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Submission + - Blast at Virgin Galactic desert spaceport kills 2->

yourdog writes: An explosion killed two people Thursday at the airport HQ of a company building the first private manned rocket for Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's space tourism venture. Aerial video showed a wrecked flatbed trailer with a large silver tank next to it, and large pieces of debris appeared to be strewn for hundreds of yards.
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Comment Re:No shock on trillian. (Score 1) 258 258

FYI Google Chat uses Jabber. Now you know two. I loaded up the Google suite on my Blackberry and now have a "unified buddy list" on my phone for free. Keeps my minutes usage and SMS charges down -- especially once I added the free AIM SMS gateway addresses to that unified buddy list. Just find an open AIM gateway in the Jabber world, and register it with your Google Talk roster using Psi.

Works really well.

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Ugh. I need a /. for professionals. Badly.

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