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GISWiki/RSS

Uses an extension from: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GISWiki/RSS

RSS-Feed Mediawiki extension

  • original by mutante 25.03.2005
  • extended by Duesentrieb 30.04.2005
  • extended by Rdb78 07.07.2005
  • extended by Mafs 10.07.2005, 24.07.2005
  • extended by User:Arcy 07.09.2005
  • Updated for MediaWiki 1.6 by User:piku 13.06.2006
  • Update for Wikicode output, by User:cogdog 14.jul.2006

Requires:

Installation:

  • put this file (rss.php) into the extension directory of your mediawiki installation
  • add the following to the end of LocalSettings.php: include("extensions/rss.php");
  • make sure magpie can be found by PHP.

Usage:

Use one section between <rss>-tags for each feed. The rss section may contain parameters separated by a pipe ("|"), just like links and templates. These parameters are supported:

charset=... The charset used by the feed. iconv is used to convert this.
short Do not show the description text for each news item.
max=x Shows x most recent headlines.
highlight= term1 term2 The terms separated by a space are highlighted.
filter= term1 term2 Show only rss items containing at least one of the terms.
reverse display the rss items in reverse order.
title=x display an alternative title instead of chanel name.
title = none dont display any title.

Example:

<rss>http://slashdot.org/slashdot.rss|charset=UTF-8|short|max=5</rss>

Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:15:00

An anonymous reader writes "Google has a huge research budget and an apparent willingness to take on huge projects. They've gotten themselves into autonomous cars, fiber optic internet, robotics, and Wi-Fi balloons. But that raises a question: if they're willing to commit to projects as difficult and risk as those, what projects have they explored but rejected? Several of the scientists working at Google's 'innovation lab' have spilled the beans: '[Mag-lev] systems have a stabilizing structure that keeps trains in place as they hover and move forward in only one direction. That couldn't quite translate into an open floor plan of magnets that keep a hoverboard steadily aloft and free to move in any direction. One problem, as Piponi explains, is that magnets tend to keep shifting polarities, so your hoverboard would constantly flip over as you floated around moving from a state of repulsion to attraction with the magnets. Any skateboarder could tell you what that means: Your hoverboard would suck. ... If scaling problems are what brought hoverboards down to earth, material-science issues crashed the space elevator. The team knew the cable would have to be exceptionally strong-- "at least a hundred times stronger than the strongest steel that we have," by Piponi's calculations. He found one material that could do this: carbon nanotubes. But no one has manufactured a perfectly formed carbon nanotube strand longer than a meter. And so elevators "were put in a deep freeze," as Heinrich says, and the team decided to keep tabs on any advances in the carbon nanotube field.'"

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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:08:00

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance,' 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.' Their study (PDF), to be published in Perspectives on Politics, found that 'When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.'"

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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:10:00

An anonymous reader writes "StarCraft II is popular among competitive gamers for having the depth necessary to reward differences in skill. A new study has found that your ability keep up with the game's frantic pace starts to decline at age 24. This is relevant to more than just StarCraft II players: 'While many high-performance athletes start to show age-related declines at a young age, those are often attributed to physical as opposed to brain aging. ... While previous lab tests have shown faster reaction times for simple individual tasks, it was never clear how much relevance those had to complex, real-world tasks such as driving. Thompson noted that Starcraft is complex and quite similar to real-life tasks such as managing 911 calls at an emergency dispatch centre, so the findings may be directly relevant. However, game performance was much easier to analyze than many real-life situations because the game generates detailed logs of every move. In a way, Thompson said, the study is a good demonstration of what kinds of insights can be gleaned from the "cool data sets" generated by our digital lives.'"

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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:05:00

An anonymous reader writes "Python guru Jeff Knupp writes about his frustration with the so-called 'DevOps' movement, an effort to blend development jobs with operations positions. It's an artifact of startup culture, and while it might make sense when you only have a few employees and a focus on simply getting it running rather than getting it running right, Knupp feels it has no place in bigger, more established companies. He says, 'Somewhere along the way, however, we tricked ourselves into thinking that because, at any one time, a start-up developer had to take on different roles he or she should actually be all those things at once. If such people even existed, "full-stack" developers still wouldn't be used as they should. Rather than temporarily taking on a single role for a short period of time, then transitioning into the next role, they are meant to be performing all the roles, all the time. And here's what really sucks: most good developers can almost pull this off.' Knupp adds, 'The effect of all of this is to destroy the role of "developer" and replace it with a sort of "technology utility-player". Every developer I know got into programming because they actually enjoyed doing it (at one point). You do a disservice to everyone involved when you force your brightest people to take on additional roles.'"

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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:03:00

An anonymous reader writes "We've heard a few brief accounts recently of the housing situation in San Francisco, and how it's leading to protests, gentrification, and bad blood between long-time residents and the newer tech crowd. It's a complicated issue, and none of the reports so far have really done it justice. Now, TechCrunch has posted a ludicrously long article explaining exactly what's going on, from regulations forbidding Google to move people into Mountain View instead, to the political battle to get more housing built, to the compromises that have already been made. It's a long read, but well-researched and interesting. It concludes: 'The crisis we're seeing is the result of decades of choices, and while the tech industry is a sexy, attention-grabbing target, it cannot shoulder blame for this alone. Unless a new direction emerges, this will keep getting worse until the next economic crash, and then it will re-surface again eight years later. Or it will keep spilling over into Oakland, which is a whole other Pandora's box of gentrification issues. The high housing costs aren't healthy for the city, nor are they healthy for the industry. Both thrive on a constant flow of ideas and people.'"

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===rss.php=== 

<?php
# RSS-Feed Mediawiki extension
# 
# original by mutante 25.03.2005
# extended by Duesentrieb 30.04.2005
# extended by Rdb78 07.07.2005
# extended by Mafs  10.07.2005, 24.07.2005
# extended by User:Arcy  07.09.2005
# Updated for MediaWiki 1.6 by User:piku 13.06.2006
# Update for Wikicode output, by User:cogdog 14.jul.2006
#
# Requires: 
#  * magpie rss parser <http://magpierss.sourceforge.net/>
#  * iconv <http://www.gnu.org/software/libiconv/>, see also <http://www.php.net/iconv>
#
# Installation:
#  * put this file (rss.php) into the extension directory of your mediawiki installation 
#  * add the following to the end of LocalSettings.php: include("extensions/rss.php");
#  * make sure magpie can be found by PHP.
#
# Usage:
#  Use one section between <rss>-tags for each feed. The rss section may contain parameters
#  separated by a pipe ("|"), just like links and templates. These parameters are supported:
#
#    * charset=...             The charset used by the feed. iconv is used to convert this.
#    * short                   Do not show the description text for each news item.
#    * max=x                   Shows x most recent headlines.
#    * highlight= term1 term2  The terms separated by a space are highlighted.
#    * filter= term1 term2     Show only rss items containing at least one of the terms.
#    * reverse                 display the rss items in reverse order.
#    * title=x                 display an alternative title instead of chanel name.
#    * title = none            dont display any title.
#
# Example: 
#    <rss>http://slashdot.org/slashdot.rss|charset=UTF-8|short|max=5</rss>
#

#change this according to your magpie installation!
require_once('rss_fetch.inc'); 

#install extension hook
$wgExtensionFunctions[] = "wfRssExtension"; 

#extension hook callback function
function wfRssExtension() { 
  global $wgParser;

  #install parser hook for <rss> tags
  $wgParser->setHook( "rss", "renderRss" );
}

#parser hook callback function
function renderRss($input, $argv, $parser = null) {
  if (!$parser) $parser =& $GLOBALS['wgParser'];
  global $wgOutputEncoding;

  $DefaultEncoding = "ISO-8859-1";
  $DisableCache = true;

  # $input = mysql_escape_string($input);

  if (!$input) return ""; #if <rss>-section is empty, return nothing

  #parse fields in rss-section
  $fields= explode("|",$input);
  $url= @$fields[0];

  $args= array();
  for ($i=1; $i<sizeof($fields); $i++) {
    $f= $fields[$i];

    if (strpos($f,"=")===False) $args[strtolower(trim($f))]= False;
    else {
      list($k,$v)= explode("=",$f,2);
      if (trim($v)==False) $args[strtolower(trim($k))] = False; 
      else $args[strtolower(trim($k))]= trim($v);
    }
  }

  #get charset from argument-array    
  $charset= @$args["charset"];
  if (!$charset) $charset= $DefaultEncoding;

  #get max number of headlines from argument-array
  $maxheads = @$args["max"];
  $headcnt = 0;

  #get short-flag from argument-array
  #if short is set, no description text is printed
  if (isset($args["short"])) $short = True; else $short = False;

  #get reverse-flag from argument-array
  if (isset($args["reverse"])) $reverse = True; else $reverse = False;

  #get highlight terms from argument-array    
  $rssHighlight= @$args["highlight"];
  $rssHighlight= str_replace("  "," ", $rssHighlight);
  $rssHighlight= explode(" ", trim($rssHighlight));

  #get filter terms from argument-array    
  $rssFilter= @$args["filter"];
  $rssFilter= str_replace("  "," ", $rssFilter);
  $rssFilter= explode(" ", trim($rssFilter));    

  #fetch rss. may be cached locally.
  #Refer to the documentation of magpie for details.
  $rss = @fetch_rss($url);


  #check for errors.
  if ($rss->ERROR) {
     # return "Feed error"; #localize...
      #return "<div>Failed to load RSS feed from $url: ".$rss->ERROR."</div>"; #localize...
  }

  if (!is_array($rss->items)) {
     # return "Feed error"; #localize...
      #return "<div>Failed to load RSS feed from $url!</div>"; #localize...
  }

  #Bild title line    
  #get title from argument-array    
  
  $rssTitle= @$args["title"];
  $rssTitle= trim($rssTitle);

  if ($rssTitle !=='none') {
    if ($rssTitle=='') {
        $title= iconv($charset,$wgOutputEncoding,$rss->channel['title']);
        if ($rss->channel['link']) $title= "[".$rss->channel['link']." $title]";
        $output = "=== $title ===\n";
    }
    else
    {
      $title= "[".$rss->channel['link']." $rssTitle]";
      $output="=== $title ===\n";
    }
  } else {
      $output="\n\n\n";
  }
  
  if ($reverse) $rss->items = array_reverse($rss->items);

  $description = False; 
  foreach ($rss->items as $item) {
      if ($item['description']) {$description = True; break;}
  }

  #Bild items
  if (!$short and $description) { #full item list

    $output.="";
    foreach ($rss->items as $item) {

      $d_text = true;
      $d_title = true;

      $href = trim(iconv($charset,$wgOutputEncoding,$item['link']));
      $title = trim(iconv($charset,$wgOutputEncoding,$item['title']));

      $d_title = wfRssFilter ($title, $rssFilter);
      $title= wfRssHighlight($title, $rssHighlight);

      #bild description text if desired
      if ($item["description"]) {
        $text= trim(iconv($charset,$wgOutputEncoding,$item['description']));

        #avoid pre-tags
        $text= str_replace("\r"," ",$text);
        $text= str_replace("\n"," ",$text);
        $text= str_replace("\t"," ",$text);

        $d_text = wfRssFilter ($text, $rssFilter);
        $text= wfRssHighlight($text, $rssHighlight);

        $display = $d_text or $d_title;

      }
        else   {
          $text = "";
          $display = $d_title;
        }       

      if ($display) {
        $output.="* [$href $title]";
        if ($text) $output.="<br>$text";
        $output .= "\n";
      }

    #Cut off output when maxheads is reached:
    if (++$headcnt == $maxheads)  break;

    }
    # $output.="</dl>";
  }
  else { #short item list
   #  $output.="<ul>";
    foreach ($rss->items as $item) {
      $href = trim(iconv($charset,$wgOutputEncoding,$item['link']));
      $title = trim(iconv($charset,$wgOutputEncoding,$item['title']));

        $d_title = wfRssFilter ($title, $rssFilter);
        $title= wfRssHighlight($title, $rssHighlight);

        if ($d_title ) $output.="* [$href $title]\n";

      #Cut off output when maxheads is reached:
      if (++$headcnt == $maxheads)  break;
    }
    # $output.="</ul>";
  }


  if ($DisableCache) {

    global $wgVersion;

    # Do not cache this wiki page.
    # for details see http://public.kitware.com/Wiki/User:Barre/MediaWiki/Extensions
    global $wgTitle, $wgDBprefix;
    $ts = mktime();
    $now = gmdate("YmdHis", $ts + 120);
    $ns = $wgTitle->getNamespace();
    $ti = wfStrencode($wgTitle->getDBkey());

    $version = preg_replace("/^([1-9]).([1-9]).*/", "\\1\\2", $wgVersion);
    if ($version>14) $sql = "UPDATE $wgDBprefix"."page SET page_touched='$now' WHERE page_namespace=$ns AND page_title='$ti'";
    else             $sql = "UPDATE $wgDBprefix"."cur SET cur_touched='$now' WHERE cur_namespace=$ns AND cur_title='$ti'";

    wfQuery($sql, DB_WRITE, "");
  }

  $out = $parser->parse ($output, $parser->mTitle,$parser->mOptions, true, false);
  return $out->getText();
}


function wfRssFilter ($text, $rssFilter) {

  $display = true;

  if (is_array($rssFilter)) {
    foreach($rssFilter as $term) {

      if ($term) {
        $display = false;
        if (preg_match("|$term|i", $text, $a))  {  $display = true; return $display; }
      }
    if ($display) break;
    }
  }
  return $display;
}


function wfRssHighlight($text, $rssHighlight) {

  $i=0;
  $starttag = "v8x5u3t3u8h";
  $endtag   = "q8n4f6n4n4x";

  $color[]="coral";
  $color[]="greenyellow";
  $color[]="lightskyblue";
  $color[]="gold";
  $color[]="violet";

  $count_color = count($color);

  if (is_array($rssHighlight)) {
    foreach($rssHighlight as $term) {
      if ($term) {
        $text = preg_replace("|\b(\w*?".$term."\w*?)\b|i", "$starttag"."_".$i."\\1$endtag", $text);
        $i++;
        if ($i == $count_color) $i=0;
        }
      }
    }
  # to avoid trouble should someone wants to highlight the terms "span", "style", ...
  for ($i=0; $i<5; $i++) {
    $text = preg_replace("|$starttag"."_".$i."|", "<span style=\"background-color:".$color[$i]."; font-weight: bold;\">", $text);
    $text = preg_replace("|$endtag|", "</span>", $text);
    }

  return $text;
}

?>