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  1. How much does the DefCon pass cost, what is the pass good for (like number of days)?
  2. Is there a way to pre-register for the event or is it first come first serve?
  3. What do I get for 140$USD?
  4. Why is it $140 this year?
  5. What do all the different badges mean?
  6. Are there special "guest" passes for significant others?
  7. What are Black Badges?
  8. What's the Black Badge Protocol?
  9. I Lost my Badge, what should I do?
  10. Do they have childcare services at DefCon?
  11. What's the "DefCon Wives" club?
  12. How long do I have to wait at the damned check in line? Why are people cutting in front of me?
  13. Where are all the bathrooms located at Defcon?
  14. Whats up on the roof? Why can't we hangout there?
  15. What is parking like at Defcon?
  16. Do we have a prayer service on Sunday morning?
  17. What kind of Contests are there at DefCon?
  18. What kind of Events are there at DefCon?
  19. Why should I attend DefCon?
  20. What are the "Skyboxes"?
  21. Whatever happened to Defcon TV?
  22. Whatever happened to DefCon Radio?
  23. How can I stay up to date with the latest going-ons?
  24. What are the closing ceremonies? Why should I stay and watch it?
  25. Can I get Internet at Defcon? Is there wireless access at Defcon? Who should I not connect to, and what should I be connecting to?
  26. How old do I have to be to attend DefCon?
  27. What kind of Parties are there at DefCon?
  28. How do I get invite to those Parties?
  29. Why are some of the parties invite only? Can't we all just be friends?
  30. What are "The Villages"?
  31. Is Defcon indoors or outdoors?
Q) How much does the Defcon pass cost, what is the pass good for (like number of days)?

A) Currently the Defcon Pass is One hundred and Forty Dollars ($140.00 USD). The Pass is good for the three days of the con and allows you access to the Speakers, Vendor and Contest Areas as well as the ability to walk around the event without getting hassled.

Q) Is there a way to pre-register for the event or is it first come first serve?

A) There is no pre-registration. Registration is on site and only CASH is accepted. This is DefCon, bitches!

Q) What do I get for 140$USD?

A) Access to the Event, A cool badge, a printed program, the right to buy overpriced snack food and drinks, the ability to hangout with your friends around the con as well as learn new and exciting things in the Villages. It should be noted that while DefCon doesn't turn people away like some other elitist cons, the programs, lanyards and badges do run out. So get there early or you may be stuck with a Kinko's made badge and a shoelace to hold it in place.

Q) Why is it $140 this year?

A) Well it's known fact that DefCon costs DT nothing at all, so a lot of the money is used to give a Kick Back to the Hutt Crime Syndicate. Much of the money is also spent on hookers and blo as well anger management classes for Roamer (that shit adds up!)... Seriously though, conventions costs money - you want more space, you want better equiptment etc...

Q) What do all the different badges mean?

A) The Different Badges are you different Standing in the Defcon Hierarchy. Goons, Press, Humans, Speakers...

Q) Are there special "guest" passes for significant others?

A) Of course there are, but you have to know how to get one of them. Find TW at Registration and tell him you want one of the "S O Badges" and he'll hook you up. The "guest" passes cost $150.00 and look exactly like the regular badges. TW is such a nice guy that he's been known to routinely give people a Ten Dollar discount on the "guest passes". You may want to think about giving him the other Ten dollars as a tip or donation to the NN fund.

Q) What are Black Badges?

A) Black Badges are the ultimate award you can recieve at DefCon. They allow you free entrance to DefCon for life. For a lot of people that's reason enough to dedicate yourself to getting one. For others it's a badge of honor and pride.

Q) What's the Black Badge Protocol?

A) As it currently stands the way the Black Badge Protocol works is that your turn your black badge in at Registration and you get a badge for the current year as well as a "chit" that will be used to retrive your black badge at the end of the con. It's very much like a coat check system.

Q) I Lost my Badge, what should I do?

A) Go buy a new one and be more careful about it this time. If you're still upset you can go cry about it on your live journal, since I doubt anyone at DefCon will care. Well they may tell you they care, but really they just want to sleep with you.

Q) Do they have childcare services at DefCon?

A) Of course they do, it's run by a guy named "Pedobear". Don't worry about his listing in the sex offenders database, it's all a joke. Seriously though, what kind of inbred mother fucker would leave their child with some random person at DefCon. Maybe if your children are that much of a bother you shouldn't bring them to DefCon. If they annoy you so much that you want them to be someone elses problem, leave them at home. Leave some water in a bowl, a few cans of cat food on the counter - I mean the cat food works for grandma so it should work for the kids too.

Q) What's the "DefCon Wives" club?

A) The DefCon Wives Club was an idea proposed on the forums that would have been something for "wives" to do while their "husbands" attended DefCon. The name was stupid, the idea was dumb... I understand you want to impress all the other hackers with your wives and prove to them that you've actually been laid. But, like your children, you may want to leave your wives at home. Yea, they make fuck around on you if you're not there to monitor them. But honestly, didn't you know they were just with you for your money? It sure wasn't your looks and social graces.

Q) How long do I have to wait at the damned check in line? Why are people cutting in front of me?

A) You have to wait as long as it takes. You should be used to waiting by now since you've waited this long to lose your virginity. People are cutting in front of you because they are cooler than you and this is not their first year coming.

Q) Where are all the bathrooms located at Defcon?

A) Ask the front desk for a Map or download one for the hotel and convention area. The alternative is to wear an adult diaper - no commentary, just let that one fester in your own mind.

Q) Whats up on the roof? Why can't we hangout there?

A) The roof is where the Riviera's Decomisioned pool is located. It now serves as a giant ballpit for the Hotel Staff to relax and play in. You can't hangout there because your shirt doesn't say "Hotel Staff". Oh, did I mention that the Hotel Offices overlook the pool on the roof?

Q) What is parking like at Defcon?

A) Unlike at the AP there is plenty of parking at the Riv, though you may have to walk a bit. And is walking really that bad of an idea for you? It's the combination of physical exercise and a suana.

Q) Do we have a prayer service on Sunday morning?

A) The only prayer services is by performed by The Church of Wifi. Beyond that, most people like to check religion at the door.

Q) What kind of Contests are there at DefCon?

A) All the many contests can be found on the DefCon site as well as on the DefCon forums.

Q) What kind of Events are there at DefCon?

A) Events? DefCon is the event... Maybe what you meant was "What kind of things are there to do at DefCon?"... If that's the case: There are plenty of things to do. You have the contests, the games, the talks, the villages, the parties, hanging out with friends. Seriously there is something for everyone to do.

Q) Why should I attend DefCon?

A) This is a tough question since people attend DefCon for many different reasons. Some go purely for the talks. For others it's to participate in a contest or event. Still some go just to hang out with their friends they they share a common interest with and only get to see once a year... And then there are some that aren't interested in hacking at all buy just come for "the party". So there really is something for everyone and a lot of different reasons that people attend. If you want to meet smart people, learn about hacking, have fun with friends, hear some good talks, broaden your horizons and expand your knowledge, then DefCon is where you should be.

Q) What are the "Skyboxes"?

A) Skyboxes are Rooms at Riviera that look down onto the convention floor. These rooms are where many of the parties take place at night as well as many of the "Villages" durning the day.

Q) Whatever happened to Defcon TV?

A) With the move of DefCon to the Riviera DefCon TV wasn't picked up for another season.

Q) Whatever happened to DefCon Radio?

A) It went the way of the dodo. Now there is a "Podcasters Meetup" - Way to pick a total uncreative name! .

Q) How can I stay up to date with the latest going-ons?

A) You could ask someone, yea socilizing isn't a four letter word. Also DefCon provides an info booth in the Contest Area as well as projects a feed onto the wall. You could also follow updates on DefCons twitter feed.

Q) What are the closing ceremonies? Why should I stay and watch it?

A) The Closing Ceremonies are the Climax to Defcon. It's where prizes are awarded to winners of contests as well as The Dark Tangent giving a wrap of the event and an outlook onto the future of the Con.

Q) Can I get Internet at Defcon? Is there wireless access at Defcon? Who should I not connect to, and what should I be connecting to?

A) Use the internet at DefCon at your own risk. You will be sniffed. You have been warned. You may end up on the Wall of Sheep. Using wireless at Defcon is kinda like your computer saying to everyone else at the con: "I bet you can't fuck me.." "OH YES I CAN!" "No you can't!"... RAPE.

Q) How old do I have to be to attend DefCon?

A) This question has been asked over and over and over again. Any age is fine to attend DefCon. HOWEVER, you are responsible for your own actions. This isn't a day care center. DefCon is primarily an adult conference and not meant for children. If you're under the age of 18 you should be bringing a legal guardian with you. The only downside here is that people may find your parents cooler to hangout with than you. It should also be noted that the Riviera is a Gambling Casino so your movement around the casino/hotel and to certain parties/areas/contests may also be restricted if you're under 21.

Q) What kind of Parties are there at DefCon?

A) All different kinds, from invite only parties to ones open to everyone. From parties for the gays to parties with the strippers.

Q) How do I get invite to those Parties?

A) Chances are that you won't get invited to those parties because you suck. Luckily some of the parties are open to everyone so even though you lack any social skills what-so-ever and have a rank odor that permeates through the air, you can still attend.

Q) Why are some of the parties invite only? Can't we all just be friends?

A) Some of the parties are invite only to keep out the undesirables. By undesirables, I am of course speaking about you. This isn't fucking bible camp and we're all not going to sit around singing kum ba ya.

Q) What are "The Villages"?

A) Wireless Village, Hardware Hacking Village, Lockpick Village. These are the places where you can go to expand your knowledge about those specific areas of interest. You're afford the opportunity to interact with the great minds running the villages, participate in discussions as well as hands-on demonstrations and hacking. Some of the contests are also run out of the villages. They're definitely a place you should not miss.

Q) Is Defcon indoors or outdoors?

A) DefCon is both indoors and outdoors. Contrary to popular belief, there are actual things going on outside the contest area door. There's cool shit happening even if you're not a smoker. If you're not a smoker I feel kinda bad for you, all the cools kids at DefCon smoke.


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