Link Smorgasbord, January 2014

It's a new year, and for the past few weeks I haven't been finding as many links, so instead I'm doing the month of January.  It looks like this may be too infrequent, but I'll figure it out as I go forward.

David Cameron's internet porn filter is the start of censorship creep
'The worst thing about the porn filter is not that it accidentally blocks useful information but that it blocks information at all."

28 Beautiful Quotes About Libraries
I may have posted this one before.

Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet
"But making quick and sick threats has become so easy that many say the abuse has proliferated to the point of meaninglessness, and that expressing alarm is foolish."

Let's Read Fifty Shades of Grey: Chapter 12!
I've been pretty open about not being a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey.  One of the harder things for me when covering the circulation desk is not showing my loathing for these books as patrons gush about them.  A friend of mine shared this link, I'm planning on going back and reading the the earlier recaps this blog has posted, but I feel that there is a lot in this that summarizes what is wrong with Fifty Shades, and there are further things wrong that this recap doesn't even touch on.

A Major Publisher Jumps the Shark
On ebooks, publisher profits, and author revenue.

THE HARM OF BOOKLESSNESS
I have a confession to make.  At this point every time someone shares a link about the damn "bookless library in Texas" I roll my eyes.  Usually because the articles are all about how this revolutionary library is paving the way by having no books.  They generally miss that the library is 1.) a branch, 2.) it has books, just not paper ones, and 3.) this library project has been in the news for at least a year if not longer even if you don't read library/book industry news.

Canadian libricide: Tories torch and dump centuries of priceless, irreplaceable environmental archives
*wince*

What It's Like When The FBI Asks You To Backdoor Your Software
Interesting

Read 700 Free eBooks Made Available by the University of California Press
There are some fantastic titles available through here that are still under copyright.

S&S Launching Simon451 Imprint
The new Simon451 imprint will be dedicated to speculative fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, dystopian, apocalyptic, and supernatural.  As a big fan of speculative fiction I'm excited to see what comes out of this.

Valve plays the long game again
About Valve, SteamOS, Steam Machines, and planning for long term PC gaming.

Dell's CES 2014 Head-Turners: Stand-Out Steam Machine and UltraSharp 4K Panels Are Drool-Worthy
Some pretty hardware set ups.

Federal Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality Rules, Sides with Big Telecom
Well, this is a bit of a mess.  One of those odd times where I was in favor of the FCC, but if you go with technicalities and word choices there's a reason.

HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8
Sort of self-explanatory

Cards Against Librarianship
:D

Are Ebook Subscription Services Worth It
Some information on options if you're interested.

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