by Joe Levi | January 5, 2013 4:33 PM
There are two problems with "random" in the computing world. First, "random" isn't truly random, it's only pseudo-random, and the process of making pseudo-random numbers more random is a relatively time consuming process. To help keep your smartphone or tablet whizzing along, the operating system has a pool of "randomness" that be used to help processes that need a random number. As this pool is used the random bits are depleted and need to be restocked with a new set of randomness. Sometimes the random pool gets used up, resulting in processes being "blocked" while the randomness is ...
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