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  • big chopper
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    I miss is The Splash Bar, that used to sit where that big hole is now (between the shops by the pool and the main casino). It was a great place to buy a drink and talk with/meet a fellow DEFCON'er.

    A Riv emlpoyee told me that there were health violations that could only be fixed by rebuilding the whole bar. Apparently, they still plan to do that.

    --BC,

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  • Abby_Normal
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    I think we need to find a hotel without a casino. The AP was more flexible with us because they didn't feel we were taking anything away from them.

    Private events = people not in the casino. Free food and drink = loss of sales. At least that's what the Riv thinks.

    In reality their draconian attempts to force us to only buy stuff from them and use their services is pushing people to go off site. The Riv was dead the nights that there were off site events.

    They are slitting their own throats with this crap, and now a lot of people don't even want to stay in the hotel.

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  • Club81
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    Originally posted by pwrdwnsys View Post
    ...I would quite gladly pay more for DefCon......IMHO, the Riv is shit and whilst I salute the goons for trying to keep order, Friday was just a joke and I gave up queuing mid-afternoon and went for beer instead.
    This, unfortunately, was my exact reaction, too. Grab a couple cold ones and attend a session that I could actually make it to.

    Yes, I learned a lot in those sessions. Yes, they were good. Yes, it was valuable. Yes, I was missing the actual sessions that I wanted to see.

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  • pwrdwnsys
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    On the discussion re: price of badges, I felt that I got as much {educational, knowledge} value from DefCon as I did from BlackHat. Whilst I'm not saying that DefCon should be $1400 (or whatever BHUSA09 Briefings cost my company this year), I would quite gladly pay more for DefCon. IMHO, the Riv is shit and whilst I salute the goons for trying to keep order, Friday was just a joke and I gave up queuing mid-afternoon and went for beer instead.

    Thanks for DT and everyone else involved in organising DC - great event, and I'll definitely be back for more next year.

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  • notmjp
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    Why not the best of both worlds? As I understand it, the problem with badges is that more people came than there were badges.

    Why not, instead of a pre-registration system that the FBI will ask DT for at some point, there is a simple online poll of "I am definitively going to DefCon this year." with people who are going clicking that. Not giving out real name or dox or whatever, but just getting a baseline for how many people to expect that year?

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  • Dallas
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    As Long as DT remembers Christmas we are ok, however they may still run out of badges as they will not know how many will attend. I think, that they should have a (I have correct change line) and a (Im a dumbass) line, and train the people handing out badges how to trade money in less than 10 sec (Im talking about the Riv people). Then maybe setup 2 lines and run them through. If you are in the Dumbass line, you get ran into circles.

    Just a thought.

    OR!! Use a rolling badge system of say 1000 badges at $ 200 each which can be pre-ordered and picked up (maybe donate some to the EFF)..then have the rest wait in the Correct change and Dumbass line.

    I get there on Wed and have never had an issue.

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  • zCat
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    My first DEFCON was DC14, so that's my baseline reference.

    We had several "regulars" in my group who couldn't make it this year due to work, and one new person who bailed, also related to work. I brought one new person, but we lost three. I don't know where all the other new people came from.

    Personal impressions:

    With the addition of the turbo room and the skybox there were a lot more talks, but it was harder to find out what was going on at a given time since they weren't on the visual schedule grid. I liked the DEFCON 101 talks, but didn't like having so many in parallel. For some strange reason, most of the talks I really wanted to go to were on Sunday...

    Thoughts:

    I wouldn't mind volunteering for a shift keeping the hallways moving if it meant that I could get to the talks I wanted to on time. (If I can help you get to your talk on time on my shift, maybe someone can do the same for me later.)

    Having badges arrive early makes all the difference. The lines last year and this year to exchange badges contributed to the crowding issue in the hallways. I'd try that before hiking up the prices in an effort to dissuade people from coming.

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  • big chopper
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    Another amazing DEFCON. A few thoughts...

    I DO NOT believe that DEFCON has outgrown The Riviera. I think that 80% of the problems related to congestion could be solved by providing a simpler badge. The badge--though cool, has taken on a life of its own that is interfering with DEFCON. DEFCON is not BADGECON, though one could get confused,

    I pity the speakers who had early talks and the people who wanted to attend them because a good half of the con was waiting in line for some type of badge procurement related activity early on.

    PLEASE. LET"S NOT LET THE BADGE CONTROL THE SHOW.

    I miss the simple metal stamped badges we had ten years ago. Let's get back to basics.
    --BC,

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  • Voltage Spike
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    Originally posted by evel aka matt View Post
    Pre-reg won't slow anything down if the only option is to have the badge mailed.
    That would be nice except that the organizers are actively against revealing badge information ahead of time. You could then say, "mail a placeholder for exchange", but I wouldn't trust people not to duplicate the item and have driven costs marginally higher.

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  • evel aka matt
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    Originally posted by Voltage Spike View Post
    The first problem is that pre-registration will signifcantly slow down the registration processing. I know people want their badges, but I don't want to see it happen at the expense of longer lines and more waiting in line at all times.
    Pre-reg won't slow anything down if the only option is to have the badge mailed.

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  • Voltage Spike
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    Originally posted by meethade View Post
    I don't mean to say that the cash only option should be replaced, just to suggest preregistration via credit card or PayPal as an additional option to what already exists.
    The first problem is that pre-registration will signifcantly slow down the registration processing. I know people want their badges, but I don't want to see it happen at the expense of longer lines and more waiting in line at all times.

    Personally, I'd be more inclined to spend extra $20 to see the badges not made in China. Okay 300% is a lot for the U.S. but someone in the community may be able to bring it down through their connections and there is always Mexico.

    There are some small things that can be done with the walls to increase hallway accessibility. You know what appeared to help the most with movement? Someone printing a sign for the hallway door reading "Stay right ->". The problem is simple and, as we have seen, difficult to solve: people need to stop being so self-centered and realize that walking slowly or stopping with a group of five to talk is incredibly selfish. I would suggest that attendees stop being so sheepish and tell strangers to move when they are being jerks. Most people are inclined to do the right thing, but they need a reminder that what they are doing is wrong.

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  • netstat
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    Originally posted by Rosemaker View Post
    I disagree with this because it cuts into *my* advantage, which is being able to tell work that I have to leave Wednesday so I can be there early Thursday to get my badge.
    I am so using that line next year :)

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  • Rosemaker
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    Originally posted by meethade View Post
    So, I was wondering if adding a preregistration option would help with predicting and handling the size of the crowd. I know it says in the FAQ that registration is cash only and only at the time of the event, but with so many people, being able to count how many have registered could be useful with planning.

    I don't mean to say that the cash only option should be replaced, just to suggest preregistration via credit card or PayPal as an additional option to what already exists.
    Pre-registration opens up a can of worms, and can quickly destroy anonymity.

    Assume there are "f" badges.

    People who surrender their Electronic Data will get a badge. Now there are "f-ED" badges.

    As f-ED approaches f, you will not get a badge unless you work somewhere you're willing to be known, or are in the first part of the cash line.

    One solution to this is to have only a set number of pre-registration badges (30% maybe) that will be available before the event. I disagree with this because it cuts into *my* advantage, which is being able to tell work that I have to leave Wednesday so I can be there early Thursday to get my badge.

    XD

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  • Abby_Normal
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    Originally posted by meethade View Post
    So, I was wondering if adding a preregistration option would help with predicting and handling the size of the crowd. .
    I would be in favor of preregistering, esp if it meant I'd actually get a badge. I've been coming to DC for years, and this is the first year I didn't a badge.

    I don't give a rats ass who knows I'm attending defcon, anonymity isn't an issue for me.

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  • meethade
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    So, I was wondering if adding a preregistration option would help with predicting and handling the size of the crowd. I know it says in the FAQ that registration is cash only and only at the time of the event, but with so many people, being able to count how many have registered could be useful with planning.

    I don't mean to say that the cash only option should be replaced, just to suggest preregistration via credit card or PayPal as an additional option to what already exists.

    Anyways, I would not mind paying a little more if that meant the crowding issue could be handled better. Not that I want to pay more, but if that's what it takes, then I'm OK with that, as long as it is a nominal increase.

    I did notice that the crowding got better towards the end, but I can't really say that it was due to better organization, although I'm sure that helped.

    I still had a great time though.

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