Researcher Shatters Pi Record by Finding Two-Quadrillionth Digit

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JohnnyCNote

I'll definitely sleep better tonight with the knowledge of Yahoo!'s stunning accomplishment . . .

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ibgeezer

So?

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Zeldagix

"Practically, a physicist needs only 39 digits of π to make a circle the size of the observable universe accurate to the size of a hydrogen atom." (Wikipedia)

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Fecal Face

I wonder how many digits could be calculated if they left a computer like this running for a few years? How many digits would we have if we left one on for 10 years?

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DarkMatter

...Really ?

Where in that line did "Well, that's assuming the girl he's hitting on has a serious hankering for math." = girl not good in math ? and if there is a good looking lady out there that would like to divide by pi with me then give me a jingle. I welcome smart women with open arms ... always have... from changing an engine in a Chevy SS to building a cluster of our dreams... BRING IT ON..

 

 

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Keith E. Whisman

I wonder if he memorized all the numbers... If he could recite them.

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Walnut

I just calculated the four-quadrillionth digit of pi to be 7. Seriously. Just check for yourself if you don't believe me.

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Trooper_One

"... and will never again have to worry about coming up with a pick-up line to land the ladies. Well, that's assuming the girl he's hitting on has a serious hankering for math."

That's umm, pretty sexist.  There's plenty of girls out there who are good at math, probably more than boys.  A lot of studies have pointed out that girls do better in schools nowadays, even in the subjects of math whereas boys are falling behind.

Remember that girl from Wonder Years playing opposite of Dan Savage?  She's actually quite a math genius herself.  Cute too.

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Queenof1

*shrugs* I wasn't offended and would probably be interested in the whatever-th digit of Pi as long as he didn't recite them at dinner.

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thetechchild

That's not sexist, that's merely the assumption that a large amount of the global population is not as nerdy as we are. This means pending hours on gaming, PCs, visiting MPC, and being mathematically OBSESSED, since knowing Calculus or a higher mathematical subject does not mean that you will care at all about the 2 quadrillionth digit of pi.

Don't take it offensively. The way the sentence is phrased, it also shows guys who like this kinda stuff as antisocial and likely single. Remember, good at math does not equate to math enjoyment/obsession, and few enough people in the world (of either sex) are properly educated. (high population countries having high poverty rates) Thus, the likeliness that the 2 quadrillionth digit of pi will be considered at all attractive by any girl would be quite low.

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keithfreitag

Google you've been served! Well, I bet google can spare 3000+ servers and a full month to destroy that!  I'm not a math person but in theory can the Pi # actually end?

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Keith E. Whisman

Pi is an infinite number, meaning it doesn't have an end. But I imagine that when you start getting way the hell up there, through an accident in physics, there maybe an end number. Just remember in order for there to be an end to an infinite number, the physics and basic nature of the universe would have to catastrophically change.

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Vrml_Basic

Why stop here, why not just keep going?  I mean, this guy is gonna be shamed for life when he tries the "pickup line", only to find that someone did the same calculation for twenty FOUR days.

 

Ignominy.

Also, I'm sure Yahoo could have done something else, something more useful, with those computing cycles.  Remember the guy who worked for a telcom company years back, and used their computers in the search for new high primes, and was prosecuted for it?

(I hope you do, as I forgot his name of the top of my head)

I guess times have changed....maybe Yahoo predicted they'd fall to 3rd place, and hoped this publicity would bolster their ratings?

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Keith E. Whisman

You know, I'll be impressed when they discover that Pi doesn't go on forever.

Besides that, what place do you have to calculate to for a space ship to blast off from Earth and enter a lunar orbit? Because Pi is an infinite number, at what resolution do you need to at.

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Muerte

It dependson the amount of precision you need for an application.  Will it be needed in our lifetime?  Who knows?  But when they start transmitting biological matter through the air I think I want the most accuracy they can muster.  Same with neurosurgery or bulding bridges to the moon.  Or figuring out some of the captchas on this site.

:) 

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Keith E. Whisman

Nah, double the computers and use an AI sub-routine of some sort to figure out the captcha. 

Funny thing is that all spam has had no problem getting through. Like before this spat of MaximumPC DRM, the MPC staff is left cleaning up the website. I have no problem at all with setting up a button system on each page to report spam. The button will sent a spam notice with the article location that has the spam. I just don't see this getting automated and working. 

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jlh304

I would guess when you start using Pi for small things like electrons maybe? 

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Fecal Face

What the christ

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