Re: early peek at a bit of fun

2001-06-18 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
David Cantrell [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 Eh-hem.  Apparently my nearest five groups are Belfast, SouthWales, Glasgow,
 Bathgate and Manchester.

I couldn't tell, sorry. Use the map instead.

Waah, it hates me!
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Re: O'Reilly Safari - anyone use it?

2001-05-19 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
Nathan Torkington [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 When you don't pay money, whether you justify it because you already
 own the book, or because you're a poor student, you're screwing the
 authors.  But they won't miss my $1.  Your dollar is no different
 from everyone else's, and if everyone else thought the same thing,
 there'd be no dollars.

I don't think that's necessarily true.  Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt gave
away their Programming Ruby book by putting it online so you can read
it without pirating it or paying for it.  

I know 3 people, me included, who went a bought a second copy of the book
when they did that.  I know people who have bought the book after reading
it on the Ruby website.  

If I had a need for the Cookbook, I'd buy a dead tree copy whether it 
was freely pirated online or not -- I can't get online in the bath, 
or on a train, or in a car, so online copies are relatively useless.
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(just 2p worth)



Re: Good Accountants

2001-04-27 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
Lucy McWilliam [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
  Hmmm, would it be bad form to reminisce
 about all things Manc on a London.pm list?!

Given the number of people I've seen from Manchester Uni at the
technical meetings, probably not...
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Bsc(Hons) Computer Science
University of Manchester
Graduated 1995



Re: perlismybitch.com

2001-04-25 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
Dominic Mitchell [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 Unfortunately, due to the slovenly fashion in which most places
 (coughNetwork Solutions/cough) seem to update their whois databases
 this stands a good chance of being too slow against somebody else
 registering it.

I wrote a script a few years back that downloaded the root zones from
(iirc) doc.ic.ac.uk via FTP and compared them with the previous days
to find expired or new domains.  Checking NS records may be more
reliable than the whois information...
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Re: The Natives are Revolting

2001-04-21 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
"Ian Brayshaw" [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 (... Mind you, it all looks lovely(?) and dandy(?) under IE ... you've got 
 to love the "near enough is good enough" approach of M$ ...)

"Be liberal in what you accept, conversative in what you send."
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Re: The Natives are Revolting

2001-04-21 Thread Rob Partington

In message 20010418220311.VUOR29087.viemta05@localhost,
Marcel Grunauer [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 (Apologies if this comes through as HTML mail - i'm trying to get mail 
 set up on OS X, but can't get nmh to work, so I'm using OS X's Mail at 
 the moment. Will hack tools in Perl, though.)

It compiles with a small tweak to the Makefile and removal of
the stupid sys_errlist[] declaration in one of the .c files.
Seems to work fine, so far.
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Re: (Don't Laugh) Buying PGP

2001-04-19 Thread Rob Partington

On Thu, Apr 19, 2001 at 02:03:33PM +0100, dcross - David Cross wrote:
 Obviously, from the bottom line this is a bit of a no-brainer. But this
 leaves us having to copy files over to a PC, unencrypt them, and copy them
 back to the Unix machine. Which I'd like to avoid.

Wouldn't be so bad if you're using Samba to share the Unix files.
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Re: Torvalds not impressed with OS X

2001-04-07 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
Paul Makepeace [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 http://www.msnbc.com/news/555930.asp

Not really surprising news, though, since he was fighting with Tannenbaum
in 1991 about whether micro-kernels were worth the bother or not.

I mostly like MacOS X, but it is way too resource hungry.  I shouldn't
need 64M to run a GUI and Unix comfortably, that's just crap.  
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Re: Crazy Idea

2001-04-03 Thread Rob Partington

In message D3AF8264E04FD311A18200508B12B1D5037C84AA@SRVLON20,
dcross - David Cross [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 Dave...
 [thing are getting strange, i'm starting to worry...]

Should I call Mulder and Scully?
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Re: Ruby

2001-03-01 Thread Rob Partington

In message BF7C70E24CF5D311B52F00B0D0215D411B13FE@IH_SERVER,
"Jonathan Peterson" [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 Hey,

Dude.

 The language Ruby looks really cool. Can anyone tell me:

It is really cool.  

 1. Why on earth you'd use Python instead of Ruby.

I wouldn't any more.  The only reasons I used Python were sensible
OO and the XML parsing was less painful than XML::Parser at the time.
Now I get my OO from Ruby, and my sensible XML parsing from XML::DOM
or XML::XPath.

 2. If anyone here has used it for production code and knows more about it.

Yes, I use it, and I know a bit about it.  It's fun.

 It looks cool.

It is.  :)
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Re: lvalue subroutines

2001-02-27 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
David Cantrell [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 AIUI, square roots apply to numbers, so how can you have a square root of
 something that isn't a number, like an operator?  You may as well say that
 you can take the square root of anything - like the square root of equals,
 or the square root of a pony.

I think sqrt(not) only works because it cancels itself out much the same
as sqrt(-1) does.  Other things don't have the toggle-nature, so wouldn't
make sense.
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Re: Quantum Weirdness

2001-02-27 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
Robin Houston [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 I just bought a Mars bar, and it's
 *drum roll*
 sixty-five grams!

They already did that on IRC!  Keep up, that man!

Tue1129#London.pm/Ranguard Arrg, Damion lied - British Mars bars weigh 
65 g! not 60.. the Quarks must have put on weight!
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Re: template toolkit .. one more kwestion

2001-01-29 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
Robin Szemeti [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 this works fine if the function returns a list with more than one thing
 in it .. if there is only one thing in the array I get a 'dont know how
 to access [ 3 ].0  if for example item 3 is returned.
 
 if I access the result as just plain [% item %] it works fine if there is
 one item in the list .. and returns lots of ARRAY0x1241234 if there is
 more than one ...

Sounds like your dereferencing function may be returning a SCALAR instead
of an ARRAY when there's only one result?
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Re: Technical Meeting Venues

2001-01-29 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
David Cantrell [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 And they all talk funny.  North of the river they're all called Hamish
 and Angus, and they wear flat caps and have whippets.

'eyup!  My uncle used to race greyhounds and whippets (and pigeons!)
and I have a flat cap.  But I don't talk funny, and I'm not called Hamish.
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Re: Sun's Perl was Re: Application servers and e-commerce platforms

2001-01-26 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
Steve Mynott [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 [1] My main gripe with *BSD is lack of binary package management

Um, then what's this?

  pkg_add ftp://ftp.plig.org/pub/OpenBSD/2.8/packages/i386/dia-0.86p1.tgz

That installed a precompiled binary of dia for me. Or do you mean that,
say, pkg_* don't have the same functionality as RPM?
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Re: Sun's Perl was Re: Application servers and e-commerce platforms

2001-01-26 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
Steve Mynott [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 On RedHat I can do something like 'rpm -e sendmail' to clean up before
 installing qmail and, alas, I can't do this on OpenBSD (although there
 has been talk of extending the binary packages to include the base
 OS).

If you install the postfix package, you get a script which switches your
system mailer between postfix and sendmail.  Much nicer than "rpm -e",
because if you then don't get on with postfix, just run postfix-disable
and you get sendmail back.
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Re: Consultancy company

2001-01-20 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
Piers Cawley [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
[snip]
  And table football's no fun if you're playing with
 yourself. 

Maybe if you kept your hands on the table football...?  gdr
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Re: freebsd admin skills - free space

2000-12-14 Thread Rob Partington

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED],
Paul Makepeace [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 America lost.

s/America/We all/
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