150+ things you should know about Defcon

  1. What's the purpose of this FAQ?
  2. Seriously though, why write a second version when DefCon has a good FAQ already?
  3. Who is the Master of this FAQ-Fu?
  4. The website states July 30th thru August 1st, but the Riviera registration form says July 18th thru August 10.
    How long is the actual event? Are things going on before and after the official event that I should consider being attending?
  5. What are the age requirements of to get a room at the Riviera?
  6. What is the Cost of a room at the Riviera?
  7. How do I register an anonymous hotel room at the Riviera?
  8. Does registering on the Website garuntee you a room at the Riviera?
  9. What's the smoking policy like at the Riviera?
  10. Should I consider staying at the Riviera or another Hotel?
  11. It's 4am and the noise is so loud from next door that I cannot sleep. Should I call hotel security?
  12. What are some of the Hotels near the Riviera?
  13. Are the rooms at the Riviera secure?
  14. Where do I get food other than at the Riv?
  15. Around how much ($$$) should I bring if I want to have a decent time at Defcon?
  16. How long does it take to get a cab to the airport?
  17. How do I get into Parties if I'm under 21?
  18. How much does the DefCon pass cost, what is the pass good for (like number of days)?
  19. Is there a way to pre-register for the event or is it first come first serve?
  20. What do I get for 140$USD?
  21. Why is it $140 this year?
  22. What do all the different badges mean?
  23. Are there special "guest" passes for significant others?
  24. What are Black Badges?
  25. What's the Black Badge Protocol?
  26. I Lost my Badge, what should I do?
  27. Do they have childcare services at DefCon?
  28. What's the "DefCon Wives" club?
  29. How long do I have to wait at the damned check in line? Why are people cutting in front of me?
  30. Where are all the bathrooms located at Defcon?
  31. Whats up on the roof? Why can't we hangout there?
  32. What is parking like at Defcon?
  33. Do we have a prayer service on Sunday morning?
  34. What kind of Contests are there at DefCon?
  35. What kind of Events are there at DefCon?
  36. Why should I attend DefCon?
  37. What are the "Skyboxes"?
  38. Whatever happened to Defcon TV?
  39. Whatever happened to DefCon Radio?
  40. How can I stay up to date with the latest going-ons?
  41. What are the closing ceremonies? Why should I stay and watch it?
  42. 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?
  43. How old do I have to be to attend DefCon?
  44. What kind of Parties are there at DefCon?
  45. How do I get invite to those Parties?
  46. Why are some of the parties invite only? Can't we all just be friends?
  47. What are "The Villages"?
  48. Is Defcon indoors or outdoors?
  49. Do they take checks, credit cards, paypal, promises?
  50. Do you have to show your ID at anytime if you aren't buying liquor? (Other than the hotel check in)
  51. Do I have to know Linux at Defcon?
  52. There are so many talks, which should I choose?
  53. Who do I tell if I see something bad going on?
  54. Should I leave my stuff lying around? Or will it be sniped the minute I tie my bootlaces?
  55. Should I consider wearing anything other than black AND not be continuously fingered as a fed?
  56. Should I give people my boots if they ask for them and I never met them in my life?
  57. Should I bring anything "special" to Defcon?
  58. Should I bring my guns to Defcon?
  59. Should I bring my WaReZ to Defcon?
  60. Should I bring my computer to Defcon? I don't have a laptop just a big beast that needs wheels.
  61. Should I color my hair especially for Defcon?
  62. Should I bring my own water/beer/liquor?
  63. Should I let a bunch of people stay in my room that I have never met and probably will never see again? Can I really trust them?
  64. Should I walk around with knives, stun guns?
  65. Should I walk around with a pimproll of money?
  66. Should I bring food to eat at Defcon?
  67. Should I use the ATM at the Riv?
  68. Is there another ATM nearby?
  69. Is there no pr0n at Defcon, I h4x0red the TV and no pr0n flicks!
  70. Is that big hairy guy in the vendor room corner really selling a MiG ejection seat?
  71. Is Defcon Handicap accessible?
  72. Is it ok to bring a parent, or legal guardian?
  73. Is it true that we'll have more access to the pool this year (Dc17)?
  74. Is Las Vegas hot in the summer?
  75. Why do people drink at Defcon?
  76. Why does everyone flip off the camera when you try to take a picture of them? Why does everyone flip off their friends?
  77. Why do I keep getting lost with the conference room names?
  78. Why does no one seem to sleep at Defcon?
  79. Why are there so many cool people at Defcon, yet i feel uncool?
  80. Why is no one talking to me?
  81. Why is everyone wearing black?
  82. Why don't the girls seem to like the boys?
  83. Why do the boys seem to like the boys?
  84. Why should I be careful when walking near the pool?
  85. Why is priest so big? He scares me.
  86. Why is the media at Defcon? Why are they asking me questions? Should i tell them about all my WaReZ and my 'sploitz and 0dayz?
  87. Why are people wearing extra badges around their necks with a picture on them and their handle?
  88. Why does everyone have such a funny name? Why not use real names?
  89. What should I call myself? Does my choice of handle really matter?
  90. What is the paranoia level at Defcon?
  91. What is a goon? What do they do? Why are they telling me to move out of the way?
  92. What is this "Forums Meet" people keep talking about?
  93. What is Room Rushing?
  94. What is bawls?
  95. What is Redbull?
  96. What is the Wall of Sheep?
  97. What is a sharpie?
  98. What is a SW (scenewhore)?
  99. What is a NOC? Why can't I go in there?
  100. What is FRS?
  101. What is Monkey Butler?
  102. What is DefCon101?
  103. What is dc-stuff?
  104. What is #dc-forums?
  105. What is DeafCon?
  106. What is Spot the Fed?
  107. What is Spot the undercover reporter?
  108. What is a Smart Phone?
  109. What are the drink prices like at DefCon?
  110. What happens if I am caught doing something dumb, plain stupid, illegal? Do you call the cops?
  111. What was the "Asshole Fiasco" that people are talking about?
  112. What kind of stuff should I bring to defcon?
  113. More specifically should I bring my laptop to Defcon?
  114. What is the fed to hacker ratio?
  115. Are there Law Enforcement personnel at DefCon?
  116. Are there rent-a-cops at Defcon? Are they smart?
  117. Are there sufficient outlets and network jacks for everyone?
  118. Are there Female/gay/(insert other minority here) hackers at DefCon?
  119. How old do I have to be to goto DefCon? Is there an Age Requirement?
  120. How do I reserve my room at the Riv a year in advance?
  121. How many pieces of clothing should I bring to Defcon?
  122. How should I set up my schedule for the ultimate Defcon trip?
  123. How stupid do I have to get before I get my ass canned from Defcon for life? Will they really remember me the next year?
  124. How do I convince my company to send me to Defcon?
  125. How can I contribute to Defcon?
  126. You say being an ACTIVE participant is the best to enjoy Defcon, what should I be active in if this is my first time?
  127. How can I make a Defcon Avatar Badge?
  128. How do I become a Goon? Are there certain qualifications, how do I get in, who do I have to talk to?
  129. Can I be a runner for a goon?
  130. Can I walk around Defcon with my gun on my cross-draw vest?
  131. Can I shoot things at random as long as they aren't people?
  132. Can I take pictures/video footage at Defcon?
  133. Can I touch the girls walking around? Where do they come from?
  134. Will there ever be another strippercon?
  135. Will I get laid at Defcon?
  136. Where can i get video footage of Defcon, I want to see if I can see myself?
  137. Where do a lot of people go at night?
  138. I keep hearing that Defcon is cancelled, is this true?
  139. I saw a piece of paper that says to do bad things at Defcon... should i do them?
  140. I want to film a hacker documentary at Defcon, what do I have to do?
  141. I have something I want to donate as a prize for one of the contests who do I talk to?
  142. I want to volunteer to work at Defcon, who do I talk to?
  143. I've heard conflicting stories about Pool-Con; what exactly was it?
  144. I like talking like a gangster but look more like a fool; will I be made fun of?
  145. I want to be someone's bitch, who do I ask?
  146. I don't go out in the sun much, should I bring sunscreen?
  147. Someone just pushed me on the ground, what should I do?
  148. Someone gave me a drink and it tasted really funny. What now?
  149. I heard prostitution was legal here, is that true?
  150. I think someone stole my password, what do I do?
  151. I want souvenirs, why they are so expensive?
  152. I see a bunch of goons running some place. Should I follow them to see what all the excitement is?
  153. I have a question that the FAQ didn't answer. What do I do?
  154. Why do you repeat some questions?
  155. People who deserve thanks for their part in "The Unofficial DefCon FAQ v2.0"
Q) What's the purpose of this FAQ?

A) The purpose of this FAQ is to answer questions that members of the Defcon community (specifically those on the Defcon Forums) have answered time and time again. The FAQ is by no-means one persons doing; it is a collaboration put together by a group of individuals. Some of the answers are humorous, some are very serious, but if you read the FAQ as one body of text you will see an underlying meaning. Incase you don't see the meaning I will try to explain it a bit to you: Defcon itself is a community, which alone is obvious from the Defcon Forums and the dedicated people on it. This FAQ is a manifestation of some member's thoughts and feelings on the community. The people who contributed to the FAQ make up some of the core of the Defcon community, it is their hope that Defcon will not ever die.

Before you even read past this point there are two questions I will pose to you, that you can only answer through your own self reflection: "Why are you attending Defcon?" and "Are you an asset to the community/event or a detractor?" While you're reflecting on that(before delving into the FAQ), I would suggest reading DarkTangents Open Letter to the Community (Dc9): http://defcon.stotan.org/open-letter-dc9.txt. If you're sensitive about your feelings you may be better served by reading the Be Prepared Blog, instead of this FAQ.

Q) Seriously though, why write a second version when DefCon has a good FAQ already?

A) I asked myself that question a number of times before committing to the project. I believe that the Official DefCon FAQ as well as the "Be Prepared" blog serve a different purpose and often times come from a different perspective.

Q) Who is the Master of this FAQ-Fu?

A) HighWiz

Q) The website states July 30th thru August 1st, but the Riviera registration form says July 18th thru August 10. How long is the actual event? Are things going on before and after the official event that I should consider being attending?

A) The event itself starts on Friday, July 30th and runs till Sunday, August 1st. There are things to do before Defcon starts, but they are not official events, and unless you are cool, people won't want you to be there... Also, Black Hat runs before Defcon.
If you are new to DefCon I recommend getting there on Thursday July 30th and attending the DefCon 101 Session to learn all about the things going on and to do as well as some get some advice on surviving DefCon.

Q) What are the age requirements of to get a room at the Riviera?

A) You have to be 18 to register a room at the Riviera.

Q) What is the Cost of a room at the Riviera?

A) DefCon often negotiates a pretty good room rate for its attendees. The rooms for DefCon 18 cost $99.00

Q) How do I register an anonymous hotel room at the Riviera?

A) Why do you want to register an anonymous room? Oh, I know... Because you're a Tool.

Q) Does registering on the Website garuntee you a room at the Riviera?

A) Yes, unlike at the Previous hotel, registering on the website usually garuntees you a room, though it's always best to call prior to the con to confirm reservations.

Q) What's the smoking policy like at the Riviera?

A) Due to Vegas trying to be more "Family Friendly" (read: bitches) smoking is only permitted in the casino proper, bars in the casino area, and designated outdoor smoking areas. 80% of the hotel rooms are nonsmoking. Oh and "Whiney non smokers can kiss my fucking ass".

Q) Should I consider staying at the Riviera or another Hotel?

A) With the amount of rooms at the Riv there really is not reason not to try to stay at the Riv. If you decide to goto DefCon late and the rooms are sold out there are plenty of good hotels around the Riviera.

Q) It's 4am and the noise is so loud from next door that I cannot sleep. Should I call hotel security?

A) No, don't be a fucktard. If you call hotel security and people find out about it, they may be pissed. Is pissing off a bunch of hackers really how you enjoy spending your days? Go buy some ear plugs/nyquil... On second though, you shouldn't be fucking sleeping, this is DefCon. Get the fuck out of bed and go join the party.

Q) What are some of the Hotels near the Riviera?

The common ones folks use are Circus Circus right across the road and The Hilton.
If you are really tight on cash, try a youth hostel:
1) http://www.hostelsweb.com/hostelsweb.com/hostel.php?HostelNumber=825
2) http://www.hostelsweb.com/hostelsweb.com/hostel.php?HostelNumber=5997

Q) Are the rooms at the Riviera secure?

A) The rooms are about as secure as any other regular hotel room. If you have anything expensive you always run the risk of having that shit stolen from you when you stay at a hotel.

Q) Where do I get food other than at the Riv?

A) There are plenty of places within walking distances of the riv where you can find food. I'll post a list in June '09 of some good places.

Q) Around how much ($$$) should I bring if I want to have a decent time at Defcon?

A) Spending Money (not including room): Should be $140 for the badge. Money for food, alcohol and swag. You can squeeze by with $400. Less if you budget really well.

Q) How long does it take to get a cab to the airport?

A) Cabs usually sit at the airport, so you should be able to walk out and get a cab at the airport. If you are going from the Riviera to the airport on your way home, it takes 4 hours hangover time. For Taxi Rates check out: http://www.taxi.state.nv.us/FaresFees.htm

Q) How do I reserve my room at the Riviera (Riv) a year in advance?

A) Give the hotel a call. Though you do run the risk of them filing for chapter 11 within the next year and you losing your deposit.

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 equipment 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.

Q) Do they take checks, credit cards, paypal, promises?

A) Cash Only! This one doesn't even deserve an explination...

Q) Do you have to show your ID at anytime if you aren't buying liquor? (Other than the hotel check in)

A) You don't HAVE to show your ID any other time. But some of the parties do require you to show your ID for entrance.

Q) Do I have to know Linux at Defcon?

A) No. And even if you do, you will still probably be uncool. In fact, all real 1337 Hax0rs use BSD anyway.

Q) There are so many talks, which should I choose?

A) Choose the ones that interest you the most. Especially if you may have questions for the speaker on the specific topic. You can always find video of the other talks online later. If you are brand new to hacking try a to goto talks on a bunch of different topics to see what interests you the most and then work to become and expert in that.

Q) Who do I tell if I see something bad going on?

A) Tell a Goon. Then buy offer to buy the Goon a beer... Better yet, tell the Goon, then come and find me and buy me the beer.

Q) Should I leave my stuff lying around? Or will it be sniped the minute I tie my bootlaces?

A) Never leave you stuff laying around unless you want it stolen. If you are staying onsite, try to leave most of your stuff in your room. If you're not staying onsite, find someone you trust who is and leave it there. If you turn your back on your stuff for 10 Seconds it will most likely be gone when you turn around.

Q) Should I consider wearing anything other than black AND not be continuously fingered as a fed?

A) No. Apparently if you don't wear a t-shirt people will think you are a fed.

Q) Should I give people my boots if they ask for them and I never met them in my life?

A) Only if you never want to see your boots again.

Q) Should I bring anything "special" to Defcon?

A) If by "special" you mean soap, shampoo and tooth paste, then you should definitely bring them. If you're talking about drugs, then leave that shit at home. If you get caught with it, chances are good that you'll be spending some time with Las Vegas Metro as Bubby's new bitch.

Q) Should I bring my guns to Defcon?

A) If you are going to the Defcon Shoot, then bring your guns. If not, there is no reason to have them. They won't make you look cool, since there are already more guns at DefCon than there in most aresenals of 3rd of third world countries.

Q) Should I bring my WaReZ to Defcon?

A) No.

Q) Should I bring my computer to Defcon? I don't have a laptop just a big beast that needs wheels.

A) Sure. But be warned, it might get damaged. Instead of bringing the computer, why not try socializing and leave the other 362 days a year for the computer.

Q) Should I color my hair especially for Defcon?

A) Yes. This years hair color is Yellow... Not Blond... Yellow.

Q) Should I bring my own water/beer/liquor?

A) Yes, or you can take a trip and buy some at the store. Keeping hydrated is something to take very seriously.

Q) Should I let a bunch of people stay in my room that I have never met and probably will never see again? Can I really trust them?

A) No. Best Case they will be cool (RARE!) Medium Case: They will probably steal stuff from you (Laptop, Wallet). Worst case: They will steal stuff from you (Virginity).

Q) Should I walk around with knives, stun guns?

A) Not unless you enjoying being a play thing for the goons.

Q) Should I walk around with a pimproll of money?

A) If you don't mind it getting taken right off your body. Just because you have a pimproll, you won't look like a pimp. The only pimping you may do at DefCon is perhaps being Pimped out after you lose your pimproll.

Q) Should I bring food to eat at Defcon?

A) Yes. Go to a supermarket, it's cheaper then the food at the Riv and you have a wider assortment to chose from.

Q) Should I use the ATM at the Riv?

A) No. Well, if you want some thief to steal your identity, then maybe..

Q) Is there another ATM nearby?

A) Yes.

Q) Is there no pr0n at Defcon, I h4x0red the TV and no pr0n flicks!

A) You hacked the TV and there was no porn? What are you, a fucking moron? The 1970's called and want you back.. Seriously, who watches Porn on the TV when they have the internet?

Q) Is that big hairy guy in the vendor room corner really selling a MiG ejection seat?

A) Yup.

Q) Is Defcon Handicap accessible?

A) Of course it is... There are plenty of 'tards who ride the short bus who come to DefCon every year.

Q) Is it ok to bring a parent, or legal guardian?

A) If you're under 18, this is probably the BEST thing you can do. If you are over 18 bring them still, they may have fun too. The only downside here is that people may find your parents cooler to hangout with then you. With that being said, you and your parents need to understand and remember that DefCon is an adult event. It is not meant for young impressionable youths.

Q) Is it true that we'll have more access to the pool this year (DC17)?

A) That is what DT said...

Q) Is Las Vegas hot in the summer?

A) Very hot, remember to keep hydrated especially when outdoors.

Q) Why do people drink at Defcon?

A) People drink at Defcon because they like to unwind and have fun with their friends. It's a social lubricant.

Q) Why does everyone flip off the camera when you try to take a picture of them? Why does everyone flip off their friends?

A) Because it means "fuck you". Most people at DefCon really don't enjoy having their pictures taken... Further, within the hacking community it's not a sign of disrepect (unless you take someones picture without permission.)

Q) Why do I keep getting lost with the conference room names?

A) Because of all the drugs you did in high school.

Q) Why does no one seem to sleep at Defcon?

A) Sleep is for the weak. People want to make the most of their Defcon Experience and savor every moment, since it only comes around once a year.

Q) Why are there so many cool people at Defcon, yet i feel uncool?

A) Because you are uncool... Your parents lied to you. You're not special. Well... Maybe, "short bus" special..

Q) Why is no one talking to me?

A) Because you need better social skills, or you smell bad. Probably a combination of both.

Q) Why is everyone wearing black?

A) So they can blend it, and not be mistaken for a fed.

Q) Why don't the girls seem to like the boys?

A) Because most of the boys are uncool... Just because you have a dick doesn't mean people will want you.

Q) Why do the boys seem to like the boys?

A) Cause homosexuality is the new black.

Q) Why should I be careful when walking near the pool?

A) Because you may get pushed into the pool. If someone asks you to remove your tech - DO IT! Anything that would get ruined if it went into the pool should be taken off. This is a courtesy people may pay to you. If you don't remove it and attempt to argue with them instead, you will probably go in the pool WITH your tech on. Remember, there are probably a few people lurking around to push you in - more of them then there are of you and your kung fu ain't that good.

Q) Why is priest so big? He scares me.

A) Priest is big because he eats script kiddies for breakfast and washes them down with the blood of virgins.

Q) Why is the media at Defcon? Why are they asking me questions? Should i tell them about all my WaReZ and my 'sploitz and 0dayz?

A) The Media is at Defcon because the media likes to know what is going on too. If you want to look like a loser and be laughed at by everyone you know, then go tell the media all your secrets. The Media is about as much fun as sucking chest wound.

Q) Why are people wearing extra badges around their necks with a picture on them and their handle?

A) In attempting to find a way to locate other Defcon Forum members and look cool at the same time, the idea finally came up that an Avatar Badge (i.e.: the Avatar you use on the forums) should be made.

Q) Why does everyone have such a funny name? Why not use real names?

A) It started with Anononimity. But now is a staple of the hacker community. Your handle is your unique name within the hacker community.

Q) What should I call myself? Does my choice of handle really matter?

A) Your choice of handle matters a lot. Remember, this is the name you will forever go by in the DefCon/Hacker community. It's very difficult if not impossible to change your own handle once people know you by it. Pick a name that represent you and is not stupid. If you pick a stupid handle you always run the risk of someone renaming you and the possibility that the handle they gave you will stick... Think very carefully about it and choose wisely.

Q) What is the paranoia level at Defcon?

A) Depends on with whom you speak... Some are extremely paranoid at Defcon, and wear their tin foil hats around all day. Others are free and open about everything.

Q) What is a goon? What do they do? Why are they telling me to move out of the way?

A) Goons are the Jack Booted Thugs of Defcon. They provide security (do it quite well) and run the different aspects of Defcon. If the Goons are telling you to move out of the way, DO IT. You are probably blocking something important (Like a manner of egress). The Goons are the backbone of DefCon and without them, you wouldn't be having a good time.

Q) What is this "Forums Meet" people keep talking about?

A) The "Forums Meet" is where people who participate (or lurk) in the Defcon Forums meet up at the event. It gives everyone the opportunity to put faces to names, and hangout with people in real life that you hangout with online (but may have never met).

Q) What is Room Rushing?

A) Room rushing is when people stack up against a wall and get you to open your hotel room door so they can all pour in and have a mini impromptu party in your room. Your 10th level Paladin can not defeat this horde should you open the chamber door.

Q) What is bawls?

A) The thing you like to roll around in your mouth.

Q) What is Redbull?

A) Redbull is any energy drink, best served with alcohol (if you're 21 or over).

Q) What is the Wall of Sheep?

A) A Defcon tradition is the Wall of Sheep, which shows the usernames, IP addresses or hostnames, and protocol used by people who got their passwords sniffed while using the wireless network.

Q) What is a sharpie?

A) An instrument of hilarity.

Q) What is a SW (scenewhore)?

A) One who pretends to be interested in the same topics as everyone else just to be included in a group. The only people you MIGHT have sex with there... Don't count it though, you're probably not even THAT cool. They tend to come for the "DefCon Party" but not really care about the talks/contests/community.

Q) What is a NOC? Why can't I go in there?

A) The NOC (Network Operation Center) is where the behind the scenes of Defcon take place. You can't go there because you are not cool enough. If a Goon asks you to go there, and you know you are not cool, RUN! Chances are Priest is hungry and needs another script kiddie to snack on or virgin blood to drink.

Q) What is FRS?

A) FRS was a way of communications that was utilized in the past at DefCon. Now with cell phones and twitter it's really not used all that much.

Q) What is a Monkey Butler?

A) A DefCon 101 Volunteer.

Q) What is DefCon 101?

A) DefCon 101 is a two hour "Session" taking place on thursday with a number of microtalks about getting involved with DefCon. It's an overview of the many facets of DefCon as well as information on surviving DefCon. There are also other intro talks and workshops taking place on Thursday for the New Attendees to get their feet wet before the Big Show.

Q) What is dc-stuff?

A) An unmoderated mailing list for people who converse on a wide range of topics including information directly related to DefCon.

Q) What is #dc-forums?

A) The channel dedicated to the DefCon forums, or atleast it was at one point.

Q) What is DeafCon?

A) DefCon for Deaf people. Roamer is fluent in ASL and more than happy to help anyone out who needs it.

Q) What is Spot the Fed? What do I do?

A) If you believe someone is a Fed, tell Priest. Then the alleged fed will be approach and asked a serious of questions to find out if he/she is indeed one of big brothers children. If he turns out to be a fed, you and he both get a shirt after he gets some razzing. If he isn't, you just look like a loser and people mock you.

Q) What is Spot the undercover reporter?

A) Spot the undercover Reporter started when some bitch from NBC tried to infilitrate DefCon. She was attempting to get someone to admit something illegal as well as expose undercover federal agents.

Q) What is a Smart Phone?

A) The computer in your pocket.

Q) What are the drink prices like at DefCon?

A) Beer: Domestic $2.00 - Imported $3.00 . Wine: $3.00 . Mix drinks: $3.00 (I wouldn't look for top shelf stuff) or so the Riv say's.

Q) What happens if I am caught doing something dumb, plain stupid, illegal? Do you call the cops?

A) It depends on what you did and how serious the infraction was. If you do something really bad, be prepared to spend a night with Bubba. Don't ruin everybody elses fun with your asshatery.

Q) What was the "Asshole Fiasco" that people are talking about?

A) To sum it up, "asshole" was the handle of a guy who was a fucktard at DefCon and ruined the fun for everybody else. Don't be like him.

Q) What kind of stuff should I bring to defcon?

A) Kinds of stuff to bring, may include: Shorts, Pants, T-Shirts, Underwear, Socks (if you're not a hippy), Shoes/Sandals, Cash (at least 300USD), Pen/Pencil, Paper, Sun Block (if you don't get out much), Camera, Radio (FRS), Cell Phone, Sunglasses, Bathroom Kit/Toiletries (Toothbrush, meds, Shaving Kit, etc.), Stuff to trade (Swag), Deodorant (This could be included in the Bathroom kit, but lets make a SPECIAL note of bringing it), First Aid Kit (Band-Aids, Rubbing Alcohol, etc.), health insurance card (if you have it) Avatar Badge.

If this is your first time at Defcon, chances are you will bring a lot of shit that you don't need. After your first year you can decide what you actually used and what you want to leave at home. However, don't bring anything too expensive. It may get lost or stolen.

Q) More specifically should I bring my laptop to Defcon?

A) It really depends on what you're going to do with it. There's always the chance that it may get 0wned. Don't bring your laptop just to have it, for a lot of people it ends up just taking space in their luggage. If you have a specific need for it, then sure, bring it. But don't sit on your laptop all day, you can do that shit at home. You have the chance to get out and make some friends and meet some new and interesting people. If you do that, you'll probably learn more in three days then you will all year sitting online.

Q) What is the fed to hacker ratio?

A) Where did you get this crazy notion that Fed's aren't Hackers?

Q) Are there Law Enforcement personnel at DefCon?

A) There are plenty of current and former law enforcement personnel at DefCon. Many of them view themselves as hackers as well.

Q) Are there rent-a-cops at Defcon? Are they smart?

A) The Riviera is a Casino, yes they have their security. Their intelligence doesn't matter nearly as much as their ability to ruin your fun if you fuck up.

Q) Are there sufficient outlets and network jacks for everyone?

A) There is never enough for EVERYONE, no matter how hard you try. But if your lucky you will get what you need (not always what you want). To be safe, if you are bringing electronics, pack a power strip.

Q) Are there Female/gay/(insert other minority here) hackers at DefCon?

A) Sure, why not? DefCon is all about the minority loving.

Q) How old do I have to be to goto DefCon? Is there an Age Requirement?

A) Technically there is no age requirement to goto DefCon (No ID Check at Registration). However, DefCon is an Adult Event and not meant for children.

Q) How do I get into Parties if I'm under 21?

A) You don't. Like DefCon, most parties are Adult Events.

Q) How many pieces of clothing should I bring to Defcon?

A) 3.14 articles of clothing.

Q) How should I set up my schedule for the ultimate Defcon trip?

A) This is very subjective as it really depends on where your interests lay. When setting up your schedule you should remember to dedicate time not just to the talks but to the many other things going on during DefCon. With the Parties, Villages, Contests and Breakout Session there really is a lot more going on then just the talks. You should take all that into consideration when you're trying to decide on your schedule... It's not just a "talk fest", it's a community event. Remember to spend some time getting to know people and making some new friends/associates. Remember to ATLEAST follow the 3 - 2 - 1 Daily Rule when at DefCon. 3 Hours of Sleep, 2 Meals a Day, 1 (atleast!) Shower Daily.

Q) How stupid do I have to be before I get my ass canned from Defcon for life? Will they really remember me the next year?

A) If you get caught doing something you know is wrong/illegal then you are stupid enough. Yes, they will remember you and your picture will go onto a global database for Facial Recognition.

Q) How do I convince my company to send me to Defcon?

A) A good Blow Job? Seriously, you could probably show them how they will be saving you money by sending you to DefCon instead of Blackhat while still getting much of the same information.

Q) How can I contribute to Defcon?

A) By being an ACTIVE Participant.

Q) You say being an ACTIVE participant is the best was to enjoy Defcon, what should I be active in if this is my first time?

A) If this is your first DefCon, I'd start by saying that you should make sure to come in on Thursday and particpate in some of the activities. At the very least you should see the DefCon 101 Sessions. Next, don't just go to the Talks... Experience the Con. Signup for a Contest, goto the villages, hangout and goto the Parties. Meet new people and make some friends! Become a part of the community by adding to it an not just being a lurker. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned expert on a topic you will have something to add and something to learn, if you just get involved. Don't spend all of DefCon sitting on your laptop.

Q) How can I make a Defcon Avatar Badge?

A) Follow these instructions.

Q) How do I become a Goon? Are there certain qualifications, how do I get in, who do I have to talk to?

A) It's very complex and deals with many occultist rituals and blood sacrifices.

Q) Can I be a runner for a goon?

A) Sure. Find a goon and ask if they need a beer. Then run to get them a beer... You're now a runner for a goon.

Q) Can I walk around Defcon with my gun on my cross-draw vest?

A) The question isn't "Can you" but "should you" and the answer is a resounding "No". Further more, you shouldn't even be using a cross-draw holster.

Q) Can I shoot things at random as long as they aren't people?

A) No. Unless you enjoy: A) Going to jail (read:Assrape) B) Getting Shot C) Both B & A.

Q) Can I take pictures/video footage at Defcon?

A) Sure. However, you need to be very careful when you take pictures of random people. Often they get very upset about that and you may lose your Camera or consciousness. No-one likes an asshat who takes pictures of them without their permission.

Q) Can I touch the girls walking around? Where do they come from?

A) No, you can't touch the girls until you get some social skills. If you do, they will hurt you.

Q) Will there ever be another strippercon?

A) You won't be invited, so don't worry about it. Though, the Hacker Pimps party has stripped, so maybe you can score an invite to that?

Q) Will I get laid at Defcon?

A) No. You aren't cool, you smell bad, and you have zero social skills. No-one wants to know how k-rad and leet you are, even scenewhores turn their back in your presence.

Q) Where can I get video footage of Defcon, I want to see if I can see myself?

A) The DefCon Media Archives.

Q) Where do a lot of people go at night?

A) Bars, Clubs, Shows, Parties... Maybe you should think about learning to utilize some of those social skills and go make some friends.

Q) I keep hearing that Defcon is cancelled, is this true?

A) No, it is not true. However, if you are stupid and believe it, maybe you shouldn't come.

Q) I saw a piece of paper that says to do bad things at Defcon... should i do them?

A) Not unless you enjoy being a Goon's Bitch. If you do see a piece of paper like this, show it to one of the goons so they know about it. It only takes one schmuck to ruin everybodys fun.

Q) I want to film a hacker documentary at Defcon, what do I have to do?

A) First lets get something clear: You are NOT the first person to come up with this idea and you probably won't be the last. If you still want to do it, contact press@defcon.org and pitch them your idea. Just make sure you follow the rules for the press and becareful where you point your camera.

Q) I have something I want to donate as a prize for one of the contests who do I talk to?

A) You should talk to either Russ who runs the contest area or siviak who runs the scavenger hunt.

Q) I want to volunteer to work at Defcon, who do I talk to?

A) A good place to start would be the contest organizers. Go see if they need any help.

Q) I've heard conflicting stories about Pool-Con; what exactly was it?

A) PoolCon was an after party of sorts at Defcon. It took place on Sunday and ran all night. People who are leaving Defcon on Sunday usually left any extra alcohol by Pool 3 (at the AP) before they went on their way and that is what fueled the event. In years past it was usually a chill event, but after some assholes came to PoolCon at DefconXI it didn't turn out to be. It lasted in some form or another until DefCon finally left the Alexis Park.

Q) I like talking like a gangster but look more like a fool; will I be made fun of?

A) Yes. And then they will push you on the ground and kick you.

Q) I want to be someone's bitch, who do I ask?

A) There are plenty of people to ask if you want to be a bitch. Just stand in the middle of the contest area and announce it at the top of your lungs. Someone will be along shortly to assist you.

Q) I don't go out in the sun much, should I bring sunscreen?

A) Yes, bring the highest SPF you can find lest you burst into flames like a vampire.

Q) Someone just pushed me on the ground, what should I do?

A) Pray that they will not kick you while you are down.

Q) Someone gave me a drink and it tasted really funny. What now?

A) Congrats, you've just been roofied! Let this be a lesson to you. Don't drink stuff unless you know where it's come from. At this point, you may want to start looking for a goon in a redshirt to help you out.

Q) I heard prostitution was legal here, is that true?

A) No. While prostitution is legal in many counties in Nevada, it is still illegal in Las Vegas.

Q) I think someone stole my password, what do I do?

A) Take it as a life lesson. Next time, make sure your session is secure, your password is complex and that your not connecting to unknowning networks/devices.

Q) I want souvenirs, why they are so expensive?

A) Supply and Demand.

Q) I see a bunch of goons running some place. Should I follow them to see what all the excitement is?

A) No. If the security goons are moving some place quick that means they are responding to a situation. Unless you are involved in whatever situation they are responding to, it doesn't concern you. They may be heading to deal with a medical situation and don't need a bunch of gawkers standing around while they try to deal with the situation. If you decide to play 'ambulance chaser' with the goons, they may want to have a chat with you.

Q) I have a question that the FAQ didn't answer. What do I do?

A) Come to DefCon 101 session on the Thursday of the DefCon Weekend. Drop me a line: faq{at}stotanYOURPANTS{dot}org (make sure to remove yourpants before sending).

Q) Why do you repeat some questions?

A) Some things need to be said more than once to hammer their message home. Also, some questions have been asked so many times that if it's said more than once maybe people will actually read it and stop asking it.

People who deserve thanks for their part in "The Unofficial DefCon FAQ v2.0"

Special thanks for people involved in the FAQ go out to: Thorn, Renderman, TheCotman, Nikita, Dallas, Wiseacre, Dead Addict, Meee, Russr, Panadero, Ck3k, Xodia, Deviant, Lil_Freak, Hackajar, Che, alklloyd, DT, Spahkle, L0NDO, AlxRogan, Neil, Siviak, ThePrez98, TW, erehwon, Blackwave, Blackbettle, Grifter, Astcell, Barkode, Noid, Chris, Flea, Abby_Nrml, Godminusone, DaKahuna, Octalpussy, AggonA, Neural, zziks, Nulltone, dmz, Converge, Skroo, Valkyrie, Runnerup! and numerous others in the Defcon Community that gave me/I took questions/answers/quotes.

If you would like to help in some way, you can buy one of these people a beer or some other alcoholic beverage at Defcon.~ HighWiz


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