Can a computer/roulette machine create a true random number?

Can a computer/roulette machine create a true random number?

stickyfingeredurchin asked:
I think I understand the basics, but could someone tell me if a computer,specifically a roulette slot machine terminal could work by producing a true random number, not a pseudo-random-number.Thanks.

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  1. Not in software only. The only way to generate true random numbers is in hardware. And there is debate over whether that can generate true random numbers either. One way it is done is to let an input to a gate “float” without tying it to either ground or +Vcc. Natural noise then causes it to randomly oscillate between 0 and 1.

  2. Computers can produce true random numbers, if equipped with special hardware. For example, you can count the number of particles emitted by a radioactive substance. See the “Physical Methods” section of the wikipedia entry on random number generators, link below.

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