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Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Posted by Nick on 19 July 2000, 21:19 GMT

Wacky Fun Random Numbar Generator v1.00000069WORD! In another display of programming finesse that once again leaves the TI "community" in hushed awe, Nick Disabato has released Wacky Fun Random Numbar Generator v1.00000069 for the TI-86.

Written in BASIC, this very well could be the absolute apex in random number guessing games for years - nay, eons to come. Though it's true that Nick borrowed the idea from Phil Genera, surely he borrowed the code from no source other than himself.

According to Steve Whittaker, file archiver at ticalc.org, "This could be the greatest game ever written. I've never had so much fun in my life. In fact, it's just slightly less entertaining than [censored]."

Added Steve, "This could, in some fashion, help a great deal to developing a new ROM image for the TI-89, as well."

Magnus Hagander, one of the creators of ZShell, was reported as saying, "That punk kid made something cooler than ZS!! I'll kill him!"

A ticker tape parade is planned down LaSalle Street in Chicago for Nick's contributions to humankind. Millions of tax dollars are being poured into the last-minute project.

Richard P. Feynman, professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY; was quoted as describing the program as "revolutionary to developing a unified field theory." Others have claimed it has caused them to learn Sanskrit.

 


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Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Ben Oman
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It's about time. There hasn't been a fake news article for a LONG time. Good job Nicky!

--Ben

     19 July 2000, 22:08 GMT


Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

If the best we can do is fake news when its not a holiday or April Fool's Day, we need to start doing some newsworthy work. Good job though, Nick!

Perhaps we could have something about the unsung programmers (amateur programmers) of the TI Community instead of just news about the master programmers like Patrick Davidson and Xavier Vassor.

     20 July 2000, 04:15 GMT

Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Ben Oman
(Web Page)

I'm guessing that this article will get over 100 comments.

     19 July 2000, 22:19 GMT

Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

I expect it to set the record for the most comments on any news item. Unless, of course, someone foolishly posts some more news in the next few days which moves it off the front page.

     19 July 2000, 22:27 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Nick Disabato  Account Info
(Web Page)

The Anarchy Trial will never be beaten.

Ever.

--BlueCalx

     19 July 2000, 23:59 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
WarHawk376  Account Info
(Web Page)

That page crashed my computer more than my own programs do =P

     20 July 2000, 01:40 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Yes, but now split news items make it completely safe. This page (which will, VERY SOON, become even larger) is of course now safe for viewing also.

     26 July 2000, 21:33 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

We'll see about that. At the current rate of about 10 comments per hour, this should reach the top in less than 2 days.

     20 July 2000, 01:51 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

I guess I'll have to throw lots of pennies at it in (4/25)-bit increments

here's my first $(1/50)

     20 July 2000, 03:44 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

What an exciting mathematical relationship of currency. I wonder how many people here will be able to comprehend it?

     20 July 2000, 04:10 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

Probably several, since its formatted similarly to entering stuff into the cas on the 89/92(+)

The only thing that might keep this article from having as many comments as the anarchy post is the fact that the anarchy post had almost no restrictions.

I need to read that thing in completion sometime...
at this rate, i'll be paying ticalc.org at least minimum wage, just from $(1/(5[pi]/18)[radians to degrees]) per post:)

     20 July 2000, 04:44 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

I wish I had that much money ...

     26 July 2000, 01:45 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Not everyone has a CAS-capable calculator.

     26 July 2000, 01:51 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

With the Random Numbar Generator they do

     28 July 2000, 01:08 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

I've sent so many pairs of pennies to ticalc.org that i'm centsless!

     20 July 2000, 21:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

You'd have to already be senseless to send anything to ticalc.org in the first place. Then again, I guess you actually said 'centsless' but there has to be some sort of connection ...

     21 July 2000, 19:16 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

If you remembered a comment of mine that you replied to a little further up on my thread, you would recall that I was speaking figuratively in that each comment was my two cent's worth and that I was implying that I have made a bunch of posts in response to this news item.

     21 July 2000, 23:05 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Unfortunately, there are too many posts on this board for me to remember them all clearly. And adding this one will only make the situation even worse.

     22 July 2000, 06:23 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

True. This one makes it even worse. Anyways, here's what I was referrring to:
>I guess I'll have to throw lots of pennies at it in (4/25)-bit increments

     22 July 2000, 18:33 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Well, we're now up to around 345 comments, so the situation should be worse. But guess what! Now that the news is on multiple pages, there should be no problem! Unless, of course, two of the items relating to each other an on different pages. Then, there would be a disaster.

     26 July 2000, 01:46 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

I've encountered many the problem of that nature on Mu Alpha Theta tests

     22 July 2000, 02:29 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Mark Shroyer  Account Info
(Web Page)

Only we'd have to determine the probability that a randomly selected ticalc member could comprehend it after being strung along with five other members on a bracelet _with_ a clasp, remembering, too, that the bracelet can be flipped without creating a different permutation.

San Diego...

-Niten

     22 July 2000, 06:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Could you please post a simplified version of that?

     22 July 2000, 06:24 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

I tend to do more comments than that in one hour, but these stats are weighed by enormous amounts of tangentally related, barely coherent posts at 2am or later on weekends.

I think my record for comments in one hour was about 20 in one hour, but on two or three different boards.

     20 July 2000, 21:12 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Unfortunately, you don't seem to be keeping up the rate lately. Have you fallen off a cliff or something?

     26 July 2000, 01:47 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

Nein. Nyet. Non. No.
Summer school has kept me off line more than usual.

     28 July 2000, 01:21 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

2am? I thought that was the peak of coherence!

     26 July 2000, 01:51 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

Aye, but not 4am-6am.

     28 July 2000, 02:14 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

The anarchy trial only has so many comments because discussions roamed freely and almost unrestrained. However, it can be beat if we contribute LOTS of relevant comments to the cause.

I've already posted at least 6 comments in less than two hours of online time (so I slept in between the two segments). Many people have already posted more comments than myself.

     20 July 2000, 12:59 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

After spending a half-hour reading about 30% of the "News Anarchy Trial" board, I'm VERY glad that there was a bunch of self-government on the board, because if there was not, this message board wouldn't exist.

Anyways, to the point: the anarchy trial board had several posts that were some form of peer-governing, which likely saved the message board privelege. They also consumed several posts, as did flame wars (estimated total from those:~100). Despite these numerical advantages, we can still beat them!

     20 July 2000, 21:39 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

We could always start flame wars on this board. It isn't very hard to do that.

     21 July 2000, 19:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

Yes, but they're just *slightly* forbidden. I don't feel like putting myself at risk for flames, despite my kevlar-nomex shell (stops bullets great too!)

     21 July 2000, 23:14 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Yes, slightly forbidden, where 'slightly' means 'against ticalc.org or one of its staff members'. If you flame anyone else, you should get away with it with no problems.

     22 July 2000, 06:25 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

see my response to your comment on h4r455m3n7 on the second thread from the top

     22 July 2000, 18:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Well, it is kind of difficult to read your other response, as it is sooo far away from here. Nonetheless, I assure you I was only referring using flames sparingly and in context; I would never think of doing it any other way.

     23 July 2000, 04:04 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

That's why I usually browse message boards with two windows on the board. Apparently you do remember some comments pretty well. Flames only do good if constructive and used sparingly and in context.

Any word on whether or not we're in a comment race?

     23 July 2000, 07:16 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Yes, we certainly are.

     23 July 2000, 18:18 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

That would explain why at least half of the comments are from either you or me.

     28 July 2000, 01:28 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

That very comment has, including those on subthreads, fourteen comments below it, including this one, so it is actually helping to disprove itself.

     21 July 2000, 23:33 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Of course, he might try to cheat by posting more messages to the Anarchy Trial Board (if it's still possible to post on one that old ...)

     22 July 2000, 06:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

Yes, but one person, even a determined Disabato, cannot outpost the rest of the ticalc.org members.

     22 July 2000, 18:24 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Unless he bans us from posting.

     23 July 2000, 04:06 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

That would be hard to do. If you just mean you and me from posting, that could be sidestepped by dumping our old sns and getting new ones under pseudonyms. Bios would have to be dropped, but that's a small price to pay for our constitutional right. There's also the theoretical possiblity of involvement of barristers. We need not forget that Nick does not have absolute power over ticalc.org, as that is reserved for who owns the server. I think that's Magnus, but i'm not entirely sure (Van Halen is a slight bit distracting).

     23 July 2000, 07:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

It would be hard, but with Random Numbar Generator, anything is possible!

     26 July 2000, 01:47 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
James!  Account Info

Nick is not just one person! He's one person + the Random Numbar Generator! Anyone with that kind of power could rule the earth!

     23 July 2000, 04:08 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Yeah.

     24 July 2000, 19:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
EvanMath

What? The author of this program was wrong!?!??!?! Gasp. My idol is not perfect. *sob*

     7 August 2000, 23:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

It seems that both of us are doing far more than our part to the cause. Are we seeing who can post the most on-topic comments? If we are, we may very well be at least 1/4 of all posts on this particular board.

     22 July 2000, 01:41 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

I'm not sure. It depends on what you mean by 'on-topic' ... many posts on the Anarchy Trial board weren't really directly pertaining to the topic (though they did give ideas about what the results of anarchy would be, so they did at least relate indirectly).

     22 July 2000, 06:27 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

And I quote from the guidelines which we (are supposed to) read every time we post:
>Please be constructive and keep comment topics relevant to the article you are replying to.

That explains what I meant by on-topic.

     23 July 2000, 07:38 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Then it depends on what the requirements are for 'constructiveness' and 'relevance'. Of course, since Random Number Generator contains the entire universe (and infinitely much more) clearly anything is relevant to it.

     26 July 2000, 01:48 GMT


Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Jefferson_Airplane  Account Info
(Web Page)

It Just Did

     20 July 2000, 17:41 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Yeah. This must mean that 'Ben Oman' has the amazing power to foretell the future. I wish I could do that.

     20 July 2000, 19:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

News this groundbreaking in a period of no news will almost always break 100 comments. Maybe the clairvoyant user's name should be "Ben Omen" instead of "Ben Oman". It also makes an almost funny pun. At last checking, this article had 115 comments, but those stats appear to be updated about once an hour.

     20 July 2000, 21:51 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

We're past 280 now !!!!

     24 July 2000, 19:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

Now its about 3 comments from passing the infamous "Rant: On Asbestos, Hacking, and Ineptitude" in volume of comments.

I predict it shall pass 273 comments within one month from its original posting.

     22 July 2000, 00:40 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Well, it's already past 200 now, and it shows no signs of decline.

     22 July 2000, 06:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

At this point its at 226 comments, so I'm changing the time that it will pass 273 to by the end of this weekend.

     22 July 2000, 18:53 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

It might even hit 273 before midnight touches any part of the US, maybe even Canada! It'll certainly hit it before midnight GMT tomorrow! It will probably hit 320 by then

     23 July 2000, 01:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
calcfreak901  Account Info
(Web Page)

First sentence has been disproven. Its almost met the second. Third, not likely.

     23 July 2000, 07:48 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
(Web Page)

Unfortunately, it has been disproven. But, we shouldn't lose heart as we have now caught up to that threshold. So, on to overtaking anarchy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     24 July 2000, 19:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Nick Disabato Releases Random Numbar Generator
dleet  Account Info

so much for that.
SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM
SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM
SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM
haiku by me
hooray for randnumgen (on topic)
*distributes Mad Props to Nick D.*
~slap slap slap~
*is bitch-slapped by somebody calling himself 'Q'*
-DL

     27 July 2000, 08:41 GMT

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