Link Smorgasbord, October 7 - 13

Awesome set of resources.  Go look and play.

How the Bible and YouTube are fueling the next frontier of password cracking
I find stuff like this really interesting, and good to keep in mind.

DCL Ebook Report for October 2013 
The landscape is improving.

Self-powered ereaders could be in the offing
This is kinda cool.

From the Sony Walkman to the humble zip: The past century’s top 100 inventions that changed our lives (yet most of us take for granted)
Gadgets and such.

Young People Are Not as Digitally Native as You Think
Not surprising, but then from my point of view I might experience this more than others.  Interestingly by their metric I would have been considered a 'digtial native' when a teen (let alone now).

A Map of Internet Freedom Around the World
Always good to know that while it could get better in the US, it could be a whole lot worse.

Galleys in Stores? Unfinished Work For Sale
It's a bit of a conundrum.  I love having ARCs and galleys, but I also respect the fact that they are not representative of the author's final work and that they often really don't want the ARCs out in the wild.

The Single Best Overview of What the Surveillance State Does With Our Private Data
Pretty good infographic.

What do we get for that DRM?
On the movement towards DRM for HTML

"The saddest part of that discussion, however, is the question. What are we users—and what is the W3C—getting from building the risk of programmers being jailed into the core infrastructure of the Web? I have no doubt that browser vendors eager to cut deals will incorporate DRM into their offerings. Does that make it a good idea for the W3C to offer its name, its facilities, its intellectual property agreements, and its umbrella from antitrust prosecution to such a project? Why not leave the companies to pursue their own directions, and take on the risk of legal action themselves?"

Mom gets mature book banned
Neverwhere banned from a High School reading list and described as "seasoned with a very adult dose of horror."  Really?  I can think of things aimed for actual children WAY creepier than that.  Neverwhere has been a favorite of mine since I was in my early teens and I was a total wimp about creepy things, I couldn't even watch X-Files (well, the later stuff was significantly less creepy, but the first few seasons had episodes that would keep me up at night).

Abandoned: Mark Twain Branch Detroit Public Library
Beautiful and sad


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