frustrate shouldservers

Eric Oyen eric.oyen at
Sat Feb 4 16:13:04 UTC 2017

just for shits and grins (pardon my language folks), w
On Feb 4, 2017, at 5:01 AM, Jude DaShiell wrote:

> It should be interesting to see if google now has a page available for the original British braille system by now.hile I was up at the colorado center for the blind, I proposed an idea of encrypted braille. the idea was so nasty that the braille instructor got a migraine from even thinking about it! :) The idea was to invert the state of each dot. this is a simple substitution type of encryption.

another good substitution type would be using a matrix with a known code word and the matrix itself (consisting of a horizontal line of numbers and letters in sequence, and a vertical line on the left side also of in sequence  you would use a code word at the top and then point to each letter on the H and V and then go to the letter or number it indicates in the matrix. Mind you, this is a pen/paper type of encrypting that would be hard to break unless you know the code word and know the table layout. Then you can get real crazy by assigning number values to each braille cell (such as A = 1000000, b = 120000 and so on). This would allow you to add a second layer of encryption.

THis may be a bit extravagant when it comes to keeping your passwords safe and usable by you, but it certainly would frustrate someone seeking to breach your machine with physical access.


> On Sat, 4 Feb 2017, Kyle wrote:
>> Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2017 06:47:19
>> From: Kyle <kyle4jesus at>
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>> Subject: Re: frustrate shouldservers
>> Sadly, Google is the password cracker's best friend. It can teach the person who steals that card with the braille password on it all he or she needs to know about how to read it. Other ways of writing down the password may be used, including mnemonics, but if a mnemonic is written well enough for me to remember a random password, chances are it's also good enough for someone else to use to gain unauthorized access as well. That said, if you can hold the mnemonic you use to remember a random password in your head without writing it down, and if the mnemonic is good enough to allow you to enter the password correctly every time you need it, then a computer generated password is probably best, as the only point at which you need to worry about compromise is the time between its generation and your commitment to memory.
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