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Re: CountryHawk

From: Rick Green <rick@adventurocity.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 10:03:26 -0700
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.2.20020612100304.00a68a40@orion.he.net>
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At 08:05 AM 6/12/02 -0700, Barry Caplan wrote:
>At 10:12 AM 6/12/2002 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
> >Suzanne M. Topping scripsit:
> >> Does anyone have comments about this product?
> >
> >I ran some tests on their online version with a sample of about 50 IP
> >addresses I had country information for, and there were only about 2-3
> >mismatches -- I don't entirely trust my data, so that seems reasonable.
> >They are obviously tracking the allocations of IP space to various ISPs.
>
>Which may or may not have anything at all to do with the location of the 
>machine. I can dial up AOL from anywhere. I can tunnel from anywhere to 
>anywhere. I can dial up my corporate network from anywhere and present a 
>US ip address regardless of where I am. I could proxy the request from 
>anywhere. IP allocations in various databases could be either wrong, and 
>they change from time to time.

Even if, in spite of all that, you get the country right, you still can get 
the language wrong. There are plenty of expats whose language preference 
does not match that of the country they live in.


Rick.

Rick Green
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