Reply to post: Re: I think it's a reasonable idea.

US cop goes war-driving to find stolen gear by MAC address

bazza Silver badge

Re: I think it's a reasonable idea.

It is reminiscent of the boneheads who insist that an IP address represents an unique user or geographical location.

An IP address at any one moment in time does point to a specific connection point, and therefore a fixed geographic location. That's kind of the whole point of an IP address. If they didn't do that then the Internet wouldn't work...

It's solely a matter of record keeping by everyone involved (the ISPs, telcos, etc) for DHCP allocations, base station connections, etc. to be able to say where in the world an IP was.

I say was, because AFAIK there's no infrastructure for that data to be reliably queried in real time. And that's probably a good thing; criminals can be pinpointed eventually, but no one can be pinpointed all the time live. Unless they choose to leave location services on the mobile switched on...

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