Back in May, you may recall that an open-source Facebook rival called Diaspora* burst into national prominence overnight thanks to a New York Times profile and strong anti-Facebook sentiment, raising more than $200,000 over Kickstarter when they had only been shooting for $10,000. (They or someone else also managed to sneak a dirty UNIX joke in the New York Times.) Last night, the Diaspora* team opened up its source code to developers and gave us our first glimpse at what Diaspora* will look like.
This morning's New York Times
features a story on a group of NYU undergraduates working on a would-be Facebook killer called Diaspora*,
the software for which "will let users set up their own personal servers, called seeds, create their own hubs and fully control the information they share." The article is a neat read both for the specifics of the proposal and the anti-Facebook sentiment it highlights amongst young'uns in the tech community; it also marks what may be the first time a dirty UNIX joke has managed to sneak into the hallowed pages of the Times
A tipster draws our attention to the writing on the left side of the chalkboard behind the students: "TOUCH GREP UNZIP MOUNT FSCK FSCK FSCK UMOUNT." Wait a second: That's not intelligible code! It's almost as if it has another meaning.