Mark Dickinson added the comment:

> Apparently my feeling of comfort is different from your own. ;)

Yes:  I tend to favour direct, readable, and portable code over unnecessarily 
optimized code.  To address the specific points:

> The code is larger.

Very slightly.  It's (IMO) more readable and comprehensible though.

> There is one additional allocation.

Yep.  Is this a problem?

> CPU tacts wasted for uint32->ulong conversion.

random.seed is hardly going to be a bottleneck in most applications.  Again, I 
don't see that as a problem.

> One additional ValeError/OverflowError.

That's not really additional:  it should really have already been there in the 
original code.


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