Communications Blackout (12/2/99)

"Get out of the way, please." What kind of entrance line was that?! Tsk, tsk... It seems that the latest addition to the "Redmond Justice" cast just hasn't gotten into the swing of things yet. Richard Posner was appointed by Judge Jackson to be the mediator in settlement talks between the government and Microsoft, but rather than give us the traditional invisible-fourth-wall view into all the juicy proceedings, Posner's actively discouraging our antitrust viewing pleasure. Not only was he rude to reporters trying to bring the drama home, but he also exercised directorial control and put a virtual gag order on the rest of the cast, leaving us poor fans with nary a crumb. A Reuters article has the details-- what few there are.

What nerve! This newcomer to a stellar and entertaining cast actually had the gall to suppress what we're sure must have been some great performances. Truly shocking. Pretty boy "Smilin' Dave" Boies still managed to charm the crowd, though; when asked for comment, he reportedly replied, "I won't even comment on the fruit plate." You can always count on Dave for a laugh. Still, we must know more about this fruit plate. Was there honeydew and cantaloupe? Were the grapes red or green? Seedless? Was the kiwi too tart? Dammit, Dave, fill us in! We're dying, here!

So, Posner's a dud as a new cast member. Perhaps a representative from Greenhill & Co. LLC will be more entertaining; an Associated Press article indicates that the financial consulting firm will be joining the cast as the government's advisor. Apparently Boies and the boys are looking for expert opinions on what measures could be taken to prevent Microsoft from abusing its monopoly power in the future. Normally we wouldn't have high hopes that a financial consultant would be an entertaining addition to the "Redmond Justice" cast, but hey, after Posner, we've got to put our hope in something.

SceneLink (1950)
And Now For A Word From Our Sponsors

As an Amazon Associate, AtAT earns from qualifying purchases


The above scene was taken from the 12/2/99 episode:

December 2, 1999: The Power Mac G4 just got a whole lot cooler-- especially the cheap model. Meanwhile, Intel wrestles with a Pentium III "erratum" that can mess with the boot-up process, and "Redmond Justice" hits a lull in the action as newcomer Richard Posner enforces radio silence...

Other scenes from that episode:

  • 1948: Yikes!-less In Cupertino (12/2/99)   The title comes courtesy of Rick Stolba, just one of many faithful viewers who wrote in and told us that "Yikes!" is no more. The blue and white G3 Yosemite motherboard variant that Apple hacked together in order to get the G4 on the market in a hurry has finally been completely supplanted by the new Sawtooth architecture, instead...

  • 1949: Let's Play Dueling Errata (12/2/99)   Another day, another Pentium bug. Oh, wait, we're sorry; chips don't have bugs-- they have errata. We know this because when Motorola admitted that the PowerPC G4 couldn't run at 500 MHz or higher without potentially corrupting its own data cache, "errata" was the word they used...

Or view the entire episode as originally broadcast...

Vote Early, Vote Often!
Why did you tune in to this Ď90s relic of a soap opera?
Nostalgia is the next best thing to feeling alive
My name is Rip Van Winkle and I just woke up; what did I miss?
Iím trying to pretend the last 20 years never happened
I mean, if it worked for Friends, why not?
I came here looking for a receptacle in which to place the cremated remains of my deceased Java applets (think about it)

(209 votes)

DISCLAIMER: AtAT was not a news site any more than Inside Edition was a "real" news show. We made Dawson's Creek look like 60 Minutes. We engaged in rampant guesswork, wild speculation, and pure fabrication for the entertainment of our viewers. Sure, everything here was "inspired by actual events," but so was Amityville II: The Possession. So lighten up.

Site best viewed with a sense of humor. AtAT is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Keep hands inside car at all times. The drinking of beverages while watching AtAT is strongly discouraged; AtAT is not responsible for damage, discomfort, or staining caused by spit-takes or "nosers."

Everything you see here that isn't attributed to other parties is copyright ©,1997-2020 J. Miller and may not be reproduced or rebroadcast without his explicit consent (or possibly the express written consent of Major League Baseball, but we doubt it).