PEP0238 lament

Stephen Horne steve at
Mon Jul 23 16:47:45 EDT 2001

On 23 Jul 2001 13:26:36 -0400, roy at (Roy Smith) wrote:

>>    Tim> Why is that?  It's because unlike any other builtin arithmetic
>>    Tim> operation, "/" today can cause *catastrophic* loss of information
>>    Tim> silently, and in ordinary cases.  
>Surely assignment causes catastrophic loss of information, no?  If I
>say "x = 4", havn't I lost the old value of x?

Depends if another identifier references the same object - to reopen
another can of worms ;-)

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