Maybe he wants to ascertain how random your pseudorandom number generator is!
BTW, I recommend that PerlMonks use lava lamps for random numbers. It's just too darn cool and you can put a webcam on the thing just for kicks. Just make sure you unplug it before you leave the house / server-room. Ok, I wasn't serious :)
FYI -- I found an odd implementation using digital cameras, long exposures, and CCD Noise based on the lava-lamp work. Check it out.
Well, yes, but so are lottery numbers. And there are people
archiving those. Also, judging on the name, I presume the
OP to be living in the UK. Which means that there's a 76.34%
chance that the OP is either a bookie, his father is a bookie,
or the OP has a gambling problem. So, my well-educated guess
is that the OP either wants to bet the outcome of the selective best nodes, or wants to run such a bet himself.
What are those men in white suits doing? No! No! Go away! Go away! I hate needles!
On my 18th birthday (legal gambling age), I went into a betting shop and made 2 bets. I had to do something "new" to celibrate that special birthday, but I'd previously celebrated my 16th, in a pub with my girlfriend and the landlord, so drinking was passe.
The first bet was 25p each-way. It came in first and I tripled my stake.
The second, I bet my winning, 50p on-the-nose. It came in second. I was even.
That was the last time I bet on a horse. I'm a gambler that never lost any money:)
I've never yet bought a lottery ticket.
I've enjoyed fruit machines occasionally, but I bore easily, and with modern ones you don't even have the fun of pulling the handle.
The "point" was I just wanted to know if it existed.
The reason is, a few days ago I followed a link (from one of tilly's posts) to the Selected Best Nodes and perused a few of them.
Today, I encountered a problem that I think one of the nodes I looked at there would answer. The problem is, I cannot remember what the node was called, nor it's author, and searching turned up too many hits for all the keywords I could think of.
So, I know I could find tilly's post with the link again, and that would give me the day and time. So then, *if* the list was being archived I could have gone to that days list and stood a much better chance of re-locating the post I was looking for.
As it is, I can't. No matter, I'll find it eventually.
Nice thought++. Unfortunately, I occasionally shut and re-open my browser to clear the accumulated tabs. I have my standard places in a startup profile, and the per-tab history restores to whatever it was there when the profile was last updated.
As I didn't realise I wanted to look back until a couple of days later, it is unlikely it would have still been in there even if I had thought to look :(