713: GeoIP

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'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.


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 based on your location. These ads are often highly misleading since the images are often stock photographs with the nearest town superimposed on it.

This is the case with the comic. The International Space Station presumably has a public-facing IP address, which is geolocated to "Low Earth Orbit". Cueball trolls the advertisers by inserting his actual location into the IP registry, thus getting the advertisement to claim that there are "local girls" in the ISS. Since all members of the ISS know each other, 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.


[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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The title text is more than hyperbole: In the United States, if someone is "living in their mom's basement", it implies they can not or will not get a job allowing them to move out. i.e.: they are a loser. The resultant weak response "Screw you, GeoIP" seems to push that depiction even further. 23:11, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

I don't get this. The title text goes "Meet hot young singles in your mom's basement today?" Not their. Isn't this another "yo' mama" joke, simply implying that your mama has hot young singles in her basement?Mumiemonstret (talk) 08:02, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
I think it just means that you can do the same trick on *your* IP, just replacing the string "low earth orbit" with "your mom basement". MGitsfullofsheep (talk) 17:12, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
I think this means that your mum is the hot young single in her basement... 12:27, 18 February 2015 (UTC)


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