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The top five RSS readers for keeping up with your news feeds

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Vector illustration of the RSS logo.
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When you want to check out your favorite news sites or other online information sources, you can take the time to go directly to each site, clog your email with newsletters and announcements, check the updates on your favorite social media app(s) — or you can use an RSS feed reader.

RSS readers allow you to collect the articles of specific sources in one app, making it a lot easier to find the content you’re interested in without crawling through a lot of noise. RSS (which may stand for Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary, or one of several other possibilities — nobody seems sure) has been around a while, having been first developed in 1999, although it wasn’t more widely adopted until a few years later.

Since then, the idea...

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macr0t0r
149 days ago
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Glad to see Newsblur get some well-deserved love in this article.
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freeAgent
149 days ago
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If I wasn't here, I'd probably either do Inoreader (I tried it, it's fine) or simply go offline since I basically only read my RSS feeds from a single device anyway.
Los Angeles, CA

X Value

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The value of n is still unknown, but new results constrain it to fall between 8 and 10^500, ruling out popular 'n=1' and 'n=2' theories.
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macr0t0r
203 days ago
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Well, great. That makes nearly all algebra tests worthless if students already know the answer. I hope they understand how publishing this will incur a great cost to the education system.
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gordol
202 days ago
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Why do I always have to solve for x? We broke up years ago!
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deebee
202 days ago
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More spaceship games, less complicated math/particle physics!
America City, America
alt_text_bot
203 days ago
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The value of n is still unknown, but new results constrain it to fall between 8 and 10^500, ruling out popular 'n=1' and 'n=2' theories.
2bithacker
203 days ago
This is all completely wrong. x = 120, X = 88, n = 110.

Car Wash

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I'm glad modern car washes use synthetic baleen, instead of harvesting it from whales like 1800s car washes did.
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macr0t0r
309 days ago
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Actually, this makes a car wash sound like a giant mechanical puppy. Now I like it more!
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gordol
309 days ago
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Car wash I use doesn't like the cars. It spits on them.
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alt_text_bot
310 days ago
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I'm glad modern car washes use synthetic baleen, instead of harvesting it from whales like 1800s car washes did.

Astronomy Numbers

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I adopted a cat that weighs 12 solar masses. Laser pointers love chasing it.
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macr0t0r
561 days ago
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Since when did astronomers use miles and hours as units in the first place? Weird.
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alt_text_bot
562 days ago
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I adopted a cat that weighs 12 solar masses. Laser pointers love chasing it.

Easy or Hard

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"Friction-driven static electrification is familiar and fundamental in daily life, industry, and technology, but its basics have long been unknown and have continually perplexed scientists from ancient Greece to the high-tech era. [...] To date, no single theory can satisfactorily explain this mysterious but fundamental phenomenon." --Eui-Cheol Shin et. al. (2022)
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macr0t0r
621 days ago
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Wait, really? Hairy balloon static is still a mystery? It's exciting to know that such everyday stuff still has an opening for breakthroughs!
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Formatting Meeting

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Neither group uses iso 8601 because the big-endian enthusiasts were all at the meeting 20 years ago.
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macr0t0r
901 days ago
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We have tried so hard for so many years for a proper date format. This is worse than Daylight "Savings" Time. We've been here before: https://xkcd.com/1179/
silberbaer
899 days ago
I used to have 1179 printed out and posted to my cubicle wall, and would point to it when people didn't like my date format.
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mkalus
897 days ago
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More like the rest of the world.
iPhone: 49.287476,-123.142136
jcherfas
897 days ago
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2022-01-04 is the Only True Way.

Except for 04-01-2022
ReadLots
901 days ago
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This is bad, but the worst is using Excel which is the biggest date-format-bully on the planet.
"Hey that's some nice date strings you got there, shame if someone were to go and automatically reformat them on you. Oh, you've set your localization parameters, well guess who doesn't give a shit."
chrisrlowery
901 days ago
then when you manually change it to treat the cells like plain text, it converts the previously plain-text formatted date string into the internal numeric representation of the datetime
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