random

Mark 'Kamikaze' Hughes kamikaze at kuoi.asui.uidaho.edu
Thu May 31 03:43:23 CEST 2001


30 May 2001 09:59:22 +0200 in <mailman.991209590.11827.python-list at python.org>,
Bas van Gils <bas.vangils at home.nl> spake:
> One of the things that I'm concerned about is this random-ness. My
> teacher (actually a nice guy :) explained to us that not all
> random-number-generators are "good", and that this selection process
> *must* *be* *random*. So, my question: how random is the
> random-number-generator that python uses?

  "Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random numbers
is, of course, in a state of sin." -John Von Neumann

  Unless you have random-number-generating hardware, you don't really
have truly random numbers.

-- 
 <a href="http://kuoi.asui.uidaho.edu/~kamikaze/"> Mark Hughes </a>
"I will tell you things that will make you laugh and uncomfortable and really
fucking angry and that no one else is telling you.  What I won't do is bullshit
you.  I'm here for the same thing you are.  The Truth." -Transmetropolitan #39



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