Criminal Carelessness with Customers’ Data


Sometimes the incompetence of the folks who are supposed to protect our on-line data just takes your breath away. InfoTrax Systems, of Orem, Utah, provides on-line services. We’ll get to the nature of those services in a moment. InfoTrax’s database stored customer names, addresses, social security numbers, credit card information and passwords for about one…

Lithium, Periodic Table

When Lithium Became the Anode


Lithium is dangerous stuff. The nucleus of lithium, consisting of three protons and three or four neutrons, verges on instability; it has the lowest binding energies holding the nucleus together of all the stable elements. That’s why lithium deuteride is the fusion fuel in some thermonuclear bombs. Lithium salts are used to treat bipolat disorder.…

Outbursts from the sun, such as this one captured by a NASA satellite in June 2015, can wreak havoc with power grids and telecommunications on Earth. Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory and NASA

Something Different to Worry About


You say you’ve got enough stuff to worry about already? Trump? Climate change? Volcanoes? Health care? But don’t you get tired of the same old crises and threats? Wouldn’t you like something new to worry about? Of course you would! And WC is happy to share. You need to worry about solar superstorms. True, we…

Qualcomm Corporate Headquarters, San Diego, California

Getting Geeky: Qualcomm’s Crimes


It’s a been a while since WC wallowed in some geekiness. This is admittedly a long post, and involves both geeky law and technogeekery. But this will affect every cell phone in the United States and most of the phones abroad. Here we go: Qualcomm is a San Diego, California-based microchip manufacturer. For more than…