Obviously Mitnick thought the probation officer was taking things a little too seriously, so he asked the judge for a clarification. Instead she just said it was the probation officer's decision.
I think such a decision is a little silly, really. Judge makes ruling in case. Ruling is ambiguous, and possibly misinterpreted. Defendant asks for clarification of ambiguity. Judge does nothing to explain what she intended the ruling to mean. Wouldn't justice be better served if the judge insured her sentence was carried out the way she intended it? Does anyone else think this is a load of crap?