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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?

  • 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. – ThePopMachine Dec 13 '15 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 '15 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 '15 at 5:12
  • @hobbs, I believe it does. Thanks! Revising my earlier attempt. – ThePopMachine Dec 13 '15 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 '18 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 '15 at 0:28
  • Femtojoules.s01.Body on the third line – Valorum Dec 13 '15 at 0:30
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    @Richard, yeah I got it. That's an impossibly useless unit at the planetary scale. – ThePopMachine Dec 13 '15 at 0:49
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    They like big numbers and they cannot lie... – Organic Marble Dec 13 '15 at 2:43
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    My God, it's full of JCL. – hobbs Dec 13 '15 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.

  • Damn, I just start working on this question and a new answer pops up! +1 :-) – Rand al'Thor Dec 13 '15 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. – ThePopMachine Dec 13 '15 at 0:26
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    Can you improve hobbs' capture? – ThePopMachine Dec 13 '15 at 7:14

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