The other night I saw a documentary on legendary Las Vegas cheats that included a profile of a video slot machine manipulator whose “success” in unfairly beating the machines was based on insider knowledge and experience with the software which ran them and inspired insight of his own into how computers work. Included was his discovery that the computers which controlled the games were incapable of generating truly random events and were instead using a smaller, finite set of numbers to generate events which only seemed chancy. He could cheat because “random” wasn’t random.
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