Date: 2006-07-16 18:18:25
On 2006-07-16, at 17:37, Spiro Trikaliotis wrote: > Don't know, if this is true, but I believe that 64'er > once presented a prodecure where the numbers were > given by the order in which the drives are switched > on with the user's help . Well, that's quite a different story, isn't it? [...] > Then again, reading from the R/W head with no disk > inserted also may produce true random bits with > unknown statistical characteristics. I was (and still am) more like thinking aloud and I haven't checked what you get without the disk being inserted but I tend to believe that even with a disk in the drive you may get a (fairly - for this purpose) decent seed as no discs are identical, identically inserted, rotating with identical speed, spun-up at the very same time and read- out in the very same moment... Combine it with the timers drift and you may get "close enough" to a random. > Would be cool, I don't have _any_ imagination, how > such an nearest-drive-on-the-bus-gets-lowest-ID > algorithm could work at all. Neither do I ;-) Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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