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Infrequent Site Stories is the blog reader we need

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Launching today on all three platforms—web, iOS, and Android—is the new Infrequent Site Stories view. This configurable river of news offers a view of stories only from the blogs that publish less often than 1 story per day.

Most of what you see in your day-to-day feed is news that’s up to the minute and is probably stale within a day. Even 8 hour old news can be a problem. But sometimes what you want is an overview of the news that isn’t exactly news. It’s stories from the blogs who have individual authors, or blogs that publish only a few times a month. And missing out on those stories is a tragedy because it is those blogs that pushed you to invest in an RSS reader in the first place.

Today I’m happy to introduce a new feature that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s called Infrequent Site Stories and you can find it at the top of your feed list on the web, on iOS, and on Android.

Infrequent Site Stories is the river that captures stories from those authors who aren’t pulling from the firehose. These are the stories that are more thoughtful and more relevant days, weeks, months, or even years down the line. These stories are not to be missed. And the best thing about these stories is that there are far fewer of them than there are of your normal full river from All Site Stories.

You can also configure the Infrequent river to be more or less inclusive of content that is more or less frequently published by changing the filter anywhere from 5 to 90 stories per month.

These options are also available on all three official NewsBlur platforms and will let you perform a filter similar to how Focus mode reduces your number of unreads. It’s great to dip into Infrequent Site Stories and get stories you would ordinarily miss out on.

Try out the new Infrequent Site Stories feed, available only to premium subscribers. If your experience is anything like mine, it’ll be one of the new must read feeds in your reader.

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kazriko
5 days ago
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I actually did the opposite. I moved the really noisy feeds into their own folder so I can ignore them more easily and focus on the others.
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samuel
5 days ago
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I’m thinking about making the list of rivers customizable so you can hide any of the three (global shared, all site, infrequent site).
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JayM
5 days ago
Just being able to click/touch and drag would be great for the order of the items.
tingham
5 days ago
@Samuel Is there an open item on get satisfaction for this discussion?
samuel
5 days ago
No I'm just spit balling. Had the idea a while ago and figured it was time now since some people read every story and have no need for this special filtered feed.
dlanods
5 days ago
Please. I use All, but don't use Global and I can't see myself using Infrequent, so having to remember to aim for the central button of three very similar buttons doesn't feel like great usability given how often I'm misclicking at the moment. Bring able to move All to the bottom would be much nicer.
tingham
5 days ago
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Maybe do: https://twitter.com/tingham/status/940279104082980865 instead?
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deezil
5 days ago
That was what I wanted in a much cleaner way than what I was going to explain with just words.
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4 days ago
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brennen
2 days ago
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This is good stuff.
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tante
5 days ago
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"Infrequent Side Stories" are a great idea to quickly determine the stuff beyond news. Love @newsblur for that kind of stuff.
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rosskarchner
5 days ago
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I've been imagining the opposite feature-- there are feeds, where if an item goes unread for more than a day (or even a few hours, say for an evening Axios newsletter), I'm never gonna be interested, and would prefer them just to silently disappear or be marked as read.
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zackfern
5 days ago
I've also wanted a feature like this. But I'm still very excited about this Infrequent Stories feature! Thanks Samuel!
expatpaul
5 days ago
I would also really like this feature. I would prefer a cut-off of a couple of days, but if this was configurable (feed and "stale" date) then we would all be happy :-)
wreichard
5 days ago
Infrequent stories will be great, but what you’re describing is really the feature I dream of. Right now I use Apple News (shudder)for that.
sfrazer
5 days ago
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Perils of UI changes: I keep clicking "Infrequent Site Stories" instead of "All Site Stories" because I target the area above my top feed name, not the words in the label.
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docheart
5 days ago
Agreed. I read all my news feeds and I would like the option to turn this off. I do love the new app and how it looks on my phone otherwise. Thanks!
deezil
5 days ago
Since I got this, I have clicked on that new header probably a dozen times.
chaosdiscord
5 days ago
I'm intrigued by the idea, and will dabble with it. But like sfrazer, it's throwing off my default use case of reading "All Site Stories." Now ASS (snicker) is in the middle, making a less obvious target. Maybe swap ASS and ISS?
philipstorry
5 days ago
Yep, swapping would be most welcome. Otherwise, a great feature!
JimB
5 days ago
Agreed. Damned irritating. I posted a suggestion to disable it within a couple of days of the feature first arriving.
lhagan
5 days ago
It's no help if you're using one of the native apps, but in the web app you can easily remove the Infrequent button by adding this under Account > Custom CSS: .NB-feeds-header-river-infrequent { display: none; }
hooges
5 days ago
tweeted about this exact same problem. I'm a big fan of all site stories, wish this was moved up one spot
alexlomas
4 days ago
Exactly the same here!

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FODLAM, a Poorly Named Tool for Estimating the Power and Performance of Deep Learning Accelerators

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My group is working on a project that intersects with research on hardware accelerators for deep neural networks. We’re not building a new accelerator ourselves, but we need to know roughly how one behaves.

Despite this area’s face-melting hotness, it has not generated many reusable research tools. MIT’s EEMS group has a web-based energy estimation tool, but it’s closed source and supports a limited range of layer types. Nvidia recently released the Verilog source for their accelerator, NVDLA, but its simulator isn’t available yet and a complete HDL implementation is not the most reusable substrate for research. We emailed a handful of groups, but no one was interested in open-sourcing anything.

Imagine working on a new branch predictor and needing to implement or model an entire CPU to get performance results. That’s where we are with neural network accelerators. I don’t know whether deep learning ASICs will become as commonplace as CPUs or GPUs, but reasonable people claim that they will. If that’s the case, we need reusable, standardized, open-source research tools to make any progress.

It’s more important for tools to be open and reusable than it is for them to be perfect. So we’re releasing our miniscule, simplistic power and performance model on GitHub. The First-Order Deep Learning Accelerator Model (FODLAM) aggregates published numbers from two recent papers and extrapolates per-layer latency and energy consumption for CNN execution. You feed in a configuration file describing your neural network and FODLAM dumps out JSON containing joules and seconds.

FODLAM is nothing fancy, but we hope it will save other groups from reinventing the same estimation strategy. If you use it, please publish any extensions so others can benefit.

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Novo mene: a paixão platônica

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Proibido discutir Belo Sun

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Na última quinta-feira (29), pesquisadores da Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA) se reuniriam no campus de Belém para realizar o seminário “Veias Abertas da Volta Grande do Xingu”. No encontro, apresentariam os resultados de estudo feito com as comunidades afetadas pela hidrelétrica de Belo Monte e que sofrem, neste momento, uma nova ameaça: a instalação, em sua área, do maior projeto de extração de ouro a céu aberto do país, conduzido pela mineradora canadense Belo Sun (leia mais em “À espera de Belo Sun”).

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This City Hall brought to you by Amazon

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"It feels like a dicey moment for the 'civic black hole.' Also known as democracy."

There's rising worry that corporations are taking over America. But after reviewing a slew of the bids by cities and states wooing Amazon's massive second headquarters, I don't think "takeover" quite captures what's going on.

More like "surrender."

Chicago has offered to let Amazon pocket $1.32 billion in income taxes paid by its own workers. This is truly perverse. Called a personal income-tax diversion, the workers must still pay the full taxes, but instead of the state getting the money to use for schools, roads or whatever, Amazon would get to keep it all instead.

"The result is that workers are, in effect, paying taxes to their boss," says a report on the practice from Good Jobs First, a think tank critical of many corporate subsidies. [...]

The most far-reaching offer is from Fresno, California. That city of half a million isn't offering any tax breaks. Instead it has a novel plan to give Amazon special authority over how the company's taxes are spent.

Fresno promises to funnel 85 percent of all taxes and fees generated by Amazon into a special fund. That money would be overseen by a board, half made up of Amazon officers, half from the city. They're supposed to spend the money on housing, roads and parks in and around Amazon. [...]

Is it even legal to give a company direct sway over civic spending like that? When asked about it, Fresno's economic-development director threw the public interest under the bus.

"Rather than the money disappearing into a civic black hole, Amazon would have a say on where it will go," he told the Los Angeles Times. "Not for the fire department on the fringe of town, but to enhance their own investment in Fresno."

You poor fools out on the fringe of town. All this time you've been paying your taxes, thinking it was for the broader public good. Suckers.

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