Attorney General Solicits Microsoft Advice

A publicity stunt? Or a sign of terminal disarray among the government lawyers who recently won the Microsoft antitrust trial?

I’m betting on the former as I note the brand-new “Let’s Talk: Microsoft Remedies” section of the California attorney general’s Web site. It’s absurd for Bill Lockyer, the attorney general in question, to be soliciting public comment, given that he’s doing so only eight days before the government team has to make formal recommendations to the trial judge on what sanctions should be applied to prevent Microsoft from continuing to abuse its monopoly.

“Someone might come up with a clever idea,” a spokesperson told the San Jose Mercury News, apparently with a straight face.

Some of the comments posted to the AG’s page are interesting, at least…

More on PacBell’s DSL

Craig Newmark, who runs the craigslist Bay Area community site, spotted the eJournal item about Pacific Bell’s questionable DSL claims and sent the following comment:

About ten months ago, the NoEnd group had a meeting regarding DSL and invited folks from PacBell, Covad, etc.

A lot of people, including myself, raised some issues regarding PacBell (and others’) service, in a generally constructive way.

The PacBell representatives … admitted then that:

— they didn’t have enough people to support DSL, and
— they didn’t have the tools required to support it, in particular, lacked the tools to diagnose transient problems.

They committed to letting us, and in particular, myself, know when these problems had been addressed. I don’t think any of us have heard from them since.

A few months after this, the PacBell DSL TV spots started running… I enjoyed the irony, but the number of PacBell DSL horror stories, already numerous, increased further.

Conxion Replies to Dave Winer

I linked the other day to an ongoing dispute (second item) between UserLand Software and Conxion, a Web-hosting service.

Conxion sent me this response for the record.

UPDATE: Dave Winer responds.

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