Pornoscanner vendor accused of fraud, jailarity may ensue


37 Responses to “Pornoscanner vendor accused of fraud, jailarity may ensue”

  1. millie fink says:


    I feel SO much safer now. Having gone through these things five or six times now…

    • Over the River says:

      “…that supposedly protects flier privacy by rendering them as cartoon characters with suspicious blobs wherever the scanner’s image-processor thinks they belong” … ” the machines were emitting radiation levels that were 10 times higher than expected”

      Is that why you have boobs on the back of your head?

  2. nmcvaugh says:

    Cory, I realize that you’re quoting the Wired article, but I’m confused:

    They were supposed to test radiation levels of machines in the field 10 times in a row, and then divide the results by 10 to produce an average radiation measurement. But the testers failed to divide the results by 10, producing false numbers.

    If they failed to *divide* by 10, then then reported numbers would be 10 times higher than the actual level of radiation – they’re reporting the sum, not the average. Which means actual exposure should have been 1/10 of what the techs were reporting.

    Now if they’d measured once and divided by ten, then you’d have ten times the radiation. Did Wired screw up the report?

    • nowimnothing says:

      Since this is in a section about an earlier mistake, not the current one, I assume it is right, just pointing out that they have a record of screwing up the tests even when the results made them look bad.

      They reported radiation levels 10x greater than expected due to the error. In reality they were the expected radiation levels.

    • kmoser says:

      The scanners don’t use radiation. I know this because on two separate occasions, TSA agents have told me so.

      • BillStewart2012 says:

        Three possibilities
        - You were actually going through one of the terahertz microwave ones, not the X-rays
        - The TSA agents were lying, either because they’d been trained to do it or figured it out themselves
        - The TSA agents didn’t have a bloody clue, but had heard their superiors claim the new machines didn’t use radiation.

  3. Over the River says:

    And I am certain Secretary Michael Jerkoff knew nothing of this.

  4. RedShirt77 says:

    So in about ten years or so I imagine all those TSA agents that stand next to theses things for 8 hours at a time will be dieing with huge tumors….   My only question:  Will their sacrifice come soon enough to prevent my death?

    • mccrum says:

      Those are the guys I feel bad for as well.  They’re just trying to do their job while these black boxes emit levels that someone at some point said were safe.  Meanwhile the X-ray guy goes behind the wall to flip the switch at the dentist…

    • sqyntz says:

      with any luck they’ll all be sterile

  5. Wait, they actually named their company Rapiscan? That’s the worst name in the history of bad corporate names.

  6. archanoid says:

    Am I the only one who sees “Rapiscan” and thinks the first syllable must be pronounced with a long A?

  7. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    Did you ever find yourself unsure which asshole to root for?
    DHS or the profiteers….  sigh
    decisions decisions…

  8. Mark_Frauenfelder says:

    Dear Goddess of Schadenfreude,

    Please make sure Michael Chertoff gets imprisoned because of this.

  9. Velocirapt42 says:

    I always opt for the full-contact pat-down. Not because of naked-scan issues but because of these-things-never-get-calibrated issues. So I stand there while a woman wearing rubber gloves pats around my thighs and breasts. While they’ve never been anything but professional about it, it’s good to know I chose the less porn-y version of the options.

  10. Sprayah says:

    “I had a guaranteed government  sale with the Rapiscan 209. Renovation program. Spare parts for 25 years. Who cares if it worked or not?” – Dick Jones

  11. TheMadLibrarian says:

    Cartoon characters.  Can I choose Bugs Bunny?  He always gets the cool lines.

  12. Can we all enjoy a moment of appreciation for this happening to a company who’s name is verbalized as “Rape Scan”. 

  13. Gyrofrog says:

    Does this accusation have anything to do with (some) scanners being replaced last month?

  14. Bob Webb says:

    Now that’s what I call ‘hiding your package’.

  15. I am beside myself with both horror and uncontrollable laughter.

  16. sqyntz says:

    karma is a b*tch

  17. Good to know all that time and dignity has been scarificed for, …um, nothing!

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