A) Currently the Defcon Pass is One hundred and Fifty Dollars ($150.00 USD). The Pass is good for the
three four 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.
A) There is no pre-registration. Registration is on site and only CASH is accepted. This is DefCon, bitches!
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, 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.
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 on the following things (the list is not all inclusive):
Seriously though, conventions costs money - you want more space, you want better equiptment etc...
A) The Different Badges are you different Standing in the Defcon Hierarchy. Goons, Press, Humans, Speakers...
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 $160.00 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.
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.
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.
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 in your status on facebook (boo-hoo, piss and shit), since I doubt anyone at DefCon will care. Well they may tell you they care, but really they just want to bend you over a table and do you dry.
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.
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. The bitch of it is, we'd probably enjoy hanging out with your wife more than you.
The same goes for you ladies, leave your husbands at home... Unless they're really really hot and kinda bi-curious; then and only then is it acceptable to bring them.
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. Maybe if you didn't want to wait this long you should have planned ahead and gotten in line earlier.
A) Ask the front desk for a Map or download the one on their site (it's a PDF) http://www.riolasvegas.com/images/non_image_assets/Rio_CasinoFloorPlan_4cKO.pdf and here's an image version http://defcon.stotan.org/faq/rio_map.jpg. The alternative is to wear an adult diaper - no commentary, just let that one fester in your own mind.
A) The Roof, The Roof, The Roof is on Fire!
A) There is plenty of parking at the Rio due to the fact that it's a real hotel/casino - 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.
A) The only prayer services is by performed by The Church of Wifi. Beyond that, most people like to check religion at the door.
A) All the many contests can be found on the DefCon site as well as on the DefCon forums.
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.
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.
A) Yes. DefCon Attendees will have 24 hour access to Pool 4.
A) Yes! DefCon TV was picked up for a new season. See, if it can happen for DefCon maybe it can happen for Firefly (just not on fox).
A) It went the way of the dodo. Now there is a "Podcasters Meetup" - Way to pick a totally uncreative name! .
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.
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.
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.
Lockheed and the DefCon networking team now have a "secure wireless", but I think Admiral Ackbar would have something to say about that.
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 Rio 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.
A) All different kinds, from invite only parties to ones open to everyone. From parties for the gays to parties with the strippers.
A) Chances are that you won't get invited to those parties because you suck. Except for the gay one... In that case, you will get invited 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. So tie your shirt in a knot, and come on in.
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.
A) Wireless Village (it's back!), 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.
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.