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Moldy Old Global Data

Sent in my annual report, sent out the list of prioritized gotta-have-to-go-live items, and spent a few minutes eating figs and reading Bloglines. Glad I didn’t have fig in my mouth when I read that Microsoft’s new mapping service doesn’t include Apple’s home in Cupertino.

What struck me was not this amusing omission, but the purported reason. Apparently this data is fourteen years old. Yet if I read the “credits” for MSN Global Dominion or whatever they really call this mapping service, I get the vague impression that most of the content dates at least from this century.

I love the idea of a world run by Microsoft and Google (with audio by Apple)… a world of old, misleading, and omitted data. But it’s Free, and isn’t that what information wants to be, anyway?

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