There’s an excellent post over on the CBC that talks about the practice of Geoblocking, what it is, and why broadcasters insist on doing it. For those that don’t know, Geoblocking is a way for a company to limit access to particular parts of their website based upon the physical location of the person coming to the site. For example, I can’t watch re-runs of Star Trek on the CBS site because I’m not in the USA (which is annoying; but understandable), and Sarah can’t look at Jeans on the Canadian guess website (which is just dumb), presumably because they charge more if you live in Europe.

Without a doubt, my favourite part of the article was this gem from the comments section.

There’s a simple way to get around any geoblocking fence. It’s called reverse urling. if you are being denied access to a site, just type the url backwards, character for character, eventually ending with :ptth.

What this does is tell the server to come to you rather than you go to it. The only danger is if the website is huge, by inviting it into your computer you stand a chance of overloading your machine, and, under rare circumstances, this can cause the cpu the short out and catch fire.

The best thing to do, should that happen, is to quickly type the url again but forwards. The sudden reversal in direction in the flow of electrons from your computer to the server should bring things back into equilibrium.

Should you find it impossible to type due to electric shocks from the keyboard, very common in pre 2004 keyboards which are not properly grounded against reverse urling, you should try to cut power to the computer. Electrical problems from the short have been known to spread within a house, or sometimes even to a whole neighbourhood., depending on whether the houses are connected serially or not in the powergrid (I never remember which one is bad).

Note to readers, I’m pretty sure this won’t work, although I’m not will to test on my laptop for fear of damage to my pants (and the contents thereof).

3 thoughts on “Geoblocking

  1. I've been using this technique for years with great success. It's well documented that as founder and inventor of the Internet, Al Gore made this a key part of his first proviso to the World Internet Congress.Maybe it's just a north american thing, Jean-Guy…

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