I'm one of the students of App Academy ( which Ned Ruggeri is co-founder of ).
The reason for that is because today one of the tasks was to create a version of HN in ou terminals. HN was blocking people due to repeated requests and thus Ned made a local version of HN for students to use.
I found about that a short time ago while crawling github with Nuuton. A lot of people don't seem to be security aware. This is one of those things that search allows you to have fun with (by fun I mean be surprised, and by with I mean to only look and not use). You should see the stuff to be found on facebook.