Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

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Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby wing » Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:05 pm UTC

I'm almost certainly going, and while I'm going to be hanging out with some other folks most of the weekend, I was wondering if anyone would be interested in getting together for a round, or some pizza, or building a FRICKIN' SWEET GUN ROBOT or something. I already have a team for Titanium Chef on the 7th (We'll be arriving at the BBQ with nothing, and bartering beer for all our cooking needs - grill, utensils, etc. Possibly also trading beer for cooking lessons, because we don't know how to cook anything other than the nerd staples)

Also, if anyone wants to convoy from LA (I'll be leaving from the greater Torrance region on the morning of the 7th after breakfast with Girl at Norms or something), I rig a mad inter-vehicle wifi network. Kept a 54mbit signal with no packet loss between two moving vehicles in a rain storm across 3 lanes of traffic and almost 50 yards of linear separation. Don't have room in the car for any more people, though, so don't ask for a ride :P

As to specific places and times, it's a bit far out to pick those out - there isn't yet any publication of official days/times for any Defcon events except logical constraints putting the Toxic BBQ on the afternoon of the 7th. There will, of course, be the nightly parties, both sanctioned and non. Last year they had some problems getting the casino to let young'uns into those, because alcohol was being served. This will hopefully be worked out this year. (Reportedly, this is fixed now at at least one of the events)

Defcon is $120 admission (CASH ONLY) and runs from the 8th-10th. There is a related event called the Toxic BBQ held the day before. Basically, a bunch of drunk hackers and geeks in a public park near the airport with grills. What could possibly go wrong with that? The con itself is in the Riviera Hotel and Casino this year. This year's Defcon room rate is $95/night. Not bad, but not great. Nearby hotels include Circus Circus, the Las Vegas Hilton, the Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Strip, and the Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Las Vegas Hilton.

I'm personally staying in a rockin' suite at the Grand Vacations Club on the Strip, which is half a block north of the Riv on the opposite side of the strip.
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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby darwinwins » Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:15 am UTC

i'll be in vegas about a week prior. sorry dude.
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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby Sadistic » Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:36 pm UTC

Anyone up for just a general meet up in Vegas? I live out here and august seems too long to wait!

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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby MuseSik » Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:31 pm UTC

I'm in Vegas too, and would be in for just about anything. The last of my really geeky friends left town for school in the fall and I'm in need of a fix.

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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby Sadistic » Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:25 pm UTC

MuseSik wrote:I'm in Vegas too, and would be in for just about anything. The last of my really geeky friends left town for school in the fall and I'm in need of a fix.

I'm down if theres more people, but I hang at the RedRock most days. I'm friends with the arcade attendants so free plays abound.

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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby lazarus89 » Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:51 am UTC

I'm down with a DEFCON meetup-- I think I'll be going this year if I can get my dumbass friends to come with me.
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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby ravenhearte » Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:56 am UTC

Also down for defcon or an earlier meetup. Though it's about a 2 1/2 hour drive for me.

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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby bug » Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:47 am UTC

Oh man, I would love to attend. I didn't make it last year, but my uncle, who had offered to take me, recorded some very interesting lectures for me. I'll be there if my schedule allows. It's complicated, since I'm planning to do GSoC this summer (of course, nothing stops me from hacking in a hotel room), and fall semester begins right after this ends.
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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby LeapingLizards » Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:39 pm UTC

I live in vegas. If there is a meet up, id be down.

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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby Xovan » Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:24 pm UTC

I might go, if you guys stay at the Alexis park you might meet my dad. I'm kinda interested in it since I've done programming for a long time but never really got into hacking much. This might be a good place to go and learn a few things.

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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby Neris » Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:46 pm UTC

I'm interested. I'm going to try and see if I can get in for free (I work for an expo company, hopefully we are doing that event).
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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby kenop » Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:06 am UTC

still trying to find out if my work is sending me this year.. but if they don't I'll just go anyway on my own dime.

so, subscribing to join the shenanigans.

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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby wing » Thu May 01, 2008 4:20 am UTC

Xovan wrote:I might go, if you guys stay at the Alexis park you might meet my dad. I'm kinda interested in it since I've done programming for a long time but never really got into hacking much. This might be a good place to go and learn a few things.

This is a great place to go and learn a few things. Especially alcoholism, but there's some technical stuff, too.

Updating OP with this year's pricing info (Fuckers raised the price AGAIN! My extra $20 had better buy me even more awesome!) and my revised schedule.


I'd also like to propose meeting up at the BBQ on the 7th over some Meat and Beer, since this year's actual con schedule is turning into a huge furball of stuff to do and talks to hear.
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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby TheProfoundWord » Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:26 pm UTC

I, too, reside in the Greater Las Vegas area, so I'd be down for it.

EDIT: In retrospect, $120 is a lot of money I don't have =/

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Re: Las Vegas, NV - August 7-10, 2008 -- DEFCON

Postby CindeeMiller » Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:58 pm UTC

Defcon is $120 admission (CASH ONLY) and runs from the 8th-10th. There is a related event called the Toxic BBQ held the day before. Basically, a bunch of drunk hackers and geeks in a public park near the airport with grills. What could possibly go wrong with that? The con itself is in the Riviera Hotel and Casino this year. This year's Defcon room rate is $95/night. Not bad, but not great.


What's the plan for the next Defcon? I live in Vegas now so never have to miss one again.


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