Link Smorgasbord, August 12 - 18

Hamlet is Banned
It should be no surprise that I'm against filtering, and this is a rather hysterical (if incredibly frustrating for the author) instance of filtering gone wrong.

A Rational Framework for Library eBook Licensing
Interesting read.

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'
Does anyone else miss the days when NSA was known mostly as the boogie man of a Dan Brown novel?  It's good to know, but damn it is depressing.

Cory Doctorow: privacy, oversharing and government surveillance
On privacy, over-sharing, and concerns about surveillance.

Are Hackers the Next Bogeyman Used to Scare Americans Into Giving Up More Rights?
Aren't they already being used as the bogeyman?  This is a great time to reread Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.

Fortunately, the book... (Explained)
Gaiman's Fortunately, the milk is delightful both in writing and illustration, and I was fortunate enough to acquire a signed ARC at Book Expo America this past May.  I sort of want to order a UK edition of the book now though.

Beyond Books : Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans, and People
I love the idea of having people in the catalog.

How to clean and secure your browser like a pro
Rule one: SAY NO TO TOOLBARS.  Please.  I want to cry sometimes when I'm asked to help someone and I see their web browser.

50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels that Everyone Should Read
Some amazing titles on this list, including a surprising handful that I was unaware of.

DARPA Fears Bid Data Could Become Big Threat
Does anyone else find this incredibly ironic?

From the Omni Archive: Dune 
Some gorgeous artwork that really pictures Dune well.

Ugh.

Books with Borders
If you're thinking about renting textbooks from Amazon, make sure you're aware of the fine print - in this case  you must stay within the state you rented the book in, otherwise you may be forced to purchase it.
*headdesk*

Funniest Reviews
Hey look, I'm posting something that I like about Amazon.  Seriously though, the reviews here are awesome.

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