Linked by Rahul on Sat 11th Oct 2008 04:43 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla Labs recently offered a sneak peak and download of Geode. Geode is one of the first applications to use the new W3C geolocation specification API. It is currently available as a plug-in for Firefox 3 (and seems to only support Windows and Mac systems at this time). Mozilla Labs indicates it will likely be a new feature integrated in an upcoming browser release.
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Eeek! Landmines ahead!
by bornagainenguin on Sun 12th Oct 2008 03:05 UTC
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Given all the licensing and privacy issues this questionable improvement adds to Firefox I'm glad it is currently only available in extension form and only available for Windows and MacOS. I sincerely hope it stays that way, or I'll be forces to search for a new browser and I really am fond of the browser I have now...


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Many usecases indeed
by Ben Jao Ming on Mon 13th Oct 2008 12:05 UTC
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But the real question is: Do we need to automatically find a user's coordinates for these!? On Mozilla Labs they mention:

"...Or Web site authentication that only allows you to login from certain physical locations, like your house."

This would never be secure, as you can easily manipulate the coordinates sent to the login-service. An additional login would always be required. And heck, who needs the software to automatically specify your location if you only have 2? Home and work:

"For example, imagine an RSS reader that knows the difference between home and work and automatically changes its behavior appropriately."

There are many more settings that change based on your location -- other that just in your browser. So I really think this functionality should be present somewhere else. Also, your settings might not change exclusively due to geo position. I like Aaron Seigos notion of context much more, and I think people working with these kinds of thoughts should really allow themselves to think big.

Edited 2008-10-13 12:06 UTC

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Please stop doing this
by dagw on Mon 13th Oct 2008 12:28 UTC
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Location means nothing. Few things piss me off more than when I type in and get automatically redirected to just because the web site managed to detect that I'm in Sweden. I don't know who came up with this idea but he or she deserves to be beaten. I typed because that was the web site I wanted to go, when I want to go to I'll type

We need to see less of this sort of idiotic second guessing by developers, not more. I can see no good and useful purpose for this software. If I want to seperate work and home RSS feeds give me a menu and I'll tell the software where I am and what feeds I want. I mean what happens if I'm working from home one day and want to check my 'work' feeds or if I want to check my 'home' feeds while taking a break at work.

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