No that would mean he was lying about how hard it was to setup as he already had it done, totally eliminating the excuse he and others use for having done it in the dark without anyone's knowledge when he was doing it on the real chain.
This starts to become boring... Linking the relevant information for you: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=42667.msg566146#msg566146
Yes, it was tested. Yes the binaries were ready at this time. Yes we already mined a bunch on testnet
. BTC testnet had difficulty of about 500 something and NMC testnet difficulty was about 5 something. But no one has done merged mining on production net before NMC block 19500. It was impossible. Even if he would have done it his NMC would have been invalidated or ophaned.
Furthermore no one had tested merged mining on a 2 THash/s pool infrastructure optimized for only one blockchain. If you have an optimized server it's not like installing an additional APP and there we go: "Merged mining is ready!". You have to recalibrate and rebalance your whole infrastructure.
Honestly. I think most guys are not here to understand what really happened but want to spin some weird conspiracy theory. For that reason I'll unsubscribe this thread. Bye Edit
: Yeah sorry. I messed this up. It's late. Merged mining started on block 19200. Perhaps I should keep subscribed to that thread to see which spin it gets due to me revoking different information