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Random Number
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Number 221
Date Feb. 9th 2007
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Random Number is the 221st xkcd comic.

ExplanationEdit

The comic shows a Java/C or another C-style programming language code snippet.

The function always returns a constant number (4). This is not quite a random number.

A list of "random numbers" generated by this function would be:

4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4…


However, the author claims that the constant "4" has been determined by a fair roll dice (which is a common example for random number generation) - and is thus suited as a random number.

Mouseover textEdit

"RFC 1149.5 specifies 4 as the standard IEEE-vetted random number."

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