On Thu, 30 Jan 2003, Mike Meyer wrote:

> In <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, Ruben de Groot <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> typed:
> > And while you're at it, what about /dev/yes and /dev/no to automate
> > interactive scripts. Or, if you like the challenge, a /dev/fibonacci
> > and a /dev/pi would be very welcome :)
> Yes, but is /dev/pi a suitable substite for /dev/random if you seek
> far enough into it?

Only if you don't tell anyone exactly how far you're seeking, and if you
permit arbitrarily large file offsets. In that case, it's a source of
randomness (in that an observer who didn't know the file offset couldn't
predict with 100% accuracy the next digit)

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