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RIP (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38045990)

My condolence.

I've heard that spore thing was an awesome game.

Re:RIP (-1, Offtopic)

Spacezilla (972723) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046008)

It's not a game: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaspora [wikipedia.org]

Re:RIP (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046066)

Your link is very nice for folks interested in etymology, but not informative.

Diaspora [wikipedia.org] is not Diaspora [wikipedia.org].

Re:RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046280)

Your link is very nice for folks interested in etymology

Isn't everyone?

With apologies to everyone who knew and loved Ilya (-1, Offtopic)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046006)

I think I've seen this before! [youtube.com] I always knew Zuckerberg was evil but I didn't realize he took it to that level!

Tasteless joke in 3, 2, 1... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046056)

Look at it from a different angle; maybe it was his own fault. Maybe [ostatic.com] he [kalzumeus.com] forgot [theregister.co.uk] to [switched.com] lock [pcmag.com] the [thinq.co.uk] door [computerworld.com].

Re:With apologies to everyone who knew and loved I (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046584)

Wish i had mod points for this.

Re:With apologies to everyone who knew and loved I (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046608)

He was an asshat for refusing to work his stupid social network with IE*. Maybe it's been my reporting the diaspora invites as spam. He just couldn't cope.

*I don't use IE but fucking hell, you can't throw a hissy fit about allowable browsers when you're trying to start a social network.

Re:With apologies to everyone who knew and loved I (0)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#38047240)

You're joking [right?] but there's good reason for this high level of paranoia. Governments love facebook and the like and a closed competitor that they can't monitor has got to stick in their craw. It wouldn't be the first time a fascist government murdered someone and disguised it as a suicide. Note that I am NOT repeat NOT making allegations, only stating that people being upset about suggestions like these need to reconsider that they are living in a real world with bad people in.

google's hand (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046022)

He was killed by google agents. :(

Causes? (1)

justforgetme (1814588) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046044)

Very sad news, not only because of his vision and the fact that he was a good geek but just because 22 is way too soon.

Any news on the causes yet?

Re:Causes? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046068)

Too much gay cock.

Re:Causes? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046092)

If that was dangerous Richard Stallman would have been dead years ago.

Re:Causes? (-1, Redundant)

unity100 (970058) | more than 2 years ago | (#38047212)

ahaha ahahaha ahahahaha ahahahaha ahahahahah hahahahaha haha haha hahaaa .......... you're funny ......... not.

Re:Causes? (5, Informative)

Toy G (533867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046112)

Some Twitter [twitter.com] posts [twitter.com] (pre-dating the "official" announcement by more than 12 hours) mentioned suicide.

Re:Causes? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046334)

The fact of the matter is that as anyone who knew him knows , Ilya Zhitomirskiy was conceited egotistical asshat who had a number of sycophants, but few real friends, because most people chose not to put up with his self-centered bull shit.

Suicide? Yes, I can believe it. Suicide is the action of selfish people, and Ilya was extremely selfish. However, in fact it was more likely "suicide", not suicide.

On the other hand, those that had more than casual contact with him recently knew that certain foreign Mafia elements had mad overtures with regards to certain money laundering schemes that required knowledge of distributed computing techniques that Zhitomirskiy was familiar with. Word on the street was Zhitomirskiy was reluctant to be involved but once convinced that there was no other option due to threats of personal harm, Zhitomirskiy decided to play ball but demanded too high of a cut. Thus, "suicide". Note the quotes.

=//= An informed observer...

Re:Causes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046326)

I know a few companies that would have liked to arrange his suicide.

Re:Causes? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046392)

Don't worry, Diaspora was actually based on an idea that I had, that he read about because I posted it way too often, and that was badly misunderstood and then not thought to the end. I give him credit for actually trying to make it reality, as I've been stuck with doing other shit to actually survive.
But sorry, it was just full of FAIL. It lacked some of the key architectural points of doing it all in the first place. The big picture.
Yet, there's no shame in making errors or lack of knowledge. (The shame is not learning from them or being ignorant.)
And I like to think that some day, he would have understood.

I really want to know what this is.
As I know how far certain types (not Mark, contrary to popular opinion) would go to prevent this from becoming successful...
I don't want to be next.

Re:Causes? (2)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046474)

Tom, is that you?

And I definitely think trying to execute the idea is worth a lifetime of talk about ideas. All the time you spend posting "way too often" could be spent coding, or at least guiding others on an open source project if you really have all the architectural issues worked out.

Re:Causes? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046852)

And I definitely think trying to execute the idea is worth a lifetime of talk about ideas

Unfortunately, Diaspora always seemed to fall into the latter category. Lots of UI stuff (none of it original - designing a good UI is hard, copying an existing UI is easy), but no attempt to address any of the problems in that space that are actually difficult, such as how should the network be federated in a way that doesn't allow malicious nodes to harvest information, scales to hundreds of millions of users, and doesn't have a single point of failure.

Naturally... (1, Informative)

mino (180832) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046058)

"His family asks that you respect their privacy at this difficult time"?

Re:Naturally... (-1, Flamebait)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046250)

"His family asks that you respect their privacy at this difficult time"?

Yeah, joking with the privacy concerns of social networks and feeding that back to the circumstance. Absolutely tasteless. You must be an absolute jerk!

When you're in town we should get together for a beer and more tasteless banter.

Re:Naturally... (1, Insightful)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046660)

Well, yeah. Championing the cause of privacy protection in social networks earns you that right many times over.

So... (1)

rapidreload (2476516) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046062)

Not to be (deliberately) insensitive, but how will this affect the development of Diaspora?

Re:So... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046104)

It won't. Diaspora died long before he did.

Re:So... (3, Insightful)

Riceballsan (816702) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046226)

Actually that could lead to the most ironic possible turn of events... Diaspora's failure was not so much the product, as a failure to have a working product for the public at a time when the general media was paying attention... I don't know about anyone else but I actually got my diaspora invite yesterday (that I signed up for a year back). Before I get flamed, no I do not think this was planned for such, but I do think there is a 1/100 chance that his death may draw the media, that may possibly draw the public to check out his work. 10 years from now we may be looking at the digital equivalent of Van Gogh.

Re:So... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046290)

I really doubt it. Really, really doubt it.

Re:So... (1)

bhartman34 (886109) | more than 2 years ago | (#38047014)

I don't know about anyone else but I actually got my diaspora invite yesterday (that I signed up for a year back).

Right there is the problem with Diaspora. Their sign-up process is ridiculous. I'm still waiting for my invite, and probably for just as long. At least Google let people invite their friends, when they were still doing the invite-only thing with Google+.

Re:So... (3, Insightful)

DrXym (126579) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046296)

Diaspora has only really just launched and it works reasonably well for it too. It's a little slow but the experience is slick and I would have thought the privacy guarantees would meant at least geeks but possibly a wider audience would find the attraction in using it.

Re:So... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046528)

HERE IS THE ANSWER http://bit.ly/uivjX7

Re:So... (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046866)

I would have thought the privacy guarantees would meant at least geeks but possibly a wider audience would find the attraction in using it

What privacy guarantees? Who has reviewed the federation protocol? Last time I checked, it was an ad-hoc pile of crap full of serious design flaws and the reference implementation (which was about as close as you got to real documentation for the protocol) was a security disaster. The difference between Diaspora and Facebook is that people actually had to pay for Facebook to harvest all of your 'private' information...

Re:So... (3, Informative)

DrXym (126579) | more than 2 years ago | (#38047252)

What privacy guarantees? Who has reviewed the federation protocol? Last time I checked, it was an ad-hoc pile of crap full of serious design flaws and the reference implementation (which was about as close as you got to real documentation for the protocol) was a security disaster. The difference between Diaspora and Facebook is that people actually had to pay for Facebook to harvest all of your 'private' information...

Well you've just answered it. All the source code is there to run your own pod so if you are paranoid about the official host you can run your own and disclose what you like. See http://podupti.me/ [podupti.me] for some pods that already exist. As for reviewing the code, the code is all there too on https://github.com/diaspora/diaspora [github.com] so review it to your own satisfaction or not. Diaspora makes no bones about being in alpha so I'm quite certain there are bugs to be found. Doesn't mean that the principle is sound and from reviewing some of the federation protocols in the wiki it appears to take reasonable security precautions, and takes advantage of emerging standards for distributed comment / pubsub feedback such as Salmon.

Can you review Facebook's code? Can you see what data they capture on your behaviour and activities and what they do with it? Can you host your own code? The answer is no you can't. Facebook Europe does offer some toos for limited disclosure of data but certainly not enough to satisfy people who are identified major omissions in it.

Let this be a lesson (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046074)

To all young, horny, self-absorbed, invincible little gods of the internet: you're never too young. The cosmos cares not for you.

Value your health. Value your safety.

Accomplish something while you still can, just as Ilya did.

Re:Let this be a lesson (5, Insightful)

inflex (123318) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046118)

Very true words... health is one of those things that gets stolen away from you almost literally overnight and from there it's a major struggle to get back to normality. Most of us as kids would screw up our faces when our parents would say "You've got your health" when we moaned about not having anything - sadly, as with so many things, you don't realise how true that is until you're older.

The trouble is, you trip up with something, that later causes something else...and so on... you find yourself snowballing down into the pit of death .

Re:Let this be a lesson (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046562)

Which I had mod points for this.

I recently started having heart issues. Got an appointment with a cardiologist coming up. Nothing takes the wind out of absolutely everything like thinking there is something seriously wrong with you.

Re:Let this be a lesson (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046728)

Most of us as kids would screw up our faces when our parents would say "You've got your health" when we moaned about not having anything - sadly, as with so many things, you don't realise how true that is until you're older.

Mostly because it's being used in the same way as "think of the starving children in Africa". Of course there are people that are much, much worse off than us but if any comparison should always be towards the lowest possible bar then you'll lose every time. Particularly if you throw in history on how growing up today is much better than most children through history, probably including your own parents and grandparents. After all, most people - certainly kids and other young people you identify with - do have their health.

Also it's sometimes used as a poor man's equalizer, it doesn't matter that you're Steve Jobs you can still die a long drawn out death of cancer. In that yes your health is important and your health can't really be bought for money, but just because there's a variable you can't control doesn't mean poor and (good|bad) health beats rich and (good|bad) health. It's a just a way to mentally put a few people in the (rich, bad health) below you (poor, good health) in the feelgood hierarchy.

Suicide Apparently Was the Cause (5, Informative)

DISKOTeCH (2507090) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046122)

For those wondering. Doing a simple Twitter search of @zhitomirskiyi, brings this recent tweet directly mentioning him: https://twitter.com/#!/micahdaigle/status/135613279618871296 [twitter.com] "@zhitomirskiyi, founder of @joindiaspora, has committed suicide. :(" about around 24 hours ago, long before it was announced on Techcrunch. Then someone else mentioned suicide as well, but they delete their tweet, not before it was retweeted however: https://twitter.com/justinherman/status/135619350538358784 [twitter.com] "@amoration Found out colleague killed himself. Sending serenity in the passing of @zhitomirskiyi" Sad to hear it. R.I.P. Ilya Zhitomirskiy. Thank you for your work.

Re:Suicide Apparently Was the Cause (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046228)

That's so sad. This really takes me back to one year ago when I was also 22 and my friend of the same age took his own life. Bright guy... valedictorian in high school. Such a shock when it happens and you're sad and angry and just confused and you wonder, "how could they do that? Doesn't he realize that me and his other friends like him and look up to him and what he just wasted?" Awful and upsetting... thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Re:Suicide Apparently Was the Cause (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046328)

Doesn't he realize that me and his other friends like him and look up to him

oh yes, he was suffering enough that he killed himself and all you think is "how could he do this to me?!

you're an asshole.

Re:Suicide Apparently Was the Cause (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046494)

Um, no--you're a moron.

Re:Suicide Apparently Was the Cause (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046778)

Awful and upsetting... thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Awful and upsetting for the family and friends, sure. But for himself, I don't know.

I'm not sure life deserves the worship it gets. Ok, life can be fun but not fun enough to justify the overhead. By the time you're 20 you kinda get the plot, and it usually doesn't get any better after that.

I've been trying to shield my children from discovering this, but my 13-year-old son, who's of a very contemplating kind, voices similar thoughts already. While I will in no way encourage this line of thinking, I'm having a hard time countering his arguments because he's totally right.

Re:Suicide Apparently Was the Cause (4, Informative)

Anonymus (2267354) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046988)

Maybe put him in the care of people who aren't suffering from depression?

Re:Suicide Apparently Was the Cause (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046912)

"Doesn't he realize that me and his other friends like him and look up to him and what he just wasted?"

In general, no he didn't realize any of that. In his mind, he took the best option available to him. Wasted? He just took complete control of his life instead of being helpless. He didn't have any good friends (truthful or not) and if he did, best to get out of their way and not screw up their lives too. Better to leave now then slowly mess everything up and making them depressed too, just like quickly ripping off a band-aid. "Why should they look up to me? I'm crap. I'm not worth it." Better be gone so they have someone better to look to.

Re:Suicide Apparently Was the Cause (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38047186)

Maybe he didn't realize because no one ever told him. Nothing personal against you, but people are funny. No one would ever tell another person how they feel about them on a personal level, but then are shocked when things like this happen.

Did some bank investing in FB kill him? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046146)

hmmm... it could get deeper. my captcha is apt - brutally.

Sinister deeds! (-1, Offtopic)

xmorg (718633) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046150)

Microsoft Assassins!

Re:Sinister deeds! (4, Funny)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046484)

Oh please! if it was MSFT the hitmen would have spammed the place with bullets but not hit a damned thing. You think they can train their hitmen any better than they plan their product roadmap?

Now if it were Apple it would have been incredibly expensive, but with style and flair, such as taking him up in a Lear Jet and dressing him in a really nice suit and then dropping him onto the point at the top of the Empire State building, while having a note in his pocket written by an academy award winning screenwriter.

And if it were Linux they would have received plans for an elaborate machine gun (released under GPL V2 of course!) and a pile of pig iron and told to "Make it yourself, RTFM noob, its easy!".

Re:Sinister deeds! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046630)

>>> Now if it were Apple it would have been incredibly expensive, but with style and flair, such as taking him up in a Lear Jet and dressing him in a really nice suit and then dropping him onto the point at the top of the Empire State building, while having a note in his pocket written by an academy award winning screenwriter.

I'm stunned Steve Jobs didn't choose to end it that way.

The Russian government likes to kill with panache, as in the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko by Polonium-210 in a cup of tea!

Re:Sinister deeds! (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38047244)

And if it were Linux they would have received plans for an elaborate machine gun (released under GPL V2 of course!) and a pile of pig iron and told to "Make it yourself, RTFM noob, its easy!".

What's really sad is that that lame joke is probably older than this guy was.

Well... (1)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046152)

...the blog sites can't decide if he was 21 or 22. Most copy blindly off each other - and that includes Zdnet who should know better. Given that his work was in social networking and thus communication, I can't help but feel that he has been let down by the poor quality of communication surrounding his death.

Re:Well... (4, Informative)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046180)

His final posting on Diaspora was of a translucent butterfly [joindiaspora.com] on the 7th. There was nothing that really stood out to be in his other postings as being suicidal, so I'm not going to go with that theory until there's something a bit more solid than the rumourmill. However, if it does turn out that that was what happened, it would alter how this image should be seen and therefore show that this was no sudden thing.

Re:Well... (4, Insightful)

Rie Beam (632299) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046364)

When someone commits suicide, it's not always the case that they're going to smother the Internet with cries for help -- introverted especially, especially the geeky kind, tend to bundle up their emotions. Suicides can and do happen out of the blue.

Re:Well... (4, Informative)

fatphil (181876) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046586)

Unfortunately, the ones that actually are going to go ahead with it are the ones less likely to send out the cries for help.

Re:Well... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046822)

As an educated (BS in SE), 25 year old male who has attempted suicide twice (and failed by chance/luck/bad luck), in general we do send out cries for help. They get dismissed or go unnoticed. They aren't "I'm going to kill myself tonight. Don't try to stop me." but more like "I don't really care" or "I just cause problems" along with a passive shrug cause you don't want to make the other person feel bad too.

Personally if someone had noticed my attempts, I think I would've been better off. The ones that are vocal about it get help, the ones that are discovered before death get help, but the ones that are barely strong enough to keep from going all the way just linger on in quiet misery without being able to get help or end it.

My respect to the guy. Humans die easily, but it takes a lot to kill yourself. He was stronger than me.

Re:Well... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046844)

And it may not even have had anything to do with emotions at all. Sometimes people just find themselves in a situation without an acceptable solution.

Re:Well... (0)

stridebird (594984) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046582)

It's always comforting finding some irony in the nature of a tragic death. Thanks be owing for your words.

Diaspora, yeah vaguely heard of it. Didn't I register my email for an invitation around 2007 or something? To speak frankly, this news hardly registers in my corner of cyberspace. And I really do not like chasebook [*], enough that Dia seemed like a good idea at the time, whatever that idea was in the first place.

[*] - I always log out and delete cookies after visiting the book.
[*] - I always "copy link location" and paste links I find in my "feed" to avoid JS interception of my link so the book doesn't know I followed it.
[*] - and now the book stopped you doing that, so I copy the link title and google[#] search for it so the book don't know
[*] - I delete everything on my wall
[*] - and generally don't use it except to test client requests for book api integration
[*] - BOOK change the O for open to R for restricted. Change the K for knowlege to G for greed. Result BORG.
[*] - We have kill the borg before it grows too large.

[#] - G is almost as bad in as much as it's the next most evil creature in cyberspace but it's solidly #2, nowhere near to challenging Doctor Mark Zoidberg's #1 borg.

IMHO

Sad (5, Insightful)

tekgoblin (1675894) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046160)

This is sad, he had a bright future. I wonder what was bothering him enough to commit suicide assuming thats what actually happened.

Re:Sad (5, Insightful)

Riceballsan (816702) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046192)

I cannot believe I had to scroll down this far to find the first post that wasn't a brazen insensitive mockery or a joking jab at an assassination. Not that they normally bother me, but really even the announcement of Steve Jobs' death was at least 50/50. Maybe the project that he had didn't take off, but his ideals and his heart were in the right place, and if he did indeed take his own life, that makes it even more tragic.

Re:Sad (1)

beaverdownunder (1822050) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046234)

Just demonstrates the cynical, borderline sociopathic nature of most /.ters =/

Re:Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046360)

Just demonstrates the cynical, borderline sociopathic nature of most /.ters =/

I have all the characteristics of a human being: flesh, blood, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don't know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.

Re:Sad (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046658)

Just demonstrates the cynical, borderline sociopathic nature of most /.ters =/

I have all the characteristics of a human being: flesh, blood, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don't know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.

Welcome to slashdot, you'll find plenty of like-minded folk here.

Re:Sad (0)

YouDieAtTheEnd (2471718) | more than 2 years ago | (#38047156)

Blech, you mean all the migrants that show up in any subculture when it becomes 'cool'? It's not cynicism or sociopathy, just low IQ and hormones. 'Nerds' and 'geeks' becoming fashionable did a lot for making tech and science culture more mainstream but it's also been watered down by the masses that have signed on because it's the latest fad. Everyday it seems more and more like we face the same dilemma that Kurt Cobaine often lamented about; 'playing shows for the people that used to beat us up in highschool' may make us popular but who wants to be popular if that's the company you get to keep.

Re:Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046416)

Might never know. A neighbor took a shotgun to himself this year, everyone was in shock including his live in fiance.

Fact (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046178)

He put a gun in his mouth.

Re:Fact (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046266)

I wrote this and submitted it as a trolling comment. I realized it was potentially hurtful and a bad idea and I tried to stop the page from loading, but it didn't before the comment got submitted. Sorry for any offence.

Re:Fact (3, Insightful)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046298)

Well, it's a bit late now, isn't it AC! Sheesh. Geez... I'm not even going to respond to you any further.

To Ilya: R.I.P
To Ilya's family, friends, colleagues and associates: I offer my condolences and wish you peace also and wish you the strength to get through this.

Regards
Craig

 

Re:Fact (1)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046322)

Sorry for replying again. But if you are sincerely sorry and regret your troll, man up and put your name to the apology. I accept that you may be sorry, but hiding behind the cloak of anonymity means your words and your somewhat cowardice[1] "apology" bear little weight IMO.
Cheers, Craig
[1] Cowardice because you can't even put your first name in the response as the most minimal gesture.

Re:Fact (1)

cheekyjohnson (1873388) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046458)

How offensive! My entire life is just... ruined.

Re:Fact (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046556)

How offensive! My entire life is just... ruined.

Yup. The "Anonymous Coward" lives up to his name.

Re:Fact (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046618)

How offensive! My entire life is just... ruined.

I know. I'll never trust anybody again .... and now my tears have reached my keybooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

What is Diaspora? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046244)

Please, guys, I know only a moron like myself doesn't know what this Diaspora project is, but couldn't you put a link or a two-word explanation? Yes, I know Google is my friend. Feel free to mod me down now.

Re:What is Diaspora? (3, Informative)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046302)

Open Source Facebook Clone

Re:What is Diaspora? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046472)

what's this asshole's name, who "runs" facebook? He killed Dispora dude!

Re:What is Diaspora? (4, Interesting)

epine (68316) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046384)

Google is my friend, too, yet I would have been ever so grateful for the tiniest social grace of sparing me yet another Google result set.

I'm pretty sure Lewis Thomas in Lives of a Cell (or possibly Et Cetera, Et Cetera: Notes of a Word-Watcher) comments about the sad decline of the elder statesmen: he hasn't forgotten anything so much as piled it so deep in the attic he can't find it without a substantial jog.

For about five minutes a year ago I knew what Diaspora was. Then it went directly to the Lewis Thomas attic of things I can only possibly remember once reminded.

Hard to understand, I guess, when you're twenty two.

Re:What is Diaspora? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046432)

What the hell is "Googel" and who is this Thomas you keep talking about? You should at leasy have the decency to explain the terms you use when commenting.

Kids today... think everything revolves around them.

Re:What is Diaspora? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | more than 2 years ago | (#38047060)

It is a Facebook-type social network, whose key feature is its distributed design and that you retain control and ownership for everything you post.

Re:What is Diaspora? (4, Informative)

DrXym (126579) | more than 2 years ago | (#38047070)

Diaspora is like Facebook mashed up with Twitter. You have a stream to write musings and to listen to other people's. You subscribe to topics using hash tags and you have "aspects" (akin to groups / circles) to put associates / friends / family / followers into. Where it might appeal to geeks or just people interested in their privacy is that privacy is concretely defined and the project itself is open source so there are likely to be many hosts cropping up over time. Once hosts pop up you should be able to export your data as xml and import it into the new one. It would be nice if hosts joined together with some Jabber like IPC so it didn't strictly matter where you or your friends resided as long as they were reachable between nodes.

One area of particular appeal I see for the project is in serving enterprises. I can see Diaspora being pretty useful for places that want a facebook like application to serve an internal audience. e.g. you have 20,000 people in the company you might use aspects and the wall for general team and company level chitchat. Perhaps that's how the project ultimately intends to make money, selling support to these places.

Anyway I think it's early days for the project. It got a lot of bad press about 12 months back but its really rolling out in alpha form. It's still slow (and currently suffering from a bit of a Slashdotting), but it shows a lot of promise.

Motorhead is on the case. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046346)

Lemmy's verdict? Killed by death,

I'm really sorry to hear this. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046382)

Condolences to his family and friends.

Re:I'm really sorry to hear this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046754)

This got modded funny? What is wrong with the people on this website?

Re:I'm really sorry to hear this. (1)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 2 years ago | (#38046954)

This got modded funny? What is wrong with the people on this website?

It's full of immature ACs who are too afraid to stand behind what they say, I suspect. *shrug*

Re:I'm really sorry to hear this. (1)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 2 years ago | (#38047048)

This got modded funny? What is wrong with the people on this website?

It's full of immature ACs who are too afraid to stand behind what they say, I suspect. *shrug*

I'm going to (again!) respond to my own post.

If you're one of those Anonymous Cowards who can't put a name behind your beliefs, then your belief or opinion is worth nothing. Sometimes anonymity is necessary for one reason or another. However I do believe that the majority of AC posts here (/.) are posted anonymously because the poster is either a troll or has so little self confidence that they're not sure if their belief will be "accepted" or not, and don't want to face criticism. *If* you fucking believe something, *If* you are passionate about something, then fucking post it without hiding. If you can't post it without hiding behind the AC (and this obviously excludes people who post AC for legitimate reasons) then you doubt your own "belief" or "opinion" and why should anyone take you seriously.

I'm not posting this anonymously because I stand by my beliefs, opinions, assertions, whatever. People might mod me down. Who cares?! I certainly don't because conveying my message is more important to me than some crazy moderation system. I have no idea what is wrong with people these days. If you have something to say (and it doesn't jeopardise your position, or whatever), then just fucking say it and stop hiding. If there is no valid reason to hide and you choose to hide anyway, then your belief and values can't be that strong. Can they?

Cheers

Suicide? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046518)

Really? Or did someone helped him suicide (Zuckerberg anyone?)

That's tragic... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38046948)

It sounds like this guy had a lot of potential... Condolences to his family and friends.

Very sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38047088)

It's always terribly sad when somebody as young as this loses their life, whether naturally or by their own device.
Very very sad and my heart goes out to his family, friends and colleagues.

Melvin.

Give the state of Diaspora development (-1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 2 years ago | (#38047112)

I'd guess that it was a tragic accident where he forgot to arrange a Safety Word.
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