I'm going to analyze each section as I go, but first I'll begin with some math:
LOG: QUERIED ADJACENT FACILITIES
LF.Xx.3273 research and containment facility [alpha, beta, gamma, epsilon, zeta, and kappa sites] have all replied [systems normal] within expected constraints. This would tend to signify that the containment failure was purely mechanical in nature; perhaps a manufacturing flaw. As no [outside agent] has accessed [delta site] in the past [874068942 hours, 4 minutes, 46 seconds]—[allowing for a 61360 hour, 54, minute, 2 second margin of error]—sabotage would seem unlikely.
[874068942 hours, 4 minutes, 46 seconds] divided by 24 (hours in a day) = 36419539.25 (days).
36419539.25 (days) divided by 365 (days in a year) = 99779.55 (years).
Of course this is only an approximation.
[allowing for a 61360 hour, 54, minute, 2 second margin of error] divided by (24 hours in a day) = 2556 (days).
2556 (days) divided by (365 days in a year) = 7 (years).
Also an approximation. So, this appears to be referring to shortly after the time that the rings originally were activated.
Now for an odd observation. We know that in HALO: CE we landed on Alpha Halo, and in H2 we landed on Delta Halo. I find the order in which the rings are listed alphabetically to be suspect.
Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Epsilon, Zeta, and Kappa
A, B, G, E, Z, K. Awesome. I wonder where Delta fits in there alphabetically. I believe I know where, and I believe I know why they aren't in alphabetical order. Read the next section for the answer to this and more!
Now onto the actual analysis of the first section. One can assume that this analysis happened some time around that 300 years or so from the first Weekly Update post that "something" went wrong on Delta Halo. If Alpha Halo was able to be queried, we know that we haven't been there to blow the ring to Hell yet. I would like to know why "[outside agent]" is in brackets, but oh well.
Whatever is monitoring Delta Halo appears to rule out sabotage. I'd like to keep sabotage ruled in. I think that Gravemind got ahold of 2401 Penitent Tangent and started to play around with the systems on Delta Halo. There may have also been malfunctions, too, seeing as how the third section of this Weekly Update message mentions atmospheric seals showing signs of stress.
LOG: REQUEST UNANSWERED
LF.Xx.3273 research and containment facility; [delta site] is currently being held at [.01 atm] / [184K]. Local maintenance and security hubs have failed to reply within expected constraints. [Bumping maintenance and security request up] to [quadrant oversight].
Assuming "[.01 atm] / [184K]" means "[.01 atmosphere] / [184Kelvin]" then we have some more fun math!
184 (Kelvin) - 273 (being the number you must add to the degrees in Celcius in order to obtain Kelvin) = -89 (degrees Celcius).
[-89 (degrees Celcius) multiplied by 1.8] + 32 = -128.2 (degrees Fahrenheit).
I assume that the "[.01 atm]" means that Delta Halo has been completely sucked dry of its atmosphere. The Flood obviously don't seem to give a damn about that, though. If you all recall, the Flood forms seemed to have been fused with machine and metal parts throughout Delta Halo in H2. The "[quadrant oversight]" part really tickled the inner-geek in me. Anyone here ever watch Star Trek? Something clicked when I read that and made me recall the quadrants as listed in Star Trek, which destroys the need for the Installations to be listed in alphabetical order. From Wikipedia:
"In the television series Star Trek and its spin-offs, Galactic quadrant refers to an area of the Milky Way Galaxy. In the original Star Trek, it referred to an area interchangeable with a sector, but in the spin offs created in the 1990s, a system of four Galactic Quadrants, designated by the Greek letters Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta, has been used.
Bungie appears to have added more quadrants to suit their purposes. The "[delta site]" that has been referred to during the past two Weekly Updates does not only signify the actual Halo Installation, but a "quadrant" of the galaxy that it covers when fired.
LOG: REQUEST UNANSWERED
LF.Xx.3273 research and containment facility; [delta site] is currently being held at [1 atm] / [278K] as atmospheric seals were showing signs of stress. [Quadrant oversight] has failed to reply within expected constraints. [Bumping maintenance and security request all the way up] to 2401 [PENITENT TANGENT].
Forget math, but if I remember correctly, "[1 atm]" is equal to atmospheric pressure as it would be felt as sea level (on Earth, anyway). The Halos are very similar to Earth, so hey. Delta Halo is returning to normal, and that's either because Gravemind has managed to sabotage the place, or there truly has been a malfunction.
Also, notice how now the security request has been bumped up to 2401 Penitent Tangent? Well, during Iris the Servers opened "backwards," almost as if Server 1 was supposed to be the final Server, and Server 5 was supposed to be the first. Last week's Weekly Update appears to have possibly occurred after this week's Weekly Update message.
LOG: UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO FACILITIES
LF.Xx.3273 research and containment facility; [delta site] emergency [slip stream space] transportation conduits have been accessed by unauthorized parties.
Assuming this message as a whole truly does take place before last week's Weekly Update, this [slip stream space] activity has nothing to do with humanity and the Covenant finding the ring all because Alpha Halo is still intact. This would appear to be well before Master Chief is even alive. So, what's going? Your guess is as good as mine.
LOG: FILED COMPLAINT TO INSTALLATION 00
2401 [PENITENT TANGENT], monitor of Installation 05, has been lax in the areas of maintenance and security. Requests for aid in said areas have gone unanswered by both 2401 and [subservient] systems well beyond expected constraints.
Last week at HBO (and pasted here) I took a shot in the dark and assumed that the Ark might be monitoring the events at Delta Halo. That thought might be correct if last week's Weekly Update message comes after this week's chronologically. The question is, who is monitoring this situation right now? Do I dare say AdjutantReflex, or would that just be silly?
I can't wait until next week!