How security holes happen

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Wed Mar 5 09:26:12 CET 2014

On Wed, 05 Mar 2014 08:37:42 +0200, Marko Rauhamaa wrote:

> MRAB <python at>:
>> Into how many versions did Lisp split in its first 23 years? :-)
> I'm partial to Scheme, but I'll take any version.
> If you had tried Python 30 years ago, you'd give it up for any serious
> work because it would be so slow and consume so much memory.


Python is only 23 years old, so it would have been a good trick to have 
tried it 30 years ago. While it was slow back then, it used LESS memory, 
not more. (Trading off more memory for speed is one of the ways that 
Python has gotten faster.) Nevertheless, people did use it for serious 
work, at least by the time it got to version 1.4 and quite likely much 


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