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I'd be loading up on parts. Those E8400s can go for $100 each, that adds up pretty quick. I'd take my chances. If you aren't going to tell me where and when and I'll be all over it.
    
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Originally Posted by bomfunk;12786722 
lol how are any of these things illegal to possess and carry around? My dad has two massive tubs full of all kinds of hardware at the back of his truck all the time, and he's also (usually) got a spare pair of overalls. You reckon he's gonna be arrested?

Can't they throw you in jail for suspicion of mischief? I'm not a judicial system guru, but I think they can. If you add both ageism and computers into the equation, the results would likely be different.

Honestly, Smoblikat could just record his arrival and pick up of the computers on a video camera, so if push comes to shove, he has evidence that they aren't stolen. He may be trespassing, but I'm sure a decent cop would let him go.
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Originally Posted by Eros;12786262 
Lol. exhappysmiley.png Maybe they are all doing this. [ATTACH]200859[/ATTACH]


In Canada, schools don't throw computers out in dumpsters, they send them to these places specifically made to recycle electronics. I know of one place that has old computers donated to them by schools, and they refurbish them then send them out to a place that needs them. I think they are currently sending them to Jamaica and Haiti. A very noble cause. happysmiley.gif

Ofcourse they are
We Canadians are great

btw Eros Entertainement ftw:cool:
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O.K. someone may have already mentioned this but I am going to post it any way

talk to your I.T. department and while your at it remind them that it is illegal to put
electronic waste in with the regular land fill bound garbage, offer to take it to the locale electronic waste disposal site for them and along the way pull the parts you want, sale the E8400's here at OCN for cheap and use the proceeds to upgrade

Well I just searched this out and it seems electronic waste is handled at a state level
here in Cali it is designated as Universal waste might be differant in what ever state your in
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Originally Posted by skitzogreg;12784437 
I thought I'd clarify the legality here:

'Dumpster Diving' in and of itself is not illegal, but depending on the location and/or the features of the dumpsters, you could find yourself breaking the law. Explanation:

Rummaging through trash that is in a public (non-privatized) location such as a street or curb is technically considered 'public' and can therefore be taken. In other words, if you take your trash to the street, once it's past your property line, it's public [search away!]. If, however, the trash is located in a receptacle inside your property (i.e. garage, in front of your car, etc.), it's not public and rummaging through your trash is illegally trespassing.

Now let's take your school for example. Your school's dumpsters are on school property. If you are caught digging through an open dumpster on school property, you could be cited/arrested for trespassing. In all reality, the cops will just tell you to leave. If the dumpster is locked by the waste management company, breaking the lock is also considered trespassing amongst the waste company's property, and subject to the same legal liability.

In other words, take caution. In fact, ask. No, really. People are generally nice. If you ask your school custodian or facilities management if you can check the dumpsters and they say it's alright, go for it. It's better to ask for permission in terms of legality than for forgiveness. I hope this helps!

EDIT:
I just noticed this quote:



This is a popular misconception. Even though it's a public school, it's not public property. It's a protected facility that has a right to maintain protection of it's assets. Just because you believe your tax money funds the school, it's actually state property and you can prosecuted to the full extent of the law if you trespass. I'm sorry for being a Debbie Downer, lol.

This. If it's public space its ok.

Hell, the cops do it, the feds do it, the hobos do it, you should too. One man's trash is another man's treasure!
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Most schools aren't really well monitored by the cops. My friends and I used to go to all the schools in the evenings to play airsoft since there were always so many places to hide. Never once did a cop or security guard come out. Some of these were private schools, too.
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LUCKY! My school barely upgraded to Windows XP machines with 2gb of RAM and Pentium 4 processors. biggrin.gif We still have a bunch of older semprons and Pentium III lurking around with Crappy CRT's (freakin low res for a CRT) and with Ubuntu 8.04. biggrin.gif
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Dude you could make a about $800+ on those PCs, if you could get 8 of the 20 running, and that's not unlikely either! That would be some really old crappy PCs, like Pentium 4s...

I'd say do it! If it's in the trash, it's in the trash!

You are not actually suppose to throw away computers, that's why have that No Garbage sign on the back of the case! You would be doing them a favor!
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AFAIK it would be legal because schools are public property meaning its trash is public? and you really paid for that computer becasue your taxes n all so you can't really steal something u indirectly bought and paid for now can u?
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btw OP.
when u do it biggrin.gif post pics of what u got biggrin.gif
    
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