[Python-Dev] Potential NULL pointer dereference in descrobject.c

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Sun Dec 18 01:33:20 CET 2011

Greg Ewing wrote:
> Matt Joiner wrote:
>> ಠ_ಠ
> What's up with these ?_? messages?

I think that, depending on the typeface you view it with, it is supposed to be 
some sort of smiley: two big wide open square eyes with tightly pursed lips. 
Presumably it is supposed to be a look of shock and surprise.

As smileys go, it's pretty poor, because people are unlikely to see the same 
thing. The supposed eyes are probably intended to be square boxes; in my email 
client, the boxes contain tiny 0ca0 characters, which completely ruins the 
effect. Apparently you see a question mark instead of a box. Depending on the 
typeface, others might see a full box, an empty box, a diamond with a question 
mark in it, nothing at all, or some other glyph.


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