Christopher Dorner: Hunting a Killer One Click At a Time

If the charges leveled against Christopher Dorner are true, the brief but theatrical saga of the cop-turned-vengeful-murderer began on Super Bowl Sunday. That's when Dorner allegedly sneaked into an apartment-complex parking garage in Irvine, California—"America's safest city"—and shot Monica Quan and her fiancé, Keith… » 2/15/13 3:26pm 2/15/13 3:26pm

How a Robot Will Steal Your Job

On a visit to Standard Motor Products' fuel-injector assembly line in South Carolina, Atlantic writer Adam Davidson asked why a worker there, Maddie, was welding caps onto the injectors herself. Why not use a machine? That's how a lot of the factory's other tasks were performed. Maddie's supervisor, Tony, had a… » 11/15/12 12:00pm 11/15/12 12:00pm

How People Profit from Your Online Mug Shot and Ruin Your Life Forever

This July, Yolina (not her real name) was giving a language lesson to one of her students over the phone when he said he had something to tell her. She hadn't always taught over such long distances before—she was in California, her student in the Midwest—but after being laid off from her 14-year job as a community… » 10/08/12 12:00pm 10/08/12 12:00pm

Spies Like Us: We're All Big Brother Now

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign took a tumble last week with the release of a hidden-camera video recorded at a fundraiser in Florida. In it, Romney dismisses nearly half the country in a set of statements some pundits are calling the worst things a modern presidential candidate has ever said. » 9/27/12 1:00pm 9/27/12 1:00pm

The American Outlaws Hoarding Lightbulbs in the Name of Liberty

Do a Google search for "Karen De Coster" and you'll turn up a photo of her—a few photos, actually—wearing Daisy Dukes and a sky-blue tank top, her short blonde hair tied beneath a black paisley bandana. She's brandishing a giant assault rifle, crouched on a scrubby hillside, in a defensive position, like she's… » 9/20/12 3:20pm 9/20/12 3:20pm

Where the World's Most Horrible Crap Comes From

I am a man well versed in tacky shit; I spent the lion's share of my formative years in Tucson, Arizona. If you haven't been there, Tucson—like most mid-sized touristy cities with a lot of retirees—is filled to the top of its cacti with the kind of poorly made trinkets old people love to vomit all over their houses and … » 8/29/12 2:00pm 8/29/12 2:00pm

Yes, You Can Live Without Your Goddamn Smartphone

In a report [PDF] released by the Online Publishing Association on Monday, the standout statistic was that 68-percent of smartphone owners now say they "can't live without their smartphones." What a bunch of babies. I don't care who you are or what you do: You can live without a goddamn smartphone. » 8/24/12 11:00am 8/24/12 11:00am

11 Hours of Hell: The Time I Was a Steve Jobs Movie Extra

The night before I'm supposed to pose as an extra in Jobs, the first biopic to begin filming in the wake of Apple icon Steve Jobs' untimely 2011 death, I stay out until 2 in the morning. When I order a big bottle of Spanish cider at 1:15, five hours before my alarm is set to go off, and five hours and 45 minutes before … » 8/09/12 12:20pm 8/09/12 12:20pm