Context: Liquid sheep – drone footage. The patterns of sheep transit are as of slime mould moving, or of liquid flow – perhaps quicksilver. Note that the resemblance is not merely superficial or in any sense trivial. Complex systems dynamics quite naturally gravitate towards functional eloquence over a diminished or abbreviated dynamical vocabulary; more or […]

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## Infinitely Random Encryption Seeds

Context: The Puzzling Search for Perfect Randomness I can never resist a good speculative and completely “out there” waffle. Randomness is non-trivially significant in cryptography. The closer the approximation of a numerical sequence or the properties of an abstract geometrical object to randomness, the more difficult the encryption seed derived from it is to crack. […]

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## Random Facts: π and Six 9’s

A brief post on a mathematical curiosity. I was introduced to the concept of “six 9’s” very recently. It is a definition of the (extreme) high availability of a system. This can be used to specify or demonstrate the required uptime and availability of, for instance, a computer server or related communications or information processing […]