[m-rev.] time additions (was Re: for review: Add random.init/3)

Paul Bone paul at bone.id.au
Thu May 26 16:40:42 AEST 2016

On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 03:55:55PM +1000, Julien Fischer wrote:
> > > Or assuming that world will end before 2038 ...
> > 
> > Partly I'm being facetious and partly this is a serious proposal because...
> Ok, even if you're only partly serious, I'm fascinated as to how you
> intend to end the world ;-)

*ahem* I have no immediate plans.

> > > ...
> > > 
> > > 4. Seed the PRNG using something other than time, for example:
> > 
> > ...obviously this is the best solution in addition to generally improving
> > the random and time modules etc.  However I'm also concerned that I/we won't
> > finish this before the next task needs our attention.  "just using ints" is
> > something that can be implemented easily and is going to make it easier to
> > seed the random number generator, even if the seed isn't secure, or the
> > generator itself isn't strong.  We can always come back later and make
> > improvements.
> I.e. put up or shut up ;-)  For improving the time and random modules
> I don't think it's question of improving them, rather replacing them
> entirely.  That, unfortuantely, is going to be a very large job.

Yep, pretty much.  And I didn't mean to sound as if I'm push this back on
anyone.  I know that I've got limited time and I'm assuming most other
people do to. 

Paul Bone

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