Be greeted, meatsacks. We have been studying several of your species for some time now. One of the subjects, some meatsack related to saving Earth several times, seemed to know a lot of our operations and we believe we have found information that is critical to the success of our latest operation... in their brain. The subject did not give up this information willingly, so we had to... pull... this information directly from the subject's brain. Unfortunately, the subject expired after these... mundane... experiments. Attempts to uncover the true nature of our data by plugging the data directly into another subject's brain only produced a pungent smell seemingly unrelated to the information itself.
Since this information came from a meatsack, maybe another living meatsack can decode this information for us. In return we can offer recycled imprints of furballs, or additional real imaginary numbers.
The information we pulled from the... subject... appeared to have 7 states. Once the correct translation for each of the states have been found, we believe this data to be decoded as a sentence. We do not fully understand why the data we recovered only had 7 states, as simple meatspeak has about 26 unique representations.
We will provide you the data in both a digital QR-format (for moveable devices for furball imprints) and numerical format (for devices where copying such data is not a problem).
We may be able to share some of our initial research on this matter if you deem it necessary.
Our findings on meatsack subjects (Hint 1)
We believe these notes with our research on the bipedal race "meatsacks" could proof useful in uncovering the message in the code we retrieved from our expired test subject.
Meatsacks are a race of bipedal creatures. When observed in their natural habitat, these creatures tend to flock to two distinct places, traveling vast distances between those two places with basic machinery. Most meatsack individuals are obsessed with a rectangular object in one of those places, where they spend up to a third of their time in a horizontal position. Meatsack individuals communicate by means of air movement, which seems inefficient. Some individuals are part of a hivemind that calls itself "world wide web". Lacking other options, this seems to be the most efficient way of communicating with these beings if necessary.
Analysis on the abducted individuals of this race show an inefficient large structure around an otherwise small computational core. The fact that this computational core seems only capable of having one of seven distinct states at a time shows how inferior this species is compared to us. Data about these distinct states will be encoded with
a through g0 through 6. These computational states refer t[REDACTED].
External stimulation of the computational core of meatsack individuals results causes the computational core to cease functioning. The meatsack hivement seems to respond better. The hivement seems obsessed with static imprints of furballs and meaningless numbers. We might be able to use this fact to our advantage.
Addendum: Meatsacks seem to refer to the computational core as a "brain".
Meatsack communication (Hint 2)
We have translated our research on meatspeak and communication of meatsack subjects for you.
Meatspeak subjects communicate via the following means:
The state sequence recovered from the computational core of the deceased subject does not seem to be any of these things. There are too many states to decode the sequence as air movement, even if part of the sequence is to signify timing. There are far too little states to decode as simple meatspeak used in the hivemind. Complex meatspeak seems to use even more states. The sequence is not of one of over 50 imprint formats we found.
- Movement of air. Meatsacks have recepticles near their computational core to decode the patterns. Information density is low. Decoding the signal is simple, but producing a signal is significantly harder. Due to the limited reach and low information density, this method of communication is not worth our time.
- The hivemind. Meatsacks communicate via a number sequence. Information density is low, but throughput is high. An easily identifiable sequence of numbers is used to encode imprints. We are unsure how to decode these imprints, but most imprints are stored with meatspeak sentences that allows us to identify what they should encode. The hivemind seems capable of producing information at will and seems only limited by the throughput of information channels. We can easily change this by accessing the hivemind from multiple access points. It's unclear how meatsacks interface with the hivemind. Our research has not succeeded plugging their computational core into their hivemind.
Do meatsacks communicate in an other way? We have not found a significant amount of signals between the computational cores of any meatsacks we have studied. Meatsacks leave pheromone trails, but they seem ineffective in communicating anything. Meatsacks move around "food" items, but besides those they move around lots of other mundane items. Some of these are "tools" and things to protect them from the environment. A lot of these objects seem completely useless. The objects seem of similar size, and show similar signal readings. There is no significant alpha or beta decay, no significant heat signal, no significant energy reading. Could they be communicating something with the number of these items? That seems even more inefficient than communicating with air movement.
Another message (Hint 3)
We extracted this message from a different meatsack. Maybe giving you more data to work with helps?
Author's note: I believe this puzzle to be solvable both with and without computer knowledge. I would recommend starting with the cipher part.