[Geowanking] LBS foolin': where the web thinks you are

Tom Longson (nym) tomlong at gmail.com
Fri Nov 11 09:48:31 PST 2005


I went to a website that said "FIND SINGLES IN SOUTH PASADENA NOW!!",
which was where I was surfing from incidently.

Probably a good time to set up some proxies to fool the LBS.

nym

On 11/11/05, Paul Hastings <paul.hastings at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11/11/05, Ronan Oger <ronan at roasp.com> wrote:
> > From what I see, nigel is limiting himself th country codes vs ip address.
> > with some details. The database I'm using generally sticks people within 20
>
> there's a reason for that.
>
> > miles of the city they live in. I haven't found much better than that,
> > although I'd love to see it in the open. There's some good geolocation stuff
>
> frankly, i don't trust sub-country non-commericial databases (and
> several commerical ones we've tested). the accuracy & coverage simply
> isn't there.
>
> > I'm going to keep hunting for high-resolution location data, but sadly,
> > knowing someone lives in Canada, Russia, China, or the US (covering prob 75%
> > of the landmass) doesn't really help anyone but a censor.
>
> no, it's useful. we use it to automagically determine locale (in
> combination with http_accept_language). works plenty fine for that.
>
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