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8th Apr '17 1:30:32 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://xkcd.com/370/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' makes fun of the public messages in ''{{Redwall}}''.

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* [[http://xkcd.com/370/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' makes fun of the public messages in ''{{Redwall}}''.''{{Literature/Redwall}}''.
8th Apr '17 4:26:34 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Privacy terrorist group Vigilance communicates between its various cells via this method, as they're ProperlyParanoid about government surveillance (methods include a message written on a wall in infrared paint, and a code embedded in a spam advertisement). In Season 4, the [[BenevolentAI Machine]] does this to communicate with Team Machine without [[EvilCounterpart Samaritan]] (which now [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou monitors all CCTV cameras and phones]]) finding out.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
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Privacy terrorist group Vigilance communicates between its various cells via this method, as they're ProperlyParanoid about government surveillance (methods include a message written on a wall in infrared paint, and a code embedded in a spam advertisement). advertisement).
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In Season 4, the [[BenevolentAI Machine]] does this to communicate with Team Machine without [[EvilCounterpart Samaritan]] (which now [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou monitors all CCTV cameras and phones]]) finding out.


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** In Season 5, it's revealed that Samaritan is communicated with its operatives via FakeStatic in radio transmissions, forming an encrypted morse code.
7th Apr '17 9:57:38 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Crops up in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GerryAndersonsNewCaptainScarlet'' when Captain Ochre is captured by Mysteron Agents and forced to check in with headquarters at gunpoint. She uses a pre-arranged duress code-phrase to alert Spectrum that she's in trouble, and Captains Blue and Scarlet are dispatched in a [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier Rhino APC]] to rescue her. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Mysterons are a lot more GenreSavvy in the remake, and not only did they see it coming, [[XanatosGambit they were counting on it]] so they could jack the Rhino and blow up a nuclear power station with it.]]

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* Crops up in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GerryAndersonsNewCaptainScarlet'' when Captain Ochre is captured by Mysteron Agents and forced to check in with headquarters at gunpoint. She uses a pre-arranged duress code-phrase to alert Spectrum that she's in trouble, and Captains Blue and Scarlet are dispatched in a [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier Rhino APC]] to rescue her. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Mysterons are a lot more GenreSavvy smarter in the remake, and not only did they see it coming, [[XanatosGambit they were counting on it]] so they could jack the Rhino and blow up a nuclear power station with it.]]
4th Mar '17 8:56:28 PM foxley
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** In "Power of the Daleks", the rebels place a secret message detailing the time ans place of their next meeting hidden in a notice placed on a public noticeboard.
16th Jan '17 5:34:41 PM Jhonny
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* Some US units used "code talkers" -- radio operatives who would translate their messages from English into a language that was unknown to Axis forces (typically a Native American language, for some of which, including Navajo, there were no published textbooks or dictionaries).
* NumbersStations are clearly sending some sort of coded message, but it's meaningless to anyone but the intended audience. As the absence of messages might have clued off the allies, code talkers were encouraged to just have "private chatter" on days with less communication to take care of. Similarly, terms that would usually be loanwords in Navajo as well as proper names were rendered as calques or complicated cirucmlocutions - it helps that Navajo grammar both enables this and makes it frustratingly hard to understand to non-native speakers. For example, the code word for submarine was "iron fish".

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* Some US units used "code talkers" -- radio operatives who would translate their messages from English into a language that was unknown to Axis forces (typically a Native American language, for some of which, including Navajo, there were no published textbooks or dictionaries).
* NumbersStations are clearly sending some sort of coded message, but it's meaningless to anyone but the intended audience.
dictionaries). As the absence of messages might have clued off the allies, code talkers were encouraged to just have "private chatter" on days with less communication to take care of. Similarly, terms that would usually be loanwords in Navajo as well as proper names were rendered as calques or complicated cirucmlocutions - it helps that Navajo grammar both enables this and makes it frustratingly hard to understand to non-native speakers. For example, the code word for submarine was "iron fish".fish".
* NumbersStations are clearly sending some sort of coded message, but it's meaningless to anyone but the intended audience.
16th Jan '17 5:32:08 PM Jhonny
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* NumbersStations are clearly sending some sort of coded message, but it's meaningless to anyone but the intended audience.

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* NumbersStations are clearly sending some sort of coded message, but it's meaningless to anyone but the intended audience. As the absence of messages might have clued off the allies, code talkers were encouraged to just have "private chatter" on days with less communication to take care of. Similarly, terms that would usually be loanwords in Navajo as well as proper names were rendered as calques or complicated cirucmlocutions - it helps that Navajo grammar both enables this and makes it frustratingly hard to understand to non-native speakers. For example, the code word for submarine was "iron fish".
13th Dec '16 11:47:32 AM mkmckoy
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* '''Film/WagTheDog'': One part of the story regarding the soldier Schumann ([[InventedIndividual a fake American POW for a fake war in Algeria]]) is a photo of him in captivity with his sweater ripped in a pattern that "turns out" to be a Morse Code message saying that he's okay and asking for his mother to stay strong.

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* '''Film/WagTheDog'': One part of the story regarding the soldier Schumann ([[InventedIndividual a fake American POW for a fake war in Algeria]]) Albania]]) is a photo of him in captivity with his sweater ripped in a pattern that "turns out" to be a Morse Code message saying that he's okay and asking for his mother to stay strong.
9th Dec '16 9:38:01 PM iroanxi
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In Chapter 23 of ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Cross utilizes [[spoiler:the SBS]] to send a coded message to [[spoiler:Sabo]], phrased so that nobody other than [[spoiler:his brothers and the Revolutionaries]] could discern its recipient, to tell him about [[spoiler:his brothers]].
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1st Dec '16 6:26:14 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''[[Literature/GalacticMarines Semper Mars]]'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], after [[[[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN troops]] take over the Heinlein Base and "relocate" all [[SemperFi US Marines]] there to a tiny remote outpost]], Major Mark Garroway sends a coded message to his daughter Kaitlin back on Earth, asking her to pass a message to "Uncle Walt". Since he knows [[spoiler:the UN]] is likely to block any message with certain key words, he peppers the message with enough American and Marine-specific references to slip under the radar. The message is "Walt, you sorry-assed son of a bitch, listen up and listen good. The blue boys pulled a Pearl Harbor 1207 GMT 27 May. The boss is down, but okay. Forcibly relocated to Red Planet. Have capped guards and secured cat. Am marching on Derna, with complete openness." "Blue boys" refers to [[spoiler:UN troops, who wear blue uniforms]], "Pearl Harbor" refers to a sneak attack, "the boss is down" means Garroway is in command, "forcibly relocated" means "imprisoned", "Red Planet" is a reference to the Heinlein Base (''Literature/RedPlanet'' is a novel by Creator/RobertAHeinlein), "have capped guards and secured cat" means that Garroway and his people have managed to escape, kill their guards, and obtain transportation. "Marching on Derna" is a reference to a key piece of USMC history - the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Derna_(1805) Battle of Derna]] in 1805, which was preceded by a 600-mile march through the desert. This lets the brass know that Garroway and his people plan to make a similar trek across the Martian desert to secure the city of Mars Prime. While it's true that anyone with access to internet would eventually be able to figure out the message, the reason for wording it thus is to avoid automated filters in place by [[spoiler:UN]].

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* In ''[[Literature/GalacticMarines Semper Mars]]'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], after [[[[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower [[spoiler:[[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN troops]] take over the Heinlein Base and "relocate" all [[SemperFi US Marines]] there to a tiny remote outpost]], Major Mark Garroway sends a coded message to his daughter Kaitlin back on Earth, asking her to pass a message to "Uncle Walt". Since he knows [[spoiler:the UN]] is likely to block any message with certain key words, he peppers the message with enough American and Marine-specific references to slip under the radar. The message is "Walt, you sorry-assed son of a bitch, listen up and listen good. The blue boys pulled a Pearl Harbor 1207 GMT 27 May. The boss is down, but okay. Forcibly relocated to Red Planet. Have capped guards and secured cat. Am marching on Derna, with complete openness." "Blue boys" refers to [[spoiler:UN troops, who wear blue uniforms]], "Pearl Harbor" refers to a sneak attack, "the boss is down" means Garroway is in command, "forcibly relocated" means "imprisoned", "Red Planet" is a reference to the Heinlein Base (''Literature/RedPlanet'' is a novel by Creator/RobertAHeinlein), "have capped guards and secured cat" means that Garroway and his people have managed to escape, kill their guards, and obtain transportation. "Marching on Derna" is a reference to a key piece of USMC history - the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Derna_(1805) Battle of Derna]] in 1805, which was preceded by a 600-mile march through the desert. This lets the brass know that Garroway and his people plan to make a similar trek across the Martian desert to secure the city of Mars Prime. While it's true that anyone with access to internet would eventually be able to figure out the message, the reason for wording it thus is to avoid automated filters in place by [[spoiler:UN]].
1st Dec '16 6:24:04 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''[[Literature/GalacticMarines Semper Mars]]'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], after [[[[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN troops]] take over the Heinlein Base and "relocate" all [[SemperFi US Marines]] there to a tiny remote outpost]], Major Mark Garroway sends a coded message to his daughter Kaitlin back on Earth, asking her to pass a message to "Uncle Walt". Since he knows [[spoiler:the UN]] is likely to block any message with certain key words, he peppers the message with enough American and Marine-specific references to slip under the radar. The message is "Walt, you sorry-assed son of a bitch, listen up and listen good. The blue boys pulled a Pearl Harbor 1207 GMT 27 May. The boss is down, but okay. Forcibly relocated to Red Planet. Have capped guards and secured cat. Am marching on Derna, with complete openness." "Blue boys" refers to [[spoiler:UN troops, who wear blue uniforms]], "Pearl Harbor" refers to a sneak attack, "the boss is down" means Garroway is in command, "forcibly relocated" means "imprisoned", "Red Planet" is a reference to the Heinlein Base (''Literature/RedPlanet'' is a novel by Creator/RobertAHeinlein), "have capped guards and secured cat" means that Garroway and his people have managed to escape, kill their guards, and obtain transportation. "Marching on Derna" is a reference to a key piece of USMC history - the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Derna_(1805) Battle of Derna]] in 1805, which was preceded by a 600-mile march through the desert. This lets the brass know that Garroway and his people plan to make a similar trek across the Martian desert to secure the city of Mars Prime. While it's true that anyone with access to internet would eventually be able to figure out the message, the reason for wording it thus is to avoid automated filters in place by [[spoiler:UN]].
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