Dan Bishop danb_83 at
Sun Aug 8 13:16:09 CEST 2004

Arthur <ajsiegel at> wrote in message news:<u93bh0p8plvilk6veou5i1jq9o12b1pajs at>...
> On Sat, 07 Aug 2004 18:40:47 -0400, Roy Smith <roy at> wrote:
> I am a great believer in (motivated ) folks capacity to learn new
> things.  And the existence of synonyms is not news to anyone. So no,
> nobody motivated to learn new things will be stopped in their tracks
> by @ in a new context

I agree.  

> (anymore than anyone motivated to learn new
> things things would - given an explanation - be stopped in their
> tracks by 1/2 = 0 ).

I never had a problem with 1/2 == 0; I was already used to it from C, C++, and Java.

But I did get stopped in my tracks the time a function that contained a line like

   mean = sum(seq) / len(seq)

failed because the list happened not to contain any floats.

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