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Dumpster Diving

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dumpster diving/dump'-ster di:'-ving/

1. The practice of sifting refuse from an office or technical installation to extract confidential data, especially security-compromising information ("dumpster" is an Americanism for what is elsewhere called a "skip"). Back in AT&T's monopoly days, before paper shredders became common office equipment, phone phreaks (see phreaking) used to organise regular dumpster runs against phone company plants and offices. Discarded and damaged copies of AT&T internal manuals taught them much. The technique is still rumored to be a favourite of crackers operating against careless targets.

2. The practice of raiding the dumpsters behind buildings where producers and/or consumers of high-tech equipment are located, with the expectation (usually justified) of finding discarded but still-valuable equipment to be nursed back to health in some hacker's den. Experienced dumpster-divers not infrequently accumulate basements full of moldering (but still potentially useful) cruft.

Source: dictionary.com- dictionary jargon Do you dare to dumpster dive? You have heard folks talk about it, so now you want to read more about it. Let's begin with are you willing?

Scenario 1: You are driving down the street and see a perfectly good object on the curbside. Are you willing to stop and toss it in the trunk?

Scenario 2: Your neighbors toss out their newspapers in the recycle bin. Are you willing to pick up extra coupon inserts from their bins?

Scenario 3: You are bored one night and looking for something fun to do. Are you willing to venture into dumpster diving for cheap entertainment?

If you are still reading this, you have either done this before, or are considering trying it out.

Here are some tips:

What to bring:

Comfortable clothes
Baby wipes
Milk crate (for stepping stool)
Pocket knife
Grocery bags/trash bags
Large enough vehicle (don't want to find you don't have enough space for your stash)
First aid kit
Unger or poking stick

When to dive:

Each person has their own preferable time to dive, but I recommend early morning or late night. Don't dive after midnight to avoid confrontations. Dive consistently. Remember, you may not find something each time you go. It's the thrill of the hunt. You never know when a dive will be a lucky one.

Where to dive:

You can start by mapping out or scoping the following areas-

Thrift stores
Strip malls
Grocery stores
Department stores
Residential (apartment/condo)
Video stores
Toy stores
Electronic stores
Craft stores
Recycle bins

What to do if confronted:

It's a good idea to say that you are looking for boxes. Most store personnel are more concerned with you dumping your trash into their dumpster vs. taking items from their dumpster. This is not the time to be defensive. Be polite and leave as soon as possible. If you know your area's law, then you can always come back later. You may want to consider not diving in your immediate area, if you are concerned about being recognized.

Is it illegal:

You can check for your local area ordinances or call your police department to inquire. Most areas consider trash public domain. Be sure to check that it is not a breach of privacy in your area. Do not dive in fenced area dumpsters or where any do not trespass signs are posted.

How long per dive:

Do not dive in one dumpster over ten minutes. The longer you are there, the higher your chances are for being confronted. Be as quick as possible. Be discreet. Keep in mind small things like not parking your car directly next to the dumpster.


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