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Dumpster Drive: File-Sharing For Your Digital Trash 79

Posted by samzenpus
from the are-you-done-with-this-mp3? dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Dumpster Drive is a file-sharing application that recycles digital files. Using dumpster diving as a model for recirculating unwanted objects, Dumpster Drive allows others to dig through files that you delete on your computer in a passive file-sharing network. Instead of simply erasing data from your computer, the software allows users to extend the lifecycle of their unwanted files and pass them on to others." Not sure how useful this is, but I think it's a neat idea.

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Dumpster Drive: File-Sharing For Your Digital Trash

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  • by powerlord (28156) on Tuesday July 19, 2011 @02:33PM (#36814382) Journal

    n.t.

  • by dyingtolive (1393037) <brad DOT arnett AT notforhire DOT org> on Tuesday July 19, 2011 @02:33PM (#36814386)
    Capital Face-palm.
    • by dyingtolive (1393037) <brad DOT arnett AT notforhire DOT org> on Tuesday July 19, 2011 @02:37PM (#36814418)
      Oh, I get it. Check the site, it's a Apple only thing. That actually makes sense in a lot of ways.
      • by sakdoctor (1087155) on Tuesday July 19, 2011 @02:45PM (#36814524) Homepage

        It's not so far removed from reality. Kazaa users often used to share their whole hard drives.

        • by g0bshiTe (596213)
          Yeah but wasn't that due to most of them not knowing any better?
        • by hairyfeet (841228)

          Hell you'd be surprised how many to this very day do this with P2P programs. Just fire up any P2P like Emule or Bearshare or any of the other classic P2P and look for * plus the file extension for various programs like Quicken and Quickbooks and be prepared to be amazed at how many are sharing their data with the world!

          As for TFA this idea is so patently dumb the only thing I can do is wear this expression [www.meh.ro] when thinking about it. Granted fixing PCs all day I wear that expression a lot, but this level of

        • I used to do that with Napster back in the day.

          It was great-- the idea that I could share every bit of obscure music that I had with anyone that was interested... and vice versa. I remember days where I would only listen to music that came up when I'd type "drunk" or "rickety" or something into the search bar. Good times. It never occurred to me at the time ('99 maybe?) that it would be a security risk ;)
      • by alphatel (1450715) *

        Oh, I get it. Check the site, it's a Apple only thing. That actually makes sense in a lot of ways.

        How long before they put the kibosh on this Apple-only thing?

      • Oh, I get it. Check the site, it's a Apple only thing. That actually makes sense in a lot of ways.

        Because Apple users never do anything confidential or top secret? And they anthropomorphify their data and don't want to "kill it" and this will let the nice little bits and bytes "live on"?

        • Actually, I was going to say because one of them was creative enough to come up with an alternative means of filesharing.

          Unless you were trying to be funny, in which case I completely agree.
      • by hitmark (640295)

        Yea. Now that Apple is strongly interlinked with Big Media, i am surprised that they do not remove copy as a easily available file action to promote treating files as more physical. Perhaps with a special "xerox" icon for copying, complete with a cop or lawyer next to it that gives a thumb up or down on the legality of making a copy of that file.

  • Finally (Score:5, Funny)

    by flaming error (1041742) on Tuesday July 19, 2011 @02:34PM (#36814400) Journal

    A Recycle bin that means it.

    -
    Written with 83% post-consumer ASCII chars

  • Isn't this about 3 and a half months too late?

  • Well, they say "information wants to be free" and I've never heard "information wants to be permanently deleted".
    • Well, they say "information wants to be free" and I've never heard "information wants to be permanently deleted".

      I have emo information.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    At the risk of sounding cynical

    There is absolutely NO WAY that this is real. It's got to be a hoax.

  • This must be full of bad porn and sensitive documents.

  • ...or just really stupid.

  • Welp, I guess I'm done with this copy of my music library. Guess I'd better recycle it...
  • We already have one of those.

    It's called the Internet.

  • I delete files for the following reasons: -To make room on my hard drive. -I don't want it stumbled upon. -Part of program removal. -It's old and outdated, and I have a more recent version. -Security E.G CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. Why would I want a program hanging on to files? Cluttering my computer, preventing files being overwritten, just so someone else can have it?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    This is only for files you feel have no use and have no relation to yourself, personally.
    You'd have to be stupid to want to replace your recycle bin with this. (which it doesn't, well, SHOULDN'T, NOT EVEN AN OPTION FOR IT)

    For people who collect random crap from the net and feel like sharing it on, bham, drag it in the recyclenet and be happy someone else might find SOME use for the file.
    If not, then you should feel bad for saving it. Yes, that porn too.

    I wonder how big this could get to becoming a large d

    • by rhook (943951)

      I wonder how big this could get to becoming a large distributed file server.

      It doesn't work that way, once someone downloads a file it is removed from the network.

  • Are you kidding ? Anything I delete I certainly don't want to share with anyone.

    Registrant Contact:,br> dumpsterdrive.com@proxy.dreamhost.com
    A Happy DreamHost Customer
    417 Associated Rd #324
    Brea, CA 92821

    What's at 417 Associated Rd #324 in Brea? - The BREA MAIL CENTER, of course amongst other things. What a crock.
  • Maybe it's a generational thing, but the /. summary writer seems to have missed the point of why people (used to) dumpster dive: collect intelligence that could be used AGAINST the divee. I'd LOVE to pick through other people's stuff, but I'll be GD'ed if I'm going to reciprocate. The crap I delete includes material nearly as valuable in terms of PII, PI, and IP as the stuff I keep on my drives, whether home or office.

    • Maybe it's a generational thing, but the /. summary writer seems to have missed the point of why people (used to) dumpster dive: collect intelligence that could be used AGAINST the divee.

      Speak for yourself. Those of us who were not in the blackmail business did it to scrounge valuable junk.

      I'd LOVE to pick through other people's stuff,

      I wouldn't. I'd find yours quite boring.

      The crap I delete includes material nearly as valuable in terms of PII, PI, and IP as the stuff I keep on my drives, whether home or

  • This is such a security risk, just thinking about about the concept makes my head hurt.
  • by Ozymandias_KoK (48811) on Tuesday July 19, 2011 @03:52PM (#36815294)

    Can't see how it could possibly go wrong...

  • by Taibhsear (1286214) on Tuesday July 19, 2011 @03:55PM (#36815332)

    A.) What could I possibly want to delete from my computer that I would actively want to share with anyone? (ie. to my benefit)
    B.) Can you imagine the number of copies of "New Folder" and "untitled folder" there would be in there?

  • by kiehlster (844523) on Tuesday July 19, 2011 @04:08PM (#36815476) Homepage
    But I swear I didn't share any of my legally obtained music before I deleted it.
    • by hAckz0r (989977)
      What's that? An echo? No. Thats the MPAA right behind them.

      Next thing you know is we will have anonymous and distributed recycle bins rather than file sharing. "But your honour, I thought they were throwing it away!"

  • Did these people never get the message? I load pages in background tabs. Sudden blaring descriptions of Dumpster Drive echoing through the office while I try to figure out which tab it opened in PISS ME OFF! Everyone remember, if you autoplay audio of any kind on your website there are large numbers of us who will hunt you down and beat you to a bloody pulp. Thank you.
  • I think it will be cool to see files added to and passed around through this system, say something like daily journal with one entry from every person that picks up the file.

    but in reality I think it is going to end up with full of trolls, p0rn and people looking for another way to "illegally" share copyrighted material.

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