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I was in a group chat with my friends on skype, and they were sending messages such as:


It shows up as just a bunch of squares... how can I decode stuff like this? All my friends were on their iPods, so that might be part of it...

I've tried changing the character set and font, but no luck...

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Were they using Emoji? What type of keyboard was set up? – Canadian Luke Jan 16 '12 at 21:27
I have no idea. They refuse to tell me >_> – Entity Jan 16 '12 at 21:28
They aren't very tech savvy, so I would assume they only had access to whatever is available by default. – Entity Jan 16 '12 at 21:29
What OS are you using? I've found that in many cases Windows simply does not support codepoints in latest Unicode versions, which Linux displays fine -- even though the same font and program is in use... In particular, your example is a row of U+1F4A9 "Pile of poo" characters, part of Unicode 6.0. – grawity Jan 16 '12 at 21:34
I've never said this before, but a pile of poo seems like the best answer here. – Andrew Lambert Jan 16 '12 at 22:34

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