German government giving up on digital reassembly of shredded Stasi files, resorting to manual puzzlings


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/09/truth-reconciliation-and-tape.html


#2

If they supply the peanut butter, my dog will have it done by Friday.


#3

I am thinking of the earlier Shredder Challenge issued by DARPA on this very topic. Perhaps this could be restarted as the “bonus round.”


#4

Maybe some of those Iranian craftsmen from the 1979 revolution are still around to do the work.


#5

Is the Church of Scientology not eligible for Most Invasive Surveillance State? Because they seem to to turn every member into a snitch.


#6

Scene: An intelligence analyst in Germany’s FIS gets the report on the shredded files.

Gunther: “Oh, goody! I love puzzles!”


#7

May I offer you an Umlaut? Oh, and obligatorily:


#8

Yes. Please make that a cheese umlaut.


#9

That would be Käse, then. So ein Käse, as I say in German when my joke falls flat.


#10

Soufflés can fall flat. Your joke didn’t.

(Ha! Didn’t catch me on the acute accent mark!)


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Well no wonder it’s hard, it’s all in German! No way could I do that, maybe if it was in English like normal documents.


#12

Maybe the CAPTCHA people could help out with that.


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Je l’ai fondu sur la langue.

ETA, to keep this thread going: however acute and spiced satirical content may be, it’s protection from the law is stronger than it’s protection from bad humourists (and Twitter/Facebook bots and moderators). Titanic scored. Team Maas 0, Team Titanic 15.

They’ll might well win the match, you know. :slight_smile:


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