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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

There is an interesting discussion on Slashdot about RSS.

Infoworld's CTO Chad Dickerson says he has a love/hate relationship with RSS. He loves the changes to his information production and consumption, but he hates the behavior of some RSS feed readers. Every hour, Infoworld "sees a massive surge of RSS newsreader activity" that "has all the characteristics of a distributed DoS attack." So many requests in such a short period of time are creating scaling issues.

From personal experience, I can say that I have seen this happen when the RSS aggregator either has no options for limiting feeds, or the user has improperly configured the software. When running a local RSS aggregator, my 400 or so feeds can really bog down my system, especially if I haven't updated in days. That's really why I went over to the web-based aggregator (BlogLines) instead.


.: posted by Dave 3:41 PM

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