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Perl 5.14 Released

Greg Lindahl Re:Java has its uses (187 comments)

Perl has some nifty frameworks that can make you as productive as PHP for small web projects, and it also does large projects well.

But hey, if you're comfortable with PHP and Java, and want to pay to have your app completely rewritten, then more power to you.

more than 3 years ago

Perl 5.14 Released

Greg Lindahl Re:Perl - the COBOL of scripting languages (187 comments)

New startups using perl, courtesy of Quora:


Big companies writing lots of new perl, also courtesy of Quora:

Lokku (makers of Nestoria), BBC, LJ, IMDB,, Typepad, Zappos, Craigslist, FriendFinder, Ticketmaster, Slashdot

I think you're really confused about the role Larry plays in the community. He's slowly creating a new language, which has little to do with perl 5. Perl 5 is actively maintained and has a large community of users.

more than 3 years ago

Perl 5.14 Released

Greg Lindahl Re:Perl - the COBOL of scripting languages (187 comments)

The new search engine blekko is written in perl - wrote our own NoSQL database in it, too. We found CPAN to be an awesome resource; we use 600 distros from CPAN, and only found a couple of bugs in them.

It's Java that's the new COBOL. (buh dum, ching!)

more than 3 years ago

23 Years of Culture Hacking With Perl

Greg Lindahl Re:Yeah, now try hiring for it. (99 comments)

Blekko's search engine and NoSQL database are written in Perl. We haven't had problems hiring experienced, smart Perl people, and we've also had no trouble getting experienced Python people to learn Perl.

more than 3 years ago

Blekko Launches a Search Engine With Bias

Greg Lindahl Re:Unneeded? (133 comments)

How about searching for

industrial design colleges

On google, no actual colleges. On Blekko, it auto-slashtags it to industrial design /colleges, and 100% of the results are colleges.

more than 3 years ago

Google Wants To Ease News Browsing With Fast Flip

Greg Lindahl Google Groups paved the way (125 comments)

Years after producing a crappy UI for Google Groups, which was worse than the threaded text-based readers most people read Usenet with, Google finally gets a clue? Say it isn't so!

about 5 years ago

Windows Breaks Into Supercomputer Top 10

Greg Lindahl Re:Potentially bogus (294 comments)

MOD PARENT UP, please. Thanks!

more than 5 years ago

Windows Breaks Into Supercomputer Top 10

Greg Lindahl Potentially bogus (294 comments)

A couple of years ago I was surprised when one of my HPC customers issued a press release saying that their machine ran Windows HPC. The high-speed interconnect we'd sold them had no Windows drivers. You can guess what was going on: MicroSoft paid for the press release, and the machine actually ran Linux.

Dawning's previous fast machine ran Linux.

more than 5 years ago



Ars Technica writer plagiarizes space history posts

Greg Lindahl Greg Lindahl writes  |  about 10 months ago

Greg Lindahl (37568) writes "Last May, I really enjoyed reading an Ars Tecnica post “The secret laser-toting Soviet satellite that almost was” [down, see mirror at] It turns out that most of the details were taken from an article titled Soviet Star Wars published in the Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine in 2010. Here are the details of the plagiarism, including some other space history articles with similar copying by the same author. Ars Technica's response? Unhistory! They've removed the posting, but haven't published a retraction or explanation."

Privacy, Search Engines, and Government Monitoring

Greg Lindahl Greg Lindahl writes  |  about a year ago

Greg Lindahl (37568) writes "The current kerfluffle about US Government logging information about US citizens not accused of any crime has mainly focused on communications and communications metadata, but that's not the only sort of records retention that might be bothersome. The record of web searches you've made and results you've clicked on could be even more revealing than your phone calls and texts:

Even if you are not a criminal, you probably make searches that you don’t want your minister, boss, or spouse to know about. You don’t expect your doctor to keep a record of every question you ask at a checkup, but your search engine probably remembers every medical search you’ve ever made. And even if you’ve been careful to log out and clear your cookies, those searches are probably associated with your real name.

Read more about this issue: Privacy, Search Engines, and Government Monitoring"


blekko donates search data to Comomn Crawl

Greg Lindahl Greg Lindahl writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Greg Lindahl (37568) writes "blekko is donating search engine ranking data for 140 million domains and 22 billion urls to the Common Crawl Foundation. Common Crawl is a non-profit dedicated to making the greatest (yet messiest) dataset of our time, the web, available to everyone, including tinkerers, hackers, activists, and new companies. blekko's ranking data will initially be used to improve the quality of Common Crawl's 8 billion webpage public crawl of the web, and eventually will be directly available to the public."
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2009 Darwin Award Winners announced

Greg Lindahl Greg Lindahl writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Greg Lindahl (37568) writes "From the woman who jumped in a swollen creek to rescue her drowning ... moped, to the man who hopped over the divider at the edge of the highway to take a leak, and plunged 65 feet to his death, 2009 was a year both exceptional and unexceptional for Darwin Award-worthy behavior!"
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