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A Brief History of the UUID · Segment Blog
This is great, by Rick Branson. I didn't realise UUIDs came from Apollo
history  distributed  distcomp  uuids  ids  coding  apollo  unix 
10 weeks ago by jm
Just use /dev/urandom to generate random numbers
Using SHA-1 [to generate random numbers] in this way, with a random seed and a counter, is just building a (perfectly sound) CSPRNG with, I believe, an 80-bit security level. If you trust the source of the random seed, e.g. /dev/urandom, you may as well just use /dev/urandom itself. If you don't, you're already in trouble.

And if you somehow need a userspace PRNG, the usual advice about not rolling your own crypto unless you know what you're doing applies. (Especially for database IDs, the risk of collisions should be considered a security problem, ergo this should be considered crypto, until proven otherwise.) In this case, using BLAKE2 instead of SHA-1 would get you a higher security level and faster hashing.

Or, in tptacek's words: http://sockpuppet.org/blog/2014/02/25/safely-generate-random-numbers/
random  randomness  urandom  uuids  tptacek  hackernews  prng 
november 2015 by jm

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