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This Week in Niantic History, April 13-18, 2013

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Stories | 1 comment

Good afternoon, Agents and Investigators! My name is Mustafa Said. I’ve decided to launch a new project here on Decode Ingress!

This project is known as This Week in Niantic History. Every Friday, I’ll take a series of updates from the Niantic Investigation that were released one year ago and bring to light what was revealed in the Niantic Investigation at that particular time. In fact, I’ll go one step beyond. I intend to take the week’s worth of Intel and connect it to the present day.

 

Let’s start this with what came out on April 13th, 2013:

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In this conversation between ADA, Zeke Calvin and Ken Owen, lives hang in the balance as the trio work together to stop a fatal attack on the Investigator duo H. Richard Loeb and Klue. They barely managed to pull it off-but not before ADA reveals some demands of her own….

 

On April 14th, 2013, another conversation appears on the Investigator Board.

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ADA is talking to Henry Bowles, the engineer who created her. In the conversation, ADA compels him to help her survive the oncoming Niantic Shutdown…

 

On April 15th, 2013, yet another document surfaced.

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This time, Yuen Ni, NIA Director and J. Phillips, grisly head of Niantic security, converse about the failed attempt on Loeb and Klue. The document is rather interesting..it reveals that the NIA aren’t the only ones who are watching the Niantic Project…..

On April 16th, an audio file appeared.

Carrie Campbell Entrance Interview

 

It was a entrance interview between ADA and the late Carrie Campbell…within the interview, Carrie goes into the possibility that we, as humans in our limited world with our limited resources, could be able to accomplish things that the Shapers can’t. Think about that for a sec.

XM has allowed us to do amazing things…revive people from the dead and introduce us to a whole new world. But what about the idea that the beings responsible for all of this think of US as the real Shapers, the ones changing the course of the world every time we log into our Scanners and go do things?

 

 

On April 17th, another audio file came up.

 

http://niantic.schlarp.com/_media/investigation:arose.mp3

It was a continuation of the previous update from yesterday. In this update, she talks about the idea behind “attacking our world through artwork.” To me, I think it relates to how the Shapers are using art as a medium to release XM exposure in the world….maybe I’m wrong, maybe not.

 

And finally, on April 18th, 2013, the fourth installment of the Ingress Report was released:

INGRESS REPORT EP 4-Niantic Project to Close?

So, there’s been quite a lot of intel this week. But what does it all mean? And how does it all tie into the greater picture?

Well, the build-up to Operation #ShaperData that Sunday was growing. Agents were not the only forced on the move that week, ADA was very active in securing the resources she would need in order to evade the Niantic Shutdown. The higher ups of Niantic were also on edge as their attempts to remove all traces of XM knowledge failed. All in all, everything was culminating to the big showdown on April 21st.

What secrets would the Niantic Shutdown bring? And what would the valuable “Shaper Data Packets” hold inside?

Keep your eyes glued to Decode Ingress next week to find out what happened next in Niantic History!

A first glance at Capsules

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Game, Updates | 29 comments

We’ve known about their arrival for some time now, and they are finally making their way to the masses. Yesterday, Ingress announced it’s newest item, The Capsule. We were able to interview a trusted source close to Visur, and these are our findings so far.
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What does a Capsule do?
“Rare Capsules can hold up to 100 items, which count towards your Inventory. Capsules are reusable, and marked with a unique ID.”
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Are there other rarities other than Rare?
Like with Turrets and Force Amps, Capsules seem to only have a single rarity. It’s undetermined if smaller or larger Capsules will be released.

How much space does the Capsule take up in your inventory?
Only the contents of the Capsule + 1 (the Capsule itself) counts towards your inventory. If I were at item cap (2000), and you wanted to drop a Capsule with 50 items in it for me to pick up, I would have to get my inventory down to at least 1949.

Can I put a Capsule in another Capsule?
No.

What happens if I recycle the Capsule?
You will be given a confirmation prompt to recycle the Capsule or not. If you choose to recycle the Capsule, all it’s contents are recycled with it. Unknown if you get the cumulative XM for all the items, or just for the Capsule itself.

Do Capsules have their own category in the Items list?
At this time, no. You must access Capsules from the All inventory section.
UPDATE: A server side update was made that now gives Capsules their own category.
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How do I put items into the Capsule?
After opening the Capsule from your items list, tap LOAD. Find the item(s) you want to put into the Capsule, and tap the - or + buttons to specify the quantity. Tap the Transfer button to put the item(s) into the Capsule.
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How do I take items out of the Capsule?
This works almost the same as depositing items into the Capsule. Tap UNLOAD, use - or + buttons to specify the quantity, and then tap Transfer to put the item(s) in your inventory.
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Are items usable while inside a Capsule?
No. You can’t fire an XMP, use Keys for links, Recharge, Recycle, etc. Pretend they don’t exist except for taking up room in your inventory.

Can I use Capsules for key farming?
Most definitely. When you put a key into a Capsule, the portal you are hacking will not recognize it, almost guaranteeing you a key on your next hack.
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How do I get a Capsule?
Right now, you can only obtain them via passcode. No hacking them yet! Ingress is having Design Competition where folks can show off creative or original designs for a chance at a Capsule passcode.
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UPDATE:
Official help document now published: https://support.google.com/ingress/answer/6011315?hl=en

The Stream Enterer

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Stories | 0 comments

In our ongoing DI Guest writer series, Mike Wright ( https://plus.google.com/109318668583537518813/posts )   agent @RAYNEBLYTHEWOOD digs deeper into the concept of Simulacrums and what this might mean for Hank Johnson.  

   The word Simulacrum comes from Latin and it means likeness or similarity.  Late in the 16th century it was first recorded in the English language used to describe a representation, such as a statue or painting, especially of a god.

    One could gain a large understanding of the Hank Johnson situation by reading “The Circular Ruins” written by Jorge Luis Borges.

 

    The short story deals with the manifestation of thoughts in the “real world”, meaningful dreams, and immortality.

    From a different view one could look at Tibetan Buddhism teachings of spiritual discipline known as Tulpa.  The term “thoughtform” comes from the Tibetan  Book of the Dead. The text is intended to guide one through the experiences that the consciousness has after death, during the interval between death and the next rebirth.

    Rebirth in Buddhism is the idea that the evolving consciousness or the stream of consciousness upon death, becomes one of the contributing causes for the arising of a new aggregation.  The consciousness in the new person is neither identical nor entirely different from that in the deceased, but the two form a casual continuum or stream.  Within one life and across multiple lives, the changing self not only affects it’s surrounding external world, but also generates (consciously or unconsciously) it’s own subjective image of this world.  Which it then lives in as ‘reality’.  It “tunes in” to a particular level of consciousness (by meditation or the rebirth) and selectively notices, and interprets what has been sensed to form a distorted interpretive model of reality.  With each rebirth I believe Hank will be able to physically see XM and portals without the use of a scanner device.  His sensitivity will increase each time.

    Drawing upon these conclusions leads me to one disturbing question.  How long?  Through my research I’ve located information that could provide that answer.  An ordinary person is trapped in the endless cycle. One is reborn, lives, and dies in endless rebirths, either as a human, animal, male, female, ghost, hell being, or various other entities on different categories of existence.  An ordinary entity has never seen and experienced the ultimate truth of Dharma and therefore has no way of finding an end to the cycle. It is only when suffering becomes acute, or seemingly unending, that they look for a “solution” to and, if fortunate, finds the Dharma.   In Jainism dharma refers to the body of doctrine pertaining to the purification and moral transformation of human beings. For Sikhs, the word dharm means the “path of righteousness”.

 See, for instance, the “Snake-Simile Discourse” , where the Buddha states:

‘For those who are arahants, free of taints, who have accomplished and completed their task, have laid down the burden, achieved their aim, severed the fetters binding to existence, who are liberated by full knowledge, there is no (future) round of existence that can be ascribed to them. Those monks who have abandoned the five lower fetters will all be reborn spontaneously (in the Pure Abodes) and there they will pass away finally, no more returning from that world. Those monks who have abandoned three fetters and have reduced greed, hatred and delusion, are all once-returners, and, returning only once to this world, will then make an end of suffering. Those monks who have abandoned three fetters, are all stream-enterers, no more liable to downfall, assured, and headed for full Enlightenment.’ (Nyanaponika, 2006)

     In Theravada Buddhism, an Arhat; “one who is worthy” is a “perfected person” who has attained nirvana. In other Buddhist traditions the term has also been used for people far advanced along the path of Enlightenment.  In later Mahayana Buddhist tradition a group of Eighteen Arhats with names and personalities were regarded as awaiting the return of the Buddha. They can be seen as the Buddhist equivalents of the Christian saints, apostles and early disciples and leaders of the faith.

The fetters they refer to are commonly viewed as :

  1. sensual lust

  2. anger

  3. conceit

  4. views

  5. doubt

  6. attachment to rites and rituals

  7. lust for existence

  8. jealousy

  9. greed

  10. ignorance

There is still a world of information out there to decipher and interpret. Until then I urge you, fight what you don’t know, until you want what you know.

@RAYNEBLYTHEWOOD 

 

Scanner v1.49.0 Update

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Game, Updates | 7 comments

Ingress scanner v1.49.0 is slowly being released to agents in the field! From what we can tell, this is mostly a graphical update along with a few bug fixes.
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Agent Arrow redesign
The arrow now has a golden outline along with a gold under shadow.
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Agent Profile redesign
The Agent Profile tab received a makeover. Aside from aesthetics, all badges appear to be displayed with the MORE button removed. Also tapping on a badge will now open it’s overlay in the Agent Profile itself, not in a separate badges screen.
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What else have you noticed in the update?

APK Mirrors
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Mirror 2
Mirror 3
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Passcode Decoding Walkthrough #004.1

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Code Breaking 101 | 2 comments

Passcode Walkthrough for JoJo’s Word of the Day 2014-03-28

Decoding Tools

http://tools.decodeingress.me/

http://decodeingress.me/tools/

The 3 most common passcode formats are:

Long Passcode Format 1 (Mostly for the retired Niantic Investigation Board). This format seems to be deprecated. [2-9][p-z][a-h][2-9]keyword[p-z][2-9][p-z][2-9][p-z]

Long Passcode Format 2 (Mostly for older JoJo Word of the Day WotD or Cheshire Cat posts) [2-9][p-z][p-z][a-h][2-9]keyword[p-z][2-9][2-9][2-9][p-z]

Long Passcode Format 3 (Mostly for Niantic Project document posts and new JoJo WotD) [2-9][a-z][a-z][a-z][2-9]keyword[a-z][2-9][a-z][2-9][a-z]

Difficulty Rating: (out of 8. 1-5 are regular difficulty levels, 6-8 are very challenging):

Source of document:

https://googledrive.com/host/0BwXDFMPXURDAbzhTYkR2MDEwNEk/DEFCON.html

How/where to find the source of the passcode:

For JoJo’s Word of the Day posts, most often you have to view the source of the linked HTML document to find the actual code.  In this case, the code is buried in the stylesheet information for the page:

<!--|.-!|--!|!.!|-!!|.!.|...|--.|!.-|!-.|--!|-.!|.!!|.--|!..|!-!|!..|.--|!-.|.--|---|.-.|!..|.!!|!-!|-.-|--->

Methods/Process:

At first glance, it seems like this might be Morse code.  Perhaps if you consider exclamation points to be either dash dot or dot dash.  However, you might quickly realize that this will yield a lot of five symbol characters, such as -..-. --.-. .-.-. and others.  Typical codes involving Morse will only use the letters (which are four symbols or less) and the numbers (which are five symbols).  The numbers, however, never alternate dashes and dots, so these translations simply don’t match what we might expect for Morse code.  So let’s look elsewhere.

On second glance at the code, it seems pretty clear that the vertical pipe symbol | is a divider between characters.  Additionally, it seems that between each set of pipe symbols, there are always three symbols.  Furthermore, there are only three different symbols that appear: period, dash, and exclamation point.  So, three possible values for three possible positions means there are a total of 3x3x3 values: 27.  That’s awfully close to the number of letters in the alphabet, so let’s keep investigating.

Lots of codes end up using binary notation.  That’s a number system where you count using only ones and zeros.  So, starting from zero, you count: 0, 1, 10, 11, 100, 101, 110, 111, 1000, and so on.  Well, what if we had three numbers to use?  0, 1, and 2?  What might that look like?  0, 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21, 22, 100, 101, 102, 110, 111, 112….  Let’s call this system “trinary”.  (It’s more commonly called “ternary”, but “trinary” is way cooler.)

Taking a guess at how to replace our symbols, let’s assume the smallest looking one is zero and the biggest is two.  So, we’ll replace periods with 0, dashes with 1, and exclamation points with 2.  And let’s change those pipes to spaces while we’re at it.

<!--|.-!|--!|!.!|-!!|.!.|...|--.|!.-|!-.|--!|-.!|.!!|.--|!..|!-!|!..|.--|!-.|.--|---|.-.|!..|.!!|!-!|-.-|--->

<211 012 112 202 122 020 000 110 201 210 112 102 022 011 200 212 200 011 210 011 111 010 200 022 212 101 111>

Hmmm… Hang on, we’ve got some angle brackets still sticking with us.  The code was embedded inside an HTML comment, which starts with <!-- and ends with -->, but the symbols match the pattern we found….  I guess we’ll leave them there for now and see what happens later.  Okay, let’s convert our trinary numbers into something more familiar, like good old base 10 decimal. (For this conversion, you can look at it as if you have “abc”, the decimal number is 9*a + 3*b + c.)

22 5 14 20 17 6 0 12 19 21 14 11 8 4 18 23 18 4 21 4 13 3 18 8 23 10 13

 

Hmm, that zero is a little worrisome.  At this point, we’d normally just go from letters to numbers, using A = 1, but if there’s a zero… Well, maybe A = 0.  Let’s just add one to every number so some of our cipher tools will treat the text better.

 

23 6 15 21 18 7 1 13 20 22 15 12 9 5 19 24 19 5 22 5 14 4 19 9 24 11 14

Passcode solution:

That’s better, everything’s between 1 and 26.  So, letters to numbers where A = 1!

 

WFOURGAMTVOLIESXSEVENDSIXKN

Three numbers show up easily there, and one seems like it might have just been a mistake or a misdirection.  Let’s assume TVO should be TWO.  Converting the words to numbers reveals:

w4gam2liesx7d6kn

Hang on… this doesn’t match our passcode format.  There’s an extra letter at the start and the end.  Remember when we talked about the HTML comment format?  Guess we shouldn’t have included those.  Away with you!

4gam2liesx7d6k

This looks good, but still doesn’t work.  Looks like we need to find a keyword substitution. “Lies” has never been used as a keyword, but if we refer to a list of known keywords, we can find a few good options.  Deceit?  No…  Coverup?  No…  Secrets?  No… Deception?

4gam2deceptionx7d6k

Winner!

Passcode items gained:

300 AP

300 XM

L3 Resonator (1)

L6 Xmp Burster (1)

Portal Shield (1) (Rare)

Has a New Faction Finally Emerged?

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Game | 36 comments

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BREAKING NEWS – VIDEO FOUND

The video was found and is made available at the DI YouTube page:

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A third faction for Ingress has been long rumored, and hoped for by many.  Today we have what may well be the best evidence so far.  A video was made available, but subsequently taken down, that features 3 portals in what appears to be the Niantic Labs sandbox for development.  Each portal is owned by each faction, including an new Orange faction currently referred to as the “Interitus” faction due to the name on the portal and the upcoming anomaly.  As the video was taken down, we do not have that available.  However, screenshots were taken which do more than just allude to a third faction, but actually show the “sponsor” and a claimed portal.

13MAGNUS – Enlightened Portal owned by __JARVIS__

JARVIS

Recursion – Resistance portal owned by __ADA__

ADA

Interitus – Portal owned by __LOKI__

LOKI

As the Enlightened won 13Magnus, and the Resistance won Recursion, could this new Anomaly set to start on April 12th be the introduction to this third faction?  As you can see, each of the portals are owned by their faction’s respective sponsor, __JARVIS__ for the Enlightened, __ADA__ for the Resistance, and now __LOKI__ for the Interitus faction.  A concern was raised regarding the very common red/green color blindness, and as this appears to be Orange, that may help alleviate those issues.

Since Interitus is coming along so quickly, perhaps this is where the Enlightened and Resistance will finally join forces against a common enemy.  And what better enemy to fight against, than the Interitus faction, which is Latin for Destruction/ruin.  Perhaps this faction will be an NPC only faction, a common enemy for both Enlightened and Resistance to battle against across the world.  Or perhaps this will start as a NPC faction during the Interitus anomaly, with the faction later being opened to players switching sides or joining the ranks.

At this point, we have no confirmation on the validity of this video.  However, the quality and attention to detail would imply either a high level of video editing if this was fake, or this may indeed be the first view of the Loki/Interitus faction.  Only time will tell…