Wray speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)

Smartphones and the FBI’s Whinge


The new FBI Director, Christopher Wray, announced recently that the FBI had been “unable to retrieve data” from as many as 6,900 iPhones in the last eleven months. Wray told the International Association of Chiefs of Police: To put it mildly, this is a huge, huge problem. It impacts investigations across the board — narcotics,…

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…

Software Patent Troll (Not to Scale)

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…