[Python-Dev] 2.7 is here until 2020, please don't call it a waste.

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Sat May 30 13:16:28 CEST 2015

On Sat, May 30, 2015 at 9:00 PM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:
> On Sat, 30 May 2015 20:52:21 +1000
> Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Suppose someone came up with a magic patch that makes the CPython core
>> run 25% faster. No downsides, just 25% faster across the board. I
>> wouldn't pay money for it on the sole basis of expecting to make that
>> back in reduced electricity bills, but I certainly wouldn't be sorry
>> to watch the load averages drop. Why is this controversial?
> That was not my point. What I'm opposing is the idea that
> "environmental sustainability" (or what people's ideological conception
> of it is) should become part of our criteria when making maintenance
> decisions.
> Obviously if a patch makes CPython faster without any downsides, there
> is no need to argue about environmental sustainability to make the
> patch desirable. The performance improvement itself is a sufficient
> reason.

Okay. But what objection do you have to reduced electricity usage? I'm
still not understanding how this is a problem. It might not be a
priority for everyone, but surely it's a nice bonus?


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