Hat tip to reader MikeAT.
Shigeru Kondo, a 55-year-old systems engineer for a food company based in northern Japan, easily surpassed the previous record of 2.7 trillion digits, set late last year by a French engineer.
The calculation of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter - usually abbreviated to 3.14 - took 90 days and seven hours, according to the Kyodo news agency...
Mr Kondo's computer cost Y1.5 million (£11,550) to build and has a hard-drive capacity of 32 terabytes. He plans to apply to the Guinness Book of Records for recognition of his achievement...
Mr Kondo's wife, Yukiko, 53, complained that the computer used up a lot of energy during the three-month project and increased the electricity bill to Y20,000 (£154) a month.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Having His Pi And Eating It Too
Well done, sir: