Sunday, 27 February 2011

Man Arrested for 'Whac-A-Mole' Sabotage

Mallet-wielding children in arcades and amusements parks could be holding their weapons over mole holes in vain, waiting for a weasel that just won't pop. If you run across a Whac-A-Mole arcade cabinet that becomes a dud out of nowhere, it might not be the arcade's fault. A game programmer in Florida has been running a scheme since 2008, infecting Whac-A-Moles with a computer virus.

The man in question, Marvin Walter Wimberly Jr. of Orlando, was arrested Tuesday and is facing felony charges for intellectual property violations, the Daytona Beach News Journal reported. ( Read MOLE more... )

Cops: Orlando Man Sabotaged "Whac-A-Mole" Games

HOLLY HILL, Fla. -- We've all seen the Whac-A-Mole arcade game. Now, police say an Orlando man sabotaged the Holly Hill company that makes that game by planting a software virus. It shut down hundreds of games all over the world.

The plan, police say, was to create a problem that only one man could fix.

There is software or computers in all of the games. What no one knew is that they had been programmed, after a certain number of on and off cycles, to just stop working. ( Read MOLE more... )

Mole 2010 Released

A few years ago, some friends and I released Mole for Visual Studio 2008. Mole is a debugger visualizer that runs in Visual Studio while you are debugging .NET applications. Our goal was to make debugging easier, which Mole accomplishes because it provides a comprehensive view into all of your application’s data objects. Although the tool was created as a pet project to help us with our own work, it became quite popular, and has been downloaded more than 100,000 times (that we know about).

When Visual Studio 2010 was released, we had to make a decision. Either we could just upgrade the old Mole so that it works in Visual Studio 2010 (which some people have already done), or we could take the plunge and make Mole all that we knew it could be. We decided to take the plunge… ( Read MOLE more... )

Wondering about that mole? Lasers can spot out cancers

A new 3D imaging technique using 2 lasers can better separate out the cancerous moles from harmless ones – decreasing unnecessary skin cancer tests, stressful false positives, and also millions in healthcare costs a year.

It’s hard to figure out if a spot, bump, or mole is potentially cancerous. There are all kinds of unofficial ways to tell: is it spongy, is it raised, does it change shape?

In the case of melanoma – the leading cause of death among skin cancers with 8,700 just last year in the US – a misdiagnosed lesion could have deadly consequences. But false positives are also upsetting, leading to unnecessary surgeries, biopsies, and emotional distress. ( Read MOLE more... )

Courtesy : PC Mag , WFTV , Karl on WPF & Smart Planet

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