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Morse code was developed about 200 years ago by Samuel
Fenchurch Bussover Morse. It's all very well and good, but it
hasn't kept pace with technology. Nowadays, wired and
wireless connections are sufficiently good to enable one to
discriminate between more than just two sounds (dot,
suggest, therefore, that we add a third sound - quack -
would sound exactly as its name suggests. This gives us
sounds to play with, for a possible 27 three-character codes
enough for all the letters of the alphabet, plus an
mark (which would be quack-quack-quack).
Obviously, four-character codes can be used to extend the
repertoire, to include other punctuation marks, digits, and
even multipliers such as a thousand, a million, and a billion
(quack quack quack quack).
More Code is much more compact and efficient than Morse
code. Above all, though, it would add a much-needed note
levity to listening posts and war-rooms, as they receive vital
(and potentially disheartening)
Long range comms since ages ago. [neutrinos_shadow, Jan 22 2019]
||We could also have Moron Code, which includes a
fart sound. I've already had to warn 8th that he
could be reduced to binary code, only without any
of the 1s, so More Code [+] would serve to increase
the extent of his punishment. This is a good
outcome for everyone.
||By extension, we could even have 52 different
characters, plus a few more for punctuation. They
could all have their own sounds, or be combined in
||"Mo code, mo problems" (as The Notorious B.I.G. was oft
reported to say on the matter)
||A quick bit of programming tells me that the More Code for
"DUCK" is "..QUACK .QUACK_ .._ _QUACK. "
||Great, now the tinfoil types are going to start to look
for hidden messages in 'Wipeout.'
||[RayfordSteele] - only if you play it backwards.
Of course, drums have been used for communication for a
very long time.
||[+] but there's no reason to stick with dit and dah : suggested is "woof" and "meow".
||I think there's some text-to-midi work out there, and
I'm still yet to actually use it properly, but
there's a thing called "Chirp" that translates text
into R2D2-esque bleeps and blobs. Not quite dit, dah,
quack, but a kind of extension of.
||I guess the joy of code is that anything can be
represented by (almost) anything else - there's a
little bit of delight in that.
||While it's true anything can be encoded/decode by any mapping, I have a gut thought there's something physical the brain and neuron's 'see' as well as the coding. The code and transfer act has an intrinsic truth connection to reality to help the internal model form and thrive.
||I'm fairly confident that having every third character be
"quack" will indeed convey an intrinsic quote.
||What I need now is an adept Halfbaker to prepare an audio
file that can be accessed from within the oak-panelled walls
of the HB.