StoutFiles - 7:47 pm on Jul 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
the assertation is that it made them look stupid. Doing it while tinkering with millions of dollars simply compounds the issue.
It did? I thought the real joke was everyone was taking their time getting to the 4 billion mark. Google probably thought "well if you guys aren't going to take this seriously, neither will we". The bidding should have jumped to a serious number from the very start.
Maybe stupid's not the right word. Mockery is probably a better one. They try and look all academic, they simply look like they're mocking the system.
That is just Google's thing. They play with numbers and change their logo frequently to something geeky. That's their PR thing they like to do. Obviously the intellectual web community finds it old hat but John Doe might find it impressive and is in awe of Google for it.
This is all a moot point though. Google knew Pi wouldn't win, and if it had, they would have been overjoyed to win with such a small amount. if anything, they were only there to make sure the number got to 4 billion.