We've had many requests over time for access to the headline file that sites
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
Story of the Day: Another Matrix Star Mourned.
R.I.P. The Oracle. Thanks Frightener.
Media of the Day: Dr.
Fun. Thanks Ant.