It is purdent to note the paragraph describing the exact data before the age statistic:
The Los Angeles Times recently did a story detailing all of the NHTSA reports of Toyota “sudden acceleration” fatalities, and, though the Times did not mention it, the ages of the drivers involved were striking.
In the 24 cases where driver age was reported...
The key here is that the statistic is about fatalities, not occurances. When put into dangerous situations requiring strength (to push hard on a break pedal in this case), and good reaction timing (to avoid people on the road at 90mph or more), the elderly are always going to perform worse as age generally reduces both strength and reaction time, thus increasing the likelihood of crashes and thus fatalities.
This statistic isn't as glaring as the defense lawyer author wants us to believe.
RHEL5, released March 14, 2007, uses Python 2.4.3, which was released March 29, 2006. Given a reasonable package-freeze/testing/bugfix cycle, using this version seems about right. Also, Python 2.5.0 was released September 19, 2006 -- I know I wouldn't want to make a potentially major jump for all my system tools before publishing a major distro release.
Perhaps you should rethink the presentation of your point next time -- given what you've said already concerning RHEL5 and Python2.4, you should also be saying "RHEL5 uses Linux 2.6! That was released back in 2003!!!! ZOMG!!!"
In re: Python 3 migration, moving to the Python 3 series presents FAR bigger issues than addon-distribution, namely the changing and/or removal of some particularly widely-used items from Python 2.
I will agree with you that distribution of third-party modules can be annoying in Python, but that's not necessarily the Python developers' problem. Why should they be implicitly responsible for something that is third-party? Just because another platform is doing it? C'mon, that's a flimsy argument at best.
Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. -- Andy Warhol