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> I never (naïvely) would have suspected it to have any low-hanging global-interpreter-lock type fruit.

The solution is elegant, but that doesn't necessarily mean it was low hanging. (Maybe it was for the authors, I can't speak for them).

Sometimes you can't extrapolate the amount of work out of the complexity of final solution. The relationship is often inverse.

Well, not "low-hanging" meaning "easy to fix" so much as "low-hanging" meaning "really obvious high-ROI thing to fix."

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