Mathematica 7 compares to other languages

sln at sln at
Wed Dec 10 03:09:00 CET 2008

On Tue, 9 Dec 2008 15:19:47 -0800 (PST), Xah Lee <xahlee at> wrote:

>On Dec 8, 4:07 am, Jon Harrop <j... at> wrote:
>> s... at wrote:
>> > Well, its past 'tonight' and 6 hours to go till past 'tomorrow'.
>> > Where the hell is it Zah Zah?
>> Note that this program takes several days to compute in Mathematica (even
>> though it takes under four seconds in other languages) so don't expect to
>> see a genuinely optimized version any time soon... ;-)
>Note that Jon's Mathematica code is of very poor quality, as i've
>given detailed analysis here:
>• A Mathematica Optimization Problem
>I'm not sure he's intentionally making Mathematica look bad or just
>sloppiness. I presume it is sloppiness, since the Mathematica code is
>not shown in his public website on this speed comparison issue. (as
>far as i know) I suppose, he initialled tried this draft version, saw
>that it is too slow for comparsion, and probably among other reason he
>didn't include it in the speed comparison. However, in this thread
>about Mathematica 7, he wanted to insert his random gribe to pave
>roads to post his website books and url on OCml/f#, so he took out
>this piece of Mathematica to bad mouth it and bait. He ignored my
>paypal challenge, but it so happens that someone else paid me $20 to
>show a better code, and in the showdown, Jon went defensive that just
>make him looking like a major idiot.
>  Xah
Ad hominem

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