How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy (t3knomanser) wrote,
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

Hey look... another version of the same tool...

...generally anyway. Hotbits is another geniuine random number source, and this one already has a java package that can be used to connect to it.

Of course, the java package page scrapes, much like mine does. The server presents the data in an easier format, so that's actually a bit sharper there, but the turnoff is the tiny little quota, limiting the number of HotBits you can download.

Fat lot of good _that_ does me, eh?

I want to experiment with the Monte Carlo value for PI, and HotBits isn't going to cut it for me. The Monte Carlo value for Pi is computed like so- take a metric buttload of random bytes. Take every six bytes, and convert it to an XY coordinate for an arbitrary square- if the point is in the radius of a circle inside the square, it's a hit, otherwise, it's a miss. From the number of hits, you can calculate the value of Pi. I want to see what happens when I feed it a gig of data from a very random source and go away for the weekend. Aside from a floating point exception.

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