Google Portal Banned From Slashdot

I have been using the Google “Portal” for a few days and I think I like it. I can see my Gmail account, see what the weather is like outside my window-less office,and even check out some of the latest news from Wired and Slashdo…wait a minute. What is this?

Apparently, Google has been hitting the Slashdot RSS feed more than they should.

Our policy is to allow one request every 30 minutes. We’ll allow a few more before you will get banned, and we are more flexible still with proxy servers. However, in many cases, we have no choice but to ban abuse.

Theoretically, Google should be making local copies of all these RSS feeds that do not update more than once every 30 minutes (or whatever the usage policy of that feed states).

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