I despise IP auto location setting. DESPISE it.
If I go to google.com I want google.com, not co.kr (or where ever). What the heck is the point anyway? I know the THEORY. but in practice its crap. Cookies are not good enough. especially if you travel. And the "go to google in English" (or go to google < local > ) does NOT appear in all situations. don't know why.
In fact, Google has a bunch of areas that make it near impossible to FIND WHERE TO SET IT IN ENGLISH (certaily if you don't know the local language). one eg: I had to turn off "other languages search" all together (select English Only) for google.com search. That's not what I wanted but its all I could do to get it work. Microsoft is even worse (STILL can't find language settings that work on many features.)
this system is supposed to make my life easier? then stop guessing incorrectly what my search needs are just by where my computer is. GIVE options don't limit them. This just adds like 10 different (often dead steps) just cause google assumes things based on where I search from (as opposed to where what site I go to).
Its one thing to do so and offer choice to go to other languages etc, but even if on 1% of the people care (probably more... how many people travel/live abroad anyway?) and need english or a language for WHEREVER they are... why freakin make our lives misery?
I assert that people understand that if they want the local version of a site... they can go to the locale TLD for it or have a drop down menu for the language. On the margin, I doubt anyone's life is that much easier for having it... and I doubt getting rid of the "feature" will lose anybody. Thus all it does is serve to piss people off who don't want and want to choose for themselves what language and area a service is in.
What happened to the idea of just a "select language" menu freakin reeks of just using technology for technology sake.
I wish there was a movement to just stop the practice altogether of IP based interfaces.
< flame off. >
sorry... I've dealt with battle this for years. I still can't figure out the benefit of having it so.