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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

Richie 1

Ceci n'est pas une Higgs

as Magritte would say.

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Want a Tizen phone to build apps for? Now's your chance – provided you don't need it to work

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So of the 5 open source phone OSes

Sailfish and Firefox OS have been shipped in phones. WebOS is extinct. Tizen is now vapourware. Ubuntu is not quite vapourware but evaporating a little.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Hopefully they'll introduce tabbed Windows Explorer windows too

As seen in most Linux window managers for years.

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Samsung Z mobe a NO-SHOW at Moscow Tizen Developer Summit

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Re: Jollas day in the sun.

> I would love to see it blossom but there are so many bugs, niggles and ui problems,

> coupled with the complete lack of public awareness I find it hard to believe that

> sailfish will ever anything but a curiosity.

Yeah, Jolla isn't ready for your Grandma to use, and is only _just_ functional for nerds. (I say this as a Jolla user.) Remember though that iOS sucked until version 3, and Android was awful until Gingerbread. A good, stable OS takes time.

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'Disruptive innovation' is nonsense? Not ALWAYS, actually

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The Google car business model

We already have an industry devoted to renting cars to take you on just the journey you need: they're called taxis.

The Google disruption to this industry is that autonomous vehicles make for cheaper taxis, since you don't need to pay a driver.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Call me paranoid

but it seems like a good a idea to add a few strangers that you don't know as LinkedIn contacts in order to obfuscate your true network.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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The phrasing of the climate change question threw me

I largely trust the climate scientists viewpoint on anthropogenic climate change, but I had to reread the climate change question a couple of times to make sure it wasn't a trick question like the "supreme being" question.

The word "mostly" put me off. When you think about climate change, you mostly think about future changes: the warming that has occurred so far isn't huge, so it's hard to tell whether _most_ of it is caused by greenhouse gases.

I eventually decided that I was overthinking things, but in a telephone poll where they want an immediate answer, I suspect that some respondents would be less confident just because they've been asked a convoluted question, not because they don't believe in anthropogenic climate change.

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Re: battery life

> who the hell wants to look like they have a hearing aid or like Agent Smith from the matrix?

Deaf FBI agents?

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Jolla announces Sailfish OS 1.0, says Android love-fest soon to come

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v1.0?

The most recent version of SailfishOS is 1.0.3.8, and that's been available to Jolla users for a few weeks.

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Survey: Yoof too COOL for Ferraris, want state-sponsored hybrids

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For almost all driving, the speed of the car is no longer limited by the engine. It's limited by road speed limits (enforced by speed cameras) and by the driver in front of you.

In my experience, the faster the theoretical performance of the car, the more frustrating it is to drive in real world conditions. A Ferrari stuck in rush hour traffic must be an excruciating experience.

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Microsoft CEO shortlist down to EIGHT ... appropriately enough, perhaps

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Coat

My prediction

I bet Richard Ayoade is on the list.

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Galaxy is CRAMMED with EARTH-LIKE WORLDS – also ALIENS (probably)

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Re: Over excitement much?

> If my maths is correct, it would take Voyager 1 just shy of 300 YEARS to travel the distance of just

> 1 Light Year, assuming it stayed at a constant 60,000km/hour.

60000km/hour is 60000 * 1000 / 3600 = 16667m/s

The speed of light is 300000000m/s.

So it would take Voyager 1 3e8 / 16667 = 18000 years to travel one light year, or 216000 years to travel 12 light years.

And anyway there are only 22 star systems within 12 light years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nearest_stars

Epsilon Eridani has featured in some sci-fi as harbouring aliens but we'd need some good ultraviolet shielding to live there.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epsilon_Eridani?#Potential_habitability

So we'll have to very likely have to look further afield.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

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Not all publishers demand Word

O'Reilly prefer you to write in AsciiDoc (or Markdown for short pieces). They have a very nice toolchain that tracks changes using git, and manages collaborators. Definitely the way writing should be done.

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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those combination car/boat vehicles

I think you mean "hovercraft".

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Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

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Of course it didn't sell well...

Everyone knows that you need to wait for version 3 before Microsoft make something useable. I'm sure the third gen Surface will be fine.

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That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go

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Re: Maemo

> I think the best thing Nokia could do is resurrect their brilliant Debian-based phone OS Maemo.

Nokia are in investor in Jolla, which use Maemo's spiritual successor, Sailfish. If it does well, there is always a chance that Nokia will just completely buy Jolla.

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New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

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FAIL

The numbers are wrong

When increasing the length from 500m to 800m, the mass of the rope must increase at least linearly (in practise it increases faster than that because you need a thicker rope to hold its own weight).

So if a 500m UltraRope weighs 12800kg, then an 800m UltraRope must weigh at least 12800 * 800 / 500 = 20480kg. That makes the value 13900kg from the article way too low.

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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He'll be sorely missed

I hope he's using his eight Feersum Endjinn style backup lives well.

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United Nations: 'Overpopulated Earth? Time to EAT BUGS'

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Go

Re: Eat PETA

> A world where bacon is replaced by insects is not to be tolerated.

Can't be that hard to genetically engineer bacon flavour insects.

Or, more practically, a good start to the insect market might be insect protein shake for bodybuilders. They're always on the lookout for cheap protein sources, and by the time you've powdered them and added a load of chocolate flavouring, the disgust factor should be lower.

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Yahoo! Axes! Yet! More! Products!

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Re: Yahoo! Groups!

> have also had several occasions where I was able to pull information out of my email program (certainly not Outlook) while not online to get an important phone number.

Um, sync your webmail contacts with your phone so you have a local copy.

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Study: Most projects on GitHub not open source licensed

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Where you store your licen[cs]e

> 28 per cent only announced their licenses in a README file, as opposed to recommended filenames

> such as LICENSE or COPYING.

R packages allow many standard licences to be described in the DESCRIPTION file. A separate LICENSE file is only included for non-standard licences.

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Are biofuels Europe's sh*ttiest idea ever?

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Betteridge's Law says 'No'

Agreed that biofuels are rubbish, but Europe has worse ideas, like Naziism.

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Google forks WebKit, promises faster, leaner Chrome engine

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Next week's news

Opera to switch their rendering engine to Servo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Servo_(layout_engine)

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Wind farms make you sick … with worry and envy

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Re: Proof of the of the pudding...

> If Professor Simon Chapman,had actually gone and lived next to a wind farm his conclusions would have

> more credibility.

I think you may have missed the point of data analysis.

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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Isn't this the plot of Greg Egan's Schild's Ladder?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schild%27s_Ladder

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Security audit finds dev OUTSOURCED his JOB to China to goof off at work

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Thumb Up

Isn't this what Tim Ferriss makes a living telling people to do?

The main message behind "The 4 hour work week" (fourhourworkweek.com) is basically, "outsource everything in your life that you can't be bothered to do yourself".

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Samsung confirms Tizen-based mobes to debut this year

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Just like buses

You wait years for an open source mobile stack and then five come along at once!

All one of the five players has to do is get a non-sucky handset into actual shops and not drop support for the OS within days of release. Simple (I think).

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Do users have enough power?

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Unhappy

5 mins my ass

The questionnaire took me a good half hour to complete.

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Stroustrup on next-gen C++: I didn't want to let go of my baby

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C++ made me appreciate other languages

C++ was the first language that I learnt. Rather than putting me off programming (as others have commented), it just made every other language seem easy.

I love C# for being C++ without the hard bits, and pretty much every scripting language I've tried seems like flying by comparison.

That said, now I'm no longer a code-newbie, it would be really interesting to revisit C++ and see if it's as tricky as I remember it to be.

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Humans becoming steadily STUPIDER, says brainiac boffin

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Joke

Re: Seems unlikely

"If you look at koalas, they eat food which is nutrient poor so have evolved with a smaller brain so it requires less energy to run. Stupidity is their survival trick."

Or do they eat nutrient poor food _because_ they are stupid? Maybe one day we'll see a koala say "sod this eucalyptus, I'm having a steak", and it'll start a while new line of superintelligent carnivorous killer dropbears.

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Yahoo! treads! water! in! slow! third! quarter!

Richie 1

> what does Yahoo do?

Um, Flickr and stuff.

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Apache promotes OpenOffice to top-level project

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Joke

Re: leave the /&%ç formatting behind and just paste as text

> Indeed, the pasting of formatted text is even more stupid than the caps lock key.

AM I THE ONLY PERSON WHO THINKS THAT THE CAPS LOCK KEY IS A REALLY GREAT IDEA?

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HP's Whitman promises 'more beautiful' PCs

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Pretty isn't everything

I have a recent HP Probook and while it is a little brickish, the extra thickness gives room for more ports. It's also got a great screen and runs like stink for something that cost less than half the price of the Apple equivalent.

Uncool => better value for consumers.

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Ten iPhone 5 challengers

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Are there any smaller high-end phones?

It seems that all the high-end Android phones have a screen size of 4.3" or more. Are there any well-specced phones with a screen size of 4" or less? (Other than the iPhones, natch.)

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Middlesbrough culinary giants battle for parmo supremacy

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Parmos are the best thing about Teesside

I grew up there, and they are pretty much the only thing I miss about the place.

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Jackson’s Hobbit becomes a trilogy

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Fingers crossed for him doing The Last Ringbearer afterwards

Although its a ridiculous long shot due to legal complications.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/a75r7u

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Samsung docs tease 11.8in, 2560 x 1600 tablet

Richie 1
Pint

@Nick Ryan

The Air/Ultrabook/Ultrathin laptops have less pixels because it means that they can get away with a smaller and lighter graphics card.

<- Beer, because I'm drinking to a future where we get thin and light laptops with a decent screen.

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What happens when Facebook follows MySpace?

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What about Evernote?

Their careers page (evernote.com/careers) claims:

"We’re building a 100 year company."

Maybe ask them to set up a photo hosting service.

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Volkswagen Up!

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Boffin

Re: Surprisingly thirsty?

> You are comparing apples with pears.

Agreed, though it is possible to convert between the two. Diesel has about 12% more energy than the same volume of petrol, and correspondingly releases about 12% more CO2. (See, for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_fuel#Fuel_value_and_price)

For a diesel car to have the same CO2 emissions as a petrol car that does 52mpg, it would need to do 52 * 1.12 = 58mpg.

> The sweet spot for fuel consumption, if you're fuel-agnostic, is the Focus size.

It depends on the type of driving. There are three main things that cause you to use fuel. Changing momentum, overcoming air resistance, and overcoming friction with the road.

For city driving, changing momentum is the dominant cause of fuel usage, since you spend a lot of time accelerating and decelerating, and you are going slowly enough for air resistance to not matter. The way to reduce this fuel usage is to reduce the weight of the car, hence city cars are small and lightweight. Since air resistance is neglible at low speeds, they don't need to be as aerodynamic.

For motorway driving, air resistance is dominant, since the force is proportional to the speed of the car cubed* but you don't change speed much. Here, reducing the car's weight doesn't have much of an effect, but making the car more aerodynamic does. This is why bigger cars can achieve high fuel economy for motorway driving.

Friction of tyres on the road is usually smaller than the other two causes of fuel usage, but chunky off road tyres are less efficient than slicker road tyres (unless you actually are off road, in which cases having the wheels spin road without you moving anywhere is infinitely inefficient).

*ignoring wind for simplicity

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AMD crashes Windows 8 tablet party with ultrathin hybrid

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Re: Really AMD?

> My only caveat is that they should ensure they don't skimp on the screens.

This is my big wish too, but I think we may be disappointed. In order to save weight and space, the ultra[book|thin]s have had to ditch the discrete graphics card, and it's the limitations of the integrated graphics chips that force the low resolution screens.

AMD integrated graphics are generally better than Intel's, but I haven't seen any benchmarks on the new Brazos 2 and Trinity chips yet. Still, don't hold your breath for resolutions higher than 1400 * 900.

The thing that I'm really waiting for is the weight savings to be passed on to the larger models. A 17" 1080P screen in a laptop that's actually portable (under 3kg) would be worthy of my cash.

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Pirate island attracts more than 100 startup tenants

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Joke

Re: International waters?

> > YOUR KIDS MIGHT BE SMOKING MARIHUANA IN SCHOOL RIGHT NOW

> Nonsense. You posted at 17:47 GMT. School's out for the day.

Also, everyone knows you don't start smoking until 4:20.

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How politicians could end droughts FOREVER: But they don't want to

Richie 1

What about dam building?

Nearly 100 years ago, the Netherlands built the Zuiderzee Works (a big dam) and turned a salty sea into a giant freshwater lake. The UK could easily build something similar, from Margate up to Harwich, say and Londoners would have all the freshwater they could ever want, no desalination required.

A bigger upfront cost for sure, but there are other benefits. In the Netherlands, they reclaimed some land, for new towns and farming. If we could replicate that, it would be really useful for densely populated SE England.

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El Reg user forum opens to public, HTML for all (mostly)

Richie 1
Happy

Allowing inline Javascript could be fun

<span onmouseover="alert(‘you suck‘)">what a lovely article</span>

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Ubuntu for Android: Penguins peck at Nokia's core problem

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Mushroom

Re: Re: Elop wrong?

> Elops a fucking idiot.

He's actually doing the smart thing here, given his situation. Microsoft needed to get an OS with a decent user interface out the door quickly, so they didn't bother supporting multicore in WinPho7.

Elop needs to sell a lot of WinPho7 devices, so he's using a standard sales FUD technique. Sheer nonsense of course, but if it drives sales Nokia does better, which is what Elop wants.

If the rumours are true and WinPho8 does support multicore (see, e.g., http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Windows-Phone-8-Windows-8-Apollo-NFC-phones,news-14074.html) then Elop will change his argument and declare that multicore technology has improved sufficiently over the last few months to warrant their inclusion in the latest Nokia device.

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Node.js sees Windows compatibility as key to success

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All articles about node.js should link to

Ex-Reg-columnist Ted Dziuba's article

http://teddziuba.com/2011/10/node-js-is-cancer.html

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The Sons of Khan and the Pascal Spring

Richie 1
Angel

Looks up FreeAndNil

Oh, so Delphi doesn't have garbage collection yet.

A divine being: coz Delphi is a cult.

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AMD claims 'world's fastest GPU' title

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Re: What do we use it for?

Consoles only have to shift enough pixels for a telly. (Not even an HD in the case of the Wii.) PC games need to push round enough for a monitor (or two or three), which can be more than that.

Also, the main point of AMDs architecture reworking is so you can offload more general computing tasks to the GPU (which is especially important if you have a Bulldozer CPU!). I expect that this sort of card will be lapped up by OpenCL users.

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Netflix UK to stream BBC shows

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Do you need a TV licence to watch BBC shows via netflix?

Or will it be covered by the netflix fees?

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Microsoft slips out Silverlight 5

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What's the repacement?

I suppose the intention is that eventually HTML5 (video and canvas) will replace Silverlight, but in the meantime I wonder what Microsoft expect existing Silverlight users to use. I can't imagine they want them to recode everything in Flash.

Also, is Moonlight (the open source clone) still being developed?

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Infographic: The road to desktop virtualisation

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Oh wait, there's more

On first reading, I didn't realise that there was more than the picure in the article. Having now seen the full graphic, it's clear that there are more (fixable) problems.

It isn't obvious which order to look at things. An infographic this complex needs to guide the readers, in order to tell a story with the data. I started at the top and clicked one of the bubbles, which took me away from the graphic to an article about Windows 7. Since linking to other documents isn't data-related and is easy enough in a regular article, you can probably remove this from the graphic. At the very least, change the behaviour so it forces the document opening in a new tab.

The same issue applies to the signpost links below the bubbles.

The barcharts are cleanly drawn (not much chartjunk) which is a good sign. It would be better to reorder the categories from largest bar down to smallest, to make it easy to see which categories are most important. Also, there are small gaps between the two colours of bars, whose meaning is unclear. I presume that they shouldn't be there.

I don't understand what the desktop virtualisation model roundabout is trying to tell me. Maybe some contextual text would help; otherwise, cut it.

With the barchart at the bottom, again, the categories should be sorted largest to smallest for ease of comparison. I found the road underneath the bars distracting, especially since the road lines were at a different angle to the bars.

I couldn't get the videos to play.

Well done for linking to the data sources.

Hope the feedback is constructive and useful.

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