> time ./test.rb >/tmp/t
> elap 6.511 user 6.336 syst 0.136 CPU 99.40%
> 

> time ./test.pl >/tmp/t
> elap 0.864 user 0.844 syst 0.020 CPU 100.04%
> 
> So perl is 7 or 8 times faster here.

You could try ruby 1.9 and see if it helps the speed.

If slow regex is a big problem for you I could probably hack up a gem 
that wraps PCRE or what not.
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