I don’t disagree. I admit to not looking into Haystack that closely but will completely concur with your endorsement of Tor over most anything else. Especially now that DuckDuckGo has set up an exit enclave so you can search with leaving Tor.
My interest was more in the human side of the story, of a young man’s shift in interest and motivation from the usual things that occupy members of his generation and gender towards my socially aware pursuits. I am also pleased to see a more mainstream outlet pay attention to this particular kind of story given how often hackers are portrayed as socially and politically inept at best and downright selfish at worst.