* Posts by Andrew the Invertebrate

97 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jul 2010


Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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Re: The needle returns to the start of the song...........

And the UK would have to negotiate a trade agreement with EU, probably ones like those with Switzerland and Norway where they end up paying some EU dues and have to obey a great of EU law all while having absolutely no voice.

That's not to say that the EU couldn't stand a little bit of house keeping but it's difficult to change the rules if you're sat in corner sulking and whining that it's not fair.

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You when he's asked about various manifesto pledges his stock response is "Don't ask me about the last manifesto. I have no idea what was in it as I didn't read it."

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Re: The needle returns to the start of the song...........

"Not a fan of UKIP at all, but if it breaks this cycle of toff's who think it is fine to ruin the country and steal from its people without accountability"

You mean that party that's led by a public school educated toff, who worked in the city and then after becoming an MEP has claimed millions of pounds in expenses?

"a public school boy with a disjointed view on the country, only out to line his own already full pockets"

Seems a pretty good way to sum Farage up

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Re: poacher/gamekeeper

While I try to avoid being fair to MP's just out of principle, the system that let Millar off the hook has changed. I have no doubt that at some point in the future another Government Minister will end up in a similiar situation, but hopefully if won't be as easy for them to wriggle and squirm for so long before being forced to do the right thing

Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot

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Re: Hollywood sucks

"They have made a Batman and Spiderman film every year for the last 10 years."


Damn that means I missed the 2003,2004,2006,2007,2009,2010 & 2011 Batman films.

Looks like imdb missed them as well

Father-of-three attacked teen after Call of Duty jibes

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"Teabagging, only the Christian right could take a gay sex act and turn into something sordid and disgusting" - Stephen Colbert

Unless you meant a different kind of teabaging.

Resistance 3

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The review was right about one thing, the last chapter is a massive anti-climax, being able to "win" the massive climactic battle with just 8 shots is a little dissapointing, not exactly a great bit of level design.

News International grabs SunOnSunday.co.uk domain

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fly meet ointment

The only problem with the dropping BSkyB share price is that News Corps is dropping even faster, down 7% today 12% on the week. It keeps going at that rate News Corp won't be trying to buy BSkyB they'll be too busy avoiding take overs.

Now wouldn't that be a shame?

El Reg to unleash rocket-powered spaceplane

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I mean who can say no to Irish red headed singers who don't mind getting thier chesticles out?

News of the World TO CLOSE

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Breaking news

Persons unknown registered the domains TheSundaySun & TheSunOnSunday 2 days ago

Looks like the whitewash is in full swing

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the pool needs more chlorine

what do you mean "goodbye"?

Teenager tries to trade virginity for iPhone

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Never mind being called Caleb

Being called Cox and not being able to give it away??

That's how I like my irony.

Vote now for the best sci-fi film never made

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Difficult choice

Obviously anyone who doesn't vote for "The Stars My Destination" is wrong and needs therapy, but on the other hand I just know that Hollywood would complete clusterfuck of it by the time it ended up on the screen.

Airborne killer robot destroys Libyan anti-aircraft missile

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What Analysis??

Any chance the powers that be can re-subtitle this article as Opinion or even Soapbox ?

The anti-RAF, pro-Navy bias is just getting ridiculous. We know that Lewis used to work for the Navy, but is there even the remotest possibilty that he can take of those navy-blue tinted spectacles when he's trying to be a journo?

Take this shining example for the article :

"By all means, we might have kept some jets just in case of unforeseen contingencies: the comparatively small Harrier force, and/or perhaps some cheap and capable F-18s from America, would have been good choices both on grounds of cost and ability to fly from carriers. This last is something that neither the Eurofighter nor the Typhoon can do, meaning that they must spend much of their flight time in transit across the Med rather than in the "contested" skies above Libya - and that heroically expensive air-to-air tanking is required to get them there at all."

We get it Lewis, you think fast jets a utter shite when piloted by the RAF, but are totally essential if the Navy are piloting them. Any chance that the next article about anything vaguely military won't end up blaming the RAF's insistance on flying planes as the cause what ever the article is about?

Thought not.

Japanese gov makes Fukushima evac zone compulsory

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Hmm, who to believe?

In the blue corner, a journo who spent the week after the tsunami saying the situation couldn't possibly get worse. And every time he said it, things got worse.

In the red corner the people who are having to deal with it on the ground

Tricky one that.

Calling all readers: Want some new icons?

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there, fixed that for you

"and he regularly posts a summary of the best posts that agree with him and worst of those that don't"

actually a "there fixed that for you" icon would be handy

Tron: Legacy 3D Blu-ray disc set

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you forgot

and Olivia Wilde in a rubber suit

Sinclair ZX81: 30 years old

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I remember the kit because

My big brother bought one of the kit versions with his birthday money and savings from his paper round. A week after he bought it they dropped the price on the pre-built verion to be the same as the kit version, oh how I laughed.

Then after assembling it with the help of a neighbour with a soldering iron, it didn't work, I laughed more.

It got sent back to the factory, where it was tested and it turned that several of the components were duds, so they sent back a fully built one.

So all the effort, grief and waiting to try to save a few pounds, which didn't really happen either. Still makes me smile.

Beeb say sorry for Stephen Fry A-bomb quip

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and if I remember correctly

from the same episode, St Stephen of Fry also noted that the rail links to Hiroshima were back in place just 24 hours after the bombing, allowing Tsutomu Yamaguchi to make the trip to Nagasaki.

All the Japanese military would have need to cripple the British rail system would have been a small snow maker near the East Coast mainline.

DC Universe Online

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well strictly speaking

that should be "Unload in the Pink Ring of Love", but I'm guessing even the editorial team have limits

Anne Hathaway slips into catsuit

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So what's the story going to be?

Batman Begins - The Long Halloween

The Dark Knight - The Killing Joke

so what's it going to be this time round?

Also why Bane? Deacon Joseph Blackfire would have more fun

US politician: 'homosexual agenda' behind TSA groin grope

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Not really the first....

slavery only became illegal in the UK on April 6th 2010, so there might have been one or two countries ahead of us there.

Putting the internet into neutral, or neutering the net?

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Could we make a minor change to provider pays?

Trying to get the BBC to cough up so that iPlayer is a stupid idea and should stopped dead in it's tracks.

However all off those irritating little adverts that clutter the place up, can't we at least get the advertisers to pay for the bandwith that they take up. If you want to sell me stuff that's one thing, asking me to pay to let you do it, well that's a whole other thing.

Anti-piracy lawyers 'knowingly targeted the innocent', says law body

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stuff the SRA

do these schisters really care about disciplinary proceedings? Where's the criminal investigation into fraud, exortion etc.. ?

Wikileaks urges Time death-list spot for Assange

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Stuff POTY

what we really want to know is who will be PMOTY

MS freebie anti-virus scanner auto-downloads provoke more anger

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So I assume

that Trend and Panda will be adding a ballot screen to show alternative free AV tools to thier sites, that displays just the user tries to download thier product?

US census takers fight angry Americans for their data

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Over-reach this

So has nothing changed in the States in the last 116 years?

Although it would explain a great deal about the average "evil non-complier" if thier mental processes were stuck in the 19th Century.

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what was originally mandated was to count the number of white people, the number of freed black people and only three fifths of enslaved blacks, indians weren't to be counted at all.

The original sprit of the consitution was that only white people's views counted.

It took 90 years and the 14th Amendment to change that particular piece of wisdom, all of which shows that the needs of census change over time and the US constitution was never meant to be set in stone and isn't something that should be hidden behind when logic and reason are against you

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Anyone for Tea?

Well hopefully all the rest of the right wing, nut job, teabaggers like yourself will have actively stood in the way of the census, so as not to provide an accurate count. That way the states with the more than average numbers of right wing, nut job, teabaggers will have less representation in terms of numbers of congressmen and electoral college votes in the 2012 elections.

Shut up, Spock! How Battlestar Galactica beat Trek babble

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But Sarah...

why are you turning into an elephant?

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not so much with the singing

If it had been sung completely that would be Grand Opera, not to be confused the Grand Ole Opry. But if you do want to tell them apart, the first one has less cowboy boots

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the writers heads weren't the problem

Ron Moore planned on having 5 major story arcs for the whole show, much like Babylon 5.

Because it's a new show season 1 gets 13 episodes, which is relatively short but Ron Moore is happy with. All the episodes are well paced and so is the season 1 story arc.

The show gets huge acclaim and show moves, at the instance of the commisioning tv network, to 20 episodes a season and so the writers have to stretch the season 2 story arc over 7 more episodes, which brings in the inevitable filler episodes and loss of focus on the bigger story. Also the show couldn't really do anymore of the "we've just run out of <insert stuff>" episodes after the first season without looking like it'd run out of ideas.

So if we could just get the tv execs out of tv, we'd have much better stuff on the small screen.

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Don't worry about Caprica

the shows has been axed and the current run pulled from the schedule. It gets about another 5 episodes next year, presumably containing some hasty rewrites to wrap things up and set up the Cylon war show.

The socio-religious aspects during the first couple of seasons made it really interesting. The Cylons representing Muslim extremists\Al-Queada with thier 9-11 esque attack on the colonies and the subsequent enemy within paranoia, whilst also being 12 disciples of a single God.

And then the Colonials being the US, a supposedly enlightened mostly secular culture that accepts all faith's as having value except one. But is prepared to use suicide bombings as legitimate tactic against thier oppressors.

Also don't him God, you know it doesn't like that name.

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Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome....

also know as "Caprica tanked and we want to keep the franchise running"

Wales loses 'dot-cum' domain to tax haven

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.lancs ?????!!!!1111111!

surely you mean .thewrongsideofthepennines with .therightsideofthepennines having already been claimed by it's White Rose wearing proper owners.

Much of recent global warming actually caused by Sun

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Irony, yes we've heard of it

Oh I agree that no-one knows exactly what's going on, and the science is far from "settled".

But crappy pieces of so called journalism where the article contains any number of contradictions and distortions really don't help. So Lewis should just shut up about climate change and go back to writing his twice weekly piece about how the world would be so much better if the MoD just bought all thier kit from the yanks.

Also two minor points :

1 - being called spinless by someone hiding behind the A\C is a little rich.

2 - and the Invertabrate moniker is in "honour" of someone who used to be seen round these parts, but took his ball home some time ago.

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Journo, not in the gutter, but drilling for the centre of the Earth

Scientist says :

"We cannot jump to any conclusions based on what we have found during this comparatively short period "

"If the climate were affected in the long term, the Sun should have produced a notable cooling in the first half of the twentieth century, which we know it didn't,"

"It does require verification, but our findings could be too important to not publish them now,"

over long periods of time solar warming probably has little effect on the Earth's temperature one way or the other, as solar activity cycles up and down regularly.

Journo with axe to grind says :

All that can be said with any certainty is that through 2004-2007, the Sun warmed the planet much more powerfully than had been thought.

Much of recent global warming actually caused by Sun.

Lewis stop writing anything about climatology, as you just embaress yourself every time you do

McCanns join CEOP quango row

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Compassion for whom?

For the innocent child that disappeared? Yes

For the neglegent parents, who've turned the disappearence in to a media circus with the associated world tour, t-shirts and books? Not so much

Youth jailed for not handing over encryption password

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Nice in theory

But how do you enforce a search warrant for the contents of someone's memory? How do you prove that you've forgotten a password or that you've never had the password in the first place.

If you've downloaded the wiki-leaks insurance file how can you prove that you don't have the password, or that it isn't infact your secret stash of terrorist manuals that you've renamed to look like the wiki-leaks file and do really have the password for?

Also if you followed the US system and had "Fruit of the poisonous tree" provisions in the warrants, the exceptions on the search being carried out in good faith would kick in and it would be a legal search.

*Note to self - remember to use the "Reply to this post" button next time

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@The Original Ash

Hate to break it to you, but double jeopardy laws were shown the exit about 5 years ago


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Fail yourself

Scene 1: a court room.

Judge - What is the password ?

Accused - Not sayin.

Judge - Fair enough, have four months at Her Majesty's pleasure

Scene 2: the same court room,four months later

Judge - What is the password ?

Accused - Not sayin.

Judge - Fair enough, have four months at Her Majesty's pleasure

Rinse and repeat Scene 2 until the accused hands over the password or dies of old age.

UK head of online child protection resigns

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"to focus on its core business"

Seriously, when did catching kiddy fiddlers become a business? Do Ceop'ers get bonus for the amount of child porn they find each month?

iPhone fanbois run off road in CoolBrand race

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Fat Duck v Little Chef

both have menu's from the same guy, so what's the difference?

Anti-piracy lawyers' email database leaked after hack

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Now only if .....

they'd make it half a million per breach. So that's the original 5000 Sky customers, plus the 8000 on the second list and the 500 BT customers.

That'd be £6,750,000,000 please.

It might not fill the black hole of debt in the economy, but it would let Lewis have his two carriers with electric catapults along with enough F-18's to blot out the sun.

Facebook staff get stuck into NFC

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How long before

Some enterprising individual knocks together a mobile reader to empty the accounts of everyone in the queue at the cinema as they walk down the line?

Man gets 6 years for laundering $2.5m from phony credit cards

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he's out of bed again.

Trident delay by the Coalition: Cunning plan, or bad idea?

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Really dumb political analysis

Saying that the Lib Dems didn't do well just because of Trident is just plain stupid.

There were any number of reasons that they didn't do well, electoral reform, closer ties with Europe, immigration, tax plans etc, the only Trident got any press was because the other parties were trying to paint them as being weak on defence.

Then of course there is all the tactical voting for the "Not Gordon" party, which favoured the Tories over the Lib Dems.

2/10 Must try harder

Craigslist: no plans to revive adult ads in US

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" law enforcement and prostitution opponents"

People who oppose both law and enforecement and prostitution, that got to be a might small demographic. Possibly a few hermits or some very extreme loons from either the left or right, but I wouldn't have thought that there were enough of them to have this kind of political clout.

Action gamers make better drivers, soldiers, surgeons

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Role Model???

This is the same Lewis Hamilton that didn't leave enough room, didn't brake in time and broke his car about 30 seconds into the race.

Some role model.

Rioting lags demand women's tennis

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Horse Guards parade 2012

if there was this much fuss over tennis, they'd better put the Army on stand by for the Olympic beach volley-ball