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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
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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 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 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 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[3]: Comment by Brynet
by Neolander on Wed 16th May 2012 07:11 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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