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Postby TerraFrost » Tue Dec 31, 2002 11:48 pm

so do you think that once an item is thrown away it becomes public domain, so to speak? i think it sorta is, whether or not it should be, since it's outside of your control, in which cause, it ought to be public domain.
anyways, here's a sorta interesting read on the subject:
http://www.wweek.com/flatfiles/News3485.lasso
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Postby Roadkill » Wed Jan 01, 2003 8:05 pm

i have no problem with that. it just teaches you to be more careful, or get a fireplace, or (if you live in an area that you can) a burn pile. A person is a person, and you cant always be exactly who you want yourself to be.

i found it kind of humorous how well they searched it. i mean, they even counted the number of grass blades in the dog doodoo :lol

also, you do leave it to the open quite easily. It's tricky. You can say the person was tresspassing on your property for your trash, but the police can just stop the garbage truck and do a search there. they will identify a few of which bags belong to whom by letters and magazines you throw away anyway.
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Postby Nyufrost » Wed Jan 01, 2003 8:39 pm

Well, in most areas, the sidewalk in front of your house does not belong to you and the city has an easement of several feet into your front yard so they are not considered tresspassing and don't need to get your permission to be on your property (or dig up half your yard) while performing maintenance tasks.

Therefore, unless you set your garbage can several feet back back into your yard (where the garbage collectors often refuse to take it) then you are putting your garbage can on public property and anyone has a right to go through it.

I think the police seizing a used tampon to perform a secret drug test on a female officer was going well beyond the normal scope of "random drug testing" though. That was not just gross but underhanded and sexist.

The only thing one would find in our garbage is garbage. Anything with a name/address gets shredded and name labels are removed from magazines and catalogs before they go into the recycling bin.

The thing I always think is comical is when some jerk takes a bag of garbage and just dumps it somewhere and it gets traced back to them and they get a whopping fine! :thumbs:
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Postby BluKing » Sun Jan 05, 2003 12:25 am

Well that doesn't seem to be of much concern...but a little note of hypocracy in the whole garbage issue is that the item is still yours if you dispose of it in an incorrect way...go figure
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Postby Rend » Wed Jan 15, 2003 12:08 am

Once you have thrown an item in the trash, you have signaled a few things:

1) You no longer want the item

2) You want the item to be away from you

3) You rely on other people to take it away for you

Using these three assessments, it seems perfectly right to be able to dig through trash and take anything you desire from it. If you dont want anyone to find it, or if you want to keep it, either do so or put it in a place nobody will find it at.
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Postby Nyufrost » Wed Jan 15, 2003 2:23 am

Yep ... that's what paper shredders and fireplaces come in handy for ... if it's confidential then don't put it in a trash can that's contents will be taken to a public dump!
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Postby TerraFrost » Wed Jan 15, 2003 3:18 am

well, not everyone has a fireplace, and shredded paper can be assembled like a puzzle :lila:
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Postby Nyufrost » Wed Jan 15, 2003 8:52 am

So ... make like a spy and eat the evidence! :p
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