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    What the hell happened to the time? Defcon 17 has ended. What did you like about it? How would you make it better? Remember, it is a community effort, and it only gets better when we make it better.
    I want to thank the goons for being their usual spectacular selves. I'd name each and every one (and tried VERY hard to learn names), but I suck completely at remembering names (or anything, really).

    Way too many people for me, and I miss DC TV in the rooms, but I was still happy to see all those I only see once a year, and sorry to not have more time to visit with any of them.

    One of the best moments for me was watching 1rr1t@nt give the smack down to the Juvenile Delinquent version of Vinyl Vanna when she messed with the bunny ears at Hacker Jeopardy.

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    completely off topic, but I love your sig :)

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      Originally posted by shrdlu View Post
      Way too many people for me, and I miss DC TV in the rooms, but I was still happy to see all those I only see once a year, and sorry to not have more time to visit with any of them.
      I hope Defcon doesn't become like the restaurant of which Yogi Berra once said: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded..."

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        I give my applause. Coming here for the first time (finally) was like going to Disneyland for the first time in my life. I will definitely come again.

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          Originally posted by jeremycec View Post
          I hope Defcon doesn't become like the restaurant of which Yogi Berra once said: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded..."
          I second this remark... seemed like there were alot more people this year. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
          XS

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          • #6
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            Suggestion: Change this thread title to "Applause (or Bees)"?

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            • #7
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              Thanks to:
              L0st: for picking me up some cough drops at 4 am Thursday night.
              Russ and Pyro: for all their hard work in the contest room.
              Security Goons: for keeping us all to the right.
              23b: the Mobile Club is still one of the best things around.
              British Carl: You sir, are my favorite new friend this year. It was my pleasure to get shitfaced with you and party till daylight. Thank you for your gift.
              Bruce Potter: for being such a good sport about the everclear at closing ceremonies.
              All the oCTF Contestants for reminding me of why we do what we do.
              All the DefCon attendees who donated to the EFF using the Vending Machine, and blowing my $200 goal out of the water.
              The Vendors: who each and every year help supply the prizes for oCTF. Ghetto Geeks, DualCore, and Hackers for Charity among others.
              The general Riviera floor staff: for putting up with the hallway parties, and other DefCon related randomness.

              Boos to:
              Beeees: nuff said.
              Select Riviera Staff: for deliberately and directly attacking the livelihood of our convention.
              Myself: I suck at public speaking!

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              • #8
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                Alright, here's my list:

                Thank yous:
                All the TOOOLs of course, will just collect you neatly in a bundle here. I spent more time in the LPV than ever before and really enjoyed getting back to teaching etc.
                The FOOLs: Dosman & Valanx. A: Thanks for letting me stay with you & B: thanks for constantly making the weekend better. And you'll be in the Boos later too, so don't get too excited. :P
                LI & MIT clubs too: Just everyone there to pick locks, teach people how to pick locks, or compete in picking locks.
                Alek: Totally blanking on your last name. Blue hair, DC101 lockpicking talk, etc. Was awesome hanging out with you. Thanks for letting me jump in on the talk, I still owe you half a six pack from:
                Dude who gave me a six pack for the DC101 talk: Hey, guy, thanks!
                Dude who gave us beers on stage at the talk: Hey! More thanks, and you live near Boston, look me up.
                Lady who opened said beers: Please teach me how to do that next year, sorry I missed you this year.
                Guy who yelled "Get in my party and drink free beer": You were as tall as you were kind, sir.
                Guy who yelled "Hey, come up to my room" Thanks for having rollergirls, vodka & locks when we managed to find you.
                Jackalope: Glad we bumped into each other a few times, always good to see you, looking forward to Sector.
                Adam & Kyle of the winning scavenger hunt team: I am _so_ proud of you guys. Awesome work.
                Heidi & Bruce: Had a great time all weekend hanging out with you guys, can't wait for Schmoo.
                Mouse: Always always always love seeing you, your talks & catching up.
                Barry: For bringing a little Dutch style to the American Open.
                Han: Thank you, so much, for your constant trust and encouragement.
                Nikita & Neil: Glad to see a lot of you both, catch you next year!
                Goons (particularly Al): Great as always, and Al made it his mission to help me out late Sunday. Thank you all so much!
                Keith Meyers Holy crap the Freakshow set was incredible.
                Datagram: Great finally meeting you formally. Your work is superb.

                & all sorts of other people I'm forgetting.

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                • #9
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                  Thanks:
                  Ninjas (nous, nkryptr, barkode, Captain Hook...)
                  Goons

                  Boos:

                  The Riviera, the biggest suck in Vegas. You knew we were coming for a year, we'd been there before and you still couldn't plan ahead and you couldn't get "customer service" right if you had a 3 week training course. We brought the money and you sold us a pile of "fuck you", why would we EVER come back after this?

                  I look forward to seeing news of your bankruptcy and your hotel burning to the ground.
                  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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                  • #10
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                    A few more

                    Salem For the gallons and gallons of cider he graciously provided us.
                    Abby Normal and IceTre for exposing me to the awesome that is nachos at the peppermill.
                    Peppermill: for providing a real world chance to use gravity to siphon booze from a bowl to a glass.
                    Johnny Long: for the fantastic knife stick gift from Uganda. Keep up the good work buddy.

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                    • #11
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                      Applause:
                      Barkode & Chris - for rocking the Ninja Party as usual.
                      C-stone & A-Woz (and the cast of thousands soldering) - for making the amazing Ninja badges.
                      Nousie - for being the only other responsible person awake at 9:30am on Saturday.
                      Priest - for getting the well-deserved hookup for your 3 buddies, they were cool guys and hooked me up too.
                      Dallas - for stepping in and doing a great job at The Summit, and for being a great speaker goon.
                      Avarice - one talk down, many more to go.


                      Boos:
                      Riviera - Just in general...
                      Tequila - Ugh.

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                      • #12
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                        Big big thanks to the members of the top three winning teams at the Scav hunt. You made my days hilarious and creatively interesting. Shout outs specifically to DoubleDflipflop, Kyle and Zaimon. Penguin, your Zombie stripper haunted my dreams that night.

                        Salem for your cider which I was happily able to savor at not one place but four throughout con over the weekend.

                        DCode, you helped me stay awake with what seemed like a miracle. You rool.

                        Goon Band, keep rocking it out with your cocks out, can't wait to see you again. Special props to OD for singing with his heart even if he knew none of the words. Thanks for the CD GM1!

                        DJ Kris Klink and his beautiful woman J. for sharing the awesomely cheap ass room at the Sahara.

                        CJ for letting the world invade his pool side room even when he wasn't there.

                        Siviak, Icetre. Abby, the entire 23b crew and all of the incredible people that bought VIP badges or just flat out donated cash to the PH Party cause.

                        Wynn, thank you for the bar tab on Sunday night. We will try harder next year!

                        boo to the Riv for not being more accomodating about well controlled parties around the hotel. I can't blame you for the bad customer service since you are in chapter 13 bankruptcy and had to lay off 70% of your workforce but you should still try harder. Boo to you as well for selling beer 2 dollars cheaper in the casino itself and at skybox parties than you did at any other satellite bar in the convention area. Drop your prices a bit and you will see your sales stay onsite more. Someone please talk to the bartender at the AP for some advice on this. Its hot out and we really don't want to walk for booze but we will to save a few bucks out of principle.\


                        Big boooo to Danozano for busting my glasses. I had to walk around for two days sporting an 80s retro nerdcore style of electrical tape holding my earpiece on. Yay to the hardware hacker that tried to solder it on ( I didn't catch your name and I suck!).
                        Last edited by eris; August 4th, 2009, 20:20.
                        "They-Who-Were-Google are no longer alone. Now we are all Google."

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                        • #13
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                          I don't generally pass email based comments to the forums but this one seems nice enough to me, and I did ask for, and got permission to take a private "conversation" in email to a public space, so long as his email address was not included:

                          Originally posted by Ben Merliss by email
                          Hi,

                          I am a Las Vegas Cabbie. I just wanted to say...Thanks for having your convention once again in Las Vegas! You were a great group to transport and we look forward to having you back next year.

                          Please post this for me.

                          Thanks again,

                          Ben Merliss

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                            Re: Applause (or Boos) ...

                            Originally posted by TheCotMan View Post
                            I don't generally pass email based comments to the forums but this one seems nice enough to me, and I did ask for, and got permission to take a private "conversation" in email to a public space, so long as his email address was not included:

                            Funny, every employee of the Riv that was not directly connected to event planning or convention planning or whatever that department is loved having us there. I had a waiter thank me and my group in Kady's profusely for bringing money to the restaurant. I had bartenders at the single bar telling me they had more tips that weekend than they had for the last few months. Heck, the ladies on the cleaning crew in the bathrooms said they were happy to see us. I had over $700 of receipts(not all my own of course but they didn't give a shit about that) to turn in at the ABC store for their free gifts by Saturday and got the most polite treatment I ever had from the Riv. We were appreciated, by the working class folk at least.
                            Last edited by eris; August 4th, 2009, 20:25. Reason: adding some stuff I forgot about
                            "They-Who-Were-Google are no longer alone. Now we are all Google."

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                              One last thing, If you bought/gave me food/booze/smokes or any other form of earthly support. THANK YOU. Going to defcon broke is not an easy thing to do, but this convention is not something that I will easily miss.

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