Martin Shkreli, chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, exits federal court in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Shkreli was arrested on alleged securities fraud related to Retrophin Inc., a biotech firm he founded in 2011. Photographer: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Convicted Felon Martin Shkreli Finds Another Way to Be a Jerk


Convicted felon and alleged human being Martin Shkreli is back in the news. Shkreli earned national infamy for drug profiteering. As CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, he acquired an anti-parasite medication called Daraprim and immediately increased the price from roughly $13.50 to $750. Daraprim treats toxoplasmosis, which kills people with weakened immune systems. Like people with AIDS or…

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Another Patent Troll Bites the Dust


WC admits that Personal Audio isn’t your typical patent troll. Unlike most patent trolls, Personal Audio actually had a product, although that product failed a long time ago, and the concepts that Personal Audio tried to patent were incorporated into an actual product. It’s just that the scope of the claims were overly broad. That…

More News of the Subatomic Bestiary


Despite hurtful criticism of WC’s attempts to explain quarks, and Randall Munroe’s brilliant upstaging of those lame efforts, WC returns to the subatomic bestiary, with news about neutrinos. Neutrinos occupy the third row of the table of fermions. Because they are electrically neutral – by definition having no electric charge – there are only three…

Randall Munroe's XKCD: article Properties

Randall Munroe Upstages WC


Randall Munroe, who draws the excellent webcomic XKCD, has posted two comics on particle physics in the last week, each upstaging WC’s pitiful attempt to explain quarks. Maybe by posting his most recent cartoon, he’ll cut WC some slack. A wonderful, geeky summary of particle properties that only slightly overstates the jargon. WC will throw…

WC Attempts to Explain Particle Physics


Back in the early Pleistocene, when WC was just a pup, stuff was made of protons, neutrons and electrons, collectively atoms. It didn’t get any smaller than that. Along came Murray Gell-Mann and his crowd of physicists, who developed the Standard Model of physics, creating a whole new bestiary of subatomic particles. There’s dozens of…

Apple CEO Tim Cook (Photographer unkown)

How Tim Cook Was Right


Back in February 2016, the FBI wanted very badly to see the contents of San Bernadino murderer Syed Farook’s iPhone. The Feds demanded that Apple engineer a back door to get around the iPhone’s security features. The U.S. Department of Justice invoked the All Writs Act of 1789 to try to compel Apple to open the…