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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Denny Thanks (1521 comments)

Like so many here will no doubt be doing, I just wanted to say 'thanks'. Slashdot was not only my favourite source of news for many years, but also Slash (the 0.3-pre tarball!) was my introduction to coding in Perl, and out of that I built my career. So my sincere thanks for all you did here, and I hope you enjoy whatever you do next.

more than 3 years ago

The End of the Gas Guzzler

Denny Re:Here's an idea (897 comments)

We currently have petrol at £1.40 per litre in the UK, which is over $10/gallon. Our prices have been over $5/gallon for maybe 20 years or more. We still have single-occupant SUVs all over the place, in fact they're on the increase.

more than 3 years ago

How Your Username May Betray You

Denny Depends what you're selling. (308 comments)

One sales droid's abject terror is another sales droid's golden opportunity.

more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Isn't Anonymous Anymore

Denny Re: UID dick-waving (407 comments)

Last time I joined in one of these threads, Rob Malda finished it a few comments later.

more than 3 years ago

Can Mobile Broadband Solve the UK Digital Divide?

Denny Re:It's the carriers, not the technology (113 comments)

If you've got the kind of issues described in the article summary, your carriers stink.

Yes, they do. Why do the carriers in .au not stink - is there legislation that stops them getting up to the same kind of crap that the UK ones do? Or is there more room on their backbone networks? Or are they just nicer? :)

The UK has always had ridiculously high bandwidth prices and ridiculously low traffic caps, on all Internet services - I've hosted numerous UK-specific websites on US servers over the last ten years, purely for cost reasons.

more than 5 years ago

Can Mobile Broadband Solve the UK Digital Divide?

Denny Traffic caps are a problem... (113 comments)

My girlfriend has mobile broadband through Vodafone because BT couldn't figure out how to install a line in her property (which didn't stop an engineer claiming he'd done it, and them billing her for most of a year before it all got sorted out - but I digress).

I've been surprised at how good the speed and stability of her connection is, but the traffic cap is crippling. She's a fairly heavy 'net user (she's a freelance web designer, so has to upload new sites and drafts for her clients to see), but she's not a filesharer, and she runs up against her 5GB cap most months. Going over it gets very expensive very quickly.

The worst thing about the cap is that it discourages her from downloading updates for her OS and software... meaning that she's probably more open to virus/worm infections.

more than 5 years ago

Apple's Mac OS X Update Breaks Perl

Denny Re:Apple (264 comments)

This is /. - some people here will argue anything. :)

more than 5 years ago



Ecommerce with Catalyst - a post-project analysis

Denny Denny writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Denny writes "Perl is Alive has published a 'six months later' analysis of a Perl ecommerce project which used the popular Catalyst framework at its core. It's a well-written look at how, by choosing various components from CPAN, you can build up a complex custom-tailored system without having to write everything end-to-end yourself. The author concludes that they would "undoubtedly" make the same technology decisions again, given the success of this project, and the quality of 'modern' Perl libraries and frameworks which are now available from CPAN."

No T for Cisco

Denny Denny writes  |  about 6 years ago

Denny writes "Actually that's not entirely accurate — they have the odd 'T' here and there, but no 't'. I assume this is a fairly surreal case of being 0wn3d, given their earlier downtime, although it could be a weird publicity gimmick. Amusingly, Cisco are already in the news today for releasing info on various security vulnerabilities... I wonder if they applied their own patches?"
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