Linked by David Adams on Tue 15th May 2012 18:57 UTC
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hmm
by fran on Tue 15th May 2012 19:32 UTC
fran
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2010-08-06

Will there be free food?

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RE: hmm
by fretinator on Tue 15th May 2012 20:00 UTC in reply to "hmm"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I think they are serving Roast Fiorina with side of sliced expectations.

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Comment by Brynet
by brynet on Tue 15th May 2012 20:58 UTC
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2010-03-02

Oh, a $300 discount.. on an unspecified price.

Who can seriously justify paying to go to these conferences?

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RE: Comment by Brynet
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 15th May 2012 21:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by Brynet"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I don't know, all I know is I never get to go. My first company just sold off the consumer division the year before I was hired, making the trip for all the developers to Comdex just pointless enough to lack any credible reason for anyone to go, least of all a new hire. And likewise with my current job, prior to my hire, everyone always went to Vegas for a trade show.

Maybe I just have bad breath, talk too much about things I shouldn't in polite company, or just frighten the day walkers too much.

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RE[2]: Comment by Brynet
by Alfman on Wed 16th May 2012 03:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Brynet"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

I've never gotten to go either. I'd like to experience one if I ever got a chance. I've worked for two companies that would pay for technology conferences, but only for upper managers and executives. For all I know these conferences may be intended for executives rather than IT workers. It's easy to wonder what they're doing while everyone else is back at the office working at our desks. I have a lingering suspicion that they might be unofficial company-paid vacations.

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RE[3]: Comment by Brynet
by Soulbender on Wed 16th May 2012 03:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Brynet"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I have a lingering suspicion that they might be unofficial company-paid vacations.


I have a suspicion that's there's more than one reason they're always in Vegas....

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RE[4]: Comment by Brynet
by ricegf on Wed 16th May 2012 10:37 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Brynet"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

In 1998, I actually attended a conference at the Waikiki Hilton in Hawaii - the sessions were on the top floor, with no walls, overlooking the beach. I'm geek enough not to have missed a single session - but it's REALLY distracting to try to listen to dry discussions on software engineering and code refactoring when surf's up.

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RE[4]: Comment by Brynet
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 16th May 2012 16:50 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Brynet"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, Vegas actually makes it cheaper to attend a non-local conference. From the states a weekend trip including airfare and hotel at a not terrible hotel is around $500.

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RE[5]: Comment by Brynet
by Soulbender on Wed 16th May 2012 22:24 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Brynet"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

That's one reason but I can think of a few more, most of them involving things not legal in most other places.

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RE[6]: Comment by Brynet
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 17th May 2012 13:45 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Brynet"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, the thing about vegas, is a lot of people think much more is legal there than there really is. Its not the Netherlands. Speaking of which, why aren't more conferences held in Amsterdam?

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RE[3]: Comment by Brynet
by Neolander on Wed 16th May 2012 07:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Brynet"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

In research, conferences are one of the main communication channels through which results are made public and discussed. So it's a good idea to check out those which are related to your area from time to time, and to get to speak at them too.

Here, I guess it's the same, but more company-esque, so financial discussions and vague long-term plans that will never work out as expected.

Edited 2012-05-16 07:13 UTC

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RE: Comment by Brynet
by ricegf on Wed 16th May 2012 10:33 UTC in reply to "Comment by Brynet"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

If you have any interest in Python (the programming language, not snakes), you should try a PyCon. It's inexpensive, held in normal cities, and attended by normal people in casual dress who love creating and using technology. Plus, you actually learn useful things with minimal marketing distractions.

I attend a lot of slick conferences, but I NEVER miss a Pycon!

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RE[2]: Comment by Brynet
by Soulbender on Wed 16th May 2012 22:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Brynet"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

There's no PyCon where I live. Heck, there's hardly any conferences here worth bothering with ;)

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RE[3]: Comment by Brynet
by ricegf on Thu 17th May 2012 02:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Brynet"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Sorry. I sometimes feel similarly about San Francisco - I think people there could attend conventions every single day of the year.

PyCons are held in Australia, Singapore, and Taiwan, though, so you're surrounded if you have means to travel a bit.

And if not, it's a community conference - you could always just organize PyCon Philippines yourself if you're interested enough. Wish I lived a little closer - I'd love to help, but it's a fair swim from Texas. ;-)

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