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Wow! Microsoft is opening up 60 000 patents for free use by anyone in the Open Invention Network (OIN).

They've also joined LOT, an anti-patent troll group.

"as late as 2014, Microsoft made approximately $3.4 billion from its Android patents."

This is amazing! As @kaniini says, we still need to be vigilant about MS, but there's no denying this is a huge deal! #patents

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No matter which social network you're on, following a diverse group of people helps you taking a peek at the other side of your personal filter bubble.

You don't have to agree with everything and everyone, but please, at least try to listen to people and their opinions.

It will help you appreciate your own life, and may just make you a little wiser.

By the way – in case you were wondering – it's spelled "Datawrapper"!

That's one word, not two, and it's a capital "D", lowercase "w" (b/c we're a 🇩🇪 company and CamelCase is so Web 2.0) 😜

look at these few lines of JS code to see how easy it is to make a pie chart in D3

data > Array(18) [Object, Object, Object,...]
format > ƒ m(t)
color > ƒ i(i)

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If you happen to be in Berlin on Oct 22 (same time as Info+ and IEEE VIS) join us for the Data Stories Listener meetup! Here is the link to sign-up:

“Let’s make this boring bar chart a little bit more fancy by using horrible colors and distorting it” 😖

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Hm. Talking about weeks, would it make more sense to divide the x axis into weeks rather than kinda-sorta-5-day intervals? Feels a lot more natural, but I'm not changing it now.

👁️ if you gaze into a sunburst chart long enough, the sunburst chart will also gaze back into you 👁️

Since reading this I can't seem to get the phrase "that’s just lazy programming" out of my head. Started rewriting some mildly inefficient code that was working fine out of guilt. We all know our weak spots..

Yay, the fantastic hand-drawn North American Continent by Anton Thomas is 99.9% complete, after four years of work (!). Can't wait to see this hanging on a wall nearby...

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RT BREAKING: Worst possible outcome in the European Parliament copyright vote: MEPs vote for #uploadfilters , #linktax, a narrow #TDM exception for data-mining, no #freedomofpanorama—plus a new IP right for sports organizers.


Cross-posting my thread about the great WaPo hurricane tracker map

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For those in and around Berlin this October and planning to attend InfoPlusConf and/or IEEE VIS, be sure to check out the 1-day speaker lineup at VIS on Monday Oct 22:

The VIS early bird registration deadline is this Friday Sept 7:

surprisingly productive coding session while waiting in a doctors patient room. probably need to rethink our office layout...

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Started re-reading "Don't Make Me Think" to improve my rudimentary UI/UX design skills. any other (more recent) book recommendations?

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This ad pretends to be a phone's home screen and actually tries to get the device to vibrate as fake notifications come in. Thankfully, most browsers won't let it, but this kind of user-hostile attitude is exactly why people turn to ad blockers.

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