FIELD AND EVEN APPEARS TO RESULT IN A VERY SMALL IMPROVEMENT IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY.

I WILL CONTI•`RJÌ9Î’TOR, TEST AND REPORT FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.