Software Patent Troll (Not to Scale)

Another Patent Troll Gone


Another patent troll has augured in. In September 2018, Shipping & Transit LLC (formerly known as ArrivalStar) filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy—voluntary liquidation. No one seems to have noticed – even WC, who tries to follow the death throes of the patent troll industry – until the Electronic Frontier Foundation pointed it out on October…

Dr. Stephen Hawking's gravestone in Westminster Abbey

The Temperature of a Black Hole


In a stylized engraving of a black hole, in Westminster Abbey, London, England – not far from the stones marking the remains of Sir Issac Newton and Charles Darwin – is the signature achievement of the late Stephen Hawking, his formula for the temperature, the radiation level, emerging from a black hole. In the formulation…

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…