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Checksum

Started: 2004-06-03 15:58:29

Submitted: 2004-06-03 16:06:46

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I had a bizarre idea not that long ago -- what if spoken languages included a checksum in each sentence so that the recipient would know when she didn't properly parse the sentence or it was garbled in transmission? The language would define some algorithm that a human could easily perform to create a checksum on every sentence. Small children (and non-native speakers) would learn the checksum algorithm as they learned the language itself. The rest of the world would think the language bizarre, but native speakers would know better.

I swear, it's not my fault if I loose things, even if I do have huge
messes.
- Neelix, 0223 CDT 30 April 2000, upon finding something he was looking
for on the bottom of a pile of Humblik's clothes