David Hutto smokefloat at gmail.com
Sat Oct 9 08:23:38 CEST 2010

On Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 2:12 AM, Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:
> On Sat, 9 Oct 2010 03:15:35 pm you wrote:
>> > You should use that. It works, it is tested and thoroughly
>> > debugged, and it is powerful.
>> Certainly so, but not as powerful as the individual's ingenuity in
>> solving the problem at hand without foreknowledge of the 'known'
>> solution.
> I suppose you made your own computer, smelting your own ores to get the
> metals and creating your own plastics from oil you dug up yourself,

Sometimes breaking it down to bear  essentials is wht you need, and
sometimes, you need to
take advantage of the 'frosting' a language provides

> right? And then you wrote your own operating system, and wrote your own
> programming language which just happened to be exactly the same as
> Python in every possible way.

Not in every way. but  a way that makes sense to a demographic, just
the way python overwrites(wraps faster languages within it's compiled,
then .pyc's it to compiled), several other languages that are the same
or even more advocated to the new computer scientist.

> My uncle once went to the doctor complaining about general ill-health.
> The doctor sent him to a specialist, who examined him for five minutes,
> ran a blood sample through a little hand-held device, and two minutes
> later said "You've got such-and-such a disease. Here's my bill for
> $500."

Specialists always charge extra, and this is new how?

> My uncle got all indignant. "$500? You've hardly done anything! Why
> should you get so much just because you've got a tool that does the
> work for you?"
> The specialist replied "The bill is $10 for my time, and $490 for
> knowing which was the right tool to use."

A hammer can do the same in some instances, just the same as a pair of
wire cutters tapping the same nail in. Both get the job done, but
experience dictates the knowledge one uses for the fastest result, eg.
the price one is paid for the time they can do it in->project vs per

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