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  1761 votes / 11%
Net News Wire
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52 votes / 0%
Google Currents
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  463 votes / 3%
None of these; I don't use Reader
  10351 votes / 68%
None of these; I favor a different alternative
  1682 votes / 11%
15007 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • clod (Score:5, Funny)

    by Smivs (1197859) <> on Thursday June 13, 2013 @08:49AM (#43994353) Homepage Journal
    I can't read, you insensitive clod!
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      i ken reed butt i kent rite

      • by rwa2 (4391) *

        Old Russian joke... anthropologist visits Chukcha tribe, and is interviewing them for their tribal roles and duties.

        "So, you read?"

        "No. Chukcha no read. Chukcha write"

        • Re:clod (Score:5, Funny)

          by bargainsale (1038112) on Thursday June 13, 2013 @06:50PM (#44001933)
          Soviet-era Bulgarian joke (as told me by a Soviet-era Bulgarian):

          A: Why do Bulgarian policemen always go around in threes?
          B: Dunno. Why?
          A: One knows how to read, and one knows how to write.
          B: What's the third one for?
          A: He's keeping an eye on the two intellectuals.
        • Russian humour, which overlaps a lot with Brazilian humour, was a glory to me when I learned Russian. This joke is my favourite, I've updated it a little but not too much.

          Hey Sergei! Long time no see! Is that a wedding ring?
          Yes my old friend, it is a wedding ring.
          I never thought that you of all people get married.
          Well, I got tired of eating at McDonalds.
          And now..?
          And now I like eating at McDonalds.

          By the bye, I learned Russian to read Tolstoi in the original and I discovered that the transalation
          • By the bye, I learned Russian to read Tolstoi in the original and I discovered that the transalation is better.

            Are you Robert Heinlein?

    • by jamesh (87723)

      I can't read, you insensitive clod!

      That's okay - most people on the internet can't write.

  • Slashdot (Score:5, Funny)

    by Tim the Gecko (745081) on Thursday June 13, 2013 @08:53AM (#43994389)

    I get my news from Slashdot and powersauce bars.

    Hmmm.. Deng Xiaoping died.

  • Self-hosted TT-RSS (Score:5, Informative)

    by VZ (143926) on Thursday June 13, 2013 @09:28AM (#43994667)

    TT-RSS [] would seem to be perfect for Slashdot demographics. It definitely works great for me.

    • Agreed. It was easy to set up (already have a server at home) and there're native clients for Android and for meego (Nokia N9). Also very good web interface. Mobile web interface is a bit slow on my Nokia N9 though.
    • by JanneM (7445)

      Exactly what I use too. Gave me a push to finally set up a home server of my own.

      By the way, anyone know how filters are supposed to work in tt-rss? The documentation is rather lacking.

    • by CastrTroy (595695)
      If this is installable on my shared hosting (looks to be from first glance), then I'll definitely be giving it a fair try. I've slowly but surly been moving all my stuff over to my own domain, because I've been caught more than once with web services being taken offline for no apparent reason. I use GMail, but only as a viewer. My email is all addressed to my own domain.
      • The UI runs fine on shared hosting, but if you can't either run a persistent daemon (recommended) or at least a cron job (and it can't be "webcron", since it needs the PHP CLI binary), it will only update the feeds when you have the reader open in your browser.

        Personally, I think getting a cheap (less than $4/month) VPS on lowendbox is a better way than trying to force it on shared hosting. []

        • by CastrTroy (595695)
          Actually, just got it set up with my Dreamhost account and it works fine. I had to set up the cron job, but Dreamhost makes it really easy to set up. The only hickup was that the default PHP interpreter for the command line is 5.2, and I had to do a simple google search to figure out the path to the PHP 5.3 executable. Had the whole thing configured in under half an hour.
  • Poll talks (Score:4, Insightful)

    by hcs_$reboot (1536101) on Thursday June 13, 2013 @09:55AM (#43994981)
    70% of "I don't use Reader", that explains why Google is discontinuing Reader [].
    • by dj245 (732906)

      70% of "I don't use Reader", that explains why Google is discontinuing Reader [].

      I used to use Reader. It was a great way to listen to several different NPR programs without digging through 8 different websites (NPR has a different page for each program, each with a different format). Then the various NPR programs started changing what was in their feeds to the point where it wasn't useful anymore. I had other feeds I was using Reader for, but I haven't used Reader since then.

    • Re:Poll talks (Score:5, Insightful)

      by vux984 (928602) on Thursday June 13, 2013 @03:56PM (#43999905)

      I'm surprised its as high as 30% saying they do.

      Suggests that really, google should spin it off and let someone else run it. There's enough demand for it. If I had a startup with a product that 30% of /. cared about, I'd consider myself in pretty good shape.

      • by geekoid (135745)

        I suspect the number is actually much higher, but they just don't know it. The infrastructure was used by a lot of companies and apps.

      • by Chelloveck (14643)
        So, what's stopping you? I hear a hell of a lot of bitching about how Google Reader is going away and how all the replacements suck. So what's stopping you (or anyone else) from tapping this vast, unserved market? It's not like parsing a bunch of XML files and presenting them in an organized fashion is exactly rocket science. Sounds like Google's opening up a golden opportunity for someone.
      • Google doesn't write standalone webapps like any startup out there; they use a bunch of proprietary backend technologies (for storage, HTTP fetching, etc). Prying that out of Reader would probably take as much effort as rewriting it using some other platform.

      • by KGIII (973947)

        The 30% is not 30% of Slashdot users. It is 30% of the people who felt inclined to respond to the poll. The number is likely that high because those who use the service are more inclined to respond to a poll that concerns the service. Always keep that in mind and always consider the verbiage in poll questions. Those are the two biggest ways to get confused. It is actually easy to construct a poll that will get you the results you want regardless of how people feel on the subject.

        "Are you in favor of the fre

        • by vux984 (928602)

          I didn't think it necessary to preface my post with an explanation of why a poll on slashdot isn't all that statistically valid... on slashdot.

          That said I agree with you that there is massive selection bias in who would choose to take the poll, that the audience who would even see the poll nevermind choose to partake is itself massive selection bias unto itself.

          The point remains, a subtantial portion of slashdot knows what reader is, and a nontrivial subset of it actively uses it. Doesn't matter what the ac

          • by KGIII (973947)

            Somewhere in the thread I posted a list of links to folks who were interested in viable alternatives. (By the way, valid point about not needing to preface your post but it seemed like you were missing it given the tone of your post - to me at least, no slight was intended or anything.) If you seek out said post, CTRL + F and my name should find it, you may find something there that inspires you to create a service of your own or gives you insight into how others are reacting. I'm always one to advocate inv

      • If could suggest that a lot of people don't actually care enough to vote.... I only clicked through because one of my housemates was complaining about it being shut down, and I was hoping to find a suggestion that'd be good enough to satisfy her...

    • 70% of geeks and nerds don't use Reader.

      (On a side note, this poll needed another option: "What is Reader?"). I've never seen it.

    • by cuby (832037)
      The problem with this "70% of I don't use Reader" is that the other 30% that used it. They are highly connected and, I bet, most of them are content producers. These are the trend creators. By pissing them, Google only has created the impression the its services cannot be trusted in the long term... And it will stick.
    • More than 50% would probably answer "I don't use Twitter" too, or "I don't use [all but the most successful services]".

  • theoldreader (Score:5, Informative)

    by cobbaut (232092) <paul DOT cobbaut AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday June 13, 2013 @10:27AM (#43995445) Homepage Journal

    I favor the oldreader []

    • by yotto (590067)

      Here too. I like the simple uncluttered interface. Much like I liked Google Reader's interface.

    • Well, that was extremely easy to get started with. But it appears to have subscribed to the enitre scienceblogs, rather than the one scienceblog that I subscribed to (Tim Lambert's Deltoid, which currently has 12 posts per year or so). Now I got page upon page of Orac's ramblings. And there appears to be no easy way in the inferface to shut him up.

      First impression: Not good.

  • It may lose a bit in portability (but not to the Microsoft Surface) but when it comes to durability it simply rocks!
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      "but when it comes to durability it's simply rocks!"

      Fixed that for you.

    • by H0p313ss (811249)

      It may lose a bit in portability (but not to the Microsoft Surface) but when it comes to durability it simply rocks!

      CST was my go-to portable device for eons, but I finally got fed up with the refresh rate and have since followed the expected upgrade path:
      Clay Tablet -> Paypyrus -> Paper -> Laptop -> iPad

      • What? Not a fan of the wax tablet []? Fun fact: the Romans preferred wax tablet to papyrus for written contracts. There were techniques for emending papyri and so these were mistrusted. It's easy to apply heat to the whole of a wax tablet and thus start again with (literally) a tabula rasa. But any subsequent emendation to a contract written on wax (short of blanking it completely which wouldn't do any good since the other party had a copy) is always easy to detect. Therefore, wax tablets could act as an early
  • by Anonymous Coward

    CowboyNeal's sonorous live reading.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Now that I have the bandwidth to visit and refresh all the sites I watch on a regular basis and addons [] that tell me when the tab has updated, I find myself relying on RSS less and less.

    • by JanneM (7445) on Thursday June 13, 2013 @06:34PM (#44001805) Homepage

      It's not bandwidth, it's volume.

      I get feeds from a pile or research journals in my field. A typical day I can have 150 new items in the feed, perhaps 2-3 of which are actually of interest to me at the time. With a feed reader I can leaf through and pick out the few interesting ones in ten minutes. If I had to go to the site of each journal I'd spend half my morning doing the same.

      Or say you're following tech sites such as Verge, Ars Technical and so on. Much faster to flip through all their new items and visit the ones that interest you than having to visit each site individually.

      Finally, feeds are good for anything that updates irregularly. Since it's in your feed you can simply ignore it, and yet never risk missing an update. "XKCD What If", "WTF Evolution" and "Research In Progress" come to mind as perfect for this.

      • by Triv (181010)
        Your definition of "irregular" needs work - "XKCD What If" updates every Tuesday. :)
    • by Osgeld (1900440)

      I never relied on it, the entire notion seemed silly

      I go out and pick which sites I want to scrape feeds from, they all collect stories in a half paragraph each on one page, then I click on the link to read the story taking me to the fucking site

      why would I not just go to the site and not have to maintain a useless list that does nothing but make me go to the god damned site!

      its pointless busy work

      • You should read better feeds. Cropping is a sign of ad-driven content. Personally, well above 80% of my feeds include full content (either text or a link to a podcast).

        If you only read spam spewing machines like Slashdot, it doesn't make much sense to use a feed reader. But if you also read that blog from the guy who only posts twice a month (at a random schedule) but whose posts are always a must-read, then RSS is extremely useful. It's even useful for some aggregators; for example, Lambda the Ultimate onl

  • by ssam (2723487)

    I have always used liferea. I prefer a local client than a web based client. My computer can download all the feeds while I eat breakfast and then i can read them on the train (If i want to read more I can flag it for later). I actually use flagging of articles as a sort of bookmark system, most interesting things on the web I hear about through an rss feed.

  • Okay since no one used Reader, I have a question about another Google cancellation: What's a good replacement for iGoogle? I've used it as a handy little bag-of-holding with news headlines from a half dozen or so sources. It will be annoying to have to deal with the actual sites' home-pages, which, like all news websites, universally suck ass.

    • by geekoid (135745)


      • Doesn't even come close to iGoogle. The entire focus is different, you might as well have suggested Facebook or Twitter.

    • by KGIII (973947)

      Some similar customizations can be made with the Google news site. You could, I don't know if you still can, setup the main pages at Yahoo and MSN to be customized in a similar fashion. I imagine both of them have retained the features that enable that. You could probably forward your GMail to their service and get similar functionality with that. However, for the most part, you can do a lot of the same features just with the Google News customization functions ASSUMING that those too aren't going away. I h

  • I have the NSA read the news for me.

    • The NSA would see a lot less hand-wringing if they offered their scanning and analysis abilities as a service to the public.

      Hell, they have a record of my emails, my phone calls, my web surfing, my financial transactions. Pretty much everything I do electronically. Plus they apparently map out circles-of-acquaintances to determine social groups. I'm sure there are a myriad of services they could offer with all that information.

      No ads plus Congressional oversight. That's more than you can say about Google or

    • don't talk to me about the NSA, my hard drive crashed over the weekend. I called the NSA yesterday and they said they wouldn't send me their backup.


  • Seriously, like an rss feed ? Never tried it/one and have no interest in whatever it does for me. I use to look in newsgroups.
  • Speaking of RSS readers, anyone got any suggestions for a replacement for the Google homepage (iGoogle) that they're dropping in November? It's the only RSS reader I've ever used, and I can't stand the interface of any other RSS reader I've ever seen. I don't want all my news in one feed, because some update monthly (or even less), some update twelve times an hour, some even update three times in one day then go silent for six months. So I want to see the latest updates from everything at a glance to know w

  • Can I vote for what even is Google Reader? I mean seriously, everyone's throwing a fit and I have no idea what it is or what it does. It looks like I'm not alone according to those results.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 14, 2013 @11:16AM (#44007287)

    I'm behind a national firewall in the Middle East, and I still want access to feeds that are banned by my local government. Take your pick. Atheism. Politics. Religion. LGBT issues. Real news. I could get it all over Google Reader because it cached everything, images included, on the Google servers. Any software I install on my machine here would be on the wrong side of the curtain.

  • I've never used Reader directly, I use it as a back-end for syncing my home RSS reader (RSS Owl) with my work RSS reader (NetNewsWire) so I don't have to remember which articles I've already read or not.

    So far neither app has said what they'll support as a replacement back-end when Reader goes down, although the NetNewsWire folks have said they're doing something, just not what.

  • Feedly rocks! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by talexb (223672) on Friday June 14, 2013 @12:22PM (#44008167) Homepage Journal

    Works great on a browser, and on my Android device (Nexus 7). Too bad about Google Reader, I quite liked it.

  • I tried feedly, but it only worked on chrome. so the old reader [].

  • i just realized that there's no cowboy neal option. ?!
  • I know this site is mainly anti-Microsoft, but Outlook is a damn good RSS reader. And the RSS feed gadget in Vista and Windows 7 is nice.

  • My reader is my browser. The moment I start signing up with RSS this and that it becomes an overwhelming flood.

    Same thing with Twitter. Sign up for more than one or two people and bloop you have another brain overloading flood. I have enough trouble keeping up with the output of SlashDot.

    So for me my browser is one Reader and my E-Ink based device is my other Reader. Maybe my iPad too as it it OK at reading PDFs.
  • I prefer a local client that downloads attachments - podcasts, pdf etc. My preference is feedreader - but to be honest I only look at it every couple of weeks. I get most updates via twitter. - and follow people mainly for the interesting stuff they give me.
  • RSS was designed to be directly accessed by readers. I use Vienna, which pulls down the RSS feeds directly to my Mac. I don't see the point of using a middle man, who really is just going to try and find a way of monetizing my "marketing data".

  • Looks a lot like Reader, works well.
  • [] gives an excellent experience of reader in a browser.

  • Seemed cumbersome for a while, but it's actually quite nice and convenient.

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