Randall Munroe has exhibited his geeky map side (another, another, 'nother, triumph) before in his xkcd.com comic. Today he reveals his Pet Peeve #208 and nose-tweaks those who think a pretty map is worth a thousand hours of real data collection. (Well, if that's not what he is tweaking, he is definitely tweaking something.)
Here's the recent Google-related geonews, it covers a longer time span than usual.
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