Out of the Blue

We've had many requests over time for access to the headline file that sites like Slashdot use to grab our headlines. In the past the unfortunate answer was that there wasn't one, and that sites that were displaying our headlines had coded their own way to grab them. Now we are pleased to announce that our headlines are available here in RSS 1.0 format.

Following up on the search stuff, furn has made some progress tweaking the search engine. For instance, the example I gave of Serious Sam turning up zero matches has been fixed. This is because the search engine no longer skips three letter words, "Sam" in this case, and the word "serious" has been removed from the list of words excluded from searches. The default of not searching for three letter words sort of makes sense, but the "serious" thing is a bit odd... I'm sure there's a reason it was included in what's described as the "stop list," but I can't figure it out myself (this list includes a lot of words like "and, "it," "the," and such, which would be skipped by the three letter exclusion anyway). Anyway, this "stop list" is apparently quite lengthy, so if you notice something oddly absent form your search results, drop us a line to let us know... it might just be another "serious" situation.

Link of the Day: How to pack your hippopotamus for shipping (The US Postal Service). Thanks Ray Marden.
Story of the Day: Another Matrix Star Mourned. R.I.P. The Oracle. Thanks Frightener.
Media of the Day: Dr. Fun. Thanks Ant.

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RSS Feeds
Oct 9, 2001, 12:13
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RSS Feeds Oct 9, 2001, 12:13
Oct 9, 2001, 12:13
 
Sweet !
I have a page at work I use to pull down Stomped's feed and just added yours to it and it works right to spec. Way to go Furn ! It is nice to use at work because I can just drag your feed through the firewall without actually showing ever leaving the building with a local web page. If I find something particularly interesting, then I am just a click away, but it better not to show multiple hits on your URL at work.

Thanks, nice addition.

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RSS Feeds
Oct 8, 2001, 19:46
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RSS Feeds Oct 8, 2001, 19:46
Oct 8, 2001, 19:46
 
So far I know of two:

http://my.userland.com/viewChannel$4710

And the blue's news slashbox on slashdot.org...

Please post info or drop me an e-mail (furn@bluesnews.com) if anybody else is using the feed.
James "furn" Furness
CGI/Database Programmmer, Blue's News
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Re: RSS Feed
Oct 8, 2001, 17:27
anon@128.32
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Re: RSS Feed Oct 8, 2001, 17:27
Oct 8, 2001, 17:27
anon@128.32
 
Just say no to stoplists. They cause more problems than they're worth and don't really reduce index size. I once decided to try removing my stoplist and the index was something like 10% bigger, with (of course) no decrease in performance.
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Re: RSS Feed
Oct 8, 2001, 15:15
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Re: RSS Feed Oct 8, 2001, 15:15
Oct 8, 2001, 15:15
 
I imgagine that the "furn@bluesnews.com" in his message is his e-mail.

And I can't imagine Blue using the word "serious" without the word "Sam" after it.



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Re: RSS Feed
Oct 8, 2001, 14:41
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Re: RSS Feed Oct 8, 2001, 14:41
Oct 8, 2001, 14:41
 
Furn, I don't see an email for you. Mines in my profile if you want to email me.

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Re: RSS Feed
Oct 8, 2001, 14:34
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Re: RSS Feed Oct 8, 2001, 14:34
Oct 8, 2001, 14:34
 

Actually, my company sells portal software. We integrate all sorts of feeds. Pretty slick product, you can see a live demo of the product @: www1.jerseyinsight.com

...or portaltestdrive.ca.com (yeah, yeah, yeah, CA horror stories, I know.)

But we can use RSS, XML, HTML, etc. and parse it in to customized 'Workplaces' for users.

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Re: RSS Feed
Oct 8, 2001, 14:05
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Re: RSS Feed Oct 8, 2001, 14:05
Oct 8, 2001, 14:05
 
are there any live websites that currently use Bluesnews Headlines via RSS (as of today I guess)

if so post them here.. I wouldnt mind checking it out..


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Re: RSS Feed
Oct 8, 2001, 13:02
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Re: RSS Feed Oct 8, 2001, 13:02
Oct 8, 2001, 13:02
 
I don't understand what you mean by a null image, I haven't had any problems adding the feed to aggregator sites etc, so drop me a mail letting me know what you're trying to do and i'll see if I can help.
James "furn" Furness
CGI/Database Programmmer, Blue's News
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Re: Stop words
Oct 8, 2001, 12:56
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Re: Stop words Oct 8, 2001, 12:56
Oct 8, 2001, 12:56
 
Actually it is a predefined stopword in MySQL (The list is in myisam/ft_static.c)

But I have now removed it.


James "furn" Furness <furn@bluesnews.com>
CGI/Database Programmmer, Blue's News
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James "furn" Furness
CGI/Database Programmmer, Blue's News
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RSS Feed
Oct 8, 2001, 12:04
anon@141.202
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RSS Feed Oct 8, 2001, 12:04
Oct 8, 2001, 12:04
anon@141.202
 
Anyone else having wackiness w/ the RSS. Specifically a 'null' image before the logo that's getting parsed in as: <A HREF="null"><IMG SRC="null" BORDER=0 ALT="null"></A>

and the 'Age of Sail' headline only showing the link as 'A'

Just curious if it's my end or not.
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Re: Stop words
Oct 8, 2001, 11:52
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Re: Stop words Oct 8, 2001, 11:52
Oct 8, 2001, 11:52
 
Words that appear in more than 50% of posts are automatically excluded, because they are counted as common words. Hence, serious being included in the stop list. You must use that word a lot.

Surely you can't be serious.

It may be true that "Words that appear in more than 50% of posts are automatically excluded," but there isn't any way the word "serious" qualifies under that category... I can't even imagine for a second how that could strike you as a logical explanation for this.

Stephen "Blue" Heaslip
Blue's News Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Il Presidente for Life
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Stop words
Oct 8, 2001, 11:35
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Stop words Oct 8, 2001, 11:35
Oct 8, 2001, 11:35
 
Words that appear in more than 50% of posts are automatically excluded, because they are counted as common words. Hence, serious being included in the stop list. You must use that word a lot.

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RIP
Oct 8, 2001, 11:15
anon@207.13
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RIP Oct 8, 2001, 11:15
Oct 8, 2001, 11:15
anon@207.13
 
"Gloria Foster, the distinguished African-American actress most recently known for her grandmotherly, spoon-bending performance as Oracle in 1999's sci-fi blockbuster, died of complications from diabetes Saturday at her New York home. She was 64. "

God rest her soul... but, correct me if I'm wrong, she didn't do any spoon bending in the Matrix Hmm... "cookie baking performance" probably didn't sound as cool (or E! hasn't seen the Matrix)


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