7 Nov 2008 7 Nov '08
Barry Wark wrote:
In our usage (neural physiology), we've recorded the physiological response to a given stimulus. So being able to recover the _exact_ original stimulus that produced the recorded data is critical.
I'd be inclined to say that if you really want the exact same string of psuedo-random numbers years into the future, you'd probably be safest to generate a huge string now and save it, rather than expecting a future version of a library, perhaps running on different hardware, etc, to re-generate the exact same thing in the future.
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