So, let's summarize: The firm that basically created the mess that is WeWork by dumping billions of dollars into the company, also owns a patent troll that bought up the patents from the sham medical testing firm Theranos, and is now using those patents to sue one of the few diagnostics companies that is actually making a Covid-19 test... in the middle of a pandemic. And, demanding the use of those tests be blocked.
SoftBank Owned Patent Troll, Using Monkey Selfie Law Firm, Sues To Block Covid-19 Testing, Using Theranos Patents
From the and-that's-not-even-all-the-insane-parts dept:
A small part of me wants to post this to The Orange Site, just so I can see what mental gymnastics they'll use to justify it.
And because I hate myself.
If you do, please post your findings here. Also, thank you for bringing the name "The Orange Site" to my attention. I think I will be calling it that from now on.
Orange site? Think I'm out of the loop here
You can probably find it by searching simply for "hn".
Apparently the backlash shamed them into doing the thing they should have done in the first place:
Labrador Diagnostics Will Grant Royalty-free Licenses for COVID-19 Testing
In a way this is reassuring. I mean, obviously it's just horrible that they are doing this: but only people who are just catastrophically stupid would even think about doing something like this, now. So it's reassuring in the sense that it does seem to be true that the 'evil genius' myth is, well, a myth: these people are evil but they're also very, very dim.
And of course that turns out not to be reassuring at all given that 'evil and very dim' seems to be just fine as a qualification to be selected as dictator (or whatever bullshit term is used to obfuscate that) of several quite large 'democracies'.