steve at fenestra.com
Fri Aug 26 23:51:30 CEST 2011
On Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:30:02 +0100, you wrote:
>You wouldn't want to know how many bits you need to store on disk to
>reliably recreate the value?
I can't say that I have cared about that sort of thing in a very long
time. Bits are rather cheap these days. I store data on disk, and the
space it occupies is whatever it is; I don't worry about it.
>Or how many bits of randomness you need to compute a value less than or
>equal to this one?
I'm not sure I understand this one. I generally don't need _any_
randomness to compute a value. On the other hand, if the desire is to
take an integer n and generate a set of pseudorandom numbers ranging
from 0 to n-1, that's easily done using the standard random number
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