buggnubg - Bugs: bug #43997, Random.org


bug #43997: Random.org

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Tue 13 Jan 2015 12:20:38 PM UTC  
Originator Name:  Peter Maspero Originator Email:  -email is unavailable-
Item Group:  Other bug Category:  Other
Release:  1.04-Release Privacy:  Public
Operating System:  Windows XP OS Type:  32Bit
Processor Type:  Intel Severity:  3 - Normal
Open/Closed:  Closed Assigned to:  Michael Petch <mdpetch>
Priority:  5 - Normal Status:  Please Upgrade

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Sun 21 May 2017 09:25:32 PM UTC, comment #5:

This issue in fixed in version 1.05.

Philippe Michel <plm>
Project Member
Wed 21 Jan 2015 09:07:21 PM UTC, comment #4:

I am working on a new release to resolve this issue. However, the problem should not be occurring at the moment even with 1.04.00x . The admins at http://www.random.org have given us a reprieve for a few months and allowed us to access their random numbers as we have in the past. If you were to try random.org at the moment you should find that this isn't a problem. The next Windows release will be in the next couple weeks although a preview (unofficial 1.05 version) with the proper fix can be found here:


This is a completely new environment and it is best to

a) uninstall previous version of GNUbg from the directory before installing this version on top of the old (in the same directory)
b) Install this version in a completely different directory than the old.

Your preferences and settings though can be reused.

Michael Petch <mdpetch>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Tue 13 Jan 2015 04:49:31 PM UTC, comment #3:

For those who find this bug, I'll offer up a technical reason for the failure. The issue is that it appears http://www.random.org must have changed recently in that it requires 'https' to retrieve the dice and we only support 'http' .

Michael Petch <mdpetch>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Tue 13 Jan 2015 04:25:17 PM UTC, comment #2:

Oops I didn't click Random.org when I did my test. Now that I set it correctly, I see what you are observing. I will look into it. Possibly random.org change their site and we are picking up non random values. I am marking this bug as confirmed.

For now I suggest Mersenne Twister. My 5000 roll test was fine.

Thanks for the report!

Michael Petch <mdpetch>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Tue 13 Jan 2015 04:15:01 PM UTC, comment #1:

Using 1.04.000 I played 10 matches and about 5000 rolls and did a statistical study on the dice. There doesn't apear to be a problem.

I need to get a better understanding about what isn't random. You give an example w 3.1, b4.1, w2.2, b6.2 . Is there something not random about that? If so, in what way?


Michael Petch <mdpetch>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Tue 13 Jan 2015 12:20:38 PM UTC, original submission:

Of late the programme picks up the same old dice numbers and not random eg: w 3.1, b4.1, w2.2, b6.2.... This does not give confidence on 'cheating' its hard enough to win anyway!
The same applies on my laptop win 8.1 64 bit.
Any thoughts on how to regenerate true random numbers apart from manual throwing?
Peter (it's still a great game)



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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
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        StatusIn Progress => Please Upgrade
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        StatusConfirmed => In Progress
    2015-01-13 mdpetch StatusNone => Confirmed

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