AOL can't deliver e-mail reliably -- and now they own Netscape?

Several technology reporters are focussing on AOL's "credibility gap". They're the only nationwide service to go off-line for 19 hours -- and to then crash again repeatedly, seemingly on a monthly basis. Now they hold the fate of a crucial piece of internet software.

Consumer advocates are already crying foul. Ralph Nader announced he'll oppose the deal, and even urged government organizations to prevent AOL and Sun Microsystems from slicing up the software company like a Thanksgiving treat.

Meanwhile, troubled geeks pour out their sentiments in folk humor about the ill-conceived deal. The latest offering finds AOL using their inflated stock price to purchase yet another familiar behomoth. Godzilla.