[NetBehaviour] WEB 2.0 SUICIDE MACHINE

Olga olga.panades at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 10:55:32 CEST 2009

//////////////////  WEB 2.0 SUICIDE MACHINE  /////////////////

WORM’s own medialab moddr_ has conjured up a machine that lets you
delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your
fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0
alterego. The machine is just a metaphor for the website which moddr_
is hosting; the belly of the beast where the web2.0 suicide machine is
maintained. Our services currently runs with facebook.com, myspace.com
and LinkedIn.com! Commit NOW!

The machine consists of a tweaked Linux server installation running on
the release 8.10 of Ubuntu, called Intrepid. Apart from a standard
installation of the HTTP web-server (apache2 with python module),
there are two main additions. First, Selenium RC Control is is a
server which automatically launches and kills browsers and runs as
java applet in the background. It automatically fills in forms, makes
AJAX requests and simulate keystrokes. This all driven by a single
python/cgi script with some additional self-written libraries.

Secondly, each user can watch her suicide action in real-time via a
VNC remote desktop session, displayed on our website via an flash
applet rendered live into the client's webbrowser. Apart from using
Selenium and Python, we were also running some customized bash scripts
plus MySQL in the background for logging and debugging, jquery for the
website and a modified version of the great FlashlightVNC application
built in Flex. Web2.0 Suicide Machine consists of roughly 1500 lines
of self-written code.



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