From the Apple Java-Development list:
>>> Oops. I mistook your posting for a request for help, not a troll.
>> C'mon. That was quite a funny reply (I laughed), and you have to
>> admit that you were sort of asking for it with the response you gave him.
> No smiley led me to think his posting was completely serious.

More evidence that Americans need smilies. Notice that this in no way suggests that Germans do or do not love David Hasselhoff. Triumph, the comic dog, on the other hand ...