Python advocacy in scientific computation

Michael Tobis mtobis at
Sun Mar 5 19:56:29 CET 2006

>   $ rm `find . -name "*.pyc"`

Ouch. Is that a true story?

While we're remeniscing about bad typos and DEC, I should tell the
story about the guy who clobberred his work because his English wasn't
very strong.

Under RT-11, all file management was handled by a program called PIP.
For example to get a list of files in the current working directory you
would enter PIP *.* /LI . Well this fellow, from one of those countries
where our long "e" sound is their "i" sound, mournfully announced

"I vanted a deerectory so I typed 'PIP *.* /DE' "

That one is true.


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