* Posts by Tim Jenkins

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Rock reboot and the Welsh windy wonder: Centre for Alternative Technology

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...despite its fluffy image, the centre eschews cloud computing....

It's true, we don't like the use of coal to power data centres, but we're also on the ragged end of 5km of copper from the Machynlleth exchange, so our ADSLs run a wee bit slow for anything cloudy (about 1.5Mbs split between 40 users today). Hopefully the loops of 96-core fibre currently dangling from phone poles up the A487 courtesy of the Broadband Cymru project will speed things up a bit, if they ever get connected....

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EE Harrier Mini grounded by errant Wi-Fi calling upgrade

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Re: Oldies

Rather less criminal since 1967 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_Offences_Act_1967), as I think we can assume both Julian and Sandy were a bit past 21 by then, even if they wouldn't care to admit it to any omi who happened to be trolling by...

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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

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Re: No matter who you pick...

they should probably have avoided picking Martin Prince, though...

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l7kujj0RuA1qdoghio1_500.png

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Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

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...the covers were ripped off and mailed back to the printers...

By Jove; I suspect you're right, and it's been bugging me for years. Have an upvote on me; )

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...We all know that porn is found in bushes...

'We' oldies knew that, but (sadly perhaps), not any more; one rarely finds a slightly wrinkled Galaxy Tab with its cover missing (why was that, anyway?) under a bush. Hedgeporn, like public phone boxes and state pensions, will be an unknown pleasure to current and future yoof....

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And so it begins... Cleaning up HMRC's £10.7bn Aspire mess

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...cost taxpayers £10.7bn... ...was anticipated to cost £4.1bn....

Only 2-and-a-bit-times over budget? Actually not bad by Government IT project standards; I do hope somebody got a knighthood at least...

/sarcsam

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'Cilla Black introduced me to my wife on Blind Date': Channel man's heartwarming story

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Re: Diana-steria style grief

If you think this is a bit much, just wait 'til Brucie taps his last step...

(heard him on the radio yesterday doing his mandatory tribute bit for CB, and couldn't help thinking he sounded rather suprised it wasn't himself that had left the building ; )

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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Re: I sort of agree

"Is it ok to shoot down a hot air balloon flying over his garden?"

and, more importantly in El Reg forums, how would one go about this? Heatseeker? Punt gun? Drone with large pin?

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Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

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Re: Simple

Good plan; so that's Radio 4 and BBC4. At a pinch, just Radio 4, please (but you can lose Midweek, Loose Ends and that dreadful thing that forces me out of bed on Saturday mornings since John Peel left us). The rest of the BBC? Meh...

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Game of Thrones: Where to now for headless Nintendo?

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Re: Wrong horses

I've said it before in these forums, but the great thing about the Wii was (and in our house at least, still is) that each kid could have an identical remote and nunchuk (particularly once 'compatibles' got so cheap). The Wii-U broke that model, and any household where one sibling could seize the GamePad and the other(s) got left with 'stupid sticks' was likely to be an even less harmonious place than before. In this, at least, Mr Iwata was just plain wrong:

"Asymmetric gameplay is really about ‘what if one person gets a special controller and gets a different role than everyone else?’... ...Our development teams have plenty of ideas for asymmetric gameplay and are proposing a lot of ideas and I think that's a good sign."

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/gaming/satoru-iwata-on-wii-u-i-think-it-will-become-increasingly-difficult-from-now-on-to-compete-over-graphics-7936301.html

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Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

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Re: Ready or not, Here I come

...Do Microsoft have a Plan B if people can't be bothered - decide Windows 7 is good enough?...

Just got around to putting Win7 Pro on a six-year-old Lenovo S10e netbook (1.6Ghz Atom / 1Gb RAM) in place of the XP it shipped with, and it's certainly good enough for the admin and network troubleshooting tasks it typically gets used for (better, in fact; battery life seems longer, and I'm getting usable wifi in previous blackspots). It's not going to become a Windows 10 slablette any time soon.

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Wristjobs, whopping big 4Kers and fondleslabs: Currys' Xmas tech

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"...if the £1,000 price tag the Currys chap quoted is to be believed..."

Oh, I believe. Currys call it 'enhancing the customer experience': aged relatives went in at the weekend to replace antique CRT, and came within a whisker of being flogged a 55" curved 3D 4K SMART thing, plus soundbar, extended warranty, installation/recycling and several 'premium' (i.e £49.99 each) HDMIs. About £2.5K for the whole package; probably quite a nice bundle of kit, except all they want to do is watch SD broadcasts over a SCART FreeSat box in a non-internet connected caravan...

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Re: Must have been an interesting sight

What is a 'Nazi tank', anyway? Did the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei actually offer membership cards to large lumps of metal?

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VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

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Re: Hide My Ass

Phase 1: internet-connected donkey

Phase 2: ?

Phase 3: Profit

Once we're past the IPO, the RSPCA will never find my private island...

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Airbnb beats actual posh hotel chain with stupidly large valuation

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Re: Stop it now. This is silly.

"What's a listing on Airbnb really worth?"

£100 for tonight and tomorrow, thanks to the Dutch couple who booked with us yesterday, or about £1500 since March, which is nice....

Yes, of course they're stupidly overvalued for a software platform, but the business model works for us ; )

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Re: Temperature?

What really annoys me about that bunch of over-entitled twits was not a) their disrobing on a 'sacred mountain' or b) their posting pics of said dishabille to social media but c) their casual assumption that no-one in Malaysia is on the Internet and so wouldn't notice...

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: Epic use of tech

So, so hoping that's a troll, because otherwise I'm going to have to spend the next hour or three pointing out all the flaws in your argument, and I should really be unscrambling a DNS screwup....

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Re: Two words.

...the Powers That Be, believe that attendees of a major music festival are more likely to be criminals, untrustworthy or international terrorists...

Hmmmm; let's check the headliners:

Slipknot, Muse, Kiss (no, really), Judas Priest, FNM, Motley Crue, Marilyn Manson

So, 'criminals'; possibly 20 years ago when they were misguided teenagers (or 40, in the case of Kiss and JP fans), 'untrustworthy' in their musical tastes, and perhaps their hearing acuity, and 'international terrorists' only if ISIS/ISIL recruiting standards have really, really slipped...

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Armchair cyber-army vandalizes Uncle Sam's Army.mil website

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"....the homepage for US Strategic Command, which helps to coordinate the US military's space operations and missile defense...."

Hoping you mean USSTRATCOM coordinates the US military's space operations and missile defense, rather than that they coordinate said things through their homepage...

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New kid on the blocks: Lego Worlds game challenges Minecraft

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Go Team Penis Sweep!

That Eurogamer article is a spoof. Isn't it? No?

"...They wanted a creative building MMO with a promise of zero penises seen. They actually had a huge moderation team that got a bunch of screenshots of every model, every property... ...YOU could build whatever you wanted, but strangers could never see your builds until we'd had the team do a penis sweep on it..."

That's going to look so good on a C.V.

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Re: Take a good look

"...Total marijuana tax revenues are now expected to climb to $94 million annually by 2016, according to the latest projections. This would equate to a $1 billion dollar retail market.

The revenue figures are high enough that Colorado now finds itself in the enviable situation of having to figure out what to do with all that money...."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/02/12/colorados-legal-weed-market-700-million-in-sales-last-year-1-billion-by-2016/

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EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

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"....The UK approach is not a common model in other European countries..."

I vote we opt for the French model, typically to be found in a government-owned flat somewhere near the Elysee Palace wearing nothing but whisps of expensive lingerie and Chanel #5...

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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"...all churches will be closed down?"

Nah; just the ones which have issues with traditions, beliefs, histories, science, sexualities and gender roles that differ from their own teachings, and encourage their 'faithful' to act accordingly.

Oh, wait....

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Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

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Re: Conservative Majority again.

Yup; a classic PJ line:

“No one has ever had a fantasy about being tied to a bed and sexually ravished by someone dressed as a liberal”

from one of the collected essays in 'Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind's Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-Free Beer'.

By coincidence, my current bedtime reading. Apparently out-of-print, though.

("Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys” also seems apposite ; )

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Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

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Re: Yet more scope for malware.

"...At this rate we will shortly be needing to do AV scans on our CAT5 cables...."

There's already that potentially exploitable ARM-chippery in Lightning connectors...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/16/apple_lightning_cable_hack/

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Re: Health is touted as the Watch’s killer app

And those 'extra' 10 years will be in the wrong place.

I'd like mine somewhere between 25 and 35, please. Back when I had the life experience to avoid a lot of mistakes, but was fit enough to survive making them anyway....

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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Re: Not shiny enough

"...Teachers and kids prefer shiny kit. Read Apple..."

As do the scrotes. Village primary round these parts was on the front page of the local paper with the kids proudly showing off shiny new iPads as generous donor shook hands with Head Teacher. Headline not long after was "School Burgled"...

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Re: Too late the "future" is here.

"...Kids don't watch TV. They watch their peers Youtube channels..."

Not if they're using that hand-me-down first gen iPad, they're not....

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

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Re: Sounds like a Mental Health Institution

"...some sociopath..."

800 SAT

magna cum laude from Harvard College

dropped out of Stanford Graduate School of Business to join Microsoft as 30th employee

Personal net worth of $20 billion or so (plus the LA Clippers)

I mean, yes, the guy may well be a sociopath, and may well have made many, many poor decisions (like MS missing mp3 players, smartphones AND tablets on his watch), but that's still smarter than your average bear...

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Internet kingmakers cry mercy over mad dash to fill global DNS throne

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Hey; it's only the Internet

I'm sure we can all find something more productive to do without it....

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Netflix teams with AWS to launch VHS-as-a-service

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Re: Yes, Pre-warned

That was the joke story? Damn...

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Bongfire of Inanity: Jakarta rozzers enforce mass chill-out

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Nice to see our Indonesian cousins are continuing the great LEA tradition of grossly inflating the value of seizures in order to perpetuate the myth of the War on Drugz.

(And there's no way that pile of herbal bricks is three tonnes...)

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ZTE's stealthy Nubia: China-made Google-free Android mobe

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Re: Difficult to choose...

Google wants to monitor my life in order to push adverts at me, and the Chinese Government wants to prevent me from liberating Tibet

Of the two, I'm rather more worried by Google...

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: sigh!

On Channel 5 it would be a game show.

Working title: "Shafted!"

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Nesting falcons interrupt £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

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Raptor in the Middle

Already covered by RFC 6214

"...routing carriers through the territory of predatory carriers may potentially cause severe packet loss. It is strongly recommended that these factors be considered in the routing algorithm used to create carrier routing tables. Implementers should consider policy-based routing to ensure reliable packet delivery by routing around areas where territorial and predatory carriers are prevalent..."

http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6214

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

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"...It doesn't mean you can fire your chaffeur..."

but you should be able to outsource them to a remote chaffeuring facility in India ; )

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Watching porn makes men BETTER in bed, say trick-cyclists

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"Watching porn makes men BETTER in bed"

- just not when there's someone else there?

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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Re: What is the actual hold up?

Possibly something on the lines of an aversion to having a bunch of foreigners, some bearded, and all with very strange accents, gathering on a US aeronautical facility to carry out the last stages of a complex plan involving flying things, lots of which was discussed and refined in a very dubious internet forum by people with weird nicknames?

Just a thought...

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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"...The exact location is not being revealed..."

unless they forgot to turn off the GPS-tagging on their phones...

(http://gizmodo.com/5965295/vice-magazine-just-accidentally-revealed-where-john-mcafee-is-hiding)

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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FTFY

"But if you are looking at something like Facebook on a 42-inch TV you may as well just l̶̲̅o̶̲̅g̶̲̅-̶̲̅i̶̲̅n̶̲̅ ̶̲̅t̶̲̅h̶̲̅r̶̲̅o̶̲̅u̶̲̅g̶̲̅h̶̲̅ ̶̲̅C̶̲̅h̶̲̅r̶̲̅o̶̲̅m̶̲̅e̶̲̅ GET A F*CKING LIFE!"

Sorry; it's been a tough day...

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Re: A chill just went up and down my spine at this....

So, another encrypted channel for those wicked people to use in plotting the supremacy of the Caliphate; has someone told the P.M. about this?

(Actually, the thought of a bearded fundie whispering his fiendish plans to Barbie in order to communicate with his co-conspirators is just too precious to miss...)

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

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Re: Do you feel that highlander?

'One Windows' always brings to mind a different movie (/book/radio-series/animation/game/lego)

Ash fitog durbatulûk, ash fitog gimbatul,

ash fitog thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: Really?

"...medical research that states that regular masturbation is good for you..."

The NHS recommends "breaking up long periods of sitting time with shorter bouts of activity for just one to two minutes", so there's a use for the countdown timer function too...

(http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/sitting-and-sedentary-behaviour-are-bad-for-your-health.aspx)

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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"...outlawed smokers..."

Nah; they've obviously just moved on to vaping....

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WhatDaHell, WhatsApp? Student claims 'stalker' tool shows security flaws

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Enough with the pics of 'photogenic' females to illustrate these stories, please; it's getting embarrassing.

More firearms on piles of cash would be fine, though...

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M0n0wall comes tumbling down as dev throws in the trowel

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"m0n0wall should be celebrated, not ridiculed"

Damn right - we used it for years on our Guest network (running for months on end hosted on an antique PII) and only retired it because the newer OSX devices started interpreting its captive portal function as a hostile interception - an Apple change rather than a failing in m0n0wall itself...

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Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh

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Re: Over a barrel.

A nice barrel too: 4" Colt Python, I reckon...

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Wanted: Brit Facebook and Twitter trolls for counter-jihad psyops

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This 77 designation

How about 'the 1001101st' ?

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Re: Call me old fashioned

"...let Tommy Robinson loose..."

Misread that as 'Tony Robinson', and thought "That's a bit harsh on archaeologists, but I guess it might work" ; )

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I though exactly the same; struck me as either some kind of heavy-handed 'military humour' or a rather crass political decision within the MOD; it's not like it's hard to come up with a 'new' unit number, after all, and not try to draw a clumsy linkage between a genuinely ballsy unit of real warriors, and Twits

(and if we're going to do historical references, the Bible-verses-on-sniper-scopes thing did it better...)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trijicon_biblical_verses_controversy

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