I used to skim the world service RSS feed twice a week. That is not enough to even skim all the news. I ended up overwhelmed by the InformationOverload and dropped the feed. :/


  • 16:51 UTC French Riviera floods leave 16 deadAt least 16 people die after violent storms and flooding hit the French Riviera, including three elderly people who drowned in their retirement home.
  • 16:39 UTC Brian Friel's funeral takes placeThe funeral of the Northern Ireland-born playwright Brian Friel takes place in County Donegal.
  • 16:30 UTC Martian blasts to top of film chartSpace thriller The Martian, in which Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars, lands at the top of the North American box office chart.
  • 16:05 UTC PM stands firm on tax credit cutDavid Cameron rejects calls to rethink cuts to tax credits for working families, as thousands join a TUC anti-austerity march at the Tory conference in Manchester.
  • 16:00 UTC MSF demands Afghan hospital inquiryThe medical charity MSF urges an independent inquiry into air strikes - thought to have been carried out by US aircraft - that hit its hospital in northern Afghanistan.
  • 15:44 UTC Argentina 45-16 TongaArgentina stand firm against a powerful Tonga side to take a giant stride towards the World Cup quarter-finals.
  • 15:44 UTC Jerusalem Old City ban follows killingsIsraeli police ban some Palestinians from entering Jerusalem's Old City after two Israelis were killed and three wounded in separate attacks.
  • 15:39 UTC Many injured in Malta motor show crashAt least 21 people are hurt - three critically - as a supercar loses control at high speed and crashes into spectators at a motor show in Malta.
  • 15:23 UTC Everton 1-1 LiverpoolRomelu Lukaku's equaliser earns Everton a draw against Liverpool at Goodison Park in the 225th Merseyside derby.
  • 14:32 UTC Haze health fears shut Malaysia schoolsMalaysia orders the closure of most of the country's schools amid health concerns over thick haze caused by Indonesian forest fires.
  • 14:25 UTC China biker held for clocking 237km/hA motorcyclist who reached the speed of 237km/h (147mph) in Beijing and went viral on social media is held by police for dangerous driving.
  • 14:16 UTC VIDEO: Flash floods tear through French RivieraViolent storms and flooding have hit southeast France, killing at least 13 people with six more missing, officials said.
  • 14:03 UTC Golden Horn wins Arc under DettoriEpsom Derby winner Golden Horn, ridden by Frankie Dettori, wins the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
  • 13:45 UTC Assad warns of Mid-East destructionSyrian President Bashar al-Assad says a coalition between Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq must succeed "or else the whole region will be destroyed".
  • 13:30 UTC Merkel: VW scandal won't harm GermanyThe Volkswagen emissions scandal was a "dramatic event" but would not inflict lasting damage on Germany's reputation, Angela Merkel says.

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ehe news from 1905? Y2K bug in 2005?

– PierreGaston 2005-04-26 09:05 UTC

Hehehe, I didn’t even notice! In the RSS 2.0 feed I found:

Tue, 26 Apr 05 07:44:29 GMT</pubDate>

I must check whether this is valid… It says: “All date-times in RSS conform to the Date and Time Specification of RFC 822, with the exception that the year may be expressed with two characters or four characters (four preferred).” [1] But which century would that be in – do you think RFC 822 will help us? It was written August 13, 1982. This is what it says:

date = 1*2DIGIT month 2DIGIT ; day month year ; e.g. 20 Jun 82

I think using two digits is bad engineering. Now I have to fiddle with some stupid heuristics… Here is what I currently have:

my $date = $i->dc}->{date};) ; my %mon = (Jan⇒1, Feb⇒2, Mar⇒3, Apr⇒4, May⇒5, Jun⇒6, Jul⇒7, Aug⇒8, Sep⇒9, Oct⇒10, Nov⇒11, Dec⇒12); $date =~ s/^(?:[A-Z][a-z][a-z], )?(\d\d?) ([A-Z][a-z][a-z]) (\d\d(?:\d\d)?)/ # pubDate uses RFC 822 sprintf(’%04d-%02d-%02d’, ($3 < 100 ? 1900 + $3 : $3), $mon$2},

Maybe I should use:

sprintf(’%04d-%02d-%02d’, ($3 < 60 ? 2000 + $3 : ($3 < 100 ? 1900 + $3 : $3)), $mon{$2}, $1)/e;


AlexSchroeder 2005-04-26 09:28 UTC

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