[futurebasic] Re : [FB] Random Number Generators

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From: "jonathan" <jonnnathan@...>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 21:21:32 +0200
> Very good explanation of a random number generator. Thanks.
> 
> Many years ago, myself and a couple of other geeks thought of a way a
> create random number generator -- which was to use a radioactive counter.
> The number of "hits" per second was considerable -- in the ten of
> thousands. But then we would take the least significant number (to whatever
> number of digits you wanted) and we believed that number was truly random.
> No one to my knowledge has ever proved us wrong or right. What do you
> think? Is there some underlying periodic that would invalidate our solution?
>
> I can't help but think that any number generated by a computer could not be
> truly random unless it derived its randomness from nature.

Couldn't you simulate 'ramdom input' by looking at something outside the mac
but connected? the intervals of packets on an ethernet network, or the
number of collisions? time differences in pinging different URLs? You should
finish by stumbling on something unpredicatable enough to serve as a seed...
no?

:-j
(a very random gnome at times..)