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    Well, another event has come and gone for our community. This was my first time finally making it out to San Diego and i absolutely have to agree with all the buzz that people love to share concerning how great ToorCon is. The Shmoo who decided to start up an east coast con have said they used ToorCon as their model (small size, high signal-to-noise ratio, fewer posers, more fu, etc) and those who have seen both can attest to the fact that they succeeded.

    so the biggest uber-props certainly go to Hikari, Tim, Geo, PhilB, M, and all the rest of the organizers and staff who make it happen each year. thank you so very much for the invite, i hope what i brought to the table was worthwhile.

    Woots...

    my room crew - ck3k, Z, and voltage spike... you guys all kick ass. so many people shell out loads of cash for a room at a con then don't split it with anyone, either because they think they need all that space to stretch out or because they smell bad and have no friends. fortunately i am not afflicted by such concerns and therefore had the great joy of sharing the space (and the room bill) with you folk. while it didn't hurt that our place was a palace (i think that they balcony alone was enough for a whole person) everyone really went above and beyond when it came to managing space, etc.

    my apologies if i woke any of you with loud snoring or drunken stumbles to the bathroom around 3 AM. my awesomeness doesn't compare to yours because you all kick serious ass. top-notch roommates in perfect condition. exactly as advertised. very fast shipper. would buy again. A+++ :-)

    freshman - what can i say, man... you consistently bring an element of fun to any event that never goes awry. you always have your head on straight but manage to be doing something fun with a dozen people all while working. you introduced me to lots of good folk and are integral in events like this... where people learn new things and meet new friends. hugs and kisses to freshwoman, as well.

    æther - looking forward to getting one of those RFID-shielding pouches as soon as i decide what beer can metal it should contain. seriously, you're stunning and cunning and wise. i hope to see you again soon.

    siviak - heh, you sir are the definition of an indirect enabler... no matter how hard i may party, should i ever question the sanity of my actions there's always someone in the vicinity to whom a person can turn and say "well, geez... i guess i really haven't had more to drink than everyone else here." thank you for filling that need and allowing me to always reach for at least one more before calling it a night.

    kaminsky - thank you for the wicked talk and the illicit jagermeister... not necessarily in that order.

    beetle - best. talk. of. con. i am immediately going to dedicate time to reading DMZ. why do i wonder that there may be a time in the distant future when we're living in nearby log cabins, using encrypted radio to chit-chat about where various divisions of federal mercenaries were seen doing battle or asking if either of us has spare ammo? by the way... it's totally "free whiffy" now. that's etched in stone.

    noid - didn't get to spend a lot of time with you this trip, but even in brief moments the stories you manage to share make it all worth it. keep feeling better, brother.

    sorrys...

    flea - while i still feel that i could have legitimate grounds to use the "hey, man, she came on to me!" defense, i am more satisfied with leaving things they way we did. you were big enough to talk to me directly and squarely about the situation, and man enough to let it go in the end. i'm always happiest to resolve conflicts with fists raised... as long as they're holding glasses.

    freaky and the IVU crew - i didn't mean to tread on your territory a bit when i was offering some bump keys to folk who had gathered around my lockpick demo area. while our kits were different from one another, i was still more than happy to put mine away entirely. it was the right thing to do and i hope you don't harbor any ill feelings about the matter... i certainly don't.

    people i'm forgetting - standard disclaimer applies to this whole post, of course. i'm certain that i'm forgetting people and therefore will try to edit this later when other things come to mind.

    thank-yous...

    abby and tre - you two are always so sweet to anyone who stops by. always a good time at your parties (where the pinball machines go topless and the women do, too) and you show nothing but love and kindness to those around you. that energy is the sort of thing that you feel even while driving to a place and which stays with you after you leave.

    Ninja Party organizers - you always manage to pull off a great time where no one gets in serious trouble or causes a major ruckus... yet the affairs are always really kicking and fun. don't know how you walk that line but you do it brilliantly. thank you for everything there.

    gracious people - by this i mean, thank you to so many folk whom i've met before but don't always recognize right away. maybe it's because i associate so many of you only with las vegas, or maybe it's because i've just got a terrible memory for names. either way, thank you for not making me feel like a stunad when i say "pleased to meet you" and you respond with something like "uh, yeah... i actually drove you to the airport last year so you wouldn't miss your plane" or something similar.

    fuck-yous...

    only one major fuck-you from me on this trip... and it doesn't even get directed to anyone at the con itself. some of you have heard this already... on my flight from PHL to SAN one of my large metal boxes was broken into (not by TSA, who inspected another one, left their customary note inside, and re-secured the box... this was an act of baggage throwers since the box was ripped apart and hanging open when i got it on the other end) and parties unknown stole most of my tools.

    most of my pick sets, my entire assortment of personal tools (much of which i crafted and built on my own), a few really nice knives, etc. were all jacked. the airline claims that one can be reimbursed for pilferage... but lord only knows how long that will take.

    i've been attempting to recover some of the costs with the handful of bump key sets i had for sale at the con. while they were a bit more spendy than some of the cheap-o ones you see online, they still cost less than a lot of what's out there and tend to work better, too, since these are my own hand-fabricated design patterns and not simply based off machine pre-cut notches. i still have maybe 20 sets left if anyone's interested. could arrange for a paypal or cash transaction if you want to grab one. or perhaps have a friend find me at pumpcon if you know people who will be there this weekend. the sets are very basic... just a Kwikset KW1 and a Schlage SC1 (and also, of course, a handcuff key... because everyone should have at least one and i love throwing them into all my kits, hehe) but those two keyways are about 75% to 85% of the locks on the doors in this crazy country of ours.

    these were going for $20 at the con. i'd keep them at that price even if i have to slap some stamps on an envelope to get them to you. shoot me a PM if you're interested... i won't go into it more here because i don't want to contravene any forum rules about commercial posts. also i don't want to end on a sour note.

    all in all, ToorCon rules. those who haven't gone should take our word for it... and once you do attend you'll kick yourself for not getting there sooner. see you all next year. maybe a quick stop across the border to Tiajuana will happen. perhaps i'll whip up some Donkey Con shirts.
    Last edited by Deviant Ollam; October 24, 2007, 04:25.
    "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
    - Trent Reznor

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    Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

    Originally posted by Deviant Ollam View Post
    Ninja Party organizers - you always manage to pull off a great time where no one gets in serious trouble or causes a major ruckus... yet the affairs are always really kicking and fun. don't know how you walk that line but you do it brilliantly. thank you for everything there.
    It wasn't a party! It was a hospitality suite and we were glad to make people feel welcome. The success or failure of our "gatherings" always depend on the people who come being cool - not breaking shit, not getting in anyone's face, and doing what is requested of them as needed.

    Also, I'd like to second Deviant's praise of Toorcon... It was my first year there and I had a fantastic time! I got to hang with some people I normally don't see much of at Defcon, and I got to meet a few new people. The talks were wonderful, the format is really easy, and the Gaslamp District is a nifty place for an event. It's a little harder to pull off shenanigans at the Convention Center than at a casino/hotel, but no one was arrested...

    I've already gushed to H1kari about how much I enjoyed myself, but I just want to say "thanks" to all of his staff and speakers.

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      Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

      by the way... for anyone who wants to see what was perhaps the funniest moment from what was easily the best speaker at the whole con this year (at least among those whom i saw) just grab this torrent.

      i'm the lone seed right now, but hopefully a few more folk can change that. it's only an 11 meg file (XviD / MP3 just under 6 minutes) so transfers should be quick. this isn't Beetle's whole keynote speech... but merely one section of it, entitled "Yo' Momma" where he expostulates about his aging baby-boomer parents, the poor security of a lot of WiFi default hardware, and free stuff.

      share and enjoy!
      "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
      - Trent Reznor

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        Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

        Originally posted by Deviant Ollam View Post
        by the way... for anyone who wants to see what was perhaps the funniest moment from what was easily the best speaker at the whole con this year (at least among those whom i saw) just grab this torrent.
        Fired up and trying to pull it down now and will seed as soon as I get it all.

        Look for a PM - subject of bump keys and other accessories came up at work this week.
        DaKahuna
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        Will Hack for Bandwidth

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        • #5
          Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

          i still have maybe 20 sets left if anyone's interested. could arrange for a paypal or cash transaction if you want to grab one. or perhaps have a friend find me at pumpcon if you know people who will be there this weekend. the sets are very basic... just a Kwikset KW1 and a Schlage SC1 (and also, of course, a handcuff key... because everyone should have at least one and i love throwing them into all my kits, hehe) but those two keyways are about 75% to 85% of the locks on the doors in this crazy country of ours.

          these were going for $20 at the con. i'd keep them at that price even if i have to slap some stamps on an envelope to get them to you. shoot me a PM if you're interested... i won't go into it more here because i don't want to contravene any forum rules about commercial posts. also i don't want to end on a sour note.

          Deviant - i'm so sorry to hear this. Let me know what you need to replace, I have doubles of a lot of stuff, and whatever i have is yours. See you at pumpcon.

          hugs,

          -mouse
          One Voter really can make a difference. Ask me how!

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            Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

            ToorCon was a much needed breath of fresh air. In any case: everyone there who I saw, you rocked, in the least just by virtue of being a person who would go to ToorCon. Sorry I wasn't more fun, but I had a metric buttload of work to do while I was there, so no partying for me.

            I'll try to seed for that torrent as soon as I figure out why my client doesn't recognize the outside world here...
            lurking...somewhere

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            • #7
              Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

              i'm planning on seeding some other talks from the con, as well, actually. if people want to start grabbing them, i'll post the torrents here.

              UPDATE: so here's the half-dozen or so talks that i have from ToorCon. find out what you were missing out on by not attending!

              Alexander Lash - CDMA Hacking
              Beetle - Wolverine, Yo Moma, Spooks, & Osama (keynote)
              Damon McCoy & Kevin Bauer - BitBlender, Anonymity for BitTorrent
              Dan Kaminski - Black Ops TCP (keynote)
              Deviant Ollam - Beating Back the Physical Security Boogeyman
              Jason Medeiros - The Last Stand, 100% Automatic 0-Day
              Nick Kezhaya & Sachin Joglekar - Attacking VoIP to control a Laptop
              Rodney Thayer - Crypto Boot Camp (training session, cut off)
              Sam Bowne - Teaching Hacking at College
              Scott Moulton - Flash Drive & Hard Drive Recoveries

              these are all XviD/MP3 files (with pretty decent quality, too... i think i encoded them at about 600x450)

              i'll have them seeding in a few minutes. share and enjoy.

              UPDATE 2: the pirate bay's tracker seems to be fritzy at the moment. anyone care to recommend a better public tracker? i've tried others in the past from "public tracker" lists and they often suck even more.

              UPDATE 3: looking better now. i suppose i simply shouldn't have hit the same tracker with a bunch of new refreshes in about five seconds' time.
              Last edited by Deviant Ollam; October 28, 2007, 08:33.
              "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
              - Trent Reznor

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                Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

                Originally posted by Deviant Ollam View Post
                i'm planning on seeding some other talks from the con, as well, actually. if people want to start grabbing them, i'll post the torrents here.
                Nice way to share your experiences at Toorcon. :-)

                That one won't work as-is. The "%" is a reserved character in URL, whose purpose is to specify alternate encoding in hex or otherwise for non-printable characters and other characters not explicitly allowed as-is in URL according to specs. To send a "%" you can use %25 and may as well change the comma too:

                Fixed URL
                HTH.

                Thanks for sharing. :-)

                (Maybe I'll have to visit Toorcon one of these years, and yes, I figure you know about the % char thing, but like me, in a copy/paste it is forgotten until a problem is encountered. Explanation above is more for other people to understand why and how.)
                Last edited by TheCotMan; October 28, 2007, 11:14.

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                • #9
                  Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

                  Just wanted to say thanks to everyone I got to meet at Pumpcon, which included D.O., John & John, Jen & Christan. Hope to see you at other events.

                  xor

                  It was great to finally meet D.O. in person, and learn some stuff about locks.
                  Just because you can doesn't mean you should. This applies to making babies, hacking, and youtube videos.

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                  • #10
                    Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

                    Of course I went home and immediately tried the bump key on my own home lock. :)

                    xor
                    Just because you can doesn't mean you should. This applies to making babies, hacking, and youtube videos.

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                    • #11
                      Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

                      Originally posted by Deviant Ollam View Post
                      i'm planning on seeding some other talks from the con, as well, actually. if people want to start grabbing them, i'll post the torrents here.

                      UPDATE: so here's the half-dozen or so talks that i have from ToorCon. find out what you were missing out on by not attending!

                      Alexander Lash - CDMA Hacking
                      Beetle - Wolverine, Yo Moma, Spooks, & Osama (keynote)
                      Damon McCoy & Kevin Bauer - BitBlender, Anonymity for BitTorrent
                      Dan Kaminski - Black Ops TCP (keynote)
                      Deviant Ollam - Beating Back the Physical Security Boogeyman
                      Jason Medeiros - The Last Stand, 100% Automatic 0-Day
                      Nick Kezhaya & Sachin Joglekar - Attacking VoIP to control a Laptop
                      Rodney Thayer - Crypto Boot Camp (training session, cut off)
                      Sam Bowne - Teaching Hacking at College
                      Scott Moulton - Flash Drive & Hard Drive Recoveries

                      these are all XviD/MP3 files (with pretty decent quality, too... i think i encoded them at about 600x450)

                      i'll have them seeding in a few minutes. share and enjoy.

                      UPDATE 2: the pirate bay's tracker seems to be fritzy at the moment. anyone care to recommend a better public tracker? i've tried others in the past from "public tracker" lists and they often suck even more.

                      UPDATE 3: looking better now. i suppose i simply shouldn't have hit the same tracker with a bunch of new refreshes in about five seconds' time.
                      DO, I'm not getting any action on some of those torrents: "Error: No response from tracker" . Any idea what might be wrong? Happy to seed when I get them, got plenty of spare bandwidth at the moment.

                      And thanks for putting them up, Australia is a long way from the action.

                      *edit* My bad, seems to be working now, needed a network reset on my side.
                      Last edited by Lowie; October 28, 2007, 20:01. Reason: Mistake
                      I only drink because my friends are boring...

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                      • #12
                        Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

                        a few folk have mentioned difficulty with the downloads, either in the thread or via PM. this could have a few causes, but i think the two leading contenders are:

                        1. the pirate bay's public tracker being over-burdened

                        2. comcast fucking with torrent traffic (they're my ISP and they have been reportedly doing absolutely horrid things to users who attempt to torrent. heh, maybe we're overdue for the whole net neutrality debate again?)

                        ... i'm also going to crank up my upstream bandwidth for a while, at least until i can get some seeds running at work, etc.
                        "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
                        - Trent Reznor

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                        • #13
                          Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

                          Sorry I missed ya bro.. but could not escape due to work.
                          Thanks for posting the torrents.. no action on them on this end yet, but I will keep it running..
                          Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.

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                          • #14
                            Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

                            here's an update with a few relevant pointers about the torrents...

                            1. i am now seeding these few ToorCon talks from more than one location

                            2. i've verified that both locations are functioning properly as connectable seeds.

                            3. i am unable to verify if either (or both) location is being messed with by comcast (since they are both on the 'net with comcast service)

                            4. i successfully downloaded one whole file from my home to the second location, so i know transfers are working

                            5. i neglected to note before... i use µTorrent exclusively and i always have the encryption turned on. recently, i've even started disabling legacy connections... so if your client doesn't support torrent crypto, that may be a reason for your having difficulty with the transfer. (i don't think that wouldn't explain the tracker errors that some folk describe, however)
                            "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
                            - Trent Reznor

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                              Re: post ToorCon woots, sorrys, and thank-yous

                              Thanks for the reminder on torrent crypto.. I use BT so rarely I did not realize Ktorrent supported it. :)

                              I should be seeding quite well now, allowing both encrypted and unencrypted connections for the next 24 hours, then will move to crypto only.


                              Originally posted by Deviant Ollam View Post
                              here's an update with a few relevant pointers about the torrents...

                              1. i am now seeding these few ToorCon talks from more than one location
                              2. i've verified that both locations are functioning properly as connectable seeds.
                              3. i am unable to verify if either (or both) location is being messed with by comcast (since they are both on the 'net with comcast service)
                              4. i successfully downloaded one whole file from my home to the second location, so i know transfers are working
                              5. i neglected to note before... i use µTorrent exclusively and i always have the encryption turned on. recently, i've even started disabling legacy connections... so if your client doesn't support torrent crypto, that may be a reason for your having difficulty with the transfer. (i don't think that wouldn't explain the tracker errors that some folk describe, however)
                              Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.

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