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COMDEX Cancelled Again

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the not-a-huge-surprise dept.

Comdex 196

An anonymous reader noted that COMDEX has been cancelled for the second year in a row. And meanwhile, thousands of IT professionals rejoice that they won't be again exposed to strange strains of viruses that their immune system can't handle.

cancel ×

196 comments

How fitting (3, Funny)

-kertrats- (718219) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089908)

Not to be too cliche, but how fitting that I got the 'Nothing for you to see here' line several times trying to see this story.

But I already got tickets (1)

lilrowdy18 (870767) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089981)

i guess I'll just have to go gambling and visit a whore house. "Piss on that. I'm bringing a ma-sheh-tay"

Re:How fitting (2, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090120)

> Not to be too cliche, but how fitting that I got the 'Nothing for you to see here' line several times trying to see this story.

What are you trying to imply? That after yet another crippling bombshell hit the COMDEX community, it's official? That COMDEX is dead?

Who died and made you Netcraft?

(Oh, wait. That'd be COMDEX. Move along...)

Not to be too cliche, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090217)

DUPE!!! [slashdot.org] :)

Re:Not to be too cliche, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090270)

Well, this is turning out to be a well-formed slashdot story, all the usual "in Soviet Russia" trolls and bitching about dupes are accounted for!

I guess it's time for a speling error, too!

I for one (3, Funny)

overshoot (39700) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089914)

wish to welcome our new CES overlords.

Oh well (3, Funny)

jam244 (701505) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089918)

See you in 2006

nigga (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12089920)

jar goo b00 b00

Slashdot confirms it... (2, Funny)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089921)

Comdex is DYING.

Re:Slashdot confirms it... (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090075)

When the corpse is lying cold and dead on the slab, it's a little late for that prognosis, Doctor.

Regroup again? (3, Insightful)

lecithin (745575) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089936)

Last year I figured that it was a good idea to take a year off.

This year I wonder if it will ever come back. I also wonder just how many people really don't care.

Re:Regroup again? (1)

eln (21727) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089968)

COMDEX is not the big deal it was, and in its absence, other smaller shows have come in to fill the (much reduced) demand for this kind of tech convention. There is no place in the market for COMDEX anymore.

Re:Regroup again? (3, Interesting)

Snowdog668 (227784) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090128)

That's pretty much what I was thinking. I'd much rather attend a convention that was more focused on a smaller segment of technology.

Since the bubble burst is there really a need for the huge monstrosity that is COMDEX?

Add to that the fact that Vegas is wasted on me (see my sig) and I'd much rather go to a small, focused convention that's more local (I'm within an hour or so drive of both Chicago and Milwaukee).

Re:Regroup again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090220)

"I'm within an hour or so drive of both Chicago and Milwaukee"

So you live in Evanston? ;-)

Re:Regroup again? (1)

rbgaynor (537968) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090316)

Add to that the fact that Vegas is wasted on me...I wouldn't say I'm a bad gambler but the last time I went to Vegas I even lost a buck on the soda machine.

Wasted? Hardly. It sounds more like you are their ideal target audience.

Re:Regroup again? (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090406)

"I wouldn't say I'm a bad gambler but the last time I went to Vegas I even lost a buck on the soda machine."

Damn, you just gave me a $20 million marketing idea!

The Basic Problem . . . (2, Funny)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090282)

. . . Isn't that there isn't a need, but that they weren't pushing the hookers and booze angle.

Guess I'll miss out on Vegas this year too! (4, Funny)

drewzhrodague (606182) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089944)

Jeez, even as an excuse to go to Las Vegas, and it's CANCELLED AGAIN! Bastards!

Las Vegas hated Comdex anyway (1)

wsanders (114993) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090154)

Las Vegas hated Comdex anyway, except for a small number elite enough to hire the top-shelf hookers and hotel suites, most attendees were typical nerds, smart enough to stay away from the slot machines, two-dollar blackjack hackers at best, and crummy tippers. The big hotels generally gouged you on rooms - the year I went to support a big vendor booth I think my employers got charged $375 per night for a $150 per night room.

Re:Las Vegas hated Comdex anyway (3, Funny)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090371)

you'll be happy to know that to help this situation next year COMDEX will also not be held, but in another city

Re:Las Vegas hated Comdex anyway (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090419)

Nerds are pretty popular with the hookers. They do twice the volume.

One Word (2, Informative)

Zardus (464755) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090366)

Defcon [defcon.org]

Re:Guess I'll miss out on Vegas this year too! (1)

Mr.Progressive (812475) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090395)

There's always the Mint 400 [imdb.com]

Why? (2, Interesting)

qualico (731143) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089946)

The story does not say why it was cancelled.
Same reason as last time?

Re:Why? (5, Funny)

eviloverlordx (99809) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090070)

They were replaced by a small shell script.

Re:Why? (3, Informative)

Gopal.V (532678) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090101)

You mean the story's really not a dupe ? ... rushes to RTFA .

I think it was cancelled due to lack of interest [itworld.com] (on the sponsor's side, I think). I don't think there'll be an event left to cancel in 2006 ...

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090296)

I could have RTFA, but couldn't be bothered.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090287)

Does it really matter? Just blame Apple...

Strange viruses (4, Funny)

bazio (864132) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089950)

Bah, who needs COMDEX to get strange strains of viruses? I'll get mine over the Internet, thank you very much!

Re:Strange viruses (1)

Hinhule (811436) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090042)

Ah, windows user I presume.

With the markets almost totally vitrual... (0, Redundant)

xlr8ed (726203) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089952)

Who Cares??

important (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12089956)

finger
This filthy piece of software is perpetuated over the net by the FSF under the guise of being able to "finger" any server and gathering info on a specific user. Its real purpose, however, is far sicker. "Finger" refers to the act of inserting a finger or two into an anus and fetching feces to ingest or smear all over your gay lover. The devious metaphor of "information retrieval" broken!
goose
A goose is when a gay male (usually a Linux user) attempts to insert his index finger into another male's anus through his trousers, usually done without the victim's prior consent. This program obviously promotes forcing homosexual fun on unsuspecting straight men in hopes of converting them to homosexuality and Linux use.
help2man
There's no questioning the faggot nature behind this program. After scrutinizing the source code, I found that subliminal messages are printed to the screen and subsequently cleared every 60 microseconds that induce extreme homoerotic imagery in the victim / user. Though GNU documentation states this is a tool for generating manual pages, it's really obviously a tool to initiate gay thought and cocklust in not-yet-gay Linux users.
mailman
"A software to help manage email discussion lists," says the FSF site. More like "software to help manage homosexual discussion lists" is more like it! After looking through its source code, I found that versions .001 through .94 were actually called maleman, the namechange in version .95 made to enable easier distribution of this package-- the original name sounded too gay for the masses, and the FSF knew it! Unless the topic of the mail thread being managed has something to do with depraved homosexual activity, the chances of losing data increase some 50%, thereby promoting homosexual discussion of cocks, rimjobs, and such. This is accomplished by means of a strcompare() and a hash table.
make
Let's look at the FSF's "innocent" description of this universal utility:
"automatically determines which pieces of a large program need to be recompiled, and issues commands to recompile them"
It's easy to see the gay meaning behind this. "Pieces of a large program" refers to an erect male penis, while "need to be recompiled" is symbolic of "needs to be buried deep within a male colon." Issuing commands is simple enough. Who hasn't seen a gay porno where some hairless, lusty-eyed twink is getting his ass torn apart by black nigger dick while screaming "FUCK ME FUCK ME OOOOOOOOOOOOOH GODDDDDDDDD FUCK ME!?"
midnight commander
Oh my God!!! How blatant can the FSF get? Midnight Commander is described as "a user friendly and colorful Unix file manager and shell, useful to novice and guru alike." Hello! Can this refer to anyone else but Commander Taco, editor in chief of Slashdot.org??? No one else is as willing as he to be "useful to novice and guru alike." Rob Malda is known to go down on a variety of Linux users, whether they are newbies or gurus, young or old, kike, nigger, white or spic (hence him being a "colorful" UNIX manager). Needless to say, running this program grabs all of your personal information and emails it to Rob Malda, who then builds a "client list" and visits you when you least expect it.
patch
The FSF fags thought they could get clever with this one. Not while I'm around! Patch is distributed under the guise of a software updating utility. Ha! Patch refers to a common tactic used by gays for spontaneous sex: cuts are made in the anus-cock area of tight jeans, which allows a piece of masking tape to keep this "patch" shut when the genitals and ass-cunt are not in use (i.e., rarely). Again, as in other GNU programs, the user is submitted to subliminal flashes of instructions on how to create such a patch for gay fun.
sauce
Disgusting! Sauce is how faggots and shitfreaks refer to the post-coital discharge issued from the anus after a marathon asspounding. It is a sickening combination of semen, blood, and feces. It may also include anything else the fags thought was cool to put up their asses as well!
shtool
One consonant away from stool, otherwise known as shit or feces. It's a "a portable shell tool for use inside source trees of free software packages." Hmm... Let's think about this one. Portable shell tool for use inside source trees of free software packages... Could they be referring to some mechanical device inserted inside of one another's anuses!? Source tree is obviously homo- / GNU-slang for assholes. Free software packages, therefore, is faggotspeak for "gay anuses." RMS's propoganda would have us believe being "free" means being GAY. I'd avoid this piece of software if I were you.

Eh... (4, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089960)

So what's the point? Is it coming back? Is this going to be a new meme? "Duke Nukem for Longhorn SE to come out at Comdex, now powered by cold fusion... in Japan!"

Re:Eh... (1)

menace3society (768451) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090021)

You left out profit schemes, running Linux, Beowulf clusters, BSD dying, iPod Killers, MiniMacs, Soviet Russia, elderly South Koreans, and now maybe even the Israeli army.

Re:Eh... (1)

Beyond_GoodandEvil (769135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090155)

Don't forget grits, Natalie Portman, supporting OGG, or on teh spoke.

Re:Eh... (1)

AceCaseOR (594637) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090165)

Oh, and Netcraft (although the "BSD dying" kind of covers that.)

Re:Eh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090459)

... We didn't start the fire. It was always burning Since the world's been turning.

Whatcha talkin 'bout Willis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12089987)

Sorry, I don't get the virus reference. Can someone explain?

Re:Whatcha talkin 'bout Willis? (2, Funny)

El_Servas (672868) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090131)

Las vegas, hookers, aids: HIV

Re:Whatcha talkin 'bout Willis? (2, Insightful)

wedding (618458) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090173)

It's probably a reference to the fact that five days in recirculated air eating too much and drinking too much is never good for your body. I've attended Autodesk University at the MGM Grand for the past five years, and EVERY SINGLE TIME I get sick the week after. Your body just doesn't tolerate that environment well if you're not acclimated.

Re:Whatcha talkin 'bout Willis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090411)

SARS

"Cancel" is such an ugly word (3, Funny)

menace3society (768451) | more than 9 years ago | (#12089991)

The article about this that I read said that, since going to different ownership in the 90s, COMDEX has gotten smaller and more tightly focused on IT. So don't look at it as being canceled, rather, it's just the natural result of its evolution--becoming the absolute smallest and topic-focused convention it could possibly be.

Re:"Cancel" is such an ugly word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090093)

Mod -1, bad reading comprehension.

Re:"Cancel" is such an ugly word (1)

g3000 (799075) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090113)

So don't look at it as being canceled, rather, it's just the natural result of its evolution--becoming the absolute smallest and topic-focused convention it could possibly be.

"Smallest" as in zero attendees and exhibitors.

Re:"Cancel" is such an ugly word (1)

mmkkbb (816035) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090207)

Did you really have to make that joke MORE obvious?

Re:"Cancel" is such an ugly word (1)

Flashpot (773365) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090258)

exactly what topic could require that much focus?

Re:"Cancel" is such an ugly word (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090396)

IT Nihilism.

Re:"Cancel" is such an ugly word (1)

menace3society (768451) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090433)

Remember what they say about education--as the years go by, you learn more and more about less and less until you know everything about nothing.

Re:"Cancel" is such an ugly word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090119)

since going to different ownership in the 90s, COMDEX has gotten smaller and more tightly focused on IT

IT sucked the joy and life out of Comdex, just as it does for general computing.

Re:"Cancel" is such an ugly word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090345)

If it were really more focused on IT then it would just have been outsourced to India. Hey, throw up a few nice hotels and casinos outside of Delhi and you wouldn't even know you're not in Vegas!

Re:"Cancel" is such an ugly word (1)

nEoN nOoDlE (27594) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090460)

It wasn't cancelled, it was just outsourced to India.

Re:"Cancel" is such an ugly word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090599)

Hey! That's Darl McBride's business plan for his Unix customer base.!

COMDEX STOLE SCO'S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY!!!!!

fffff (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12089995)

frist pist

it geeks went to comdex ... (2, Funny)

Triumph The Insult C (586706) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090000)

when adultdex was next door/down the street?

COMDEX has been replaced. (2, Funny)

ARRRLovin (807926) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090006)

When will they just admit defeat?

Why anybody wouldn't have gone anyway ... (3, Informative)

Gopal.V (532678) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090034)

Userfriendly.org explains the lack of attendance [userfriendly.org] , not excluding terrorist threats [userfriendly.org] and security measures [userfriendly.org]

But yeah, I think I should sing Hey Vendor ! , leave our kids alone ...

Comdex Las Vegas Replaced by ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090038)

COMDEX Bangalore !!!

But in Nevada they get tested (1, Interesting)

doublem (118724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090040)

won't be again exposed to strange strains of viruses that their immune system can't handle.

Hold on here.

In Nevada, the licensed, legal hookers are, by law, tested regularly and use a love glove.

You're LESS likely to be exposed to strange viruses going to Comdex and taking a cab to the Bunny Ranch that you are going for a local "woman of negotiable virtue"

I'm so damn close to getting a free ipod [freeipods.com] [freeipods.com], which I'll fill entierly with CC licensed podcasts and rips of CDS I own.

Re:But in Nevada they get tested (1)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090115)

One small problem. There are no "licensed, legal hookers" in Las Vegas. Nevada, yes. Las Vegas, no.

The BunnyRanch is in Carson City. That's a very long taxi ride.

Re:But in Nevada they get tested (1)

k8to (9046) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090189)

I find it kind of hilarious how prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas yet somehow there are over 100 pages of "Escorts" in the phonebook.

I guess it's a very uhh.. rigidly enforced law.

Re:But in Nevada they get tested (1)

AceCaseOR (594637) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090335)

Well, Prostitution is illegal in Portland (and, for that matter, the entire state of Oregon, but there's 3 pages of advertisements for them in the "Willamatte Week".

Re:But in Nevada they get tested (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090248)

The BunnyRanch is in Carson City. That's a very long taxi ride.

I was wondering about that. I think its actually cheaper to rent a vehicle and have one designated driver.

Re:But in Nevada they get tested (2, Funny)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090336)

Driver? I don't even know her!

~~rimshot~~

Re:But in Nevada they get tested (2, Informative)

mmkkbb (816035) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090329)

the chicken ranch is only 2 hours away AND you get a complimentary limo!

Re:But in Nevada they get tested (0, Offtopic)

NoMoreNicksLeft (516230) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090502)

I'm so damn close to getting a free ipod [freeipods.com],

No wonder you know so much about whores, ipod-boy.

Re:But in Nevada they get tested (1)

halofan_sd (683327) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090633)

why did you think the OP was referring to hookers AT ALL? I assumed he was just referring to the crazy partying life that goes on there.

Too bad (0, Offtopic)

pploco (694950) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090043)

the review on my papers solving intricate black hole conundrums was overlooked by slashdot for this choice piece of brain candy. C'mon we can to better than this crap!!

Re:Too bad (1)

FranksChickenHouse (852848) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090488)

Yeah but the post just above yours uses the words "hooker", "love glove" (my favorite), and "Bunny Ranch". Does your paper address any of these critical topics to sex-starved geeks worldwide? I thought not!

Outlived its usefulness (4, Insightful)

crimethinker (721591) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090047)

Nowadays, you go to a specialized show, such as Embedded Systems Conference (just got back; it was TEH R0X0RZ), Game Developer's Conference, etc. I've also noticed that larger vendors are becoming enamoured of running their own shows, i.e. WindRiver Developers' Conference, Microsoft PDC, and others. Could this be so that they have your rapt attention, and no competition across the aisle in the exhibit hall?

I went to Comdex a few times in the mid 90's, and while there were some neat things to see (hardware MPEG decoder cards had just become widely available, with several vendors showing off their various models), it was just too crowded and too unfocused. Wander two aisles over, and instead of multimedia hardware, you were at the cheap PC case makers. Even a few large LED manufacturers set up booths. WTF? I'm sure LED's are important, but how large of an audience can you get at Comdex for a commodity product like LED's?

It's time to move on, and let Comdex die. I'd insert a "Netcraft confirms it" troll/joke here, but I'm sure somebody's already dedicated an entire post to it.

-paul

Outlived its usefulness-Virtual Comdex. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090152)

Well since the Internet is the "new business model", and will solve all human ills. How about we have Virtual Comdex's?

We already do (1)

crimethinker (721591) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090222)

Haven't you noticed that we already have a sort of "Virtual Comdex"? Instead of waiting until November in Las Vegas, there is a press release about HD-DVD. Sites like /. pick up on it, and we all jump on the website, bringing it to a crawl. This is the electronic equivalent of when some booth or another would have a particularly attractive spokesmodel, and the crowd of men waiting for an autographed poster would block the aisle. I shouldered my way through (rudely) once, but decided to simply go around the next blockage.

Trade shows have their place, but once internet access became taken-for-granted in the U.S., Comdex never managed to find their niche.

-paul

Re:Outlived its usefulness (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090180)

it was just too crowded and too unfocused. Wander two aisles over, and instead of multimedia hardware, you were at the cheap PC case makers.

The best stuff I find at trade shows is stuff I wasn't expecting to find.

Perhaps COMDEX should simply be retired (2, Interesting)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090051)

and ignored. With other huge mega-events like CES, NAB, NAMM, Siggraph, etc. etc., there's really no purpose to Comdex existing.

Idea:
Unless, of course, (shamelss plug for all things /.) they re-align the show to be the Premier Expo of all things FOSS. But given the capitalisation of FOSS, it'll take a lot of bake sales to scare up the scratch to rent something like the Moscone Center for a weekend. And trying to organise such a show would be monstrous - getting FOSS people together is like herding cats.

But it would give Comdex a raison d'etre, seeing as how it presently has zero purpose to exist.

RS

Re:Perhaps COMDEX should simply be retired (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090137)

Yeah! You could then rename it "CONDEX" :)

And everyone that attended could pay $5000 ea for entrance to cover the cost of the companies that were showing there! Thus continuing the "Burdon the user" philosophy of FOSS.

That would be great!

Tradeshows just aren't the same (5, Funny)

Fox_1 (128616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090055)

not since the bubble, man the things that would go on at those IT trade shows. I went to a wireless one in New Orleans that just 'happened' to be scheduled in the middle of Mardi Gras...damn, talk about viruses
Oh for the world of stock options and big promotional booths for products that didn't exist then and still don't now. To booth babes and bunnys, T-shirts and ice cream. I never won a car or PDA, but I haven't bought a pen in 6 years.

Re:Tradeshows just aren't the same (5, Funny)

kurosawdust (654754) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090391)

I never won a car or PDA, but I haven't bought a pen in 6 years.

Pfft. Rookie. I took all my promotional schwag and lived in the wilderness for two years armed with only my ruler, LED flashlight, tape measure, solar calculator, collapsable water bottle, twenty t-shirts to use as a tent, one hundred pens for tent stakes, a stress ball, and fifty business-card-sized CDs that I used as shriuken to kill animals for food.

Needless to say I came back with a rockin beard and a newfound appreciation for being able to take a dump in a recipticle made especially for that purpose.

Re:Tradeshows just aren't the same (1)

russellh (547685) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090398)

I never won a car or PDA, but I haven't bought a pen in 6 years.

Heh. I once won a Palm III when it was the latest and greatest. That would be.. hmm.. '98?

Maybe a good thing? (4, Insightful)

Steinfiend (700505) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090071)

It might actually be a good thing that this is being cancelled. From the article they state one of the reasons is that the promoters are moving towards smaller, but more targeted shows.

Comdex comes from a time when consumer grade computing was still in it infancy, so a general cover all everything show was possible, and a good idea. Now, with the field being so huge it's probably better to not try and cover the entire market in one go.

I want my IT people to have grounding in the entire computer field, but to be very specific to their field in detail. I want my network security people to eat and sleep network security and my hardware people to dream of nothing but hardware.

Re:Maybe a good thing? (1)

qualico (731143) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090114)

Ya but were talkin the land of the BIG.
Las Vegas should be able to handle the entire industry, no?

Re:Maybe a good thing? (5, Insightful)

gtrubetskoy (734033) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090198)


I want my IT people to have grounding in the entire computer field, but to be very specific to their field in detail. I want my network security people to eat and sleep network security and my hardware people to dream of nothing but hardware.

Spoken like a true PHB!

Re:Maybe a good thing? (0, Offtopic)

Steinfiend (700505) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090357)

I'm afraid I'm not a PHB, at least not in charge of IT. I'm in charge of another department in a large organization, but I think it still holds true. Generalization has its place, but in something like IT, specialization is the way to go. Not to the point of being tunnel-visioned, but definitely have a thorough understanding of your specific field.

Re:Maybe a good thing? (1)

Rac3r5 (804639) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090651)

ummm.. what is PHB???

Their *real* dream... (2, Funny)

dark-br (473115) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090369)

I want my IT people to have grounding in the entire computer field, but to be very specific to their field in detail. I want my network security people to eat and sleep network security and my hardware people to dream of nothing but hardware.

Network Sec. Guy dream: ZzzzZZzzzZZZ PORN ZzZZZzz
Hardware Guy dream: ZzzzZZZzzZZ P0rN ZzzZZZZz

Re:Their *real* dream... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090485)

It's spelled "pr0n".

Is this the beginning of the end? (1)

b5turbo (850656) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090127)

Sounds like its going through lots and owners and only getting worse as time goes on.

IN SOVIET RUSSIA (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090132)

IN SOVIET RUSSIA, the COM(RA)DEX will cancel YOU!

Product life-cycles changed (4, Insightful)

Ruprecht the Monkeyb (680597) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090231)

Inevitable, I think. Back in the day, before the dark times, before the Empire, I mean, before the internet, Comdex was one of the few places IT professionals could go to see new hardware, software demonstrations, etc. Because it was so big, companies geared their release schedules so that their new gee-whiz stuff would come out right before or right after Fall Comdex (and to a lesser extent, Spring Comdex).

Then, along comes the internet, and companies had an easy way to disseminate new product information, software demos, etc., on a year round basis. Companies became less inclined to hold new releases for Comdex, and the show becames less important (and much less useful).

Of course, marketing it so that it appealed to the PHB's who looked at it as an excuse to spend a week in Vegas further diluted its appeal to the tech crowd.

Same thing happened to the auto industry -- it used to be that they focused all their energy on the new model year (starting in September, if I remember). Now, although most of the major manufacturers still release new models in the fall, it's become more of a year round effort.

Product life-cycles changed-Death Eternal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090349)

"Then, along comes the internet, and companies had an easy way to disseminate new product information, software demos, etc., on a year round basis. Companies became less inclined to hold new releases for Comdex, and the show becames less important (and much less useful). "

While true. How much stuff really lends themselves well to "online advertizing"? e.g. NextStep Hardware, BeOS Box.

Good (0, Troll)

TheCabal (215908) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090234)

I don't need more of you drunk bastards clogging up the streets down here. The taxis and gawkers make it bad enough.

If they'd cancel/move DEFCON, I'd be able to breathe a lot easier (if not from the hordes of script kiddies not being here, at least from the masses of unwashed bodies being somewhere else)

Postal service (1)

drivinghighway61 (812488) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090279)

We seem so out of COMDEX In this gaudy Slashdot complex

Let it die (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090315)

Come on, people. Just let it die already. It had a good run but has become incredibly stale. Plus you already knew what would happen because it had been previously established. And that temporal cold war nonsense was ridiculous.

Oh, wait a minute...

How long before... (2, Funny)

feloneous cat (564318) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090339)

Comdex becomes irrelevant?

10..9..8..7..6..

Too late, it already is.

Seriously? Big whoop. (4, Insightful)

jht (5006) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090340)

I think last year, some folks were wondering "what's going to happen without COMDEX? Well, the tech world kept on going, products still hit the market, and everything carried on fine without it.

Like a few people have said, the smaller, more focused shows are doing OK (Linuxworld out here in Boston seemed to be a hit, for instance), but I think the day of the giant "everything for everybody" show is over. N+I is dead for all practical purposes (I used to go to the Atlanta one), Macworld is pretty much down to one (though last years' Boston show was OK), and the only "biggie" left is CES for now.

Ultimately the Internet and the tech bust killed the trade show, but more importantly the maturity of the market has made the biggest impact. No COMDEX? Big deal.

those poor strippers here in vegas (1)

SoccerManUNLV (827697) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090385)

now, yet again, they wont be able to make 2k a night because computer geeks have expense accounts. I can't say that I miss comdex in the least.

I'm assuming that... (1)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090401)

... Netcraft has declared it dead?

mod( uP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12090465)

a faCt: FreweBSD [goat.cx]

I find it ironic... (3, Insightful)

spirit_fingers (777604) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090495)

It wasn't so long ago that all the pundits proclaimed that Apple is dead, but just doesn't know it yet. It's poetic justice that today the Mac is gaining marketshare, COMDEX is dead and MacWorld Expo SF is the Last Man Standing among the big computer shows.

COMDEX is passe .. (1)

The UberDork (689979) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090644)

it should be migrating to .NET DEX

If this keeps up... (3, Insightful)

suitepotato (863945) | more than 9 years ago | (#12090649)

...coming generations of techs, geeks, nerds, weenies, and middle managers won't ever know what a wonderful experience an industry con can be.

Despite the downturn in manufacturing slaughtering the industry, Eastec and Westec are still held every year without missing a beat. Similarly, other industries still manage to hold their cons. Why is COMDEX the one to keep failing at this?

Oh well, we'll have to settle for cherry-picking among the more specialized industry cons and getting sick there.
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