@evildictaitor: Ok, so you want a huge # of people, but that does not equal quality of content, and considering that all the sessions are now online, they are able to reach orders of magnitude more people with the information they require.  If it wasn't for the rain at //build/2012 it would have been perfect, IMO. 

In any case, I haven't seen any official numbers for this years conference posted anywhere.  Does anyone know how many tickets are being sold this time?