Defcon ups the stakes: Cracking for pinksies.

Every year at Defcon they assemble a huge computer network and populate it with machines of all kinds as part of a competition. The objective is simple: Crack as many of the system on the network as you can, find the flag (it's a Capture the Flag competition), and defend your turf as best you can. The game requires the competitors to think fast on their feet because they don't know what they'll run into on the CtF network, and they'll be faced with network services that they may never have seen before. The challenge is to find vulnerabilities in …

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Even gamers stationed overseas need dice^wlove.

The troops stationed overseas aren't having a fun time of their hitch in Iraq, let's be honest. They do everything they can to keep their spirits high and burnout rates low, but it's hard having something for everyone. You've got your football games, softball games, even dodgeball games.. but now they have a gaming convention. On 9 June 2007 at Camp Adder, the US military forces in Iraq will have their own con, dubbed ZigguratCon. It looks like they'll be heavy on the D&D, but a few other publishers have stepped up to the plate and are donating books …

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