Jan 13, 2011
commented on Crosshairs and Consequences
So, why is the race of the congresswoman's intern relevant? The Stranger wouldn't be race baiting, would they? Not again!
His race is important because it's Arizona and he's Hispanic. Arizona has a law that can reasonably be interpreted to mean if someone looks "illegal" (ie, Hispanic), police are required to stop them and ask for ID. It is actually important in the context of the Arizona political scene.
Dec 10, 2010
commented on Proof That My Dusty Twitter Account Isn't Alone
Most of a lot of things on the internet are useless. It's simple math. That said, Twitter can be either useless noise or useful news - it's all in how you use it.
I use it to get updates on concert tickets, shows that are going to be airing, earthquake warnings, breaking science findings... and yeah, there are a couple friends who I actually do care what they're doing day-to-day. It also gets me breaking news faster than the news media does, generally tailored to my own interests.
Surely there's someone around who actually uses and knows about tech who could write about it? Like @Joe says, 6% is an awful lot of people.
Dec 6, 2010
commented on Wikileaks Poison Pill
"So what I want to know is, what hacker—or network of hackers—would sit on that kind of information and not just publish it immediately?"
Come on, two minutes with Google would have given you the answer to this. Maybe one minute if you read fast. It also would have let you know that this isn't a theoretically credible rumour, it's actually the case.
No matter how people use it, "honing in" isn't correct. It's very simple. Look up the definition of "hone". It means to sharpen. If you can explain the way in which locating someone and going to that location is "sharpening", I'll concede the point.
This is just sloppy.
Nov 23, 2010
commented on Man Enters Own Country With Dignity
He's on quite safe ground refusing when coming back into the US - there's a lot of really clear rights there. I'm surprised they let it go that long.
Nov 22, 2010
commented on Embrace the Snow
Seriously, what the fuck, Seattle? How on earth does a couple inches of snow shut down a whole city? How bad at driving are you people? As for the trauma nurse, surely someone can get her there. It's snow, not nuclear winter, for crying out loud.
That said, as an expat midwesterner, I'll second the get-out-and-enjoy-the-beauty sentiment. Although admittedly, I'm enjoying it in a chair with a sleeping bag and a glass of wine. It's still quite pretty from in here.