713: GeoIP

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GeoIP
'Meet hot young singles in your mom's basement today'? Man, screw you, GeoIP.
Title text: 'Meet hot young singles in your mom's basement today'? Man, screw you, GeoIP.

[edit] Explanation

GeoIP is a service that converts IP addresses to their respective location on the earth. This is done by looking up the IP address in a database maintained by various Internet Service providers. Advertisers often take advantage of the Joneses effect by creating localized ads which misleadingly appear to be specific to your location, but are often simply stock photographs with the name of the nearest town superimposed on top.

The comic satirizes this phenomenon. The International Space Station has a data downlink, which presumably has some public-facing IP address on the (Earth-based) internet. In this comic, Cueball trolls the advertisers from onboard the ISS, by inserting his actual location (low Earth orbit) into the database under that IP address. Thus, the advertisements claim that there are "local girls" in low Earth orbit. Since all the crewmembers of the ISS know each other (and we can be reasonably certain that nobody else lives in low Earth orbit), Cueball underlines the obvious lie in GeoIP-based advertising.

The title text refers to how specific GeoIP can get. However, knowing that someone is in their mom's basement is hyperbole.

[edit] Transcript

[External view of a satellite orbiting Earth. Dialog comes from within.]
Cueball: Yes!
Ponytail: What?
Cueball: I got our downlink into a GeoIP database.
[Internal view of the satellite, Cueball and Ponytail are floating about, Cueball is at a computer mounted to the wall.]
Ponytail: Why?
Cueball: To mess with our advertisers. Check it out.
[An ad reads "Meet local girls in Low Earth Orbit tonight!" and has two photos of girls in sexy poses, one captioned "Tanya, 18" and the other "Amber, 19". Below them is a button that reads "CHAT LIVE".]
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