ComSSA LAN #1: Election Edition
2 July, 2016
215.301, Engineering Pavilion, Curtin University
Computer Science Students Association
Our first major LAN for 2016 will be held in the week *after* exams are over, from 10:00 on the Saturday morning to 22:00 the following night.
That Saturday also happens to be the federal election, so if you don’t take the time to make our democracy count, and I hear you complaining about your area not having the proper NBN, I will shit on your keyboard.
Seats are expected to be limited at this one, like most end of semester LAN’s, so be sure to register when tickets become available EVEN IF YOUR TICKET IS FREE otherwise we can’t guarantee that your spot won’t be taken by someone who gets there before you. Group seating requests will be taken with reasonable notice.
• Level 3, building 215, Curtin University
• Saturday 2 July at 10:00 to Sunday 3 July at 22:00
• Ask us anything: email@example.com
• Join our IRC channel: #comssa on irc.comssa.org.au
• Tickets: https://comssa.tidyhq.com/public/events/5548-comssa-lan-1-election-edition
• Saturday night — Halo: Combat Evolved
• Sunday night — Overwatch
Winners of each tournament will each receive a major prize, and there may also be minor prizes for the runners up. The prizes are a mystery… at least until we get around to talking to our sponsors.
Bring some cash for your table and any drinks.
• Entry is free for anyone who doesn’t need a table
• Tables are free if you’re with ComSSA *and* Guild
• Tables are $5 if you’re with ComSSA *xor* Guild
• Tables are $5 if you’re with CASSA, UCC, or MITS
• Tables are $10 otherwise
• Soft drinks are $1 for a can
• Bottled water is free and won’t make you feel awful
Be sure to reserve your ticket — even if it’s free!
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Anyone who has a table will receive:
• One power socket (power boards will not be provided)
• One ethernet port (ethernet cables will not be provided)
• One comfy desk and chair
• Entry into our nightly tournaments
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Consider copying this to make yourself a checklist, so that you won’t forget to bring anything or take it home.
• Your computer and any peripherals
• Your consoles and tabletop games
• A power board (if you need more than one socket)
• An ethernet cable (at least five metres, or ten in the worst case)
• Headphones (as speakers are not allowed)
• Your NAS or any additional storage to be shared (no rackmounts or noisy gear)
• Sleeping gear, showering gear, and clean clothes (there are decent showers around)
• A backpack (to keep your area tidy and avoid losing anything)
Any other interesting hardware and so on are welcome, and are often popular at ComSSA LAN’s, as long as they aren’t annoying, disruptive, or hazardous. Use your common sense, and if you have none, ask a committee member. For example, really old computing gear is cool, but literal fire hazards are not.
We’ll set aside one table for everyone’s NAS and server gear, and if you’re lucky, you may be able to use multiple ports on our switches until they’re needed by someone else. We won’t set up a trunk for you, so use transmit hashing to improve your outgoing bandwidth beyond 1 Gbit/s.
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Anything that’s too big: this usually includes multiple monitors. Do not exceed the footprint of your table even if a neighbouring table isn’t currently taken, because you’ll make it difficult for attendees who show up later to find a vacant table and set up their gear.
Anything that’s too loud: this includes speakers with no exceptions, as well as nearly all rack mounted hardware.
Anything that’s too thirsty: our power circuits and air conditioners don’t have a lot of headroom to deal with four of your overclocked, Peltier cooled Radeon R9 Furies or whatever, so save your monstrosity for RFlan. If you trip a circuit, there’s a good chance that you’ll spell the end of the LAN.
Anything that’s illegal, as well as alcohol, and any recreational drugs.
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Disable any of your folding, mining, or other background computing before you show up, because the room will be hot enough as it is.
Don’t torrent, even if it really is a Linux ISO. You’ll slow down the VPN that gives us a basic internet connection, our LAN may get permanently shut down, and if you go to Curtin, you WILL be terminated.