from the instant-gratification-generation dept.
dsandler writes "Researchers at Rice University have just released version
0.7 of FeedTree, a peer-to-peer
system for distributing Web feeds faster. Instead of polling feeds
independently, FeedTree users cooperate to share news updates
using multicast in Pastry, a scalable p2p
overlay network. FeedTree reduces the update delay for existing RSS and Atom
feeds to a few minutes without putting extra stress on the webserver (anyone
who's ever been temporarily banned by Slashdot's RSS feed knows this is a real
concern). Feed publishers can also choose to push digitally signed updates
for immediate, tamper-proof delivery to subscribers. The client software (download) runs on Linux, OS
X, and Windows, and works with any desktop feed reader."
...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has
been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor.
- Fred Brooks, Jr.