"Dumpster Drive" Shares Your Digital Trash With the Internet

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yay another pornhub for the internet

Would anybody feel comfortable jacking it to another man's porn? :P

So they are essentially Rapidshare with no interface and even more draconian BW limits?

Suddenly, every Mac in the world was part of a botnet. Grats developers.

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

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/26/mac_malware_game_changer/

You may want to take off the blinders and look around at the real world...

And for this product, all I can say is WTF? As if there weren't enough privacy concerns these days for people who are careful with their information, now we have a tool that lets us spare identity thieves the effort of stealing our stuff. Really??

One of the lamest ideas I've seen ... But I agree with the previous poster - it's just gonna be filled with porn.

I like the idea. It's more interesting from a technological and conceptual standpoint than practical, but damnit I love interesting concepts.

even if it was for windows...

DO NOT WANT

This isa nifty idea if you can limit who can access your trash files.

Like say you want to send a file to your friend, you just delete it and they get it. It's a cool idea, but can go wrong very badly.

so this'll be the place to go for a bunch of disgusting porn.

...WHY?

de5gravity:

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.

Mac OS X I'll give you. I think there are only about nine recognized viruses that can affect OS X at the moment. But please be aware that the reason Mac/Linux don't get viruses has nothing to do with the OS itself. It's all about market share. People making viruses are thinking "how can I infect the maximum amount of computers?", and that means PC (90% market share, I believe). Mac OS 9 is actually (relatively) unsecure, and has about a hundred (I believe) viruses that exist for it.

The reason linux/unix is so secure is because there are so many variants of it/them (and each of them has less than a .01% market share. Hell, you could probably tack another two or three zeros on there and it would still be accurate). Beyond that, the people using linux tend to be better with computers than other people (BOCTAOE), so they're even less likely to get a virus.

[joke]I use OS/2 warp though, so I'm 100% secure.[/joke]

OT: Cool idea, but even if I had a Mac (I don't, just don't like the OS much (personal preference)) I wouldn't use it. It's one of those things that sounds better on paper than it is in reality. Sorta like [insert political ideal I disagree with here].

That's a really tortuous way to create a service that provides a random pornographic file.

What happens if you throw the dumpster dive software into the dumpster dive and someone downloads it?

Fireshot25:
What happens if you throw the dumpster dive software into the dumpster dive and someone downloads it?

WE NEED TO GO DEEPER!

That just means people have to be more careful when sifting through dumpsters.

de5gravity:

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.

I work at Geek Squad. Macs get viruses. Not as many and it's generally "easier" to remove them, but they get them.

Another way of finding porn! YAY!

In before this is used for sharing music and such illegally.

It'd all just be temp files and porn!

Fireshot25:
What happens if you throw the dumpster dive software into the dumpster dive and someone downloads it?

Dumpster Driveception? *shrugs* best answer that I have.

Anyway, this is a terrible idea unless you're some narcissistic geek who enjoys infecting his/her computer with virus infested porn for the challenge of removing it with as little damage possible...

Do they monitor who throws out and picks up the files? If not, seems like there's a lot of potential for underhanded practices. I need to get a mac.

If I had a mac I would totally label disturbing porn images with titles of movies. Its not like mac users read file extensions anyways.

I kid, I kid.

Ye Gods, it's gonna be just FULL of the most disturbing porn known to man. I give it about 3 weeks before it takes an express elevator straight to the belly of HELL.

John Funk:
There comes a time in every computer user's life when he (or she) needs to get rid of a file.

I hate to be that guy, but "(or she)" is terribly jarring. To the reader, it comes across as if you only just realised that women use computers, and decided to point out this out to everyone. "He or she" works fine, and "they" is generally accepted. "She" can be used if you want to mess with 'gender-neutral' pronouns, and "he" would have worked as a rhetorical point: "There comes a time when a man must...". "He (or she)", on the other hand, never works.

On-topic: When I want something, I keep it. When I don't want something, I delete all traces of its existence. Dumpster Drive is the middle ground that no-one wanted.

loodmoney:

John Funk:
There comes a time in every computer user's life when he (or she) needs to get rid of a file.

I hate to be that guy, but "(or she)" is terribly jarring. To the reader, it comes across as if you only just realised that women use computers, and decided to point out this out to everyone. "He or she" works fine, and "they" is generally accepted. "She" can be used if you want to mess with 'gender-neutral' pronouns, and "he" would have worked as a rhetorical point: "There comes a time when a man must...". "He (or she)", on the other hand, never works.

On-topic: When I want something, I keep it. When I don't want something, I delete all traces of its existence. Dumpster Drive is the middle ground that no-one wanted.

We try not to use singular "they," or Susan bites off our heads.

And they say Mac's can't play any games!

Finally a Mac only game! Now all those people with Macs get to brag about how they got something first. Even if it was just a dumpster diving simulator.

I believe this already exists.

It's called the internet and a bunch of idjits use it. If I wanted anything from it (say you could do 1 'dump' per HDD) then I'd just sandbox it and see the worms crawling out.

As a computer scientist, I have to say that this may be the dumbest thing I have ever heard. The point of deleting files is to free space on your hard-drive by removing old data. Creating a copy of old data and sending it somewhere just displaces that space that you want to free onto someone's server. On top of that, even if you think something good might be int he trash (besides the hundreds lose or partial files that get deleted) letting only one person access them defeats the purpose of sharing it. Digital media is special because it can exists in multiple places at once putting a restricting on it creates artificial scarcity... of trash. People delete information because it is no longer useful why would someone else need that.

The only good thing that comes out of this is "This brings new meaning to the term 'trash collection'". If you get that lame computer science joke then I apologize.

This could be a cool feature.
But because of humanity, it will be filled with viruses, porn, disturbing stuff, even more disturbing stuff, stuff that scarr you for life etc.

If not for humanity, it would be a cool, but useless and wasted feature.

Aside from how ridiculous an idea this is... (pretty much covered to death, I think.)

Is this system regulated in any way? I mean, what, it could be flooded with child porn in an instant. Are the computers logged by what files they add into this? And if they are, could that then pose a security risk?

While you consider that, here's another one.

What kind of limit would there be on acquiring files? Could you potentially have one man with terabytes of storage hoovering up countless files, denying everyone else?

tl;dr - it's stupid.

Twilight_guy:
On top of that, even if you think something good might be int he trash (besides the hundreds lose or partial files that get deleted) letting only one person access them defeats the purpose of sharing it. Digital media is special because it can exists in multiple places at once putting a restricting on it creates artificial scarcity... of trash.

This is what really gets me. Obviously its just a gimmick with no real purpose, but the limiting of one of each file makes it sound a lot less interesting. I'm sure you could kill some time looking through other peoples deleted files, just seeing whats there and maybe even snatching some things you want to check out.

But having the files disappear when someone else wants the file means all the potentially interesting trash will become harder to find and get a hold of. So you will just be sifting through the trashiest of the trash that isn't even a novelty to download.

Imagine if they did that sort of thing with that site stumbleupon, every time someone checks something out its removed from the possible things people can have come up. And a whole bunch of the videos are broken and won't play.

Um...So I can give people my old creaturechache files every time I clear NPC Scan?

Yay...

Vie:
Dose anybody else sense a second Internet bubble forming?

no

i cant think of a time i have deleted something anyone would ever want, or that i didnt want people getting a hold of.

RobCoxxy:
Would anybody feel comfortable jacking it to another man's porn? :P

If you're on a porn site, I can guarantee that its "another mans porn". How would it be different in that dumpster drive :P

Also, I think its a cool idea. But forget the fact that its just a cool idea, bring it to the escapist, everyone will laugh at it and go "What you coded was USELESS! This has no practical applications at all! What's the point?".

Erm, cos its a cool idea?

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