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Guido at Google

JB
It seems that our master Guido van Rossum had an offer from google and
he accepted it!!

long life to Guido & Goole ! many things to come ;)

ju²
Dec 21 '05
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Jack Diederich wrote:
On Wed, Dec 21, 2005 at 01:36:42PM -0500, rbt wrote:
Alex Martelli wrote:
I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he
sits about 15 meters away from me;-).


For Americans: 15 meters is roughly 50 feet.


Right, so that is about three and a half stone?


You're probably** thinking of rods, as a stone is a measure of weight.

http://www.google.com/search?q=conve...meters+to+rods

--

** More likely you're just pulling our legs. :-)

Dec 21 '05 #11
rbt wrote:
Alex Martelli wrote:
I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he
sits about 15 meters away from me;-).


For Americans: 15 meters is roughly 50 feet.


Google can do that too, of course. <wink>

http://www.google.com/search?q=conve...meters+to+feet

(49.2125984 feet to be more precise)

-Peter

Dec 21 '05 #12
Jack Diederich wrote:
On Wed, Dec 21, 2005 at 01:36:42PM -0500, rbt wrote:
Alex Martelli wrote:
I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he
sits about 15 meters away from me;-).


For Americans: 15 meters is roughly 50 feet.

Right, so that is about three and a half stone?


Stone is a measure of weight, not distance. (14 pounds, ~6.35 kg)

15 meters (150 decimeter, 1500 cm, etc ...)
590 inches
49 feet
16 yards
0.0093 miles
0.008 nautical miles
3 rods
0.075 furlongs
1800 barleycorns
147.63 hands
66 spans
33 cubits
13 ells
8.2 fathoms
75 links
0.75 chains
0.0027 leauges
0.03 li
0.081 stadia
4.8e-16 parsecs
1e-10 astronomical units
5e-8 lightseconds
2.8e11 Bohr radiuses
9.2e35 Plank lenghts

and probably most appropriately (being dutch):

1.5 roede

In other words "a stone's throw away".
Dec 21 '05 #13
Rocco Moretti wrote:
Jack Diederich wrote:
On Wed, Dec 21, 2005 at 01:36:42PM -0500, rbt wrote:
Alex Martelli wrote:

I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he
sits about 15 meters away from me;-).

For Americans: 15 meters is roughly 50 feet.

Right, so that is about three and a half stone?


Stone is a measure of weight, not distance. (14 pounds, ~6.35 kg)


No, _meters_ are a measure of weight.

15 meters (150 decimeter, 1500 cm, etc ...)
590 inches
49 feet
147.63 hands
900.7 fingers
1150.64 toes
~3.5 stone

qed

geddit?

Dec 21 '05 #14
On Wed, 21 Dec 2005 16:14:16 -0600 in comp.lang.pytho n, Rocco Moretti
<ro**********@h otpop.com> wrote:

[...]
15 meters (150 decimeter, 1500 cm, etc ...)
590 inches
49 feet
16 yards
0.0093 miles
0.008 nautical miles
3 rods
0.075 furlongs
1800 barleycorns
147.63 hands
66 spans
33 cubits
13 ells
8.2 fathoms
75 links
0.75 chains
0.0027 leauges
0.03 li
0.081 stadia
4.8e-16 parsecs
1e-10 astronomical units
5e-8 lightseconds
2.8e11 Bohr radiuses
9.2e35 Plank lenghts

and probably most appropriately (being dutch):

1.5 roede

In other words "a stone's throw away".


You forgot

8.81419673 smoots

Regards,

-=Dave

--
Change is inevitable, progress is not.
Dec 21 '05 #15
On Wed, 21 Dec 2005 16:40:15 -0500, Peter Hansen <pe***@engcorp. com> wrote:
rbt wrote:
Alex Martelli wrote:
I don't think there was any official announcement, but it's true -- he
sits about 15 meters away from me;-).


For Americans: 15 meters is roughly 50 feet.


Google can do that too, of course. <wink>

http://www.google.com/search?q=conve...meters+to+feet

(49.2125984 feet to be more precise)

Actually that looks like it's based on the approximation
of 25.4 mm/inch, whereas I believe the legally defined US conversion
is 39.3700 inches/meter. They're close. British is 39.3701 for some reason.
At least according to my dusty 37th Edition Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (c) 1955.
Maybe things have changed since then ;-)
15e3/25.4/12 49.212598425196 852

Appears to be the google number

But the official conversion
1000/39.37 25.400050800101 603

is not _exactly_ 25.4 mm/inch
so the distance from Martellibot to BDFL should
more exactly be
15*39.37/12

49.212499999999 999

Send bug report to google ;-)

Regards,
Bengt Richter
Dec 22 '05 #16
Nicola Musatti wrote:

By the way, I hear that you've become collegues also with Matt Austern,
formerly of Apple, and Danny Thorpe, formerly of Borland. I guess we
mere mortals don't stand a chance of being hired, but if the trend
continues there are going to be a lot of very interesting positions
opening everywhere else :-)


Ha! I'm still trying to figure out who let me in. Everyone has some
chance.
Of course, I'm going on vacation next week and there was talk
about a one-way ticket to Mexico.

The real question is will they let me *back* in? :-)

n

Dec 22 '05 #17
Yeah... we recognize that we could certainly open-source more of our
software. While we've released some stuff
(code.google.co m/projects.html), there is a LOT more that we want to
do. Getting engineers' 20% time to do that has been difficult.
Thankfully, we know how to fix that and got the okay/headcount to make
it happen. (IOW, it isn't a lack of desire, but making it happen)

But even if we haven't been able to open-source as much code as we'd
like, we *have* been trying to be very supportive of the community.
Between the Summer of Code and direct cash contributions, we've
provided a LOT of support to a large number of open source
organizations.

And we have a couple other ideas on how to help the open source
community. We're working on it!

Cheers,
-g

Dec 22 '05 #18
Bengt Richter wrote:
[roughly "an inch is not exactly 25.4mm"]
At least according to my dusty 37th Edition Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (c) 1955.
Maybe things have changed since then ;-)


Wikipedia concurs with Jim, though it says the official change dates
from 1958.

Better throw that old book out, as it's also likely to be missing any
reference to useful elements such as Lawrencium (1961), and Hassium
(1984), not to mention Ununnilium, Ununumium and Ununbium (94, 94, 96
respectively) or the most recently discovered element, which the PSU
tried to supp

Dec 22 '05 #19
This is very good news. I wish Guido all the best!

I wonder if this has got to do something with Microsoft developing
IronPython. Incidentellay it is reaching a 1.0 release pretty soon.
Perhaps Google has some cards up their sleeve. What other best way to
counter this than to hire the big fish himself ? :-)

-Anand

Dec 22 '05 #20

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