> > This is almost the entire problem with random numbers  what is
> > good enough?
I was once advised to use crypto functions to generate a "really" random
number. I may be able to locate the algorithm  I'm not sure without
looking  but it depended on having heavyduty crypto functions available.
Like one step was to generate an SHA (MD5?) hash of a block of pseudorandom
data (I think).
I noticed that APR has MD5 code in it, perhaps the algorithm would be doable
with the current codebase. I remember it being really slow (due to the
crypto functions used). Perhaps that could be offset by generating larger
blocks of numbers at a go and vending them out as needed. Perhaps a thread
could be dedicated to the purpose. Seems like too much work, but I thought
I'd mention it.
Does anyone want me to go looking for the algorithm for this discussion?
I'll understand if the crypto aspect has y'all making a sign against the
evil algorithm as cold chills travel up your spines. That's what it
generally does to me...but I'm a programmer, not a mathematician.
Marc M. Adkins
