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enter image description here

It seems to contain a mixture of technical words and numbers.

Is there a clearer image available, or does anyone have the patience to decipher it?

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  • Does anyone actually know where this comes from? I found it via Google search while researching another question. I couldn't actually find it in my copy of the movie. Dec 13, 2015 at 3:53
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    It's at about 43:45 of the Blu-Ray version, in the middle of Carol Marcus's summary of the Genesis Project. The scene occurs in Kirk's quarters where the trio are trying to learn what Genesis is.
    – hobbs
    Dec 13, 2015 at 5:08
  • Un-modified Blu-Ray frame in case it offers any advantage over the one we already have (although it doesn't really look like it): i.imgur.com/OGBnSdd.jpg
    – hobbs
    Dec 13, 2015 at 5:12
  • @hobbs, I believe it does. Thanks! Revising my earlier attempt. Dec 13, 2015 at 6:53
  • Tried manipulating the contrast, but wasn't able to get much out of it. Also tried to see if I could work from the reverse angle; figure out the font used, and then use that and blurring to reconstruct the text. Unfortunately, while 1982 makes a decent cutoff for fonts, there's still just too many (and too inaccessible) to really narrow it down. Helvetica comes close, but the tail on the "G" just doesn't match quite right.
    – Mwr247
    Mar 21, 2018 at 4:11

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Adding this Community wiki answer if people want to piece this together over time. If anyone can produce a plainly legible image or an existing transcript, feel free to add as your own answer instead. Otherwise, edit at will:

GENESIS ◑ DEVICE

1N.AC41.??AB4377.AC.GENESIS.LB.CLAS.????.SCHEMA.CZCY.???????=??


1N.AC41.??AB4377.AC.GENESIS.LB.CLAS.????.SCHEMA.CZCY.???????=?? (same line as up top) TECHSCHEMA.04377.MX2000.TEC.SUBSCHEM=0.SUB????Y.SCI=7.???=1 SC1.1.AT7.SPECENERGY.????-1???.FEMTOJOULE.SOL.???? SC2.5.AT0.MA???ON.EXEMPT.LEV??-???????MODULARITY.???-B SC3.4.AT1.BIO.???=02521/FORM.BIO.DNA.AS75H.FORM.TRANS*RAND SC4.5.AT3.THERMODY,14,ENTROP.SPEC.NEVER?.FACT.141.COHERENT SC5.5.AT1.ELECTROMAG.SPECT=ALL.BANDWIDTH.TMIC-0?.??? SC6.5.AT2.CHEM.TRANSMUTE=130.EL.VAL.[81/?=6,C=12,U=230] SC7.1.AT1.DIST,SCALE[?]POSTREACT=???-PARSEC EN1.1.AT0.MECHFILES.064.TORP.????-??.METH.CONFID=????=0044???-1REV(70)

PR.0.'DR CAROL MARCUS'.INV?.PROJ=GENESIS.SECTION.0001 AC.1.ENG/20.COMSEC.4-1.TERRA.OFF.'DR D E VALLIS' (???-????).CODE.10 AC.2.SCI/19.COMSEC.4-4.TERRA.OFF.'DR R N GREEN'(?41-1SCI).CODE.??

???????.REFR=FORBID:STAPL.TCOM.ORD.????418.????CAT.....

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    Just for grinding through that text you have my upvote. My eyes gave out about a minute into it even with the updated image.
    – Kyle Jones
    Dec 13, 2015 at 0:28
  • Femtojoules.s01.Body on the third line
    – Valorum
    Dec 13, 2015 at 0:30
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    @Richard, yeah I got it. That's an impossibly useless unit at the planetary scale. Dec 13, 2015 at 0:49
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    They like big numbers and they cannot lie... Dec 13, 2015 at 2:43
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    My God, it's full of JCL.
    – hobbs
    Dec 13, 2015 at 4:33
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I took your image and ran it through some image deconvolution software I had lying around. The software is better at correcting lens focus problems than the rather obvious resolution problem your image has, but it did clean it up a bit.

deconvoluted image

As you can see what's on screen is mostly just garbage text and numbers, but there are a few relevant strings. "CAROL MARCUS" appears on the line fourth from the bottom. "ELECTROMAG_SPECT" appears on the line eighth from the bottom. And the word "GENESIS" appears on the line directly below the big "GENESIS DEVICE" header.

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  • Damn, I just start working on this question and a new answer pops up! +1 :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Dec 13, 2015 at 0:24
  • Good work. I was creating the community wiki answer to crowdsource this at the same time you were working on this. My suggestion is that we keep both answers, that everyone upvote @KyleJones for his work, and that people edit this answer to determine the complete text. Dec 13, 2015 at 0:26
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    Can you improve hobbs' capture? Dec 13, 2015 at 7:14

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