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Episode 712: Fuzzy Dice

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There is of course a subtle distinction between the deterministically generated pseudo-random number algorithms used in electronic "random" number devices, and the true and proper random numbers you get from a carefully selected and primed die, tossed onto a surface with just the right combination of bounce and yield, with the perfect flick of the wrist so that it produces the number you want.

Transcript

C-3PO: Do you still want to melt Artoo down?
Adam: Sure. Of course.
C-3PO: Well you'll need me to find him. I can detect his wireless signal.
Adam: I'll go outside and look.
Adam: Can I see him?
GM: Here, roll this d20. The higher the better.
Adam: Hang on, I think I've got a dice... die-rolling app on my phone.
R2-D2: Heresy!
Leia: You've been using that droid-beeping app ever since you had a PDA.
R2-D2: That's not the same thing at all.
Leia: How so?
R2-D2: Dice have to... uh... random... It's too subtle for you to understand.
C-3PO: And that big exploding die you used talked with an electronic—
R2-D2: Not the same thing!


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