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stf92 01-14-2013 09:49 PM

How does the advertising companies know I live in Argentina?
 
Hi: my local time is UTM -3. I told thus to my OS installer program when installing the OS. And I live and my computer is in Buenos Aires (local time = UTM - 3). But the OS can't tell if I live in Buenos Aires or in Georgetown, US. It does know my approximate longitude but not my latitude. But then, why the advertising reaches my computer in Spanish, many times. How does the advertising company know I live in Argentina?

TobiSGD 01-14-2013 10:12 PM

They know from which IP the traffic of your computer come and can link that to your providers net.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoip

stf92 01-14-2013 10:18 PM

Oh, I thought it was data kept in the hard disk. So, I won't be able to cheat the computer, as I was wishing. I was getting tired of the advertising and hoped to switch to another language, best of all, one that I do not know. Thanks for this valuable piece of information that, if not other thing, satifies intelectual curiosity.

TobiSGD 01-14-2013 11:16 PM

If you are tired of advertising install ad-blocking plugins to your browser (or activate them, if they have inbuilt blockers).
I use Adblock Plus with my Firefox and I hardly see any advertising. Of course you should disable the ad-blocker on LQ to generate a little bit of money to support the site. ;)

pan64 01-15-2013 12:41 AM

or you can configure your firewall to block adv sites.

John VV 01-15-2013 01:03 AM

Ad-block is good
and you can install it from the firefox "add ons" window
or from
https://adblockplus.org/en/firefox
and configure it !!!
that will take a few days of trial and error

also there is
"No Script "
this is a bit harder to properly set up and can cause all kinds of annoying issues if it is NOT correctly set up .

but it is worth learning how to use it
http://noscript.net/

stf92 01-15-2013 02:21 AM

It's very good to know there exist the means to defend oneself against the omnipresent advertising. I will have to study this thing of those programs. It could not be otherwise, on second thought. There is (almost) nothing that a program can't do. Actually, I usually visit sites where there is no ad at all, like the present one (given the fact that I have posted the sufficient number or times). Somebody from Netscape,
when it was about to be absorbed into AOL, said that Internet had reached a point where there would be no difference between Internet and television in a few years. If you turn on the TV set, and select one of the regular channels, you'll find that no small part of the screen is covered by the channel's promotion announcements. In on of the corners the channel's logo. On another corner an announcement telling you how many days are left for a certain new program's debut. The "effective size" of the TV screen gets smaller from day to day.

In youtube, a rectangle with the words 'Send feedback' hides part of the screen, and you have to scroll if you want to see the part behind the rectangle. And its not the only site. I always remember the prophetic words of this guy.

GazL 01-15-2013 08:21 AM

Just like commercial radio stations, TV companies seem intent on killing their golden goose. Many of them have already passed the "just too annoying to watch/listen to" point and the rest are rapidly approaching it. When my tv set finally breaks (it's getting on a bit) I'm seriously considering not replacing it..

As for your location, think yourself lucky it's just your country. they've narrowed me down to my city!


I use Opera's content blocking mechanism and that gets rid of the majority of ads I encounter. Turning off javascript stops quite a lot of ads without any other actions.

colucix 01-15-2013 08:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stf92 (Post 4870184)
How does the advertising company know I live in Argentina?

They may have seen your LQ profile! ;)

unSpawn 01-15-2013 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by TobiSGD (Post 4870209)
If you are tired of advertising install ad-blocking plugins to your browser (or activate them, if they have inbuilt blockers).

Pdnsd, the DNS server with a persistent on-disk cache, can filter host names and whole domains. Effectively you figure out the domain name once then make it return "127.0.0.2" for any host (a.adverti.sing, b.adverti.sing, c.adverti.sing). Privoxy, the filtering proxy server, can filter whole domains (".adverti.sing" matches a.adverti.sing, b.adverti.sing, c.adverti.sing), host names (".ads[erv][rv]*." matches hostnames ads., adsrv and adserv for any domain), paths ("/.*(count|track|click|banner)/" )"), pop-ups, pixel trackers, session-only cookies, add headers, and you can change configuration OTF through its web-based interface. These two should take care of most of the advertising you face in an efficient, device and browser independent way. If you use whatever in-browser ad blocker on top of that you'll have way less to configure...


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