GeoIP database issues and the real world consequences
josh at imaginenetworksllc.com
Mon Apr 11 17:14:37 UTC 2016
Or 0,0, send the FBI to Africa on a boating trip. that would probably be
easier than "unknown" or "null".
1100 Wayne St
Troy, OH 45373
On Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 1:11 PM, Hugo Slabbert <hugo at slabnet.com> wrote:
> On Mon 2016-Apr-11 13:02:14 -0400, Ken Chase <math at sizone.org> wrote:
> TL;DR: GeoIP put unknown IP location mappings to the 'center of the
>> but then rounded off the lat long so it points at this farm.
>> Cant believe law enforcement is using this kind of info to execute
>> Wouldnt that undermine the credibility of any evidence brought up in
>> for any geoip locates?
>> Seems to me locating unknowns somewhere in the middle of a big lake or
>> park in
>> the center of the country might be a better idea.
> ...how about actually marking an unknown as...oh, I dunno: "unknown"? Is
> there no analogue in the GeoIP lookups for a 404?
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>> On Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 11:55:11AM -0500, Chris Boyd said:
>> >Interesting article.
>> >An hour???s drive from Wichita, Kansas, in a little town called Potwin,
>> >there is a 360-acre piece of land with a very big problem.
>> >The plot has been owned by the Vogelman family for more than a hundred
>> >years, though the current owner, Joyce Taylor n??e Vogelman, 82, now
>> >rents it out. The acreage is quiet and remote: a farm, a pasture, an old
>> >orchard, two barns, some hog shacks and a two-story house. It???s the
>> >of place you move to if you want to get away from it all. The nearest
>> >neighbor is a mile away, and the closest big town has just 13,000
>> >people. It is real, rural America; in fact, it???s a two-hour drive from
>> >the exact geographical center of the United States.
>> >But instead of being a place of respite, the people who live on Joyce
>> >Taylor???s land find themselves in a technological horror story.
>> >For the last decade, Taylor and her renters have been visited by all
>> >kinds of mysterious trouble. They???ve been accused of being identity
>> >thieves, spammers, scammers and fraudsters. They???ve gotten visited by
>> >FBI agents, federal marshals, IRS collectors, ambulances searching for
>> >suicidal veterans, and police officers searching for runaway children.
>> >They???ve found people scrounging around in their barn. The renters have
>> >been doxxed, their names and addresses posted on the internet by
>> >vigilantes. Once, someone left a broken toilet in the driveway as a
>> >strange, indefinite threat.
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