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May. 25th, 2009

07:57 pm - A glorious hack

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The DiceOMatic

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From:danlyke
Date:May 26th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
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Wow. It'd be really cool to set up a camera to read the results and print out statistics; I wonder how random it really is?
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From:crasch
Date:May 26th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Have you followed the link above the video?
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From:danlyke
Date:May 26th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
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No, I missed that. Wow, that's even more awesome than the video!
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From:adam__selene
Date:May 27th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
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Seems like a lot of work for little benefit. While there are certainly flawed methods of pseudo-random number generation, it's not difficult to write a good one.

Unless you're arguing regular dice throwing has bias and is not random (definitely true); but I fail to see how this setup will replicate such bias, as you're not using the same dice every throw, nor non-random throwing methods.

It is still quite cool. My company is looking at creating automated craps tables (similar to the automated roulette machines you see at casinos). Slightly more difficult though as the dice will still be thrown across the table.
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