Communications Blackout (12/2/99)
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"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.


 
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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...

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