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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Dragon's Egg
Humans and the Cheela work out a pact so the Cheela work as a computer for the humans.
Got a problem? Send it to the Cheela. They'll design your home, work out a complex math problem or tackle any mundane thinking job. Even if no one really wants to work on your problem, in the space of a human day generations of Cheela come and go and someone will pick it up and have a go in their spare time. They'll post it to their internet and some Cheela geek with nothing better to do will give it a shot.
  • Of course if your original request gets misplaced by the time you ask about it a week later, millennia will have passed by...

Humanity is handed the encryption codes before long.
It was just a bunch of Cheela in power who decided to force the humans to work for stuff. Give the Cheela two hours and the political clime will change or some radical-human-loving fringe group will send it to us.
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