Nothing says “Welcome to Vegas” like a massive turbulence on a plane full of drunk people who, instead of holding on to their seats, frantically laugh and shout “we’re all going to die!” At 105 Fahrenheit outside, the heat was getting into everyone’s head. After a bumpy touchdown, the in-flight entertainment system rebooted, and a black terminal screen flashed onto everyone’s face:
RedBoot(tm) bootstrap and debug environment [RAM] (MAS eFX) release, version ("540060-212" v "0.1.02") - built 12:00:35, Nov 19 2004
Now, that was a beautiful sight – an IFE system that hadn’t been updated for almost a decade. For people who didn’t come here to participate in a big zero-sum game that is Vegas, this was a sign.
DEFCON was waiting for us right outside of that front cabin door.