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Comment: Background material: (Score 5, Informative) 150

by bmajik (#48263469) Attached to: Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

Short Version: Stan Lee has had nothing to do with SLM for over a decade - since his former friend and co-founder fled to South America to avoid federal securities fraud prosecution.

SLM is currently a few leeches who have nothing to do with the comics industry are trying to sink their claws into the profits of the creative class.

I understand that creative people need money to work, and the entities that front that money are due a return on their investment.

That's not what's going on here.

Comment: Re:It makes you uneasy? (Score 1) 992

by Black Parrot (#48248159) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

It's not university sponsored, it's simply being held in a university facility. Not really any different than allowing political groups to meet, or some student group to show films. It doesn't mean the university endorses the content.

Of coruse, the could have easily rented another venue in Oklahoma, but they like to use university facilities to create the {il,de}lusion among the True Believers that their views have some legitimacy.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 2) 582

by bmajik (#48241251) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

I don't think people like Elon musk worry about being out of a job.

Industrial robots didn't unbolt themselves from the factory floors and go and kill the people that wanted to turn them off.

Because they couldn't. Because they couldn't have their own wills at all.

Mr. Musk is advising us to NOT create the kind of robots that could.


Lava Flow In Hawaii Gains Speed, Triggers Methane Explosions 64

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-getting-hot-in-here dept.
An anonymous reader writes Officials say molten lava from a Hawaii volcano has been flowing steadily in an area where residents have been warned they might have to evacuate their homes. Dozens of residents in the flow path have been told to complete all necessary preparations by Tuesday for a possible evacuation. From the article: "Janet Babb, a geologist and spokeswoman for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said methane explosions also have been going off. She said decomposing vegetation produces methane gas that can travel subsurface beyond the lava front in different directions, accumulating in pockets that can ignite. She said it was a bit unnerving to hear all the blasts on Saturday."

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. -- E. Hubbard