Re: Stack Overflow moderator “animuson”

Steve Simmons square.steve at gmail.com
Wed Jul 10 13:18:37 CEST 2013


Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:

>On Wed, 10 Jul 2013 07:55:05 +0000, Mats Peterson wrote:
>
>> A moderator who calls himself “animuson” on Stack Overflow doesn’t
>want
>> to face the truth. He has deleted all my postings regarding Python
>> regular expression matching being extremely slow compared to Perl.
>
>That's by design. We don't want to make the same mistake as Perl, where
>
>every problem is solved by a regular expression:
>
>http://neilk.net/blog/2000/06/01/abigails-regex-to-test-for-prime-numbers/
>
>so we deliberately make regexes as slow as possible so that programmers
>
>will look for a better way to solve their problem. If you check the 
>source code for the re engine, you'll find that for certain regexes, it
>
>busy-waits for anything up to 30 seconds at a time, deliberately
>wasting 
>cycles.
>
>The same with Unicode. We hate French people, you see, and so in an 
>effort to drive everyone back to ASCII-only text, Python 3.3 introduces
>
>some memory optimizations that ensures that Unicode strings work 
>correctly and are up to four times smaller than they used to be. You 
>should get together with jmfauth, who has discovered our dastardly plot
>
>and keeps posting benchmarks showing how on carefully contrived micro-
>benchmarks using a beta version of Python 3.3, non-ASCII string 
>operations can be marginally slower than in 3.2.
>
>
>> Additionally my account has been suspended for 7 days. Such a
>dickwad.
>
>I cannot imagine why he would have done that.
>
>
>-- 
>Steven
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:-)  Thank you.

Sent from a Galaxy far far away
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