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  1. 1. June or July, which month to have it on?

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Definitely interested in this as I missed previous years gone by.

My vote would be for London, but then I'm biased on that, as its my currrent location. Although that probably wouldn't work so well with camping. Camping sounds good!

Yeah lot of camping sites have hookups for power and free internet now which is nice. London is also good as anyone can get there, I really don't mind. Best to do this stuff when its warmer, so there is more than enough time for working out things, anyway we will see if there is enough call for a meet up.

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Why not dundee, we have 60% 100mbit coverage now :D

I think you have to be realistic with how far people will travel, plus the transportation issues. Scotland outside of Glasgow is a pain in the ass to get too, plus its a long drive/coach/train ride from down south or even the Midlands. I think its one of those things where you kind of have to pick public transport hotspots and places where your not spending any more than 5 hours to get there.

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Yeah lot of camping sites have hookups for power and free internet now which is nice. London is also good as anyone can get there, I really don't mind. Best to do this stuff when its warmer, so there is more than enough time for working out things, anyway we will see if there is enough call for a meet up.

Warmer? UK? So we'll be waiting another couple of years for global warming to settle in then? :lol:

I thought being in the summer was going to be a given.

Why not dundee, we have 60% 100mbit coverage now :D

Think I might have to buy a house in dundee and start up a homebrew data center!

If we are going to suggest slightly difficult places to get to, we could just jump of the end and ask if Sealand would put us up. Wouldn't have any problems with the rozzers then. :rolleyes:

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Yeah, I'm in this year, fuck everything else I'm gonna be there come rain, wind or nuclear war.

I vote London or nearby as its easier to get to than most places, and cheap enough if you've got enough warning to by a super saver ticket. I'm only 40mins away from central London on the worst of days so its perfect for me.

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Just to keep people entertained and get shot of some of the stuff I never use/used I have a few ideas for competitions which don't require a great deal of planning or judging.

Open Arena death match

Winner gets a mint condition Game boy from 1990 with all original packaging including posters and Tetris. (looks brand new)

Most amount of discovered open access points in two hours

Winner gets a RT73 chipset based card with 9dBi antenna

First person to show a working Bluetooth exploit (not against their own phone)

Winner gets a Zigbee access point.

Most offensive/funny phone or AP name (to be judged by the group)

Winner gets a pair of long dissidence PMR446 radios

Glow stick launcher (longest dissidence using random shit you can find)

Winner gets USB Atheros based a/b/g/n card

Command Line Fu (most impressive use of the command line)

Winner gets a development edition of a Linux PDA and a rugged GSM modem

Second place gets a Chuck (as in TV show) linyard.

Third gets a copy of Visual Basic 6 for Dummies (to show the fail)

First person to get Hak5 on the public radio (by any means)

Winner gets a pair of FRS/GMRS radios (technically not legal to use in the UK with out a licence, but who cares)

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Hello guys, thought I'd register to post my suggestion for a meet-up.

A perfect venue for a meet would be Bletchley park (Just north of London), with the national museum of computing.

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bletchley_park

http://www.tnmoc.org/galleries.aspx

I've visited a couple of times, and its really well put together. It also has a running Colossus rebuild - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7466174.stm

If you've any interest in history of cryptography and early computers, then its worth a visit. I'm sure that if we ask they could put on some specialist tours.

Any thoughts?

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Hello guys, thought I'd register to post my suggestion for a meet-up.

A perfect venue for a meet would be Bletchley park (Just north of London), with the national museum of computing.

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bletchley_park

http://www.tnmoc.org/galleries.aspx

I've visited a couple of times, and its really well put together. It also has a running Colossus rebuild - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7466174.stm

If you've any interest in history of cryptography and early computers, then its worth a visit. I'm sure that if we ask they could put on some specialist tours.

Any thoughts?

I was guessing it would be a three day thing like the last two. Friday night, all day Saturday and most of Sunday. Would there be enough there to do for three day?, not to mention the closest camp site is about 2.4 miles from it and the closest hostel look about the same. I'm just thinking logistics, although it seems like an interesting place for a day visit, not sure a weekend.

Anyway good idea, plenty of time to throw ideas out there and debate them in the group.

On different note, if things comes together, I'm happy enough putting the money up for a private room at a hostel or campsite/whatever for everyone and just splitting it when everyone turns up (with in reason, so under 12 people, if its more than 12 some kind of paypal thing is needed). If we get a few drop out last minute, I understand some of you are students so I'll pay for the extra beds as a private room is useful for storing equipment so it does not need to be carried everywhere.

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I'm definatly going to try and get there, asking my mum in the face "can I go to a hacking conference" will probably be a bad idea. OliverJenks, that seems a great place to go to! At the most I'm 40 mins from london, with a train station walking distance away.

I don't care about the noobish status thing Pierre, and neither should you, it will be good fun if we can all make it.

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As talked about on IRC, I've stayed at http://www.astorhostels.co.uk/#/en/page/hydepark before. May make a nice base of operations as they have free wifi, nice rooms and are in a good location. Also as talked about, a paypal account with a small deposit like the last one, seems to be the best idea as it help confirm who is coming.

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Sounds like it would be fun :)

Might be a better idea to organise it somewhere around Birmingham maybe though if there are any places of interest there as it would make travelling a bit shorter for people who may want to come from say Scotland

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Sounds like it would be fun :)

Might be a better idea to organise it somewhere around Birmingham maybe though if there are any places of interest there as it would make travelling a bit shorter for people who may want to come from say Scotland

I think the thing is if there in Scotland or say Newcastle they can fly down to Stansted or Gatwick for about £20, which is cheaper than the train ride from Southampton or most places and takes less time.

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Some people live there, and might also work there.

lol, could do. Cybereagle said something about maybe setting up a CTF thing using some VM's. Anyway still early, I think only a handful of people have shown interest and even then you have to account for peoples schedules.

Birmingham is cheap, even for a hotel and conference room but the only tech stuff there is a gaming centre. I think the only thing that really makes the city look run down is the amount of houses with windows that are boarded up and falling apart and the huge amount of office building with nothing in.

Brumcon is okay which is the only time I go there really. The 07 one in London was fairly cheap, and I think you can count on at least 8 people going, I'm not sure if the same can be said for Birmingham but it could work. I've stayed at the Menzies Strathallan in Birmingham before I think its about £35 a night for a single room. I still think Birmingham will cost 3 to 4 times more than London as more things will need to be planned as the city does not have a great deal to do.

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Compared to scraggy London, full of beggers and tramps?

The beggers/tramps are everywhere in the UK its just some places do better at covering it up. London is a nice city, I'd say one of the nicest in the world.

Here is the London CyberPunk tourist guide, which gives you lots of ideas of places to go and things to do.

https://s.p10.hostingprod.com/@spyblog.org.uk/ssl/ctgl/

Be The Reds / Cyberia cyber cafe is somewhere cool to go out of many places. Not many Korean internet and gaming café , with a downstairs basement bar, and Karaoke booths, and an upstairs online role playing or shoot 'em up gaming parlour. Its truly a very random and funny place.

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