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The Earth sheds a tear for Google’s ‘Buckyball’

September 4, 2010

Well done Google!

The animated Buckyball logo on your homepage today certainly looks lovely.

But, on my Mac Mini, Google Chrome Renderer goes from 0.3 to 57% CPU utilisation.  To put that in further context, my household electricity monitor goes up around 15-20 watts while the Google homepage is open, dropping by that amount when I go to another page.

I realise the hypocrisy, of course – I’ve probably used that amount of extra electricity in elapsed time while blogging this. So we’re all evil, OK?

However, I’m merely an individual user and not a vast, sprawling .com empire whose homepage is probably the homepage on millions of computers, not to mention in daily use by pretty much everyone online.

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