Besides, "static methods" are a hack:
If it's a behaviour of the class rather than its instances, then make it a method of the class. You'd only need static methods for this if your language doesn't treat classes as objects (ie. it's not a particularly OO language). The example is in Python, where classes are objects, so no statics are needed.
Alternatively, it may be a completely standalone piece of code, in which case it has no business being inside a class. Just make it a standalone function, and stick it in a module to avoid name clashes. You'd only need static methods for this if your language doesn't allow standalone functions, or doesn't have a module system. Since Python has both, there's no need to abuse classes like that.
Still, it's just a Java quirk that's irrelevant to the article.