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Comment Re:Competition (Score 1) 32

You never know. Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites beat everyone, including SpaceX, into space. They were the darlings of the space industry for a couple years. Then they just quietly faded away. Virgin Galactic is supposedly developing the craft, but nothing much has happened in over 10 years, and in the meantime SpaceX has stolen everyone's lunch. It's a young and volatile industry. I wouldn't write Blue Origin off yet.

Comment Re:More slashdot fake news (Score 2) 574

Given the intelligence of the typical Washington Pest reporter, this really shouldn't be a surprise:

When I came home from my last TV hit, the kids, ages 4 and 5 months, were asleep. The house was quiet. I was still full of caffeine and do-gooder energy and decided to tidy up.

Among the clutter on the coffee table, I found my 4-year-old’s Party Popper, a bright yellow gun that fired confetti. For some reason, I held the gun up to my eye and looked down the barrel, the way Yosemite Sam always does.

It looked unloaded.

Then, for some reason, I pulled the trigger.

When I got to the ER, I had a swollen face, metal-foil confetti in my hair and a faint odor of gun smoke. Finally, the doctor could see me.

“I shot myself in the eye with a glitter gun,” I said. I showed him the Party Popper, which I had brought with me, in case he wanted to send it off to the National Institute of Morons for further study.

I got home from the hospital with a scratched cornea and a tube of eye ointment. The next day, with some of my dignity permanently lost, I got started on a bigger story.

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