While there are still a lot more items to post about the Apple Maps troubles, we'll take a break from that this week and post a two-fer from everybody's favorite science/math/tech themed webcomic: xkcd by Randall Munroe. Today's two-fer has to do with the "travelling salesman" problem which is a central component of geospatial network and logistics analysis.http://xkcd.com/399/
The "title-text" at the actual webcomic says:
What's the complexity class of the best linear programming cutting-plane techniques? I couldn't find it anywhere. Man, the Garfield guy doesn't have these problems ...
The second one is more about just the traveling salesman problem as applied to relationships. Title text:
It's like the traveling salesman problem, but the endpoints are different and you can't ask your friends for help because they're sitting three seats down.
I originally meant to post this one to tie into the xkcd comic. It's from Matthew Inman at The Oatmeal (click on it to make it big enough to read):