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Bad Vegas Coffee... & More

4:15 PM -- LAS VEGAS -- Another week, another technology tradeshow in Vegas.

Here at CTIA Wireless 2006, it's clear that bad food isn't getting any cheaper. Second observation: What exactly does it say about the industry when the WiFi network cannot scale to accomodate the number of attendees at the show?

And with that, some more facts and data:

  • Estimated number of attendeeds at CTIA: 40,000
  • Price of the Nathan's hot dog in the convention center lobby: $4.75
  • Price of medium, watered down, "Starbucks" coffee on the convention center floor: $2.75
  • Alleged frequency of the Las Vegas monorail: Every six minutes
  • Actual frequency of the Las Vegas monorail: Every 30-40 minutes, when it's not broken
  • Time to wait for a hotel shuttle bus outside the convention at closing time: 30-40 minutes
  • Price of a hotel room at Treasure Island, week of CTIA: $399 per night
  • Odds of the New York Yankees winning the 2006 World Series, Mandalay Bay sports book: 3-1
  • Odds of the Boston Red Sox winning the 2006 World Series, Mandalay Bay Sports Book: 11-2
  • Odds of the Kansas City Royals winning the 2006 World Series, according to Pinnaclesports.com: 500-1
  • Chances of getting a reliable CTIA WiFi connection: 25%
Can I go home yet?

— R. Scott Raynovich, Editor in Chief, Light Reading

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