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random

(1)
Unpredictable (closest to mathematical definition); weird. "The system's been behaving pretty randomly."

random

(2)
Assorted; undistinguished. "Who was at the conference?" "Just a bunch of random business types."

random

(3)
(pejorative) Frivolous; unproductive; undirected. "He's just a random loser."

random

(4)
Incoherent or inelegant; poorly chosen; not well organised. "The program has a random set of misfeatures." "That's a random name for that function." "Well, all the names were chosen pretty randomly."

random

(5)
In no particular order, though deterministic. "The I/O channels are in a pool, and when a file is opened one is chosen randomly."

random

(6)
Arbitrary. "It generates a random name for the scratch file."

random

(7)
Gratuitously wrong, i.e. poorly done and for no good apparent reason. For example, a program that handles file name defaulting in a particularly useless way, or an assembler routine that could easily have been coded using only three registers, but redundantly uses seven for values with non-overlapping lifetimes, so that no one else can invoke it without first saving four extra registers. What randomness!

random

(8)
A random hacker; used particularly of high-school students who soak up computer time and generally get in the way.

random

(9)
Anyone who is not a hacker (or, sometimes, anyone not known to the hacker speaking). "I went to the talk, but the audience was full of randoms asking bogus questions".

10. (occasional MIT usage) One who lives at Random Hall. See also J. Random, some random X.
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Votes from randomly selected clustered precincts are manually counted and compared with the automated tally through the RMA to ensure that there are no discrepancies.
Datuk Seri Najib bin Haji Abd Razak case filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on July 4, 2018, the registration and distribution of the case was done randomly by the system to the High Court 3, Criminal Division, Kuala Lumpur High Court,' it said.
Each participant performed a series of online tasks that assessed their ability to behave randomly.
Upon receiving [R.sub.A] from Alice, Bob randomly chooses [mathematical expression not reproducible],computes RB = [r.sup.t.sub.B]M + 2[e.sup.t.sub.2] modq, [k.sub.B] = [r.sup.t.sub.B] x [p.sub.A] + [s.sup.t.sub.B] x [R.sub.A] modq, and [w.sub.B] = cha([k.sub.B]) [member of] {0,1}, and sends ([R.sub.B], [w.sub.B]) to Alice.
Everyone that plays even a little qualifies for randomly awarded prizes every Friday.
this evening of Friday, October 16, 2015, a person was seen carrying a machine gun near a mosque at Al-Kawther district in the Saudi city of Saihat, Al-Qatif province, Eastern Region, and randomly firing at passersby in the surroundings of the mosque.
Over the course of the 12-week program--now through October 12--Apartments.com will randomly select one winner per week to receive free rent for a year, for a total of 12 winners.
Respondents were randomly called through randomly generated numbers.
A fair price about a randomly chosen player would be somewhere between 21-1 and 27-1.
Imec and its project partners today announced the launch of TERASEL (Thermo-plastically deformable circuits for embedded randomly shaped electronics), a project under the European Union s Seventh Framework Programme for Information and Communication Technologies (FP7).
KABUL (PAN): An armed man demanding the establishment of Islamic rule in Pakistan closed off part of the heart of Islamabad on Thursday, firing randomly with two automatic weapons.