Are we random enough yet?

This morning’s humour selection is the customer reviews of a book of random numbers. As you may know, it’s difficult to be sure that random numbers being generated by your own little home-grown algorithm are truly random. So the Rand Corporation has pubished a helpful list of guaranteed random numbers, called A Million Random Digits With 100,000 Normal Deviates. I’m sure they are useful in computing, but I shudder to think of someone having to read the book and type them into a list for further use. An electronic copy would be much more useful.

Still, the customer reviews are a hoot. Follow the link to read them.

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