August 17, 2015

It turns out we were baring all for nothing. The TSA's controversial "naked" X-ray scanners — and their replacements now in place in national airports — cost $160 million, according to figures obtained by Politico. Which would be fine, perhaps, if they worked: In a recent security audit, the TSA failed to find fake explosives and weapons in 96 percent of their tests.

"These things weren't even catching metal," the top Democrat on the House's Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), told Politico.

"If you really want to keep using those, and I'm not saying we shouldn't, at a minimum we should put a metal detector on the other side," Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Howard agreed. "Why not go through two? You've just gotta use common sense."

While the super expensive machines are reportedly far from 100 percent accurate, at least some of the failings of the detectors are being chalked up to human error. That is, not all TSA agents actually know what they're doing.

"Most of them are really good, very polite, very efficient, very professional," a security expert and former top Pentagon official, Steve Bucci, told Politico. "But there are a lot of them that aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer." Jeva Lange

August 11, 2015

Whoops? In an anti-piracy sweep targeting all things named "Pixels" — to protect the new Adam Sandler film of the same name — a firm hired by Columbia Pictures accidentally wiped the studio's own trailer from Vimeo. In addition to the trailer, Columbia's clear-cutting razed a video project called Pantone Pixels, a 2006 film by an NGO called "Pixels," and the 2010 short film that inspired Sandler's major motion picture, The Independent reports.

"You can't make this stuff up," one journalist wrote on

"Some take screwing up to a whole new level," TorrentFreak agreed.

The swing-and-a-miss came as part of Columbia's attempts to buckle down on online piracy. However, to date, they remain just that — attempts. Jeva Lange

June 19, 2015

Fifteen years ago, Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open by a record 15 shots; to date, he has 14 majors total. No one is counting on a 15th this year, however: Woods carded 10-over-par 80 in the first round of the U.S. Open, losing to a 15-year-old — and 17 other amateurs.

"I'm trying as hard as I can to do it, and for some reason I just can't get the consistency that I'd like to have out there,” Woods said. "I've gone through tough phases in each one of these things and I've come out OK on the other side."

Woods had a triple bogey seven and trails 15 shots behind early leaders Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson. Jeva Lange

April 12, 2015

Boston University goaltender Matt O'Connor scored a rare goalie goal in Saturday's Frozen Four final against Providence. The only problem: He scored on his own net.

With Boston up one and the clock winding down, O'Connor snared a lazily dumped puck in his glove. But seemingly unsure if he'd made the grab, O'Connor dropped back toward his net as the puck somehow trickled from his glove, fell to the ice, and scooted between his legs for one of the most embarrassing own goals you'll ever see.

Providence netted one more goal in the closing minutes to steal a 4-3 win and the NCAA title. Here's the video, via Vice Sports.Jon Terbush

See More Speed Reads