Its that time of year again!! Dust off your Red Box and bone up on your Fortran!!

Defcon 24…Here we come!!

The poor bastards are giving me not one, but TWO chances to sully the brand and encourage a revamping of the vetting process…

Nootropics: Better Living Through Chemistry or Modern-Day Prometheus

GingerBread will present one mans take on the current state of nootropics and other cognition-enhancing drugs. Beginning with the neuro-enhancing drugs of the ancient Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, working our way through the developments of the 1990s and 2000s, and finishing with the chaotic internet connected and unregulated world of today.

From Gingko Biloba to Pig Brain Concentrates, from cutting-edge science in million-dollar state of the art labs, to the crowd sourcing of syntheses for never-before-tested-in-man substances to be manufactured by the lowest bidder and distributed to the public wholesale.

I will present a few case study examples of both objective successes, and undeniable failures with self-experimentation. GingerBread will try and explain (to the best of my ability) a bit of what we know about the action of these drugs, why we think we know it, as well as ongoing developments in the fight to preserve cognition in the elderly and infirmed and to push the abilities of healthy individuals past their biological limitations.

Oops! I made a machine gun: The Progressive Lowering of the Barrier to Entry in Firearms Manufacturing

Long considered only the province of skilled craftsmen, firearm manufacturing has remained a arcane and esoteric skill even into the modern day. Generally requiring specialized tools and materials, this activity has always been out of the hands of the ‘shade-tree’ experimenter except in the most crude and rudimentary examples.

Or has it?

Together we will explore various attempts to put the manufacturing of firearms within the reach of your average citizen, the associated motivations of the principle characters involved, and the legal ramifications and legal *clarifications* that have resulted from these efforts.

Through the work of early ‘survivalist’ authors like Kurt Saxon and Ronald Brown, as well as more sophisticated offerings from the likes of Bill Holmes, Gerard Metral and P.A. Luty we can see an evolving movement of practical design and extensive experimentation in the domestic manufacturing of firearms. Various designs and levels of sophistication will be discussed.

Next We will look at more modern efforts focused on legal definitions and regulatory circumvention. It is in this space that 80% Lower receivers and “flat-aks” exist.

And finally we will look at the ‘elephant in the room’: The 3d printing of firearms. Far beyond the efforts of Cody Wilson and the highly publicized “Liberator” pistol, we will also look at previous attempts at high-tech clandestine weapons manufacturing using CNC routers and laser scanning, an evolving community of weapons designers and manufactures built around these construction methods, as well as important legal clarifications that have been brought on by this type of activity.

As will be all-too-clear at the end of the night, in order to get a gun “We don’t need no stinking background check”
About Gingerbread:
Gingerbread man is an Information Security cookie from the greater Denver area. Requiring little sleep, and seemingly immune to alcohol, he is consistently seen at hacker events across the country while never seeming to actually do any work. With no verifiable credentials or formal training, there is the strong possibility he is making all of this stuff up