[NetBehaviour] WEB 2.0 SUICIDE MACHINE

dave miller dave.miller.uk at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 17:22:29 CEST 2009

Sounds a lovely idea. How does this work? I thought you couldn't
delete your Facebook profile - once you've registered they keep all
your info on their database for ever - or have they stopped doing


2009/7/3 Olga <olga.panades at gmail.com>:
> //////////////////  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.
> http://suicide.moddr.net/
> --
> Olga
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