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MICROSOFT'S PERFUNCTORY RESPONSE
The Mercury News is reporting that Microsoft is making Scott
McNEALY's argument that the existing consent decree is
toothless and asking that the DoJ's new order be vacated. I
hope we will get some report of the actual proceeding.
I consider this MS response perfunctory. It does ask the
Judge to fold and invite the DoJ to cave.
But, I doubt that even the sort of Clintonites the right
wing claims are wimps, when they are not calling them thugs,
will just say "Never Mind..." and run back to doing whatever
it is that they do. I cannot imagine a Federal Judge will
settle for only 250 milliseconds of fame.
The right wing despises this administration consistently
enough but cannot keep from wildly over- and
under-exaggerating it. I think that will prove true as well
of Microsoft's cereal box lawyers, pin-stripped flacks, I
reckon them to be, no Steve SUSMAN or Racehorse HAYNES in
I am still betting on the old, gray nag and PLAYON