Who better to strip away the hubris and slippery moralizing of both sides in this case than the man who really can distill consumer harm down to a decimal point? Like a Vegas bookmaker or a seasoned actuary, Posner will spit out a number at the end of these negotiations and, like a Pentium processor's, Posner's number will be right. Microsoft and Justice can choose to listen to his advice or disregard it. But they won't be able to say they weren't helped with their math homework by the very best.
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