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> Unfortunately, the people who wrote the platform I use - which deals with money - decided they're "too slow".

I've had the same problem (that platform wouldn't ha. It's… annoying (also bullshit: in the worst case — CPython <= 3.2 — basic arithmetic operations will take ~20µs on my machine aside from divisions which take a bit more and if that shows up in profiling use cdecimal, CPython 3.3 [integrated cdecimal] or pypy)

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