Re: Stack Overflow moderator “animuson”

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Wed Jul 10 14:22:51 CEST 2013

On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM, Mats Peterson <matsp999 at> wrote:
> Steven D'Aprano <steve at> 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:
>> 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.
> You're obviously trying hard to be funny. It fails miserably.

Either that or it's funny only to other Australians.


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