Pre-defcon “Spot the Fed”?

Pre-defcon “Spot the Fed”?

So we were heading to defcon 21, and made a fuel stop in Kingman, AZ, before heading up state highway 93 in to Henderson and then Las Veags. There was a convoy of unmarked vehicles at the gas station, attended to by gents with buzz cuts, shoulder tattoos, and deep sun tans. Yeah, ex military looking types. They all had lanyards with badges; one was heading to...

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Defcon 21 Hardware Village IR Talk

Defcon 21 Hardware Village IR Talk

I gave a little intro to infrared talk in Defcon 21 Hardware Hacking Village. The HHV is one of my favorite places to hang at the con, and one of my favorite places to give back to the community. It seems I always end up teaching a few folks to solder. This year I gave a little talk on infrared — basic concepts, technologies, uses, and a couple of phun...

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Two Guns

Two Guns

We were heading back from Defcon 21 along the mother road, Interstate 40. Somewhere between Flagstaff and Winslow is a no place called Two Guns, Arizona. It seemed the hacker thing to do to stop and check it out. Two Guns is a modern route 66 ghost town, built next to the remains of another ghost town, Canyon Diablo. Canyon Diablo is both the canyon, and the...

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Storm in the Desert

Storm in the Desert

Spent Wednesday evening and Thursday morning at the unoffical Defcon shoot. Loads of fun. Great folks with great guns — check out this video. ShortGrrl cut her first Mohawk of the season in the desert…Deviant decided to get a head start! Hackers with guns and power inverters; look out! Went back to the Rio, got our room, spent time with friends old...

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Calm before the storm

Calm before the storm

Went by the Rio hotel Wednesday morning. Ran in to a few friends. Wanted to see the place before the chaos started. Quiet hallway in the conference area This dude came in with his brother and was determined to be the first in the badge line. Line dude Then it was out in to the desert. One of those side roads most people ignore More calm before the storm,...

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Goodbye civilization

Goodbye civilization

Yes. Goodbye. Driving in to Vegas today, then will spend the next 24 hours somewhere in the middle of nowhere, deep in the desert, probably under the approach pattern for that loooonnnng ass north-south runway at the Groom Lake airfield. Anyway, some phun images for you to ponder. Or I haven’t had enough caffeine yet and everything seems phun. Planning to...

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Defcon 21 experience: it begins

Defcon 21 experience: it begins

So I’m in Boulder City, Nevada. Drinking beer, eating Mexican food, getting ramped up for Defcon. Night one in Nevada I’m staying in quaint (or is that flea-bag?) motel. Actually not too bad (knock on wood). We stayed here last year. Drive down to the room, and what is parked next to our building but a 1980′s vintage 38 ft Wellcraft Scarab!...

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