Alex Blumberg for This American Life:

Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries.

What a depressing story.

I’ve been following Nathan Myhrvold for the last few years since his TED talk. It’s sad to discover all the really cool things he’s been working on are funded by patent trolling. I cannot understand how a guy who considers himself an inventor can sleep at night ruing the lives of other hard working creators.

Software patents are bullshit, end of discussion.