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DEF CON 24 Homework,
Guilty Pleasure Edition

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Heady, insightful movies about the rise of robots and AI are great. We've even recommended several in these pages, and you should definitely watch them all.

Still, movies don't have to carry the weight of 2001 or the maniac attention to detail of Blade Runner to be worth 90 minutes of your life. Sometimes an earnestly misguided B-movie is just what the doctor ordered. In that spirit, we offer 'Rise of the Machines' Movie Homework, Guilty Pleasure Edition.

Westworld:
In the early 70s, the robot future looked like the Disney animatronic President exhibit, at least to the makers of this film. Take a fun, sexy vacation to a theme park where robots populate a Wild-West themed town. You can drink with them, dance with them, fight with them - it's a hoot until somebody makes the Yul Brynner-bot angry. Fun and interesting, if a little slow-moving.

The Lawnmower Man:
Sure, VR is all the rage now, but this isn't the first time we've gone crazy for the idea of low-poly graphics and nausea goggles. The last VR boom mostly created dozens of televised interviews for Jaron Lanier, but right on the edge of that bubble we got 'Lawnmower Man' - a sort of 'Flowers for Algernon' meets 'Transcendence' with some seriously early 90s graphics work. 

Hardware:
I can't really give you a better description than IMDB does: 

"The head of a cyborg reactivates and rebuilds itself and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment." 

This movie isn't high art, but it's fun and it's better than its budget deserves. Also, Lemmy is in it.

Runaway:
Tom Selleck and his absurdly luxurious mustache have the dirty job of deactivating robots who've gone haywire. The over-the-top bad guy is played by Gene Simmons of KISS. Michael Crichton wrote and directed. Dopey fun, and a good reminder how incredibly weird the 80s were. 

The Wait is Over! DEF CON 24 Speakers are Live!

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After much difficult deliberation and debate, the list of speakers for DEF CON 24 is now live and ready for your consideration. We want to thank everyone who submitted - there was a bumper crop of quality entries. It's never easy to narrow down the list, and we congratulate the selected speakers. If your talk wasn't selected, we hope you'll submit again next year.

Heartfelt thanks also to the DEF CON Review Board. The board puts in crazy hours and makes hundreds of tough calls to finalize our roster, and we heart the stuffing out of them for all their sweat and devotion.

Feel free to let us know which talks you're most excited about in the comments.

August can't get here fast enough!

DEF CON 24 Workshops Schedule is Live!

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Can you feel how close it's getting?

The full schedule for Workshops at DEF CON 24 is now available for your careful examination. Make plans, invite friends, agonize about the limited number of hours in a standard Earth day. The workshops are all free, but space is limited. Registration is onsite, first-come first-served, so knowing what you want ahead of time is key.

 

It's gonna be a good DEF CON.

DEF CON Lucknow Update

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The DEF CON Groups program is designed to reflect the values of DEF CON, providing an open community for the discussion of technology and security topics. As such, we must all work together so that our actions build toward that goal.

However when anyone or any group abuses the trust of this community and negatively impacts the reputation of DEF CON we are all harmed. After significant discussions we have concluded with regret that DEF CON must revoke DEF CON Group Lucknow for attempting to commercialize based on the brand and community.

Since the beginning of the DEF CON Groups back in 2003 this is the first time we have had to take this action, and we genuinely hope it will be the last.

The Dark Tangent

DEF CON 24: Machines Play Capture the Flag

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In 2005, DARPA challenged innovators around the world with a $2M prize to build a vehicle that could navigate the Nevada desert with no one at the wheel. In 2016, DARPA has again challenged the global innovation community with a $2M prize to build a computer that can hack & patch unknown software with no one at the keyboard.

At DEF CON 24, on Thursday night at 5pm, the Paris ballroom will host the world's first all-machine hacking tournament. Seven high performance computers will play an all-machine Capture the Flag contest, reverse engineering unknown binary software, authoring new IDS signatures, probing the security of opponent software, and re-mixing defended services with machine-generated patches and defenses.

(more on on the DEF CON 24 Cyber Grand Challenge Page)

Wireless Village CFP is Open for DEF CON 24!

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Wireless Village CFP is open - closes June 30!

Sure, the main DEF CON CFP is closed. But sometimes, when DEF CON closes a door, the Villages open a window.

If you have a great presentation on wireless security or shenanigans you've still got a month to get it into shape for consideration by the radiant humans of the DEF CON Wireless Village. We recommend getting on it promptly though. Slots are limited and the last moment always gets here faster than you expect.

Richard Cheese at Napoleon's Piano Bar, Friday Night at DEF CON 24!

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We have a treat for all the suave sophisticates out there. If your idea of the perfect evening is the tinkling of ice cubes and ivories under low, flattering lights, join us Friday night at Napoleon's for two shows of the song stylings of Richard Cheese and his crack band Lounge Against the Machine.

Yes. We said Richard Cheese. And we said two shows. We also said the thing about flattering lights, but your mileage may vary. Polish up your best monocle and let's enjoy an evening of the hits of yesterday and today, sprinkled with that one-of-a-kind Cheese magic.

DEF CON 24 Saturday Night Entertainment: 80's Night!

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Pure energy.

Join us Saturday night for a dance party both radical and tubular. DEF CON is proud to present two pioneers of the electronic dance genre: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn and Information Society. Sick beats and iconic hooks await you. We promise a sweaty good time to all, 80s survivors and wide-eyed millennials alike.

If you are not there, are you anywhere? Don’t be nowhere, when you can be right here, at DEF CON 24’s 80s night.

The 2016 DEF CON CTF Quals are Underway!

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If you're looking to keep track of the 40 or so hours of unbridled packet mayhem that remain, here's a couple of links:

On Twitter, follow our powerful CTF Organizers Legitimate Business Syndicate @LegitBS_CTF

To see the HTML Scoreboard, go to https://2016.legitbs.net/scoreboard/complete

If you like your scoreboards a little spicier, there's a JSON version at https://2016.legitbs.net/scoreboard/ctftime.json

There's a chat at #defconctf on the 'Hackint' network - infoz at http://www.hackint.org/

There's even a pushbullet channel at https://www.pushbullet.com/channel?tag=first-solves-jequaquifs

Honestly, if you need more ways than that to keep your eyes on the action, you should be playing.

Of course, we'll be noting the big moments on our Facebook page at @defcon.

Godspeed to all combatants. May the best hacks win.

Friday Night Entertainment Lineup
for DEF CON 24!

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So you're at DEF CON 24. It's Friday night. After a long day of contests, talks and general merriment, you need to get lost in some music and maybe shake that tail feather. If only there were a whole evening planned with house-quaking, artisanally crafted small-batch beats from DEF CON's favorite crowd-moving specialists!

We have anticipated your need, DEF CON massive. DEF CON EDM night (exact location TBA) is here to supply you with soul-nourishing rhythm and space to get your head and your booty in sync. Who's playing, you ask?

The heavy groove merchants DirtyPhonics

The sensual overload of the Zebbler Encanti Experience

The sophisticated boom-bap of DualCore

The mighty, mighty, YTCracker

Now that you know, you have no excuse to be anywhere else. To get familiar, hit us up at https://defcon.org/html/defcon-24/dc-24-entertainment.html

Call for Parties is Open!

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DEF CON 24 has a lot of space, and we're expecting a lot of party people. So much space, and so many party people, in fact, that we're once again crowd-sourcing some of the merrymaking to you, the DEF CON community.

We want your party ideas. The best ones get the space to get it cracking, the gratis use of a hotel bartender (the bartender, not the booze) and promotion from us. Let's make your party dreams come true for one magical Vegas night. 

Infoz are on the DEF CON 24 Call For Parties Page

It's getting close, people. Let's light this candle!

Demo Labs returns to DEF CON 24!

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Got an open source project you want to share with the DEF CON crowd? You're in luck - the DEF CON Demo Labs are back for 2016! We're offering you a demo space and a scheduled time (a few hours) to get your tool or hardware in front of some curious hacker faces. It's a great way to raise awareness, meet people with similar interests and maybe even scare up some help or feedback.

There are rules, of course, and you'll have to get selected. For all relevant infoz, please head over to the Call for Demo Labs page and we'll get you on your way. Deadline is June 15. We're waiting to be amazed.

The Suites are Back!

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Have you ever wondered what you would do with a full penthouse suite at DEF CON to fill with any kind of amazing nighttime party/contest/BB-8 death match you could dream up? We wonder too. And we have suites. You see where this is going?

Send us your best ideas for turning a giant empty room into a can't-miss happening, and we'll get you the keys at a huge discount to make your vision manifest.  The whole rundown is waiting for you on the DEF CON 24 Call for Suites page.

DEF CON 24 Performer Application, Call for Music is Open!

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Attention hackers of sound - the moment has come to share your gifts with the DEF CON massive. We have need of many skilled entertainers to meet the  rump-shaking requirements of our many, many joyful partygoers. If you possess the skills to shake those rumps, it's time for you to submit your application.

So, Bards and Troubadors, get thee to the DEF CON forums, learn what we require and come to the aid of your community. A grateful nation awaits your genius.

What is the DEF CON CTF, You Ask?

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Interested in joining the Capture the Flag Action at DEF CON 24, but wish you had more information? The fine, upright and honorable citizens of the Legitimate Business Syndicate are here to help with a very wordy and complete blog post on just that subject. Satisfy your curiosity. Learn the rules. Join us at the quals.

Reminder: DEF CON 24 Call for Papers and Call for Workshops close MAY 2!

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A lot can happen In a week. Decisive battles can be won, changing the course of great wars. Human relationships can blossom from indifference to friendship. Carelessly refrigerated leftovers can blossom into viable microbiomes. A week is a powerful unit of time.

If you're planning to submit to the DEF CON CFP or CFW, you have just one of these powerful units left. One (1) week to get your powerful ideas into submission shape. One (1!) week to get them to us for consideration.

One (1) week, people. Use it wisely. The DEF CON community is counting on you. A week is finite, but regret lasts forever.

https://defcon.org/html/defcon-24/dc-24-cfp.html
https://defcon.org/html/defcon-24/dc-24-cfw.html

DEF CON 24 Venue Update!

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We're in the double digits, folks - less than 100 days until DEF CON 24! In that spirit, a little update on the venue:

We've made some adjustments to the floor plan, and you can peruse them at your leisure on the Venue page of the DC site.

We'd also like to remind you that the rooms in our discounted blocks are selling pretty fast, so if you're looking to book in one of our associated hotels sooner is better than later. The numbers and links you can use to get yourself situated are also available on the Venue page.

The time to get psyched is at hand. Let's DO this!

DEF CON 24 Short Story Contest Announced!

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The DEF CON Short Story Contest returns, bearing prizes and a chance at geek-lit glory. All those inclined to compete are urged to visit @DCShortStory or the #DCShortStory DEF CON forum page for the rules and requirements as they develop.

Pencils up, people. You have until May 30 to submit your masterpiece.

Rootz Call for Papers is open!

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Attention hacker kids - R00tz Asylum (r00tz.org) wants your ideas for talks and demos for fellow young hackers in the R00tz pavilion at DEF CON 24! If you've been a part of R00tz before, you know how cool this is - if you haven't been, this is a great way to get yourself involved. If you've got cool ideas for this year's R00tz Asylum, check out the call for ideas on their webpage.

Adults are welcome to submit ideas as well (obvs), but youth definitely has some privileges and priority here.

Wall of Sheep Announcement: CFP for Packet Hacking Village at DEF CON 24!

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The Wall of Sheep would like to announce a call for presentations at DEF CON 24 at the Paris and Bally's Hotels in Las Vegas, NV from Thursday, August 4th to Sunday, August 7th. All accepted talks will be announced, recorded, and published by Aries Security and DEF CON Communications, Inc. Please see our YouTube channel for all Speaker Workshops from last year.

This year, the Packet Hacking Village at DEF CON 24 will be on the 26th floor of Bally's Indigo Tower. The Call for Presentations will close on Wednesday, June 15th at 11:59 PM. The list of workshops will be finalized and published on Thursday, June 30th.

How: Complete the Call for Papers Form at http://www.wallofsheep.com/pages/call-for-presentations-at-def-con-24 and send to cfp2016[at]wallofsheep[dot]com. Please also refer to the form for more details

TFF 'HACKED by DEF CON and MR. ROBOT' Coverage on Facebook!

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As you may know, 'HACKED by DEF CON and MR. ROBOT' is happening at the TriBeCa Film Festival this weekend. If you are not in the vicinity of New York City, you can still keep up on all the cool stuff we have happening there, from the DEF CON FaceBook Page! We're posting videos, pictures and even having some live feeds from TFF, so check it out!

Vendor Registration is Now Open for DEF CON 24!

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For those of you with hackerly merchandise to peddle at DEF CON 24, the Vendor registration site is now open!

You'll find a thorough FAQ with answers to those hard hitting vendor questions, like "how big are the booths?", and "how much does it cost?". Not to mention the handy dandy application forms which can slingshot you into a position of sales success!

Don't wait, Apply for your spot in the DEF CON 24 vendor area today! You'll be glad you did!

Press Registration is Now Open for DEF CON 24!

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Attention ink-slingers (literal and virtual) - DEF CON 24 Press Registration is now open! 

We have a hard limit on press badges this year, so it's a good idea to get your application in right away. Once we run out of badges no amount of charm or flattery will get you in the door. As always, there are some basic rules of press conduct we'll expect you to adhere to, and you can find them on our press page

You'll also find the info we need on your application for both DC 24 and the DARPA CyberGrandChallenge. 

If you need any questions answered, drop us a line at press at DEFCON dot org. We look forward to hearing from you.