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  221 votes / 1%
  1761 votes / 11%
Net News Wire
78 votes / 0%
52 votes / 0%
Google Currents
  399 votes / 2%
  463 votes / 3%
None of these; I don't use Reader
  10350 votes / 68%
None of these; I favor a different alternative
  1682 votes / 11%
15006 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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  • 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 Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 13, 2013 @03:20PM (#43999403)

    For me RSS was not about bandwidth but time and distraction. Each site would suck me in with something I did not go there to look at.

    I used to have 20-30 sites I would look at every day. Now I look at 1-2 and pick the stories that look interesting before I hit the site...

    Went from 2-3 hours of surfing random pages I looked at every day to 15 mins and surfing for new stuff...

  • 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 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.

  • Re:So what is it? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 14, 2013 @12:33AM (#44004013)




Premature optimization is the root of all evil. -- D.E. Knuth


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