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Programmer Arrested For Logic Bombing 'Whac-A-Mole'

Roblimo posted more than 3 years ago | from the up-to-15-years-in-prison-for-sabotaging-Whac-A-Mole dept.

Crime 218

McGruber writes "WFTV.com has the curious story of programmer Marvin Wimberly, who was arrested for having installed a logic bomb on Whac-A-Mole arcade games made by Bob's Space Racers in Holly Hill, Florida."

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It's safer (1)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | more than 3 years ago | (#35321994)

when the moles don't have bombs. Especially logic bombs.

If they didn't figure it out, they wouldn't have. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322028)

> "If they hadn't of discovered that they had the virus installed
> in the equipment, they wouldn't have known why their
> machines were failing," said Cpt. Steve Aldrich, Holly Hill
> Police Department.

Holly Hill's finest at work. You heard it here folks, if they hadn't of figured it out, they wouldn't have known!

Re:If they didn't figure it out, they wouldn't hav (2, Informative)

Auroch (1403671) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322070)

> "If they hadn't of discovered that they had the virus installed > in the equipment, they wouldn't have known why their > machines were failing," said Cpt. Steve Aldrich, Holly Hill > Police Department.

Holly Hill's finest at work. You heard it here folks, if they hadn't of figured it out, they wouldn't have known!

... Actually, the article states that if he hadn't mentioned it, they wouldn't have been looking at a software "feature" at all.

Re:If they didn't figure it out, they wouldn't hav (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322402)

Whenever somebody writes "of" instead of "have" I imagine some retard, toothless, inbred redneck, barely able to talk like a human being, fucking a pig and yelling "yehaw!". I'm not sure whether I should feel pity for their mental deficiencies or seething hatred for their ignorance.

Re:If they didn't figure it out, they wouldn't hav (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322546)

Elistism is just as bad as ignorance. You should of known that.

Re:If they didn't figure it out, they wouldn't hav (3, Funny)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322728)

Is being able to read/write now considered 'elistism'{sic}?

Re:If they didn't figure it out, they wouldn't hav (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322884)

Unfortunately it is. Ignorance is being portrayed as acceptable, cool and even fashionable.

Re:If they didn't figure it out, they wouldn't hav (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322944)

No, but insisting on the strict applications or the rules of writing, even across cultural boundaries, when the parent clearly was poking fun of (or should it be have) the entire situation is a pretty good sign of it.

And yes, I'm poking fun at yous too. Critique my writing.

Re:If they didn't figure it out, they wouldn't hav (1)

gnapster (1401889) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323236)

[...]when the parent clearly was poking fun of (or should it be have) the entire situation is a pretty good sign of it.

I think it should be, "poking fun at the entire situation is a pretty good sign." I don't see where you would inject 'have' in that sentence.

Critique my writing.

There you go! :c)

Re:If they didn't figure it out, they wouldn't hav (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35323110)

Whenever somebody writes "of" instead of "have" I imagine some retard, toothless, inbred redneck...

While we are criticizing people's use of the English language, I should probably point out that you should have used "retarded" rather than "retard"

Re:If they didn't figure it out, they wouldn't hav (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322758)

I'm sure he meant "they wouldn't of known."

Planned Obsolescence (1)

MrQuacker (1938262) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322040)

Kinda like having a 100000 mile warranty, and your cars engine dies at 103000 miles.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (2)

ibsteve2u (1184603) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322216)

Kinda like having a 100000 mile warranty, and your cars engine dies at 103000 miles.

Exactly what I was thinking. My parents had a lightbulb in their garage that was there when they bought the house and never burned out in the subsequent 40 years and still hasn't burned out. Yet every incandescent bulb I've ever bought was only good for a couple hundred hours.

I hope his jury remembers what the corporations have been doing to them for decades and decades.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (1)

Aeternitas827 (1256210) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322392)

To be fair, how many hours of operation does a garage bulb experience? Even despite the trauma of off-on cycles on an incandescent bulb, the short duration of the on-time really seems to offset.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (1)

adolf (21054) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322534)

It depends on the garage: My garage lamps, if I had a garage currently, would be used quite a bit since I would be spending a fair bit of time out there. Other folks, not so much: The garage might just be where they park their cars, and/or have some infrequently-accessed storage. Either way, "garage" by itself doesn't indicate much about the usage of the bulb, but only that the space it is installed in was at one point intended to park a car in.

And it depends on the bulb.

Perhaps some forward-thinking bloke, back in the day 40 years ago, installed a 130V lamp instead of a 120V, which is a common "trick" for areas with bulbs that are difficult to replace or where safety is more important than efficiency. Or perhaps its particular tungsten filament just has an unusually high impedance.

The oldest known, continuously-lit light bulb [dailymail.co.uk] is currently about 109 years old, and still doing fine.

For one to last 40 years is impressive, but is really no more impressive than a 40-year-old Ford that still runs fine with minimal maintenance: It's unusual, but there were so many of the things made that it is a statistical certainty that some of them will last a lot (decades, at least) longer than others.

In other news, I've got an old 15-year-old hard drive that still works fine. Is it remarkable? Perhaps. Is it an indication of forgotten manufacturing prowess? I doubt it -- this particular device was just lucky. Most others failed a long time ago.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322590)

Please don't link to the DM: they're like Westboro Baptists with red faces and gritted teeth.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (-1)

adolf (21054) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323084)

Please don't link to the DM: they're like Westboro Baptists with red faces and gritted teeth.

Please don't post as AC. Nobody will listen to you.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (1)

gnapster (1401889) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323276)

Please don't reply to people you won't listen to; it is futile.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (0)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322864)

Perhaps some forward-thinking bloke, back in the day 40 years ago, installed a 130V lamp instead of a 120V, which is a common "trick" for

...decreasing the lifetime of the lamp. Undervolting harms the lifespan AND puts out less light. You never want to undervolt your light source. You can get more light over the lifespan of an LED by overvolting it and pulsing it, too. If you want less light you can just pulse it. Can't do that with a heated filament, of course. Heated filament light bulbs are lame by modern standards. I notice that I have a shitload of brownouts and I lose a shitload of lightbulbs. I suspect that some of it is related to the cheapass lightswitches our landlords used when they build their own house, which can be causing undervolting during switching. Probably a real good thing I have about 300W of computer on 680W of power supply... big caps FTW

Re:Planned Obsolescence (1)

adolf (21054) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323000)

[citation needed]

Your anecdotes are interesting, but don't really doesn't seem to have anything to do with the fact that the lower the voltage feeding a given bulb, the lower the temperature of the filament will be. And the lower the temperature of the filament, the slower the tungsten evaporates. And the slower the tungsten evaporates, the longer the bulb lasts.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322594)

There's a trade-off between efficiency and longevity. The efficiency of incandescent light bulbs increases with the temperature of the filament, because the higher temperature shifts the produced spectrum from the infrared range further into the visible light range. Unfortunately the higher temperature also limits the lifetime of the bulb because the filament vaporizes faster. Burnt-out light bulbs are darkened from the inside: That's the filament material which gets deposited on the colder glass.

There's a very simple method for making incandescent bulbs very long-lasting: Use higher wattage bulbs and dim them. Unfortunately this is only cost-efficient if changing bulbs is a significant cost, because otherwise the reduced efficiency means you pay more for the additional electricity than for replacement bulbs.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322640)

never burned out in the subsequent 40 years and still hasn't burned out

They replaced it every month, while you slept.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (3, Informative)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322746)

Long lasting bulbs use more electricity. ie. It costs you more at the meter than the replacement bulbs.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (1)

Paradise Pete (33184) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322886)

My parents had a lightbulb in their garage that was there when they bought the house and never burned out in the subsequent 40 years and still hasn't burned out.

Add some stone tablets and a good back story and you could start your own religion.

Re:Planned Obsolescence (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323060)

Exo-terra 3:2

The agent of the Vendor appeared to him in a flame of fire from within a light bulb. He looked and the bulb was ablaze with fire, but it was not being consumed!

Re:Planned Obsolescence (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323032)

If you hadn't of told us, I'd never of figured out that Bob's Speed Racers was responsible for all that corporatist stuff. Next time I deep six an economy, I'll remember to pass the blame on to some arcade dealer in Florida.

"Senator, while a reasonable person might think the failure of our 15 trillion dollar company and complete collapse of the world economy was due to criminal incompetence, coke and hookers, and a 0.3% reserve, I must place blame wholly where it is deserved. Bob's Speed Racers did it."

Re:Planned Obsolescence (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323012)

Not really.

The warranty covers material defects and workmanship. It generally lasts as long as the weakest part needed to keep the engine running will last within the normal use cycle that wouldn't void the warranty.

In the case of your engine dieing at 103000 miles, it would be a mechanical fault from wear and tear or perhaps some other failure due explicitly to the normal operation of the engine. If the car company programmed a the car's computer to stop running after 103000 miles, then it would be a malicious act and likely a criminal act against you.

The difference is that one is a byproduct of normal use, the other is the intentional disabling of something otherwise capable of functioning. While the motivation to do it might seem similar, and the source of the problem seems to be the same, legally speaking, you have to accept damages resulting from your usage of a product (unless otherwise warranted) and you don't have to accept damages from the manufacturer or seller or the neighbor or the gas station, or the kids down the street. Therefore, it's reasonable for a manufacturer or seller to put something until the product that is so cheaply made it will wear out shortly after the warranty expired. But it is not reasonable for that same manufacturer or seller to purposely render an otherwise working product, unable to or incapable of operating normally.

Why programmers will never rule the world.... (4, Interesting)

Auroch (1403671) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322046)

Mostly because any good software engineer could put a hard-to-find bug in the code. Thank goodness it takes a good social engineer to make money off it - and the two skills don't often overlap in real life (as much as software engineers seem to think they do).

The other reason programmers will never rule the world - eventually the whack-a-person machines will require Marvin to come fix them.

Re:Why programmers will never rule the world.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322090)

both good software engineers and good social engineers are a rare bread anyway

However judging by 419 scams, making money is probably just about finding someone more stupid/gullible than you ;)

Re:Why programmers will never rule the world.... (-1)

Auroch (1403671) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322112)

both good software engineers and good social engineers are a rare bread anyway

However judging by 419 scams, making money is probably just about finding a senior citizen ;)

fixed it for you?

Re:Why programmers will never rule the world.... (3, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322184)

both good software engineers and good social engineers are a rare bread anyway

I know it costs more, but you just cannot beat fresh baked!

Re:Why programmers will never rule the world.... (4, Interesting)

pieterh (196118) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322270)

419 scams depend on finding someone greedy; one original form was to find a house who's owner had left on holiday, bribe the watchman for the keys, and then sell it to another person on the basis of "OK, we've had a few good parties here, you know I'm a great guy, but suddenly I have to leave the country and need $10,000 real quick", at which the mark realizes this is a great opportunity (the house is easily worth ten times that), and offers to buy it.

Houses in Lagos, Nigeria (when I worked there) sometimes had "419! Not for Sale!" painted on their walls, when their owners were away.

However, social engineering depends on decent peoples' trust; head hunted calling the receptionist and asking, "who's your best Java developer?", or emailing the tech support from a hacked account so you look like the boss, and asking, "hey, give me ssh access and a new password, ok?"

What this guy did was more like simple robbery, getting money by force.

Re:Why programmers will never rule the world.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322288)

eh, i'd still call it fraud, getting money by lying about the service he is providing.

Re:Why programmers will never rule the world.... (2)

oliverthered (187439) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322556)

many just rely on hard to find code in lots of bugs to keep their jobs.....

Re:Why programmers will never rule the world.... (2)

ArAgost (853804) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322710)

Mostly because any good software engineer could put a hard-to-find bug in the code.

Yeah, I do it all the time without even concentrating. I'm that good.

Re:Why programmers will never rule the world.... (3, Funny)

rvw (755107) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322748)

Mostly because any good software engineer could put a hard-to-find bug in the code. Thank goodness it takes a good social engineer to make money off it - and the two skills don't often overlap in real life (as much as software engineers seem to think they do).

The other reason programmers will never rule the world - eventually the whack-a-person machines will require Marvin to come fix them.

Programmers will never rule the world, because by then they have been promoted to software engineers, managers, etc. It's the same with toddlers.

Re:Why programmers will never rule the world.... (1)

aeoo (568706) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322960)

Programmers already rule the world.

"The Code Is the Law" --Lessig

Some programmers know that they rule the world. Some don't. That's the only difference.

Nitpicking. (3)

underqualified (1318035) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322058)

Each game, after turning on and off a certain number of times, sometimes 50, sometimes 500, would fail. Wimberly would be paid to fix it, and police reports say, he would insert a new virus with a new countdown.

Does it really qualify as a virus?

Re:Nitpicking. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322092)

I'm not sure, but I know you're underqualified!

Re:Nitpicking. (1)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322106)

I'm pretty sure they're using "virus" for the layman.
Its a classic logic bomb.

Re:Nitpicking. (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322292)

In the past they at least restricted "virus" to something that actually spreads.

Re:Nitpicking. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322586)

It looks much more like DRM than a virus. It's just that in this case the company releasing the product doesn't want DRM installed on their product.

Lies (1)

Konster (252488) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322066)

He's going to have to tell all the other inmates he's in for murder because he'll surely get his ass kicked for telling them he rigged Whack-A-Mole.

There are a lot of preposterous ways of winding up in the clink, and this is in the top 100.

Re:Lies (4, Funny)

Auroch (1403671) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322080)

He's going to have to tell all the other inmates he's in for murder because he'll surely get his ass kicked for telling them he rigged Whack-A-Mole.

There are a lot of preposterous ways of winding up in the clink, and this is in the top 100.

Can you imagine, that in some states, he'll be sitting next to a guy in prison, who was busted for smoking marijuana.

Marvin: So, what are you in for?
Prisoner B: Smoking a joint while trying to relax at the carnival. You?
Marvin: Rigging whack-a-mole so it'll fail. on purpose.

And suddenly prisoner B is in jail for manslaughter.

Re:Lies (2)

pclminion (145572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322104)

What wouldn't I do for a mod point?

Re:Lies (2)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322134)

Kill someone?

Re:Lies (1)

nadaou (535365) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322222)

The question you should ask yourself is "What would Jesus do for a Klondike bar?"

Re:Lies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322254)

With that crisp mint flavour he feels like...

He's on top of the mouuuunt!

Re:Lies (2)

calmofthestorm (1344385) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322272)

Insert logic bombs into slashdot to grant you five modpoints on a regular basis?

Re:Lies (1)

oliverthered (187439) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322582)

did the three strikes rule ever make it's way down as far as life if you didn't pay three parking tickets?

Re:Lies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322854)

That was about the dumbest thing I've ever seen someone say. Marijuana smokers are not always violent...actually more often they are non violent.

Re:Lies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35323222)

The joke
------------
Your head

Re:Lies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322942)

Surely you mean get his head bashed ;-)

The real profit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322874)

What I don't understand is why he didn't rig the games to spit out all the tickets for hitting the moles in the right order. Just think of all the great prizes he could have won!

If only the "mole" was a "gopher"... (1)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322078)

The Caddyshack quotes would be endless...

You gotta feel for this guy. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322088)

From his mugshot, he looks like a sad character. I kinda feel bad for what he's about to go through on his little vacation to the justice system. There are certainly worse things a person could do.

For Slashdot points, I will now note that what this guy planted was a logic bomb, not a virus.

Re:You gotta feel for this guy. (2)

Auroch (1403671) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322100)

From his mugshot, he looks like a sad character. I kinda feel bad for what he's about to go through on his little vacation to the justice system. There are certainly worse things a person could do.

For Slashdot points, I will now note that what this guy planted was a logic bomb, not a virus.

I will mention that logic bomb is stated in the summary. In the article too, but also in the summary. In order to be commenting here, unless you wildly click on random stories and type random things ... you'd have to have read logic bomb. For slashdot points, I will tell people to RTF ... summary ... before commenting.

Re:You gotta feel for this guy. (1)

pclminion (145572) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322124)

What are you talking about? The true Slashdot hardcore do not even read the TITLES, much less the summaries. The articles? Those don't actually exist. Ever tried clicking on one? Don't waste your time, there's never anything at the other end of that link.

Re:You gotta feel for this guy. (1)

azalin (67640) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322188)

There is no spoon ... errrr... title

Re:You gotta feel for this guy. (4, Funny)

AlamedaStone (114462) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322338)

What are you talking about? The true Slashdot hardcore do not even read the TITLES, much less the summaries. The articles? Those don't actually exist. Ever tried clicking on one? Don't waste your time, there's never anything at the other end of that link.

That's insane, no rational human being can justify stealing music from content creators. If you want to listen, buy the media - period.

Re:You gotta feel for this guy. (1)

tqk (413719) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322470)

What are you talking about? The true Slashdot hardcore do not even read the TITLES, much less the summaries. The articles? Those don't actually exist. Ever tried clicking on one? Don't waste your time, there's never anything at the other end of that link.

That's insane, no rational human being can justify stealing music from content creators. If you want to listen, buy the media - period.

Ho! Ly! Fuck, are you guys jaded, or what?!?

So, why do people believe vampires exist, again?

Re:You gotta feel for this guy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35323030)

Stealing from the content creators would be using their lyrics directly verbatim, their music and all of that without their permission and selling the creation.
A person makes music, why? Because they want people to listen to said music. They like making music and they like that people enjoy listening.
So, by downloading music you are actually supporting them in the essence of music, not in the essence of business. The financial side of the equation
only comes into being because we live in a system where we are required to earn nonexistent resources to live and provide for basic necceseties(sp.)
So every full-time job/hobby has to provide income.

  Plus a lot of people have a problem seeing so little of the percentage of music going to the actual artist.

Re:You gotta feel for this guy. (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322456)

True Slashdot hardcore does not even involves TITTIES, much less the mammaries.

Re:You gotta feel for this guy. (4, Funny)

zill (1690130) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322262)

For Slashdot points, I will now note that what this guy planted was a logic bomb, not a virus.

I'm guessing Detective Sherlock here didn't read the title.

Re:You gotta feel for this guy. (1)

Alyred (667815) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322580)

For Slashdot points, I will now note that what this guy planted was a logic bomb, not a virus.

I'm guessing Detective Sherlock here didn't read the title.

And I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Watson here didn't RTFA. :)

At Least it Wasn't Boon-Ga Boon-Ga (4, Funny)

Scarletdown (886459) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322110)

Imagine the hilarity that would have ensued had it been Boon-Ga Boon-Ga [wikipedia.org] that was rigged instead of Whack A Mole.

Re:At Least it Wasn't Boon-Ga Boon-Ga (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322148)

I've said it before but I'll say it again...

What the FUCK, Japan...

Re:At Least it Wasn't Boon-Ga Boon-Ga (1)

_merlin (160982) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322572)

It's Korean - not Japanese. Get it right.

Re:At Least it Wasn't Boon-Ga Boon-Ga (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322618)

This is a japanese phenomenon, that game cabinet was only made by a korean company.

Re:At Least it Wasn't Boon-Ga Boon-Ga (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322346)

>>Imagine the hilarity that would have ensued had it been Boon-Ga Boon-Ga that was rigged instead of Whack A Mole.

Berlusconi loves that game!!

It's not a bug... (1, Informative)

St.Anne (651391) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322116)

Sounds like normal run of the mill american capitalism. Except I would call it a "Service Bomb".

Re:It's not a bug... (5, Insightful)

azalin (67640) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322198)

Sounds like normal run of the mill american capitalism. Except I would call it a "Service Bomb".

I would recommend calling it "Forced Service Intervals" and get a pay raise in addition. Laser Printers anybody?

Re:It's not a bug... (2)

blackest_k (761565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322438)

I know the laser printer designed failure is true the fuser was designed so after a certain amount of use it would stay on overheat and kill the printer.
  A friend had a printer with this feature and there was a reset on the printer to stop this happening , he got to find out from a service engineer. Unfortunately I can't remember which printer it was on.

must have been in the mid 90's when he told me about it. Funny thing is I can't find anything about it on google or even snopes. Anyone find any links

Re:It's not a bug... (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323208)

What about inkjets that count pages and then don't let you print using your half-full cartridge. HP would at least let you change it and put it back in. Epson remembered and didn't even let you do that. Can we send Epson to jail for 15 years?

Re:It's not a bug... (2)

orangebox (1997192) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322274)

I've known "consultants" for small businesses that would replace failed components with other cheap components. That way he'd have a somewhat steady source of income. "That file server lost connectivity...probably that dlink nic I installed six months ago."

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Nice code reviews at whac-a-mole (3, Informative)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322172)

Nice code reviews. Way to go whac-a-mole!!!

When you have a tiny bit of quality, these things couldn't really happen and certainly the programmer could never be blamed.

But any which way I put it, the programmer in this case is a truly sorry character.

Re:Nice code reviews at whac-a-mole (4, Insightful)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322252)

Eh, "whac-a-mole" and "code reviews" are probably stretching the realm of probability. I'm pretty sure the "programming staff" required to implement "mole pops up, detect if whacked" could be done by a single programmer in this mostly mechanical-game-oriented company, making useful code reviews a bit tough. Sounds like it really was a mom-and-pop company, and they just put way too much trust in a real douche bag of an employee...

Re:Nice code reviews at whac-a-mole (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35323062)

How about I give you a mole on a stick, a servo, and some wire, and you write the program for "mole pops up". (Hint: It will probably take you more than a few lines of code.)

Re:Nice code reviews at whac-a-mole (1)

pnewhook (788591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323184)

Nice code reviews. Way to go whac-a-mole!!!

Code review for whac a mole?? Are you serious?

The only way for companies that make thinks like whac a mole to make money is to contract hire the programmer, probably the lowest bidder for the job. They would not have a programmer on staff. They would then hire back the programmer when they needed someone to diagnose the issue. Hence the situation where they had to hire him back to figure out what was wrong with the machines. There is no point to having a single full time programmer let alone a team that would perform a code review.

Hacker hysteria strikes again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322180)

Congratulations gentlemen, we're the witches of the 21st century, hunted for our powers beyond mortal comprehension.

This is only news because it involved computers, when's the last time a dodgy plumber made the news?

Re:Hacker hysteria strikes again. (2)

Aeternitas827 (1256210) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322434)

According to Google, two days ago [google.com] .

Isn't this just your typical shareware license? (2)

mysidia (191772) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322294)

  • Run the software fine for 30 days
  • After 30 days, discover previously unknown hidden countdown timer/activation requirement having made software useless after 30 days requiring exhorbitant charge to clear
  • ???
  • Fail

(sigh) .... must prepare for the onslaught.... (-1, Offtopic)

mark-t (151149) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322328)

... of lusers who figure that breaking stories like this *prove* that it is the virus companies that are responsible for the majority of PC viruses so that they can make money selling antivirus software.

I have the misfortune of usually meeting 2 or 3 such people a year. If they kept their views to themselves it wouldn't be so bad, but they tend to be vocal about it, and I really have a problem with people who propagate disinformation.

Now, that 2 or 3 a year is probably going to take a sharp jump to about 15 or 20.

I can almost hear the migraines lining up to assault me now.

Re:(sigh) .... must prepare for the onslaught.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322376)

what in the fuck does that have anything at all to do with this article.

Re:(sigh) .... must prepare for the onslaught.... (0)

aamcf (651492) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322416)

I can almost hear the migraines lining up to assault me now.

Sumatriptan [netdoctor.co.uk] is your friend. I started having migraines badly about 15 years ago. They stopped, but then a couple of years ago. My doctor gave me sumatrpitan, to be taken when a migraine comes on. They are MAGIC. A migraine can be gone in less than 5 minutes.

Thank you for the accurate summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322352)

Yes, it's a logic bomb, even though the article refers to it as a "virus". It doesn't replicate itself, so it's not a virus.

Planned obsolescence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322408)

It seems to be some kind of planned obsolescence:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence

There is software or computers in all of the games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322606)

Wtf is that supposed to mean? It's only the 5th sentence and I already lost hope.

Well it's wrong but... (5, Insightful)

localman (111171) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322628)

15 years prison time? In comparison to other crimes that's pretty insane. This guy is a bigger danger to society than the numerous fraudsters that pushed the financial crisis? Bah.

Re:Well it's wrong but... (3, Funny)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323140)

Presumably whack-a-mole is too big to fail. This guy will be a good scapegoat, but it won't solve the problems inherent in an economy that depends so much on whack-a-mole.

Yeah. Through incompetence or malice, people can leave a national debt that will take generations to deal with, and economic ruin, yet I'd be surprised if any of them end-up doing more than five years. They'll get out even earlier if they're fortunate enough to be struck with a unique form of alzheimer's that mysteriously vanishes shortly after they're released from prison on medical grounds - as experienced by the Earnest Saunders.

Re:Well it's wrong but... (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323218)

Seriously. If this guy gets more than a couple years it's not justice. This should in no way exceed any penalty for raping or killing anyone.

subject (2)

Legion303 (97901) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322702)

FTFA:

" 'If they hadn't of discovered [...]' "

and:

" 'The real key is they need a piece of equipment that works from the Fourth of July, on the busiest day of the year, and it's consistent and they can depend on it,' Mike Lane, Bob's Space Racers."

Are media outlets contracting journalism work to illiterate morons now, or has it always been that way and I'm just now noticing it?

Re:subject (2)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 3 years ago | (#35322834)

FTFA:

" 'If they hadn't of discovered [...]' "

and:

" 'The real key is they need a piece of equipment that works from the Fourth of July, on the busiest day of the year, and it's consistent and they can depend on it,' Mike Lane, Bob's Space Racers."

Are media outlets contracting journalism work to illiterate morons now, or has it always been that way and I'm just now noticing it?

I you hadn't of discovered this I am pretty sure that on some point of the future, probably on the busiest day of the year, you'd have the mormons knocking at your door and would of discovered this your self. This thus has always be the way. The journalism writers are correct in there.

Re:subject (2)

PRMan (959735) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323226)

It's the frog in the pot. It has slowly been degrading over the past 30 years. It's hard to notice when it becomes unreadable...

WNF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322764)

WNF. As designed.

Sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35322846)

""If they hadn't of discovered that they had the virus installed in the equipment, they wouldn't have known why their machines were failing," said Cpt. Steve Aldrich, Holly Hill Police Department."

Its phrases like this that.... well.. ya....

If I were doing this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35323172)

Strange that he was "caught". I mean, you do it right and you can probably just claim incompetence. I write firmware for a living and the way I would do this is intentionally write to the game eeprom - a lot. It wouldn't be as "predictable" as just lazily coding in a "logic bomb" but it would eventually destroy the eeprom, rendering the game bugged / not working. It'd be very easy to mask as a flurry of "bad decisions" and even when fixing the problem that you created, you could just play pretty stupid and replace micro / eeprom and shrug your shoulders, if pressed on the issue.

Well then... (2)

davidbrit2 (775091) | more than 3 years ago | (#35323266)

It looks like the mole...

(sunglasses)

...got whacked.

YEEEAAAAAHHHHHHH!

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