Cult-like behaviour [was Re: Kindness]

Christian Gollwitzer auriocus at
Mon Jul 16 02:26:53 EDT 2018

Am 16.07.18 um 03:02 schrieb Jim Lee:
> But I don't speak Esperanto,  and my programs don't generally care what 
> characters are used for European currencies.  When I create a simple 
> program that takes a text file (created by me) and munges it into a 
> different format, I don't care if someone from Uzbekistan can read it or 
> not.  When I create a one-time use program to visualize some data on a 
> graph, I don't care if anyone else can read the axis labels but me. 
> These are realities.  A good programming language will allow for these 
> realities without putting the burden on the programmer to turn *every* 
> program into a politically correct, globalization compliant model of 
> modern groupthink.

Then please show a program of that kind where you need to put additional 
effort in to make it run under Python3, but it'd be easy in Python2! I 
regularly write similar programs, and it works for me to simply ignore 
that there is Unicode etc. Just load some data and show it in numpy, why 
do I need to care about Unicode?


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