Street View plays spot the army numberplate
Royal Artillery thwart Google blurring tech
We reckon Google has done a pretty good job with its Street View blurring tech, protecting innocent UK numberplates from public scrutiny, and it's fair to say that the army only has itself to blame for the military's insistence on using a different format to the civvy world:
Well, that's the Royal Artillery barracks on Thorney Island blown wide open, and no messing. Mind you, if this becomes a matter of national security, then our boys are well armed to protect themselves against further incursions by Street View spymobiles, as a quick pan to the right shows:
While this piece of hardware would certainly make short work of an Orwellian black Opel, its effectiveness against transdimensional Borg pliers remains to be seen. ®
Inert hardware as gate guardians
Yes, this is *probably* inert.
I say probably, because there is an amusing story about a World War 2 Grand Slam bomb (the original bunker-buster, a 22,000lb bomb) used as a gate guardian at RAF Scampton.:
"In the late 1950s, as a preliminary to road widening work by Lincolnshire County Council, the gate guardian – then a Grand Slam bomb – had to be moved. Efforts to lift it with a small crane proved futile, as it was much heavier than expected. Upon closer examination, it was found to be still filled with live explosives. It was carefully removed on an RAF low loader and detonated on a test range. It is unclear how a live bomb managed to be put on display, but it seems that it was in place for well over a decade." [stolen from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Scampton]
Anti Opel Artillery
That's a Bloodhound Surface to Air Missile so not much good for blowing up cars sadly. Perhaps the MOD can request the number plate to be blurred - once somebody there can figure out who to ask and then get the 15 forms filled in!
24 hours later and it's blurred.
The Googla-Loompas must have Lester on their RSS feed and they've fixed this one.