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Re: Conferences are usually expensive

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____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Tuesday 11 November 2008 22:06 : \____

> After takin' a swig o' grog, Tim Smith belched out
>   this bit o' wisdom:
>> I've seen some noise from the usual idiots that it was "bribery" when MS

You're playing with your sound recorder again?

>> distributed code and documentation to attendees of the PDC via 160 GB
>> portable hard drives.
>> Interesting concept.  It cost something like $2000 just to register for
>> the PDC.  Add on to that the costs of transportation and lodging.
>> Just how, exactly, is getting a $100 drive full of developer technical
>> material (at a developed technical conference) from Microsoft, after
>> you've given Microsoft thousands to attend their conference, bribery?
> Our customer would have to refuse a much smaller "gift", large conference
> fee or not.
> I think we ourselves could accept such a "gift".
> I suppose loyalty has been bought for less, though.  Anything to tip the
> balance.
> One thing I would refuse, though, is Microsoft hookers -- too many viruses.

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