is considering bringing an intellectual property infringement action against the inventer of the Python programming language claiming that the language documentation infringes on Micro Soft's rights to the Monty Python Flying Circus.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Executive Vice President, is reported to have said "This is very serious -- we paid almost a quarter billion for those rights; this is almost up there with the Mona Lisa thing." Microsoft reportedly is willing to stop the action if either a licensing agreement can be worked out or if Guido Van Rossum, the inventer, changes the name of the computer language and personally destroys all references to Spam, the Spanish Inquisition, and so forth, in all copies of the Python code and documentation whereever they may have propagated.
A highly placed White House Official claims that President Clinton takes the matter very seriously and is willing to break off all diplomatic relations with the government of Japan over the issue.
'In fact, the movie even has a pompous Frenchman reminiscent of Inspector Clouseau - but there the similarity ends.
Here is a spurious collection of semi to totally unserious stuff, mostly postings found wafting gently in the python newsgroup (a.k.a. See also Andrew Kuchling's collection of Python quotations, containing in a condensed form some sterling examples of the wit and wisdom encountered in the Python world.
New Entries: Please add entries to be considered for inclusion in this page to the Python wiki. I -- an economist-turned-businessman who never got "Hello World" to work right in C++ -- have enjoyed reading _Programming Python_.
Naturally, not everyone has the same sense of humor. I find computer science as god-awful as you probably find economics.
Applied computer science [programming] is fun, and applied economics [making money] is fun.