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."
"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?"
-- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)