Random numbers

David Clunie dclunie at pax.tpa.com.AU
Sun Dec 13 16:09:59 PST 1992

>     It has lately been discussed different ways to construct pure
> random number generators by means of radiactive decay. I must admit
> that this is a very good way to produce such numbers, but for a
> number of reasons it is impractical to use such a device. (High
> radiation levels are needed too produce a significant amount of data.)

It would seem to me that someone somewhere should produce a "random
number server" available via a well-known internet port number. Some
natural phenomenon not readily available to all could be used to generate
such numbers and one could just connect and ask for a number. It would be
interesting to try to devise means by which interception or sequencing
could be prevented.


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