"Dumpster Drive" Shares Your Digital Trash With the Internet

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"Dumpster Drive" Shares Your Digital Trash With the Internet

Is one man's digital trash another man's digital treasure?

There comes a time in every computer user's life when he (or she) needs to get rid of a file. Perhaps it's no longer useful; perhaps one merely needs to free up some extra space - for whatever reason, it's always simple to just click it and delete it.

But what if there were some other way to handle things?

Enter Dumpster Drive, an application for Mac OS X that aims to turn the contents of your recycle bin into the equivalent of a real-life dumpster that anyone can sift through. Instead of deleting a file normally, you would move it to the Dumpster Drive - and then when you actually empty the drive, your files are scattered onto one communal trash pool.

Any one person can then download a file from the trash pool, but the emphasis there is on the "one." Like a real dumpster, once someone takes something it's gone.

Obviously, there are security concerns with something like this. Not only do you need to be very careful you're only dumpster-ing files that you are comfortable sharing with a complete stranger, but this is also the sort of thing that could be easily used to spread viruses and malware. One would hope that the communal trash pool would thoroughly scan incoming files, but there are always ways around that sort of thing.

I'm not sure if Dumpster Drive will end up with any practical purpose, but if nothing else it's certainly an interesting idea. At the moment it's only compatible with Mac OS X - though the source code has been released for those who want to recode it for other platforms - so if you're using a Mac and want to give it a try, you can grab it here.

(Via Lifehacker)

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I'd like to meet the person who's sat reading this and thinking 'That's a good idea'. I wouldn't be happy with people going through files I'd deleted.

We don't really have viruses on macs tho

3 weeks and itll be just crammed with crappy, poor quality, over acted porn and bieber mp3s.

This has to be a joke. Or a scam. But, either way, making your digital trash available to Tom, Dick, and Harry so they can rummage through it and take what they want has to be the dumbest move anyone can ever make (followed closely by uploading someone else's trashed file).

Hobo Steve:
3 weeks and itll be just crammed with crappy, poor quality, over acted porn.

This.

Its so obvious that it will be filled with shit so I dont see the point of creating this.

Dose anybody else sense a second Internet bubble forming?

Identity theft
Viruses
Illegal content
Spyware

Nope, nothing can go wrong here

lolwut? Who would want my glitched and unusable New Vegas folders, unwanted game mods and the odd corrupted movie?

de5gravity:
We don't really have viruses on macs tho

Yes, you do. Just because Apple doesn't want to admit it doesn't mean you don't have them. Don't be naive.

I think they'll trash this concept soon enough.

I dont get the concept behind this, files on a comp dont need to be recycled... maybe this is just a cleaver way to try and do mp3 sharing

TestECull:
lolwut? Who would want my glitched and unusable New Vegas folders, unwanted game mods and the odd corrupted movie?

de5gravity:
We don't really have viruses on macs tho

Yes, you do. Just because Apple doesn't want to admit it doesn't mean you don't have them. Don't be naive.

First of all wow that is unnecessarily insulting. Second of all, I'm not quoting anyone, I own both. I used to have viruses on the PC (not really anymore) but I don't have any sort of protection on my mac and never had an issue. And I don't know anyone who had a virus on a mac. Same for linux.

This is soooooooo very open to abuse.

Someone is going to label their file as a popular film and some poor sap will download it and end up with a virus or some form of disturbing pornography.

Then someone will make a comic about it with a trollface and rage guy.

What use could you possibly have for that...besides trolling people. I guess it could become a nice place to find some pirated porn.

EDIT: Hmm... you could make digital copies of pirated material on your computer, then delete them into the dumpster, and easily provide multiple people with pirated material. Yeah, this is a really subtle filesharing method for sure.

Squid94:
I'd like to meet the person who's sat reading this and thinking 'That's a good idea'. I wouldn't be happy with people going through files I'd deleted.

So you agree that this has to be one of the dumbest idea ever conceived?

WanderingFool:

Squid94:
I'd like to meet the person who's sat reading this and thinking 'That's a good idea'. I wouldn't be happy with people going through files I'd deleted.

So you agree that this has to be one of the dumbest idea ever conceived?

I certainly do.

If you want to go dumpster diving, do it in the bins of a telephone company, or a PC company. They would actually have something worthwhile to take.

This thing? No offense to the person who made it, but they're asking for the bin to be full of things that would scare users off from ever coming back to it again, and using a shredder program to truly delete files.

de5gravity:
We don't really have viruses on macs tho

Ya ya you do its just no one wants to make viruses for macs because more people have pc's just wait if this happens then you will have loads of viruses

This has got to be a joke. This is the most absurd thing i have heard of in months.

I was under the impression that they started using "recycle bin" because it was more trendy than "trash". But here someone is actually taking it literally? Ummm...good luck to them. My question isn't "why bother doing this" because that's too obvious. I'm wondering how they ever hope to make this a money-maker.

How can anyone think about this for long enough to actually program it and still decide it's a good idea?

Arizona Kyle:

de5gravity:
We don't really have viruses on macs tho

Ya ya you do its just no one wants to make viruses for macs because more people have pc's just wait if this happens then you will have loads of viruses

Macs don't pick up viruses as frequently as PCs do because, unlike Windows, Mac applications all run independently of each other and that makes it difficult for a virus to make the global changes needed in order to be infective. But if you run a root key application like Java on your Mac, it will defeat the independence of the applications and can make picking up a virus very easy.

de5gravity:
We don't really have viruses on macs tho

I lol'd.

Yes you do, and even if you currently don't, such a program like this will be very helpful for Mac-based virus writers.

Squid94:
I'd like to meet the person who's sat reading this and thinking 'That's a good idea'. I wouldn't be happy with people going through files I'd deleted.

BOOM

and to top it off, sharing personal files with the internet is never a good idea.

that...actually sounds kinda cool

Will there be any sort of accountability for the people who uploaded the files? If not, they should start doubling their legal retainer right now.

Its like an undercover Porn warehouse! All porn, from everywhere, coalesced into one place. I cannot fathom how anybody thought this would be a good idea.

Why o why o WHY is this POSSIBLY a good idea!?

I cant think of a single use...

Other than being one of the worst ideas ever, this seems like it would be very annoying considering you still need to upload every file, and the kinds of files will typically be copyrighted work or worthless junk.

Looks like silly hipster shit.

That is quite frankly one of the dumbest ideas I have ever heard. When I delete something, I want it gone. If I wanted to share it with people, I'd do that without deleting it.

de5gravity:
We don't really have viruses on macs tho


Seriously man, just google "mac viruses" or something similar. You absolutely do have viruses on Macs.

de5gravity:
We don't really have viruses on macs tho

Even if you *didn't* have viruses on Macs (even though you do) - you ARE aware of the current Mac Malware problem, right?

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/apple-mac-os-x-update-to-put-mac-defender-malware-issue-to-bed/49278?tag=nl.e539

and now - this one:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/mac-malware-authors-release-a-new-more-dangerous-version/3385?tag=nl.e589

inb4 mass amounts of academic dishonesty.
inb4 mass spreading of viruses and malware.
inb4 mass amounts of general computer abuse.
inb4 this thing gets shut down faster than Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs.

Considering most files deleted will contain stuff not shareable, I don't see this flying very far.
Dumpster diving in real life has enough of its own hazards to be stupid in its own right. I have my doubts nobody but malware crafters will try porting this to pc.

de5gravity:
We don't really have viruses on macs tho

FYI Viruses aren't random occurring strings of code that just happen. They're built and programmed by people.

Macs do and can get viruses but there are less of them out there because it is just easier to write viruses for windows because of how simply windows accepts new software. Macs don't like new software. Does that mean you cannot install third party software? no, but it is just a little bit more difficult; not impossible.

Writing a virus for mac or linux isn't impossible, just more difficult.

That said, the probability of getting a virus on a mac are incredibly low in comparison to a windows system. Again, not impossible.

And this digital dumpster thing has got to be the worst idea out there. No one throws stuff in the garbage hoping that someone in the world picks it up. When we put stuff in the trash and the trash people take it away, we just assume it has vanished into a black hole (we know it doesn't but that's what we'd like).

Why would we want a virtual dumpster where we KNOW someone will pick up our trash?

WHO thought this was a good idea. I need to punch somebody in the face that was stupid.

Have you ever looked at a homeless person digging through trash and though, "I wish I could dig through unwanted filth but I'm not poor enough because I can afford a mac." :(

Well we here at dumpsterdrive.com have the solution for you! We give you, The Dumpster Drive!
*yay*

With Dumpster Drive you can go though people unwanted garbage without the risk of accidental contact with used needles or human waste all at the safety of your home! But don't take our word for it, but listen to these satisfied users:

"Before Dumpster Drive I would have to go out in public and through people's garbage bins to find unwanted photos, but now I have access to every unwanted photo ever put on the internet."

"Before I was always worried that someone would be able to get my old tax return information even after putting it through a paper shredder, but now I know somebody has my tax return information because I accidentally put the PDF in the Dumpster Drive and not the Trash Bin."

"I was getting random files off of Dumpster Drive and now someone has backdoor access to my computer and actually locked me out of my own system. They changed my password..."

all three "Thanks Dumpster Drive!"

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