The Rocket Poppeteers

The following newspaper articles are all that has been found in regards to the ending of the countdown on scariestthingieversaw.com . I'm going to have to take the word of the guys at unfiction for this since I don't have a printer, but you can verify it for yourself if you do.

At the following screen (after the 20 lines load up) type .PRINT RSCOM8 and hit enter.

What you get when you print from this screen are the following two newspaper articles:

The only other command that works in the terminal is .REENTER and it prompts you to mount a device and it doesn't appear we can get any further at the moment. So what do you make of the newspaper articles? They do lead us to http://www.rocketpoppeteers.com which is currently not active, but could be another site in the marketing campaign, so keep your eyes open.

UPDATE: As most of you have already figured out, there is more to these newspaper clippings than we thought. Sorry for the delay in posting this, I had some things to take care of this morning, but I'm back now, so here we go.

The first thing that looked a little out of place on the first page (with the rocket poppeteers) are the hard dark lines through the ad as well as the 2 little X's on the page. Now if you look at the 2nd clipping you will see that it also has 2 little X's... that's not a coincidence. The X's will line up with each other if you flip the first page 180 degrees (upside down). What we have is a key to a code. You see this a lot in people trying to get a message to someone in secret, one piece of paper or whatever will have random cutouts and you hold that piece of paper up to a certain book page (or in this case newspaper) and it will reveal a secret message. So basically the hard dark lines on the first page are underlining words on the second page, so if you printed them out you can cut little rectangles above each of those lines to get the message, or, since we have computers these days, you can just flip the one in photoshop and "cut out" the lines that way... which is what I did for you guys.

This first image is just the 1st article flipped 180 degrees with the X's lined up and highlighted so you can see that they do line up.

And this next image is the "cutouts" above the underlines in the key where you can see that the message spells out "No certainty if a live may be after us We go underground". Now my interpretation of this would be more like "No certainty if alive, [it/they] may be after us, we go underground". So it sounds like someone isn't sure if something/someone is alive and if it is alive it may be coming coming after them so they are going underground. I'm not sure if "underground" means literally under the ground or just off the grid, which seems more likely to me.

Captain "Coop" Cooper, as the caption to the picture in the ad says, is none other than Gordon Cooper, he has had some strange encounters with UFO's in his time and until the day he died, swore that the US was covering up things regarding UFO's. It's also kind of interesting that the anniversary of the date he was launched into space is May 15th... which some people though was the original day the countdown would end, but maybe it'll be the day that the Rocket Poppeteers website opens for business.

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The Countdown Ends Tonight!

Unless my (as well as slinkydge on the forum) calculations are wrong, the countdown (or what we're assuming is a countdown) will end tonight at 11PM EST as long as it continues on it's current rate of 5 bytes a second. The file that has slowly been downloading via the PDP-11 terminal on scariestthingieversaw.com will finally finish downloading tonight, so what do you think it is?

Based on the technology and time frame we're working with here I'm going to guess that we're going to get a bunch of text, possibly a classified document, that hopefully gives us more clues as to what we're dealing with here. I'll be pretty bummed if it just does nothing...

Here's what I did to get the end time in case you want to check my calculations:

It was 10:30AM CST (11:30AM EST) when I started the calculations and there were 126353 of 134640 bytes loaded at that point, that leaves 8287 bytes left to download. Since we know that it takes 5 seconds to download 1 byte, I multiplied 8287 by 5 and got 41435, that would be the number of seconds it will take to download the rest. Then I divided 41435 by 60 (60 seconds in a minute) which gives us 690 minutes. Divide that again by 60 (60 minutes in an hour) and you get 11.50 hrs. Now that would not mean 11 hours and 50 minutes, but rather 11 and a half hours, so 11 hours and 30 minutes, and since I did this at 10:30AM CST that would give us 10PM CST or 11PM EST.

Update: We're now on line [20]

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What Happens When The Counter Ends?

If you've been following the posts today regarding "Super 8" and it's viral campaign, you know that there is somewhat of a countdown going on over at www.scariestthingieversaw.com and the big question is, what will the screen show when the countdown ends? Well you don't have to wait until then to find out... kind of.

Someone in an IRC channel associated with unfiction (if you know who please let me know so I can give them credit) managed to download the .swf file from that website and pull out what will happen at the end of the cycle. It doesn't give us any clues as to what really happens next, but you can at least see what the screen will look like at the end of it. So I don't think this is too much of a spoiler of anything. The only thing I can gather from this screenshot is that the "AF" in "AF FILE LIBRARY" may stand for Air Force, which would make my assumption that D. Morris stands for Dan Morris, since he was a Master Sergeant in the Air Force.