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Dice-o-Matic Answered

The Dice-o-Matic is "a 7 foot tall, 104 pound, dice-eating monster, capable of generating 1.3 million rolls a day." It was built and is used by the owner of a gaming website, who received too many complaints of insufficient randomness on his previous computer-generated dice-rolling strategies. It is true that computers cannot generate TRULY random numbers... The Dice-o-Matic, however, is exactly as random as an actual dice roll. Because it does actually roll dice! A LOT OF DICE!

More info, including an awesome video of it in operation, here.

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rachel

10 years ago

No, no no no no no... it has nothing to do with Pygmalion, it's based on several short stories by Damon Runyan, who wrote of New York in the 1920's and '30's. One of the best musicals ever. I know all the songs :)

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kelseymhrachel

Reply 10 years ago

You're right, Rachel; thanks! That's what I get for writing before coffee. I'm deleting the whole d***ed comment, given the huge number of errors.

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Lithium Rainkelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

(What do you do to whole comments that aren't d**med?) =P

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Lithium Rainkelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Haha, that sounds weird to me, going into the afternoon. :p

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kelseymhLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

You should be, now that I have inflicted so much sudden confusion upon you. Send your thanks to Rachel for correcting my endless stream of misinformation...

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kelseymh

10 years ago

My God! What in the name of everything holy would Nathan Detroit think?

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kelseymhLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

You're kidding! You mean they actually let you watch Rogers and Hammerstein musicals?!?

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rachelkelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Also, not by Rogers & Hammerstein; it's a Frank Loesser work. So there.

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kelseymhrachel

Reply 10 years ago

Really? Now I'm honestly confused (my other comment was just wrong, not mistaken :-). Did Loesser do the libretto or the score? Off I go to Wiki...okay. Loesser did both score and lyrics, and a couple of guys I don't recognize (Swerling and Burrows) did the script. That's what I get for relying on my memory of the interminable Broadway musical LPs with which my mother filled my youth...

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Lithium Rainkelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

(If you're referring to a particular musical, I missed it...)

>Confused look<
Uh...you mean my folks? Sure...why wouldn't they? I've seen productions of Oklahoma! live like 97 times...and I think I saw The King and I...

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Lithium Rain

10 years ago

Ah, I see, thanks (I did JSFI but I guess I used the wrong terms...).

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RedneckEngineer

10 years ago

Excessive...yes Cool factor ...off the chart

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Kiteman

10 years ago

That is just... ...excessive.