Python usage numbers

Rick Johnson rantingrickjohnson at
Mon Feb 13 05:48:54 CET 2012

On Feb 12, 12:10 am, Steven D'Aprano <steve
+comp.lang.pyt... at> wrote:
> On Sat, 11 Feb 2012 18:36:52 -0800, Rick Johnson wrote:
> >> "I have a file containing text. I can open it in an editor and see it's
> >> nearly all ASCII text, except for a few weird and bizarre characters
> >> like £ © ± or ö. In Python 2, I can read that file fine. In Python 3 I
> >> get an error. What should I do that requires no thought?"
> >> Obvious answers:
> > the most obvious answer would be to read the file WITHOUT worrying about
> > asinine encoding.
> Your mad leet reading comprehension skillz leave me in awe Rick.

Same goes for your abstract reasoning skillz! You're attempting to
treat the problem, whilst ignoring the elephant in the room --  THE

Do you think that cost of healthcare is the problem? Do you think the
cost of healthcare insurance is the problem? NO! The problem is people
expect entitlements. If you can't afford healthcare, then you die. If
you can't afford food, then you starve. If you can't afford
prophylactics, then you will be sentenced to eighteen years of hell!
Maybe a charity will help you, or maybe a friend, or maybe a neighbor.
If not, then you suffer the fatal exception. Life sucks, deal with it!
You want to solve the healthcare problem then STOP TREATING PEOPLE WHO
DON'T HAVE INSURANCE! Problem solved! You are only born with one
guarantee; you will die, guaranteed! Any questions?

The problem with bytes is not encodings or OS's. Can you guess what
the REAL problem is? ..take all the time you need.

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