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Devastation by stupidity
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#153614 2-Oct-2014 20:18
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Compared to most Geekzone members my technical know-how is modest but compared to many of my friends I am an expert. Recently an American acquaintance resident in NZ was complaining about Yahoo localisation and the fact that he could not seem to find any way to get to the US financial news page (finance.yahoo.com). I said I would look into it and I also could not find any way to bypass the .nz redirect. I am not a Yahoo user but as far as I can tell there is nothing comparable to Google.com/ncr.

 

 

This strikes me as foolish and also rather petty. While looking into it I ran into many complaints from people around the world about the same kind of thing and how irritating it is to be served up web pages in languages you can’t read just because you happen to be stationed in a foreign country for six months. I wonder about the sense of those responsible for such policies. Have they never heard of the global economy? It seems pretty stupid to just blindly assume everyone with a national IP address only wants to see stuff related to that culture. I assume the reason is to cram local advertising down the gullets of everyone within reach, but it still seems pretty short-sighted to me. Irritating your customers is hardly the way to win hearts and minds.

 

 

Anyway, I wonder what others think about this. Am I missing something? Forced localisation (with no option to bypass it) is both stupid and self-defeating, because it is so easy to get around. Of course I quickly found an on-line public proxy in the US and explained to my friend how to use it in two very easy steps. So what is the point of preventing people from doing that in the fist place? It just makes them mad.

 

 

 





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  #1146016 2-Oct-2014 20:34
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There's a link on nz.finance.yahoo.com (above the graphs at the top of the page) that takes you to finance.yahoo.com.




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  #1146017 2-Oct-2014 20:34

With yahoo. There is a flag at the top. Click on that

 
 
 
 


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(Since a picture is worth a 1000 words)




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  #1146031 2-Oct-2014 20:46
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If you are using Chrome (which you should), then you can use this extension: Hola. It allows for up to 1 hour free use every day and allows you unblock any GEOblock (so any block of your visit based on where you are located in the world).

Worked nicely for finance.yahoo.com (although sounds like you might not need it). Will work for ABC, NBC, Netflix etc. as well.





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Warning: A bit of a rant incoming :)

I'm learning Japanese (slowly!), and after setting my browser language as such I found that a LOT of developers don't understand the difference between physical location and preferred language.

With English language settings, I may get English text and NZD prices. Yet when I switch to Japanese language - even on sites with no full Japanese localisation - I get English text and JPY prices. My browser language should not affect pricing as it is country-specific, not language-specific.

I assume that people in, say, Quebec have similar issues. If your browser is set to French then you'd still want prices in CAD, not in EUR! In that case there are probably enough French-speaking Canadians that the developers need to get it right or lose customers, but there are sure to be other sites where it's a problem.

Even when set to English, I've had some sites give me prices in GBP because Safari and Firefox both send "en-GB" in the language header.



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  #1146318 3-Oct-2014 09:44
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Detruire: There's a link on nz.finance.yahoo.com (above the graphs at the top of the page) that takes you to finance.yahoo.com.


 

 

That makes sense. Apologies to Yahoo. For some reason the link does not appear on my browser. I checked carefully. Must have something to do with my Opera version. It sometimes has trouble rendering web pages correctly. However, the problem also occurs on my friend's iPhone, which is what we are trying to solve. It used to work fine, then Yahoo/Telespark did something, now it doesn't work, they blame each other, that does my friend no good, I am trying to help. Still looking for a better answer.

 

 

 





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  #1146333 3-Oct-2014 09:48
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That link isn't showing up on my iPhone (6 with 8.0.2) either. The site seems to be buggy; it gave me the cut-down version of the site, I clicked on "view desktop site" at the bottom... and it gave me the cut-down version again. I had to use the Request Desktop Site feature to get the full site, but even then the link shown in the screenshot above isn't there.

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