* Posts by ADJB

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Microsoft to bring back beloved 1990s super-hit BATTLETOADS!?*

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Being as even Microsoft have now admitted that gamers (and to be fair, everybody's) interest in kinnect is zero or slightly less they might actually allow Rare to start producing good games again. Shame that all the talent got that fed up of overbearing management that they left so now the company is just a shell of the company it once was.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Clouds.....

Clouds do seem to have this habit of raining on people.

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Newly spawned Dixons Carphone leaps onto LSE as £12bn sales org

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Now the staff will know nothing about twice as many product lines as before.

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Elite Systems promises to order ZX Spectrum revival in two weeks

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Re: Elite's Steve Wilcox later promised to set things right.

A number of Dev's have been paid and had the contracts with Elite cancelled.

http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/30/5668382/elite-systems-kickstarter-pays-royalities

This does not of course mean all outstanding debts are paid but the above article gives quite a bit of detail on who has settled and the games involved.

This does leave a few questions.

How many people are still owed money?

What "Classic Games" will be available on launch?

Will it actually work as advertised?

........

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TalkTalk talks itself into trouble with budget broadband package fibs

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A better solution might be that the infringing company is forced to provide whatever they have offered in the headline print of the advert.

For example - UNLIMITED Broadband for 99p a month.

Should mean the ISP has to provide exactly that, not 99p for the first month and then £25 p/m afterwards plus you must take your telephone line @ £14.99 a month and we charge a one off £75 for "installation" and a £2.50 router. Not of course forgetting that we charge £5 a month to allow you to pay with a credit card and £7.50 a month to send you an email invoice. ....and you must take out a 60 month contract.I wont even comment on the unlimited bit.

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Coulson GUILTY of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006

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At least he should be able to pick up some good stories from any of the expense fiddling MP's that are still partaking of board and lodging at her majesty's pleasure.

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Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

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Re: A dark day for reggae

You could still get away with...

Pass the dutch-e from the left hand side

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WORLD CUP SHOCK: England declared winner in 2-1 defeat to Italy

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Re: "Spud-faced footie ace..."

It's normally "Spud-faced granny botherer" which is much more factually correct.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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Re: PC stupidity again

Correct, we demand equal opportunity assassins.

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

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"And as theories go this was all very fine and pleasant until Veet Voojagig suddenly claimed to have found this planet, and to have worked there for a while driving a limousine for a family of cheap green retractable's, whereupon he was taken away, locked up, wrote a book and was finally sent into tax exile, which is the usual fate reserved for those who are determined to make fools of themselves in public.”

Douglas Adams

A truly gifted futurologist who foresaw the coming of Kevin Warwick and his ilk.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Pot - Kettle

Has Kevin Warwick ever managed to pass a Turing test?.

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London officials declare cabbie-bothering Uber is legal – for now

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Congestion?

"The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) is planning a demonstration against Uber on 11 June, which it expects to cause severe congestion and traffic chaos in central London"

and we will be able to tell the difference how exactly?

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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

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Information as a tool

One of the most helpful tools I carry round is a Kindle.

Manuals for all the "odd" software we use, reference books for everything, more or less a full copy of our helpdesk knowledge-base and most importantly, a few novels for when I am waiting for things to happen.

Yes, I know most of this is online somewhere either internally or externally but being as the "online" thing is frequently the problem and I tend to work in a lot of places with no wi-fi / phone signal it has proved it's worth many times.

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Authorities swoop on illicit Wolverhampton SPAM FARM

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Can we apply this to printed bollocks as well as electronic bollocks?

So the ICO can give a good kick in the profit margins to a company sending out 350k electronic spam messages, how come OFCOM (or somebody else) can't do the same to BT / Virgin / Sky etc for posting about the same amount of unwanted marketing material through my front door. If anything the fine should be larger because at least electronic spam is more environmentally friendly, ask a forest near you. I assume the electronic "marketing material" is no more inaccurate than the printed "marketing material" or if it is they should at least recoup some of the fine when the next Booker prize is given out.

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Surprise! Google chairman blasts EU's privacy ruling

ADJB

And this is a problem why?

If this ruling applies to the EU why don't Google et al just stop using there, for example, .uk and .de domains and run everything through the .com (which I assume is based in the US) where the ruling doesn't apply?.

At the very least they could put a disclaimer up saying EU based domains will give censored results and for full results use the .com. I would assume they could also give more precedence to the fact a take down notice has been requested and refer people to chilling effects for further details.

Beware the Streisand effect.

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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I would assume you need some room for the games as well.

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Boffins brew graphene in kitchen blender

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Dangerous Stuff

The misses is going to kill me.....

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US biz spaffed more dosh on internet ads than TV spots in 2013

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25% wasted

"Retail firms continue to be the big spenders on web ads, buying a fifth of the year's total, while financial services companies bought 13 per cent of the ads and the auto industry ran a close third with 12 per cent."

I might buy a DVD off the t'internet but no way would I consider banking with Bank of Uganda or buying a car from a website advert.Those are the sort of things that need a bit more than a sidebar ad before I look at them. That means 25% of the adverts I don't see are wasted on me.

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Home Office terminates order for 16,000 PCs from Dell

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Re: Do Dell still hate the environment?

Most Dell kit is that ugly it needs double bagging.

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

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Giveaway

"They trawl through a load of old rubbish and say they'll come up with, I don't know, sales leads - and do they? No. 'Data Scientists', my arse."

That's the giveaway line, no American NSA insider would ever use the word "arse".

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

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Faceholes?

Am I the only person that sees this as a quick route for facebook to get a product to market which is (roughly) the equivalent of Google Glass?.

Are we soon to faced with hordes of faceholes?.

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

ADJB

Interesting way to boost your business.

Buy an exciting new* technology that a lot of gamers and gaming companies are really interested in.

Because of who you are alienate the whole of the same gamer client base.

Because of how you do business alienate all the gaming studios.

Build a new client base from people who don't even know what the product is or what it does.

Result - VR Candy Crush

*I know it's not at all new or original but you know what I mean

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Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

ADJB

I think a point is being missed here.

MS don't really care about gaming on the PC, witness the gradual closing of studios and abandonment of IP's, but they do care about Xbone gaming a little bit more. At this moment it is obvious from the games released that the PS4 is the better gaming (and selling) machine and even showcase exclusives like Titanfall can't manage full HD on the Xbone. By allowing developers closer to bare metal performance will help to close this gap and help to justify more general gamers (as opposed to fanboi must have that exclusive gamers) buying the Xbone. This of course then gives MS a much better chance of making it's "Xbone as an entertainment centre" vision happen with the associated money rolling in from third party media sales.

Running games better on Windows, no matter which version, is just a bonus.

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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Black Helicopters

Pilots disable passengers and crew with knockout gas.

Pilots, knowing about and by now having purloined uber expensive cargo, bail out having set auto pilot to send plane to the most remote place possible.

Pilots quietly disappear and live life of luxury.

Now was that a conspiracy theory I heard or just a film / TV script I half remember. Maybe it was just a repeat of the D B Cooper episode.....

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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Re: That's my code knackered then.....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10511413/Beef-faggots-are-back-as-Waitrose-records-a-boom-in-sales-of-forgotten-cuts-of-meat.html

http://www.uptonsbutchers.com/faggots.asp

http://www.farmerschoice.co.uk/meat/buyfaggots

and many many more.....

If you ask a neutral question in the Midlands like "What do you think of faggots?" I would bet that the majority answer would be "lovely with mash, peas and a bit of gravy" and at most 1 in every 100 might even consider it to be a question about homosexuals. Like many words that have been hi-jacked over the years (Hacking for example) some people believe that the new, agenda led meaning is the only meaning and anybody who happens to use the word in it's older (or normal for many people) context is all of a sudden sexist, racist, homophobic, whatever.

However don't worry that your not being marginalised enough because not enough Midland people understand your narrow meaning of a self perceived insult, Midlanders have plenty of terms of abuse and ridicule that can and are used to insult uphill gardeners who pay with nine bob notes to travel on the other bus, just not the word "faggot".

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That's my code knackered then.....

I suppose I can expect a takedown notice for my "Faggot Finder" app which so many foodies have found useful on visits to the Midlands in search of this great delicacy.

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Joke

And this is news why?

I had always sort of assumed that Github was a hub for Gits anyway.

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

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And this is censored......

At the moment I am playing through the "South Park - Stick of Truth" game which is censored in Europe but not in the US (on the consoles but not on the PC apparently). I have come across three censored scenes, one regarding anal probing by aliens and two in the local abortion clinic. All the missing material is fully described with an apology to "Europe". Given the American sensitivities around abortion especially I an surprised that this censorship wasn't the other way round - i.e. allowed in Europe and blocked in the US. As I have just taken part in a battle which ends up with my opponent being crushed by a giant breast and myself being crushed by a giant pair of testicles with the battle taking place under the heaving sweaty bodies of a couple making love I find this type of censorship laughable by Apple. Is it a case of chronic bad language, graphic violence, gratuitous sex and outright all round offensiveness is fine so long as its a game but if a real women is displayed in quite an artistic way then its banning material?

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Re: Or even...

Fair comment :)

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ADJB

I suspect that the only people who will bother to turn up in London will be employed at the silicon traffic calming measure or whatever it's called and may not be representative of real life.

Get thee out to the sticks and you will save more than the rail fair in reduced ale prices.

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Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

ADJB

Before this latest burst of interest from the popular press I had already done a "I do not consent, sod off" letter for my GP. When I took it down to the surgery I expected blank looks from the desk staff along the lines of what are you talking about?

To my very pleasant surprise about half way through my first sentence the lady handed me an opt out form pre-printed by the surgery just requiring my name, address and signature. My trust in the practice went up no end especially when a few weeks later my other half was there and her doctor actually raised the issue and offered her an opt out form.

With that level of open defiance from the shop floor it makes you wonder who actually wants the data and what its really for? (rhetorical)

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Barclays Bank probes 'client data sold to rogue City traders' breach

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"I can't wait to see what knighthoods and directorships people get for this, surely they will both be large numbers"

Just put that right for you.

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Elite Systems pulls ZX Spectrum games after deluge of 'unpaid royalties' complaints

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Re: WHo exactly is claiming the royalties?

Lets see....

EA

Activision

Capcom

Atari

Psygnosis - Now owned by Sony

Codemasters

Rare

Alternative

come to mind not to mention many individuals who still work in the industry and as also mentioned companies who have gone into other software genres.

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From the Bluetooth.org website

"1.2 Who should join the Bluetooth SIG?

Any company using Bluetooth wireless technology in their products, rebranding or reselling Bluetooth enabled technology, or advertising qualified Bluetooth products must become a member of the SIG. (Membership in the Bluetooth SIG is for companies, not for individuals.)"

Elite are planning on using Bluetooth technology in the product. - That's enough from what it says above.

Even if they are going to reuse an off the shelf chipset I would expect that as a piece of consumer electronics they will still need to get the correct certifications which would include one for the wireless system. (Qualified product?)

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ADJB

Does anybody know how much it costs to join the Bluetooth SIG as I can't seem to find Elite Systems name on there. Or is the required membership going to be funded out of the kickstarter funds?

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ZX Spectrum game devs allege Elite Systems Ltd didn't pay their royalties

ADJB

Something the backers of this project don't seem to realise is that even if everything goes through and the keyboards are delivered then they will most probably be useless paperweights.

Given the kickstarter states they are only certain to work with Elites version of there "licensed" games and the mood among the developers is not at its best to say the least with many now considering legal action to recoup royalties and takedown notices based on such a serious breach of contract it seems unlikely there will be many if any games to play.

At present not one single developer has come forward to say they HAVE received any royalties.

I realise that it's not in kickstarters interest to pull a funded project due to the loss of money they will suffer but I worry that the bad press resulting from this matter will do them significant damage and it would be in there long term interests to put this project on hold until these serious allegations against Elite and Mr Wilcox are investigated. If these matters are resolved then the project can be reinstated, its not as if its time critical after 30 years of waiting.

The developers are all big boys now and can defend themselves via legal remedies but I can see 800 plus kickstarter backers, many of which don't understand there is no obligation to actually deliver anything at all, being stung and the reputation of kickstarter and possibly even the wider Sinclair / Spectrum community being damaged.

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

ADJB

Promise the world

"The revived Spectrum is imagined as a superior way to play the retro games Elite delights in making available on modern platforms, and also a rather nice design for a wireless keyboard (albeit not a productivity-enhancing one)"

According to the kickstarter it probably wont be a nice wireless keyboard as it is only cited to work with the compatible games Elite will release. (and IOS only with no guarantee it will work on anything else)

It will also be interesting to see if this means that the original authors of the games in question will now start to receive some of the royalties which, to date, have apparently mysteriously failed to materialize. (http://www.worldofspectrum.org/forums/showthread.php?t=46365)

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Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

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PDP?

I notice that Mr Pester ends his tweet with PDP. Are these his initials or the technology the system runs on ?.

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Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London

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Standards

So can we assume that all broadband story's will now be quantified using the new Register standard of "low res grumble flicks /second" with additional standards of "HD grumble flicks / second" and "4k grumble flicks / second" as they become more applicable?

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'Climate change' event dishes up sous vide supercomputers

ADJB

Reading this while my car defrosts makes it a little surreal at best.

Posted from Birmingham, England.

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Huawei dismisses NSA backdoor claims as profits soar

ADJB

Let me get this right....

The NSA are complaining the kit does have backdoors, just not theirs?

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

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"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson - On my Nexus 7

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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Interesting - I didn't realise that Andrew Orlowski also writes for the Daily Mail under the name Nicholas Booth.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2523680/How-Britain-iPhone-technology-Apple-Quango-handed-advantage-competition.html

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

ADJB

I think when its all up and running I will ask that all ISP's put facebook on the list of banned sites as it's well documented in the national press for a causing a number of cases of juvenile suicide because of bullying.

Let's see either how long that lasts or the reasoning behind it not being added to the strictest level of filter.

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Eagle steals crocodile-cam, records video selfie

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Re: 100km? Or 100m?

Is that an Australasian Sea Eagle or just a general Asian Sea Eagle?

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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less appetising job

Most of the less appetising job adds I see start something like...

1st Line Helpdesk operative required.

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Ignore the GIGANTIC assets write-off, Universal Credit IT 'is working' – UK.gov

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"The minister for welfare reform Lord Freud claimed:"

Am I the only cynic that read that as....

"The minister for welfare reform Lord Fraud claimed:"

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Same as many people above - arrived on Monday.

I had this as an upgrade from my nexus 4 and after a couple of days playing I am very impressed. Call quality and wifi both seem to be much improved and download speeds seem to be much quicker. I could just about live with the previous 16Gb so went for the 32Gb this time and with all my essential apps and a decent selection of music on I still have more than enough space not to worry about the lack of a memory card slot. Of course YMMV.

The added bonus is that CEX gave me £133 for the nexus 4 so an outlay of £200 makes this fantastic value. Add to that an unlimited data + calls + unlimited texts plan for £12.50 a month and TCO for 2 years is "only" £500 - less than the phone only cost in many cases plus whatever resale value it retains.

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Meet the 'KARDASHIAN Phone' – what Apple bods nicknamed the iPhone 5s

ADJB

To quote Rogers Profanisaurus -

I bet that arse holds some shit.

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Police constable 1337 stunned by Lego lookalike

ADJB

Re: PCSO

You must live somewhere nice - they don't call them anything that pleasant round here.

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