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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Many usecases indeed
by Ben Jao Ming on Mon 13th Oct 2008 12:05 UTC
Ben Jao Ming
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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.

http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2008/09/plasma-context-and-nepomuk.html
http://labs.mozilla.com/2008/10/introducing-geode/

Edited 2008-10-13 12:06 UTC

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