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Re: random doesn't feel very random

From: Leo
Subject: Re: random doesn't feel very random
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:30:53 +0800
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On 2012-08-24 13:47 +0800, Ivan Kanis wrote:
> I am using random for generating music play list. I have found that it
> is not random enough. It keeps playing the same tracks.
> I have even wrote a cache of recently played tracks so that it tries
> harder. Obviously it's a band aid.
> Yes I am just talking about "feeling" here. I don't know how to prove
> that random does not work. Is it even possible?
> On a side note are we using /dev/random?

That is probably because we have only one global random state and many
packages reset it from time to time (see message-unique-id). No we are
not using /dev/random and should not be.

Ideally we should call (random t) only once or allow multiple random


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