Roy's stuff is easy enough to ignore if you filter for posts that have been
replied to by someone other than Kent or Homer.
The OSS crowd is desperate enough to hear anything resembling bad news for
Microsoft, even if it is some pipe dream from some other unwashed and
unlettered COLA soul. I personally am not so thrilled with the MSFT bid for
YHOO myself, thinking that, if nothing else, any company named "Yahoo!"
could not really be so real as to be worth $44B. On the other hand, the
shoulders along the information superhighway are littered with burned out
opponents of Mister Softee and second guessing Redmond has not been a very
profitable exercise for anyone.
There is also the SEC and EU blessings to obtain and even that of the YHOO
stockholders who are, I am sure, thrilled at the prospect.
There is still the nagging similarity of such a move to the heyday of the
.COM days, though. For example, the TWX-AOL merger that made no sense and
ended up ruining both. I would not be upset if some government body put the
kabosh on this deal.