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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pseudo-Random Numbers











The digits after the decimal point in Pi are random, but computers can only generate pseud0-random numbers. This reminds me of Jeff Goldbloom jabbering about chaos theory in Jurassic Park (1993). Written by anti-environmentalist Michael Crichton who testified before congress that global warming is a hoax (he has an M.D.), that movie was, as I said at the time, the end of cinema and the end of civilization. Crispin Glover hates Spielberg more than I do and won a huge lawsuit against him for using an animatronic version of him in Back to the Future II. Jeff will be starring in Jurassic Park IV. By the way, Jurassic Park has a glaring technical error when one of the children walks up to a computer screen in the secret laboratory, sees C:\ on the screen and says "This is a Unix system. I know this!"

3 comments:

Salty Miss Jill said...

Suprising that a computer error would be evident in a movie about dinosaurs (one that metnioen chaos theory, especially). Maybe it was put there intentionally so the geeks would have something to gloat about.
Also-let is be known that that 'geek' is a term of esteem in my world. ;)

Doug said...

Jurassic is a classic, no doubt. Still looking for the unix systems that have those cool 3D fly-through interfaces. My job would be so much more interesting...

Steve said...

Ah, I remember it well! And of course, you were right. Both cinema and civilization ended with that film.

I saw Michael Crichton interviewed on TV once. He looked like a complete psycho.