WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: (L-R) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler (L) listens to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai testify before the House Judiciary Committee about Internet regulation in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Wheeler faced a tough line of questioning from the committee's Republicans about the FCC's recent move to regulate broadband Internet service like a utility using Title II of the Communications Act. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Ajit Pai: Rhymes with “Lie”


Ajit Pai was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission – the FCC – by President Obama in May 2012, at the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Another effort by President Obama to reach out to the Republicans that ended in failure. He was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on May 7, 2012, and…

MQ-9 Reaper Drone armed with Predator Missiles (Air Force File photo)

Geeky Fridays: Wanna Buy Secret Drone Manuals?


The MQ-9 Reaper, according to the U.S. Air Force, “is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily against dynamic execution targets and secondarily as an intelligence collection asset. Given its significant loiter time, wide-range sensors, multi-mode communications suite, and precision weapons — it provides a unique capability to perform strike,…

Software Patent Troll (Not to Scale)

Podcast Patent Punched Out


In another victory for common sense – something that’s not been all that common since the arrival of the Trump Administration – the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear patent troll Personal Audio’s appeal from the Federal Circuit’s decision killing its podcasting patent. You might not have thought that podcasting couldn’t be patented. But that…

Plutonium on Parade


Plutonium is vile, nasty stuff. It’s poisonous, highly radioactive, spontaneously combusts and some isotopes have a half-life of 12,400 years. Which means it will decay to something harmless only on geologic time scales. It’s literally unnatural: it doesn’t occur in nature. Essentially all of the plutonium on the planet was made by mankind. And, of…

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…