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June 14, 2004


David Cantrell

Out of interest, does it actually do the calculation when it does the assignment, or is it lazily evaluated in a background thread or something like that?

Gary Robinson

I'm 99.999% sure it's actually doing the calculation. For one thing, Python has no facility to do that kind of thing "in a background thread" that I've ever heard of, and I probably qualify as an expert in the language. Moreover, after the initial assignment to p, I can do p % 2 and instantaneously get back the correct answer (1).

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