Aren't there more images than this? I saw one with a skull...
Someone over at Reddit commented that based on the sequence of messages it seems that GLaDOS may be restoring herself from a backup copy using a wireless transmission to an offsite location. She has been unleashed into the wild.
Here's an update of all that has happened for those wondering WTF is going on.
Straight from Steam forums:
-Portal gets surprise update yesterday afternoon
-People see new mystery achievement
-People play and see the radio in the beginning room now has a green light
-Carry it around and notice it makes strange broadcast interference noises in certain places
-Locate and place all 26 of these mystery radios for achievement
-Smart people yank wav files out of game content folders and run them through steganography programs
-Produces 26 weird cryptic image files in a numbered sequence
-Some dude runs the number string through an md5 hash translator and gets a landline number
-Internet traces it to Kirkland, WA (near Valve HQ)
-People find out its not a phone/fax line but a data line hosting a BBS and telnet it
-Use a clue from one of the files to figure out the BBS user/password login info
-End up with a bunch of weird ASCII artwork
-A collection of the ASCII artwork is posted: http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/6278/portalascii.png
-People get to work on the ASCII and an ingame screenshot may very well have been found by turning one of the ASCII artworks: http://cdupload.com/files/123623_btxvo/rotate1.jpg
-Speculation on another ASCII image, showing 2 robot like creatures starts.
Some believe they are connected, whilest other dispute it, claiming it shows the skeleton of a chicken and therefor they are not connected.
Others speculate that this may be Combine Super Soldiers. (http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/File:Super_soldier.jpg and http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/File...er_Soldier.jpg)
-Another new collection of ASCII is posted here: http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/930...sciilarge2.png and a blurred version is posted here: http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/9...ortalascii.png
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MEMORANDUMS: Filed under CJohnson: 1085839-G
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founder of Aperture Science?the best damn applied sciences company on Earth.
How good is the science here? Get a load a? this: as of this morning, I am
Now, yer probably askin? yourself, "Cave, come on now, how is this possible?
Are you some manner of Dracula? Or Frankenstein? Or dependin? on yer cultural
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ksjdo sir! It's science. Thanks to our diligent Aperture engineers, I am
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a bunch of mouthbreathing nerds with waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands
Reminds me of some of the stupid cryptic bullshit they pull with TF2 updates. Personally I think they should just come out with it rather than dangling a carrot in front of the faces of a bunch of mouthbreathing nerds with waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands, but then, I'm old fashioned aren't I?
I don't know which is more surprising, that people still have modems or that someone figured out Morse Code
(for the love of god, please tell the OP of the morse message it's DOT and DASH not BEEEEEPs)
I saw that too, but I haven't tried connecting to it yet.
telnet 220.127.116.11 379