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"I felt a little bit f'ed over after the last conference call with them"

In 2013 computer researcher David Kriesel discovered that certain Xerox scanners were altering numbers in the documents they scanned (MeFi post) At the recent FrOSCon, Kriesel gave an hour-long talk recounting his experiences discovering and reporting the problem, with lots of details on what it was like dealing with a large multi-national corporation like Xerox, and what the impacts and fall-out of his discovery have been. (SPOILER: Germany has eliminated JBIG2 as a legally admissible scan format.)
posted by benito.strauss on Aug 26, 2015 - 20 comments

Dear America, I Saw You Naked

The TSA saw the near-miss as proof that aviation security could not be ensured without the installation of full-body scanners in every U.S. airport. But the agency’s many critics called its decision just another knee-jerk response to an attempted terrorist attack. I agreed, and wrote to the Times saying as much. My boss wasn’t happy about it.
“The problem we have here is that you identified yourself as a TSA employee,” she said.

Jason Harrington, author of the formerly anonymous Taking Sense Away blog, on his experiences as a dissenter inside of the Transportation Security Administration.
posted by gauche on Jan 31, 2014 - 71 comments

Cat images reportedly unaffected

Xerox scanners/photocopiers randomly alter numbers in scanned documents
posted by Jpfed on Aug 5, 2013 - 112 comments

"He’s also on PCP, FYI."

The Open Key: comics inspired by the endless stream of weirdness that is the Chicago Police and Fire scanner. (And if you prefer your scanner feed with evocative ambient music, You Are Listening to ___ has a new site.)
posted by theodolite on Jun 14, 2013 - 2 comments


Scandybars is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their Snickers wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by quiet coyote on Aug 18, 2011 - 68 comments

What's in Spock's Scanner - Part 1

What's in Spock's Scanner - Part 1
posted by Daddy-O on Mar 10, 2011 - 24 comments

You are listening to Los Angeles

Police scanner + Ambient instrumental music = You are listening to Los Angeles [via mefi projects]
posted by carsonb on Mar 7, 2011 - 108 comments

Twitter in Tehran, Anarchists in America

Vic Walczak, legal director for the Pennsylvania ACLU, sees the FBI's action as pure "intimidation," and part of a "much bigger war on demonstrators" in Pittsburgh. [more inside]
posted by acro on Oct 6, 2009 - 69 comments

Introducing Jikto

Klaatu barada...Jikto? First there was Nikto. Then along came Wikto. Last Saturday at Shmoocon Billy Hoffman introduced the world to Jitko, a client-side vulnerability scanner that exploits your browser & turns your PC into a platform for finding holes in computers across the Internet (or behind your firewall). Reactions were mixed. Does Jikto go too far?
posted by scalefree on Mar 28, 2007 - 11 comments

you are a robotron head.

Have you played Robotron today?
posted by 6am on Sep 12, 2006 - 41 comments

ahh, legal shmegal.

Listen to live police scanner audio-feeds from all over America. Most require Realplayer, but it's definitely worthwhile. It's things like this that remind me how awesome the internet can be.
posted by 6am on Feb 23, 2006 - 7 comments

Warping time, the safe and legal way.

The Scanner Photography Project takes images with a large-format camera that uses flat-bed scanners instead of paper. The results can be interesting.
posted by I Love Tacos on Jan 19, 2006 - 31 comments

Breaker Breaker

Listen to Railroad Radio! Frequencies scanned are listed, as well as background information on the areas. Shoutcast streams for your favorite player. Hobos optional.
posted by angry modem on Aug 21, 2005 - 15 comments

It's a poltergoost!

Sucked in! MRI scanners are hungry for any metal objects in the nearby vicinity, with hilarious and sometimes tragic results. The roughly 10,000 scanners in the United States are found not just in hospitals, but in storefront clinics and even mounted on trucks, making rounds of small hospitals or parking at malls to do scans for a fee.
posted by asok on Aug 20, 2005 - 50 comments

Denizens of New Crobuzon?

Wonderfully surreal. Five galleries of (literally) fantastic, mostly figurative images by Maggie Taylor. Serendipity has me reading Perdido Street Station at the moment, and these quaintly eerie portraits seem almost as though they could have been plucked from Miéville's mythic population of bizarre Remades, uncanny constructs and outlandish alien races. Beautiful. (Click the eye.)
posted by taz on Jun 14, 2004 - 9 comments

Scanner Splosh

Things going squish on my scanner - time lapse scanner fun with surprisingly cool results brought to you by Kamikazee Killmouse. I'm partial to the kiwi. His page of short animated choppings is also an amusing place to while away some time in a b3ta kind of way. (via j-walk)
posted by madamjujujive on Mar 27, 2003 - 9 comments

NYC police scanner

NYC police scanner (RealAudio) reveals that officers are closing off a five-block area due to a bomb threat on the 44th floor of the Empire State Building. No officers are to report to that location.
posted by droob on Sep 12, 2001 - 21 comments

"Where does it take you when you make a sound out of a photograph?"

"Where does it take you when you make a sound out of a photograph?" To some very interesting places, if you're DJ Scanner and you're taking a break from turntables and samplers to play with something called a Metasynth. What pop star's picture would you want to see "photo-synthesized"?
posted by allaboutgeorge on Feb 27, 2001 - 8 comments

Got a windows box? Think your machine is secure? You're probably not. This is a nice free port scanner utility for wintel boxes, give it a test and make sure you don't have any weird services running.
posted by mathowie on Dec 7, 1999 - 0 comments

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