The European Commission has fined Microsoft 899m euros for failing to comply with its 2004 ruling. [BBC News, February 27th 2008]
I have no idea how they arrived at the figure of 899m euros - but it looks like adding insult to injury.
Okay, so maybe lots of software products cost 899 dollars or pounds or euros - actually loads of consumer products are marked up as x99 or x.99 - consumers are presumably supposed to think that 899 is a lot less than 900. It is one of the minor irritations in life, I find, being constantly treated as stupid by retailers. But regulatory fines aren't supposed to be marked down like in a retail store, are they?
I really can't imagine Microsoft executives saying to themselves: "Oh well, it could have been worse, they might have fined us 900m euros, we got a bargain." It's probably more like: "Pity they didn't try to fine us 900m euros, then we could have appealed on the grounds of subsection 14.3.5.a". Or whatever.