Geoff Termorshuizen

After a lifetime of science fiction and fantasy influences, the last twenty of which have been spent in IT, Geoff Termorshuizen is applying for his Ph.D. in Strategic Security after finishing a B.A in Political Science and M.Sc.'s in Cyber Security and MIS. He currently works as a technical consultant for ACI Worldwide, supporting security and financial payment systems. You can find him at Con either at the the DailyDragon room, or via the EFF track where he has presented panels on digital forensics, privacy, cyberwar, surveillance and technology related politics.

A Man of Many Ways: The Jim Butcher Interview

A Man of Many Ways: The Jim Butcher Interview

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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and his new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills that were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it.

What is the NSDM Game? An Interview with Capt. Mark McDonagh

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Captain Mark McDonagh, USN/Ret. is a 30-year veteran of the US Navy. A qualified submarine officer with 12 years’ experience between the Naval War College and Navy Warfare Development Command, Captain McDonagh is a co-founder of the National Security Decision Making Game, Inc., a non-profit educational organization established to apply professional-grade, modeled games and simulation. Daily Dragon (DD): Did being submarine officer help you develop the NSDM game? Mark McDonagh (MM): Yes, it helped a lot, but I also spent
 
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The Space-Family Garriott: An Interview with Lord and Lady British

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Richard Lord British Garriott de Cayeux authored the famed Ultima series and is credited with creating the category of massively multiplayer games. A principal shaper of commercial spaceflight, he co-founded Space Adventures, the only company to arrange spaceflights for private citizens, and was the sixth private astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station. Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is co-founder, President, and COO of Escape Dynamics, which is developing an electromagnetic externally-powered space launch system to send single-stage reusable rockets into LEO. Prior
 
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Richard “Hawk” Altstatt: (Radiation) Waste is a Terrible Thing to Mind

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Richard L. “Hawk” Altstatt received an MS in Nuclear Engineering, specializing in Plasma Physics (fire) and Material Science (burning stuff), from North Carolina State University and an MS in Engineering Science and Mechanics, specializing in Thermal Mechanics (fire again) and Instrumentation (sticking stuff in fire), from University of Tennessee Space Institute. He can be found throughout the weekend at the Science Track in Hilton 202.

The Bio of Biometrics

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Dave Maass from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Dr. Jon Padfield hosted a panel on biometrics, “Biometrics Identification: Sorting Fact From Fiction” in the EFF track held in room 201 of the Hilton. Dr. Padfield related some interesting anecdotes about his participation in developing signature recognition. He elaborated on how current tech does not simply compare a static image of the signature, but factors in speed and pressure (when so equipped) as well. When using a static image, it is
 
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tlhIngan maH! (We Are Klingon!)

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Deena Roth and Tommy Byrd  amazed Dragon Con last year with their fan video Last Dragon Con (catch it on DCTV!) The video was shot almost entirely on location at Dragon Con 2010, and the production quality is just unbelievable. It all started with Deena playing with the lyrics, and coming up with the song. After recording the audio in a studio in Nashville, she was going to just wander around Con and shoot the footage all on her cell phone.
 
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Charity Spotlight: The Marcus Autism Center

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The Marcus Autism Center was founded in 1991 as the Marcus Developmental Resource Center. With more than 6,000 patients treated annually, the center is the largest clinical care provider in the nation for children with autism and one of only three Autism Centers of Excellence in the nation. The Marcus Autism Center now falls under the umbrella of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). One of the most primary and critical areas of research is that of early detection. The
 
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Charity Spotlight: The Georgia Conservancy

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The Georgia Conservancy, founded in 1968, has worked on a host of land and water conservation projects, as well as clean air programs around the State. As parks and other protected land was being created around the country, the founders wanted to bring that to Georgia. Some of the early successes include the creation of Panola Mountain State Park and Sweet Water Creek State Park, as well as getting the water flowing through cities like Columbus. As a 501(c)(3) charity, member
 
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