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Windows 7: Geolocation


21 Dec 2011   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Geolocation

While going through the Opera's Preferences in I found a parameter that I hadn't noticed before...to enable/disable geolocation. Googling it, I found this article:

Geolocation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

After reading it, I'm left wondering if this is really of any use, except to provide others with more precise data about my computer...like built in spyware?

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21 Dec 2011   #2

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

In Google search, I typed 'my ip' hit enter. Clicked thhis link What Is My IP Address? Lookup IP, Hide IP, Change IP, Trace IP and more... it did not give my real location.
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21 Dec 2011   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Because Google didn't reveal more precise data, doesn necessarily mean that it isn't being sent to them. Even if this is for local use on a PC, what good would it really do?
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21 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

With it enabled & you search for Fish & Chips with Google it shows a local map with their locations.
Disable Geolocation & you get national results & no map.
In my case using a desktop PC my location according to Google is about 5 miles from my real address , if I was using a wifi connection it would be more accurate.
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21 Dec 2011   #5
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Another big thing geolocation is used for is blocking or stopping people from using certain features on some sites. Something like this,

Geolocation-geoloco.png

is what anyone without a US IP address gets when they try watch any videos at hulu.com. And no that setting in Opera doesn't allow it for those outside the US either.


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