GrayKey box, via MalwareBytes

I Told You So Department: GrayKey Hacked


Apple, bless its corporate heart, has continued to refuse to cooperate with U.S. demands for a backdoor to Apple’s iPhone. One of Apple’s reasons fo refusing to sacrifice customer’s privacy is that secret back doors don’t stay secret. And now there is proof Apple was exactly right. A company called Grayshift has stepped into the…

Software Patent Troll (Not to Scale)

Getting Geeky: SCOTUS Upholds Inter Partes Review


Everyone except patent trolls think that the U.S. patent system, especially patents of computer software, is broken. Patent trolls love the overly complex, messy patent system for exactly the reasons that rats like garbage-filled, messy alleys. It’s where they live. Congress took a stab at cleaning up part of the mess with the America Invents Act…

Scotchguard™ advertisement, c. 1961

Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle: Scotchgard™


Scotchgard™ is a 3M product that makes fabrics stain resistant and somewhat water repellent. 3M completely reformulated Scotchgard in May 2000. It turned out that the chemicals used in earlier versions of  Scotchgard were dangerous and persisted in the environment for a long time. Those chemicals were perfluorinated compounds (“PFASs”), including perfluorooctane sulfate (“PFOS”) and perfluorooctanoic…

Guy Christopher Mannino

Karma Happens: Chris Mannino Loses Again


WC has written before about Guy Christopher Mannino, a sleaze ball WC had to deal with who finally had his karma catch up to him. Mannino was convicted of a series of crimes involving his plans to murder a large number folks who he felt had done him wrong. Mannino appealed his conviction to the…