[OT] New to Python: Features

Stephen Waterbury golux at comcast.net
Thu Oct 7 08:24:16 CEST 2004


Greg Ewing wrote:
> Alex Martelli wrote:
> 
>> Mark English <Mark.English at liffe.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Python is generally 2000 to 3000 times faster than Java if you run Java
>>> on a toaster and Python on a super-cooled space computer orbiting
>>> Saturn.
>>
>> Roughly correct, though the exact number depends on the model of
>> toaster.  But in the next release of Python, we're going to extend the
>> validity of this observation to computers orbiting Neptune
> 
> The disadvantage being that you have to get the results back
> via the Deep Space Network, which at that distance is limited
> to about 3 bits per second. Fine for functions with a boolean
> result, though.

... except for the 8+ hour (minimum!) round-trip time for your
signal to get to Neptune and back.  Ha, you thought internet latency
was a pain?  Yes, boys and girls, Neptune be eight light-*hours*
away.  Earth small; space *BIG*!  (Even in our own tiny little
neighborhood.  ;)

Steve



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