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Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, has released technology that helps websites detect the physical location of computers.
Users will have control over how much location information they give
alert( pos.latitude + ", " + pos.longitude );
[edited by: Seb7 at 8:10 pm (utc) on Oct. 8, 2008]
Dang it, the cat ran off with my tin foil hat! Have to make another one. :)
On a more serious side I wonder how beneficial a browser might become if the user can specify "show me only this geo location" And, follow up, if users will actually buy into that?
Sorry, I don't read much beyond English and Spanish and a smattering of German. Oriential sites are of exceedingly rare benefit to me.
However, reading more into the report it does appear that TRACKING is the key feature and opting out is the requirement as opposed to "hide me unless I WANT geo location applied".
Meanwhile, I'm going to load "Day the Earth Stood Still" and listen, yet again to the instructions given to the monster robot...
I can't really see much value in it. I will want to find a restaurant or hotel before I travel, not wander around the streets with my laptop open.
Remember that more and more people are able to browse the web through smartphones and the like. This technology will find its way into MobileFirefox, I'm sure.