James Gray wrote:
> Well, I definitely don't think this is the first case of that in Ruby
> (or most other languages for that matter).  Heck, fork() isn't cross-
> platform and I love fork().

But it's not a different "platform". Someone could be running exactly 
the same version of Ruby under exactly the same operating system and 
version, but with different localisation the program will break.

That's how this thread started: the bemused OP wrote

| But, when my colleagues
| run this same script, they get the error I display below. I've literally
| copied the entire directory structure of my c:\ruby setup to their PCs,
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