Xerox/WH PDF – Part 16 re-education on alignment

A while ago, a diligent researcher named gsgs solved a mystery that had been bugging me. The placement of the bitmap text layers appeared to be ‘random’ and while it was clear that two sides ended at the edge of where the text ended, the two other sides extended further.

This seemed like a random placement which one may expect from a forger but not from an algorithm

gsgs observed that the top and right hand sides perfectly aligned with 8 bit boundaries. And this was relevant since jpeg takes 8×8 bit chunks to do its ‘magic’.

gsgs placed his findings here and provided us with many useful tools to analyze his findings.

For Hermetian’s benefit I will copy gsgs’s observations because he appears to be confused about gsgs’s findings and his observations that they do not align with 16 bit boundaries.

Seems to me that this “imprecise boundaries” -problem is due to an alignment to 8×8-blocks. This is about the selection of the sizes of the 8 textlayers and their exact position inside the  total picture of the WH-pdf. The left and bottom borders of the layer-boxes are always touched by pixels and the right border is touched in img1 and img7. If you calculate (x,y) of the position, where that layer  fits into the whole picture and add to it the size of the layer-pic, then you get 0 (mod 8 )  in all 16 cases. So this choice was also likely done by a computer, not a human.

Apparently the program selected the letters/components that did match some color-range and grouped them into a layer. The borders of those layers were always aligned to the 8×8-grid of the whole picture. Then the empty lines at the left and bottom (bottom and right before rotating – all the  pics were rotated for some reason) were deleted to save space. This was independent of the 8×8 blocks used for the DCT compression, though. To match  that alignment we would need 16×16-blocks for the text-layers because of the double resolution,  but it doesn’t align to 16×16

The table he presents requires some math which may cause concern to some of my readers but no worries.

(a)   (b)         (c)
1, 1819×1454,( 373, 970)
2,  778× 199,(1270, 257)
3,  274×  42,( 710, 334)
4,  228× 123,(1836,1021)
5,  216×  47,( 432,1017)
6,   70×  34,(1458,1310)
7,  217× 243,( 735, 533)
8,  142× 132,(1050,3140)

(a) is the number of the layer, (b) its size and (c) its coordinates from the lower left hand corner. Size and position add to (0,0) mod 8

First observation is that the coordinates themselves do not show any pattern however when adding the size to the position we find the coordinates for the top and right.

Let’s do the addition.

(a)    (b)       (c)
 1, 2192x2424, 274x 303
 2, 2048x 456, 256x  57
 3,  984x 376  123x  47
 4, 2064x1144, 258x 143
 5,  648x1064,  81x 133
 6, 1528x1344, 191x 168
 7, 952x  776, 119x  97
 8, 1192x3272, 149x 409

(a) is the number of the layer, (b) the sum of the coordinates and the size (c) when divided by 8
You can quickly observed that several of these do not align to 16×16 bit layers.

gsgs then observes how

the upper right corner becomes upper left in the original rotation. All 9 layers are rotated by 90° counterclockwise and color inverted in the WH-pdf. I assume that they were always handled in this format by the software. Then there must be some additional instructions in the pdf how to rotate,invert,expand and overlay the 9 layers. This is presumably encoded in one of the 3 additional bitstreams, I haven’t studied the pdf-format yet.

However, it seems that all the manipulating was done in that rotated and inverted form, which a human forger would not do. It’s just uncomfortable. But, of course the human forger could have rotated and inverted it after the work was done so to confuse the birthers But then they assume a silly forger who makes mistakes.

He was right, the PDF file contains exactly those instructions to rotate, expand and invert. Why a forger would work with rotated objects is something the ‘researchers’ have never explained… This is typical for most claims of forgery… No plausible or credible explanation is given.

3 thoughts on “Xerox/WH PDF – Part 16 re-education on alignment

  1. Our friend Hermitian required a lot of hand holding on Dr Conspiracy’s blog where Vicklund <a href="http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2013/06/zullo-tries-to-pull-off-a-fast-one-on-sheriffs/#comment-271642&quot;?had to walk him step by step through gsgs’s explanations. Somehow others could understand gsgs

    He responded

    The problem with these results is that gsgs has never explained how he got them.

    He has alluded to writing “C” programs to read and extract results from the WH PDF file.

    In other posts he has referred to outline images in .BMZ format. Who still uses .BMZ files? I suspect that he has read his coordinates from these outline plots in some graphics program.

    Yes, gsgs went into the bowels of the analysis by using handwritten tools. I believe he made them available to all.

    As to BMS format, it is a gzip compressed BMP file which uncompressed takes up 25Mb or so and shows in full detail his analysis.

    Perhaps Hermitian had a hard time converting the document to something his tools could read?

    I know that some people can only conduct research in high level tools however people like gsgs are comfortable in looking at the raw data. This is how he found many exciting finds, such as the correlations…

    I know, it is not always a simple read but gsgs went deeper than most any of us in his analysis and his skepticism uncovered many details that help explain the algorithms used.

    Let me know if you have any further questions Hermitian…

    Hermitian: Consequently, his C program must read both the text for W and H and extract the X and Y coordinates from the binary. A very difficult thing to pull off without detailed knowledge of the format used for each binary stream.

    Well, gsgs is the expert but also presented his data in a graphical format BMZ. Did you succeed in uncompressing it and viewing it? It’s pretty straightforward.

    Vicklund tried to explain this to you as well, as did I

    Well, we tried.

  2. Poor Hermitian continued to struggle with his tools

    The Outline view in Illustrator does not display the global grid. So if using Illustrator, one would have to generate an object grid and then place this grid object in exact registration with the outlined image. This is the only way that a grid would print because the global grid does not print in Pixel Preview mode.

    And then there is the problem that the default pixel size in Illustrator is 72 PPI rather than 150 PPI or 300 PPI. Thus, a pixel grid does not align with the grid of any of the nine image layers in Illustrator. Hence one must select inches units for the grids rather than pixels.

    Fascinating…

  3. Just noticed another hilarious comment

    Hermitian: The Xerox DocuMate 4799 Color Document Scanner is the current top-of-the-line Xerox scanner. This scanner is supplied with 3rd-party software.

    This is not even close to the Xerox WorkCenter 7655 which is a network connected solution which provide copying and scanning and faxing capabilities. It’s important to realize that the workflow includes sending the document as an email attachment which in the workcenter means MRC compression, and other pre-set activities such as the reduction in JPEG quality.

    Check out its successor

    Which is enterprise grade and does not require anyone doing a scan to install OCR and scanning software. Instead, you just capture the scan and email it. However, the default settings make the document quite compressed.

    This scanner/printer/copier comes with finishers and this its predecessor is the one we found in use at the Whitehouse, used for scanning in the Tax forms…

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