Google's Buckyballs Doodle Costs People Money, Drives Users Away

11/05/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jack Schofield, 5 September, 2010 00:36 ZDNet UK

Within a couple of seconds of sitting down at my PC on Saturday I realised something was badly wrong, and since Google has been my browser home page for the past decade, it was dead easy to spot the guilty party: Google. To be specific, Google's Buckyballs celebration doodle was consuming 100% of my CPU. Closing and reopening IE8 showed that Google was consuming 50% of my CPU with a single browser window open, and two windows took it back to 100%. Firefox and Chrome also showed excessive CPU use, as did a Mac.

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