i.e., the few thousand tickets available could have theoretically been sold out in seconds. The Moscone Center West would not even have the capacity for 25K+ Google employees, let alone the 10's of thousands of developers/students who would like to attend. My only point here is that there's a lot of demand and very little supply, so there's going to be a lot of disappointed people. I don't think a better registration system, programming challenges, doubling capacity, a lottery, etc will do much to placate everyone who wants a ticket. Perhaps the only sensible way to reduce demand would to be double, triple, or quadruple the price.
FWIW, I've been in 2009 and 2011 - in my experience, it's mostly engineers, developers and others interested in and actively working on Google technology - not people there for just for the freebies (although they are certainly welcomed).
While wild marketing claims need to be kept in check, so do frivolous lawsuits. The fact that the lawyers (who will receive up to $1.792 Million) profit far more than any individual who may have been mislead (who get 5% of the net cost of the hard drive) really disturbs me.
What would you do — exclude yourself from the settlement, object it, or submit a claim?"
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