Sunday, May 04, 2008

Klatt's clunkers 5: Bernard Klatt doesn't recognize RealPlayer browser

We have already seen how unsatisfactory Bernard Klatt's testimony about the Cools matter has been. One of his most serious mistakes involves the only evidence that we have about 90sAREover: the logs of his post of Sept. 5, 2003. Here is the entry in which "90sAREover" registered his username: 90sAREover [05/Sep/2003:19:49:10 -0500] "POST /~Freedom/login HTTP/1.0" 200 1386 ""
    "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98; Rogers Hi·Speed Internet; (R1 1.3))"
This log entry includes both the referring IP (in red) and the user-agent string (in blue), which shows that this is in the Combined Log Format, a fact that Klatt missed.

The interpretation of the user-agent also presented Klatt with difficulties. If you surf over to, you can see what your own user agent string is and what it means.

Internet Explorer 6.0
Mozilla It's a Mozilla based browser
4.0 Mozilla Version
compatible Compatibility flag
Indicates that this browser is compatible with a common set of features
MSIE 6.0Name :
MSIE 6.0
Version = 6.0
Windows 98OS-or-CPU :
Windows 98
Rogers Hi-Speed InternetRogers Communications
Internet provider. Partnered with Yahoo! to offer Rogers-Yahoo! Hi-Speed Internet.
R1 1.3Using Real Player as a browser
If at that same site you type in 90AREover's user agent string (blue above), you'll find a table like the one to the right (I've added the blue and truncated it slightly). It gives the items of the string with an explanation for each element. As you can see, R1 1.3 refers to RealOne Player, a free media player that has a built in browser. R1 obviously abbreviates "RealOne"; 1.3 was version 2.0.

If you don't believe me, you can download your own copy from and visit to experiment. Or you can look at the long list of user agent strings in which we find some version of the RealOne Player over at

What did Klatt make of "R1 1.3"? Below and to the right (from pp. 1634-5 of the transcripts of Warman v. Lemire) is Klatt's attempt to explain it.  
Bernard Klatt on R1 1.3It is painfully obvious that he has no clue. The tip-off: statements like "the best explanation I've been able to determine" (lines 9-10), "the best of my ability" (lines 14-15), "the best explanation" (lines 19-20) betray his lack of confidence in his own answer. You never say this about what you know; you only say this when your guessing.  And his guess is a bad one -- embarrassingly bad. Instead of recognizing that this was the RealOne browser, Klatt embarks on a series of accumulated conjectures: Rogers used a 15660 Cisco router, and "R1 1.3" was a firmware release, and the update took place in few weeks between 90sAREover's visit in September and Warman's visits in November. (Or, as we know now, but Klatt seems to have missed, October.)

Clearly he has no clue. What is worse is that he does not even know where to look for the correct answer. He did some "research on the internet", but where this led him is a bit of a mystery, since there seems to be no Cisco product with the designation CXC 15660, and no Cisco firmware update with this number. (Perhaps he has the 15600 CXC in mind?)

Trying to figure out what was his exact error is in any case unlikely to be productive. The more important point is that Klatt has failed to recognize that 90sAREover was using the browser built into the RealOne Player, which invalidates paragraphs 36 and 64 of his sworn affidavit (which you can see here), and (as I have argued here) is exculpatory for Warman.

Other posts in the Klatt's clunkers series:

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