A) Cash Only! This one doesn't even deserve an explination...
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.
A) No. And even if you do, you will still probably be uncool. In fact, all real 1337 Hax0rs use BSD anyway.
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.
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.
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.
A) No. Apparently if you don't wear a t-shirt people will think you are a fed.
A) Only if you never want to see your boots again.
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.
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.
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.
A) Yes. This years hair color is Yellow... Not Blond... Yellow.
A) Yes, or you can take a trip and buy some at the store. Keeping hydrated is something to take very seriously.
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).
A) Not unless you enjoying being a play thing for the goons.
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.
A) Yes. Go to a supermarket, it's cheaper then the food at the Riv and you have a wider assortment to chose from.
A) No. Well, if you want some thief to steal your identity, then maybe..
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?
A) Of course it is... There are plenty of 'tards who ride the short bus who come to DefCon every year.
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.
A) That is what DT said...
A) Very hot, remember to keep hydrated especially when outdoors.
A) People drink at Defcon because they like to unwind and have fun with their friends. It's a social lubricant.
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.)
A) Because of all the drugs you did in high school.
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.
A) Because you are uncool... Your parents lied to you. You're not special. Well... Maybe, "short bus" special..
A) Because you need better social skills, or you smell bad. Probably a combination of both.
A) So they can blend it, and not be mistaken for a fed.
A) Because most of the boys are uncool... Just because you have a dick doesn't mean people will want you.
A) Cause homosexuality is the new black.
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.
A) Priest is big because he eats script kiddies for breakfast and washes them down with the blood of virgins.
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.
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.
A) It started with Anononimity. But now is a staple of the hacker community. Your handle is your unique name within the hacker community.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
A) The thing you like to roll around in your mouth.
A) Redbull is any energy drink, best served with alcohol (if you're 21 or over).
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.
A) An instrument of hilarity.
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.
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.
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.
A) A DefCon 101 Volunteer.
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.
A) An unmoderated mailing list for people who converse on a wide range of topics including information directly related to DefCon.
A) The channel dedicated to the DefCon forums, or atleast it was at one point.
A) DefCon for Deaf people. Roamer is fluent in ASL and more than happy to help anyone out who needs it.
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.
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.
A) The computer in your pocket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A) Where did you get this crazy notion that Fed's aren't Hackers?
A) There are plenty of current and former law enforcement personnel at DefCon. Many of them view themselves as hackers as well.
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.
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.
A) Sure, why not? DefCon is all about the minority loving.
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.
A) You don't. Like DefCon, most parties are Adult Events.
A) 3.14 articles of clothing.
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.
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.
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.
A) By being an ACTIVE Participant.
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.
A) Follow these instructions.
A) It's very complex and deals with many occultist rituals and blood sacrifices.
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.
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.
A) No. Unless you enjoy: A) Going to jail (read:Assrape) B) Getting Shot C) Both B & A.
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.
A) No, you can't touch the girls until you get some social skills. If you do, they will hurt you.
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?
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.
A) The DefCon Media Archives.
A) Bars, Clubs, Shows, Parties... Maybe you should think about learning to utilize some of those social skills and go make some friends.
A) No, it is not true. However, if you are stupid and believe it, maybe you shouldn't come.
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.
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 email@example.com and pitch them your idea. Just make sure you follow the rules for the press and becareful where you point your camera.
A) You should talk to either Russ who runs the contest area or siviak who runs the scavenger hunt.
A) A good place to start would be the contest organizers. Go see if they need any help.
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.
A) Yes. And then they will push you on the ground and kick you.
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.
A) Yes, bring the highest SPF you can find lest you burst into flames like a vampire.
A) Pray that they will not kick you while you are down.
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.
A) No. While prostitution is legal in many counties in Nevada, it is still illegal in Las Vegas.
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.
A) Supply and Demand.
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.
A) Come to DefCon 101 session on the Thursday of the DefCon Weekend.