Daily Archives: December 17, 2013

HP Slate 8 Pro: V1.1 Root Instructions

At XDA developers: How-To: Unlock and Root the HP Slate 8 Pro

You really must have a need for rooting to go through the complexities and unknowns of the above method.

Given the record over at XDA, I expect further refinements to come with a method more friendly to everyday people.

Previously here:

HP Slate 8 Pro Has Been Rooted


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Doomsayer Must Now Answer To He Who Will Not Be Fooled

Doomsday minister Harold Camping dead at 92

Previously here:

It’s May 21, 2011: Are We Still Here?
False Profits For False Prophets
It’s October 21, 2011: Are We Still Here?

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Saving Mr. Banks, Killing P.L. Travers

Saving Mr. Banks Is a Corporate, Borderline-Sexist Spoonful of Lies

In reality, Travers was a feisty, stereotype-breaking bisexual — a single mom who adopted a baby in her 40s, studied Zen meditation in Kyoto, and was publishing erotica about her silky underwear 10 years before Walt had sketched his mouse. Now that’s a character worth slapping on-screen, instead of this stiff British stereotype determined to steal joy from future generations of children. With her longtime girlfriend and then-adult son erased, this frigid Travers seems like she may not even know how babies are made. Maybe Mary Poppins could sing her a song about it.

Why does it matter that Saving Mr. Banks sabotages its supposed heroine? Because in a Hollywood where men still pen 85 percent of all films, there’s something sour in a movie that roots against a woman who asserted her artistic control by asking to be a co-screenwriter.

And if you think that’s just sour grapes, I’ve got news for you.

After the break, Harlan Ellison.

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The Girl With The Bank Account Tattoo


This bad news just in via @sarahw on Twitter: Quercus to publish fourth book in Larsson’s Millennium series

Quercus will publish a fourth book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, to be written by Swedish author David Lagercrantz, in August 2015.

Larsson’s original Swedish publisher Norstedts Förlag announced today (17th December) they had signed a fourth book in the series, with Quercus following suit to say it had world English language rights, acquired from Norstedts and Moggliden, the Stieg Larsson estate.

It can never be the Lisbeth Salander. It will always be a simulacrum, a grave-robbing zombie.

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