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I'm going to have to send this guy an interesting thank-you gift in return, any ideas? :) (The seller has already refunded his purchase price.)
Jeff Lawson, a 30-year-old tech-industry worker in Austin, was chatting with his friends online about election-related “Is” sites. The domain IsSarahPalinPresident.com already existed, but the breezier IsPalinPresident.com did not. So Mr. Lawson paid a few bucks just before election day to scoop up the Web address, one of several so-called vanity domains he has bought.
“It was basically only the cost of a couple of drinks from Starbucks, which is a fair price for a few laughs with my friends,” Mr. Lawson said. (For the record: “No,” it says, followed by, “And hopefully not in 2012 either.”) He’s paid up for the Web adress until next November, but Mr. Lawson isn’t sure whether he’ll keep the site up beyond that. “I’ve already had my fun,” he says.
For those who don't already know, distributed.net achieved another significant milestone last weekend by completing the OGR-25 project. Over the ~8 years of the project, we've had the computers of nearly 125,000 people contribute (and many people have more than one computer participating). Here's the full announcement that I made regarding the completion, as well as the separate announcement for the next OGR project. Launching a new project for us is always an exciting time, including a flurry of activity involving backend server updates and finalizing the new project's code.
distributed.net's recent success was mentioned in several prominent websites, including the venerable Slashdot (Distributed.net Finds Optimal 25-Mark Golomb Ruler).
Another nice blog mention was in Mark Hopkins' blog post "Microsoft’s Azure is So 1997 (and Why I Love it)", which reminds us that today's recent cloud computing initiatives are basically just building upon the time-tested concepts of the past.
It is common knowledge that plastic garbage bags left on or at the side of a public street are readily accessible to animals, children, scavengers, snoops, and other members of the public.... Moreover, respondents placed their refuse at the curb for the express purpose of conveying it to a third party ... Accordingly, having deposited their garbage ... in an area particularly suited for public inspection and, in a manner of speaking, public consumption, for the express purpose of having strangers take it ... respondents could have had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the [items that were] discarded.[findlaw.com]
The question, then, becomes whether placing garbage for collection constitutes abandonment of property ... [T]he placing of trash in garbage cans at a time and place for anticipated collection by public employees for hauling to a public dump signifies abandonment ... [T]he act of placing garbage for collection is an act of abandonment which terminates [any protection]... The act of placing [garbage] for collection is an act of abandonment and what happens to it thereafter is not [protected].[findlaw.com]
It is common knowledge that commercial dumpsters have long been a source of fruitful exploration for scavengers. ... [The defendant] did not take sufficient steps to restrict the public's access to its discarded garbage; therefore, its subjective expectation of privacy is not one that society is prepared to accept as objectively reasonable..[emory.edu]
Stealing trash is not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1988 that once an item is left for trash pickup, there is no expectation of privacy or continued ownership.
By definition anything in a dumpster is waste and therefore not needed and abandoned by the owner. So you can recover anything from the trash that you want.
The problem is the location of the dumpster. If the dumpster is on private property then you can't access it without trespassing.[answers.com]