Calculate Pi

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  1. CalculatePi macrumors newbie

    CalculatePi

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    Calculate Pi!

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    The advent of digital computers in the 20th century led to an increased rate of new π calculation records. John von Neumann et al. used ENIAC to compute 2037 digits of π in 1949, a calculation that took 70 hours. Additional thousands of decimal places were obtained in the following decades

    Now YOU can calculate MILLIONS of decimal places of Pi on your own Mac! Calculate Pi is faster than any other commercial Pi calculation program on the planet. What an extremely geeky pleasure!

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calculate-pi/id489141948?mt=12
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Its a cool app i suppose but not not for 99 cents - its not like it really does anything.
     
  3. CalculatePi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, it calculates Pi like a charm! ;-)

    But ok, to spice things up a bit the app will be free today only! That's right, the price was set to free just now! (Can take anywhere between 1 and 6 hours for this to show up in the AppStore of your country.) Get it now and if you like it then feel free to rate it.
     
  4. jruschme macrumors 6502

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    I will say this... the sucker is fast, even on my old C2D MBP.
     
  5. theluggage macrumors 68030

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    I think the flaw in your business plan is that the real geeky pleasure would be to google "algorithm to calculate pi", implement it in Swift or Obj C and bundle it up in an app - but if you can raise a few dollars by selling a vicarious geek experience then good luck to you. You should probably add e and, to be really impressive, the numerical value of i.

    To qualify as extremely geeky these days, you'd probably need to implement it it on a computer built in Minecraft.

    I think my geek onanism high-water mark was a simulation of an Einstein Solid in FORTH including the FORTH interpreter/compiler that it ran on - which I never got round to using for anything else - sadly that was many years ago and the App Store doesn't accept 5.25" BBC Micro floppy discs or I'm sure the 99cs would be flooding in.
     
  6. CalculatePi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Business plan? You think I wrote Calculate Pi for the quick buck? Certainly not. This is about writing the fastest Pi app for the Mac. If you think "googling and just implementing the algorithm in Objective C" is all there is to it, then you are welcome to do so and compare the respective speeds.
    No, there went countless hours into optimizing this, whether you approve of this or not. I wonder why people are so destructive? You don't have to buy it if you don't want to spend 99 cents on it. Other people are willing to do so. Where's the problem?
    Really, having a problem with quality software packages coming to the Mac App Store just because they are not free is a strange point of view...
     
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