What is the MoD buying .300″ Blackout ammo for?

24 July 2017 – The Ministry of Defence has issued a tender for .300″ Blackout supersonic and subsonic small arms ammunition – which is quite unusual because 300BLK is not a NATO-standard round.

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New site, work in progress

5 May 2017 – The new UKSN website is a (very!) slow work in progress at the moment. Once it’s good enough, I’ll need people to help me test it out.

What I will do is keep the new site entirely for premium, subscription-only UKSN news. The occasional free snippet will still go on up on here in the meantime.

If you’d be interested in helping test the paywalled site once I finish putting it together, please comment below or email me – details are on the contact page linked above.

On the offchance any web developers read this, ahem, I think you can guess what comes next…!

Met Police data breach

19 April 2017 – The Metropolitan Police appears to have handed the full names and home addresses of every FAC and SGC holder to a marketing agency promoting the commercial Smartwater property marking and tracing product.

I am investigating this with my day job hat on. If you have received one of these leaflets and are concerned about the implications of your details having been sold on to a commercial third party by police – contrary to what Firearms Form 201 says, on page 7, in the data protection statement – please contact me at work: gcorfield@theregister.co.uk

Smartwater is basically invisible ink. You mark your property with it and if it is stolen, and later recovered, police can read off who owns it using UV light.

Resurrecting UKSN

I am considering resurrecting UKSN as a subscription service. Perhaps as a print newsletter posted to your very front door, or perhaps as a monthly email newsletter.

I’ve done it for free up until now but that was on the basis that it was a spare time thing. Time is money.

Thoughts and observations welcome in the comments section, particularly if you’d be interested in signing up for it.

Let’s not say things like this

fuk idiots

Posted barely an hour after an apparent madman drove his car through pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, resulting in the death of at least one by the time of writing, and a knife attack on an armed policeman which resulted in the attacker’s death. It is thought the knifeman was also the car driver.