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## Nicholas Sze of Yahoo Finds Two-Quadrillionth Digit of Pi299

gregg writes "A researcher has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi — and a few digits either side of it. Nicholas Sze, of technology firm Yahoo, determined that the digit — when expressed in binary — is 0."
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## Nicholas Sze of Yahoo Finds Two-Quadrillionth Digit of Pi

• #### Oh yeah? (Score:5, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:42PM (#33605380)

Well, the 243,000,500,000,000,000,002th digit of pi is "4".

Go on, prove me wrong.

• #### You fail math forever (Score:5, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:44PM (#33605424)

the digit - when expressed in binary - is 0.

*facepalm* So that's 9 in decimal, right?

• #### If zero equals nothing then... (Score:4, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:46PM (#33605436)
...move along people, nothing to see here.
• #### Chicks'll find this sooooo hot (Score:1, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:46PM (#33605438)

He'll definitely get some action for sure!

• #### Put to good use (Score:5, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:46PM (#33605440)

Good to know they're putting those idle datacenters to good use. It's not like Yahoo has any real users anymore to generate load.

• #### Re:So, what is the digit in decimal? (Score:2, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:46PM (#33605444)
I think it would be neater to be done in binary. Or perhaps convert it to ASCII to see if pi actually represents a story of some kind that is being told to us by the aliens.
• #### Last Digit? (Score:5, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:47PM (#33605450)

"Interestingly, by some algebraic manipulations, (our) formula can compute pi with some bits skipped; in other words, it allows computing specific bits of pi," Mr Sze explained to BBC News.

So why don't they just use their formula to compute the last digit of Pi already?
That would be the rational approach. Who cares about the two quadrillionth digit??

• #### In binary? (Score:5, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:51PM (#33605502)
Geez, even I could have gotten it right half the time.
• #### Re:Oh yeah? (Score:3, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:52PM (#33605508)
I would argue the opposite
• #### Re:Last Digit? (Score:4, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:53PM (#33605512) Homepage Journal

Irrational numbers care not for your "rational approach".

• #### Re:an so are an infinite other digits in that numb (Score:4, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 16, 2010 @06:58PM (#33605554)
Word. This discovery is useless. Now, if he'd managed to prove that the digit, when expressed in binary, is 2... That'd be something to shout about!
• #### What are the odds? (Score:5, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @07:00PM (#33605582)

the digit — when expressed in binary — is 0.

Jeez, what are the odds of that?

• #### Re:So, what is the digit in decimal? (Score:4, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @07:01PM (#33605596) Homepage

It is, but it's encoded in UTF-35, not ASCII.

• #### Re:Oh yeah? (Score:4, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @07:02PM (#33605608) Journal

No it's not. Because I say so.

(See, I have a 90% chance of being right and you have a 10% chance of being right, so I win Monte Carlo testing, and I provided more evidence than you, so I win in a civil suit.)

• #### Re:Oh yeah? (Score:5, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @07:04PM (#33605640)
He might be the 2th fairy.
• #### Re:an so are an infinite other digits in that numb (Score:5, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @07:13PM (#33605716) Journal

the digit -- when expressed in binary -- is 0.

Amazing, so is Yahoo's profit projections within five years!

• #### Re:Confirmation ? (Score:4, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @07:17PM (#33605742) Homepage Journal

Netcraft.

• #### Re:Yahoo (Score:3, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @07:27PM (#33605824) Homepage Journal

Well, it will help to date the story to this year, compared to stories that run in 2012 that will say 'defunct technology firm yahoo ...'

• #### Re:You fail math forever (Score:2, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @07:29PM (#33605844)

Yeah, I've seen more credible technical journalism on the blog the guy at the yarn museum does.

Told you I'd use it.

• #### Re:You fail math forever (Score:4, Funny)

<imipak.yahoo@com> on Thursday September 16, 2010 @07:38PM (#33605916) Homepage Journal

Are you sure? 0, for large values of 0, approaches 1, for small values of 1.

• #### Re:Confirmation ? (Score:2, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @07:38PM (#33605918)

They asked some autistic dude who has it memorised to 3 quadrillion digits and he said "yes"

• #### Re:Uh, so what? There are an infinite number of th (Score:4, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @07:41PM (#33605938) Homepage Journal

It's actually 13 orders of magnitude less significant than the 200th.

• #### Calculated? (Score:2, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @08:00PM (#33606094) Homepage
• #### Re:an so are an infinite other digits in that numb (Score:5, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @08:51PM (#33606408)

The computation took 23 days on 1,000 of Yahoo's computers, racking up the equivalent of more than 500 years of a single computer's efforts.

And before answering, the computer paused and said, "You're not going to like it ..."

• #### Re:So, what is the digit in decimal? (Score:3, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @09:10PM (#33606494) Journal

Or perhaps convert it to ASCII to see if pi actually represents a story of some kind that is being told to us by the aliens.

You know that's the revelation at the end of a sci-fi novel by a certain revered astronomer, right?

Say 'gain?

• #### Re:Oh yeah? (Score:1, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 16, 2010 @09:11PM (#33606506)

• #### Re:A serious question (Score:4, Funny)

on Thursday September 16, 2010 @09:12PM (#33606510) Homepage Journal

That's a rather ... odd ... reaction to my post. You're hoping to eliminate my superior genes so we don't wipe you out?

• #### Re:Oh yeah? (Score:3, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 16, 2010 @10:48PM (#33606904)

You can't handle the 2th!

• #### Re:A serious question (Score:4, Funny)

on Friday September 17, 2010 @12:23AM (#33607426)

A 'mine's bigger' sort of competition,

Would that be diameter or circumference?

• #### Re:A serious question (Score:3, Funny)

on Friday September 17, 2010 @04:33AM (#33608538) Homepage Journal
point? there is just one point when you're a pi value researcher.
• #### Passtimes with PI, number 419 (Score:2, Funny)

on Friday September 17, 2010 @05:28AM (#33608816)
1.Convert PI to binary
2.Interpret binary PI as ASCII
3.Search for the complete works of William Shakespeare
4.Once found, use number to produce compact William Shakespeare quote generator.

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