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Liam at centre of Blur Poll Mystery

Posted in C++, Internet, Music by archersnews on May 5, 2010

Rock Star Liam Gallagher was at the centre of  bizarre vote rigging claims last night involving  fellow rock band Blur. 

The Poll promoted by the music press  “Oasis or Blur: The Final Say, You Decide”  returned an overwhelming majority in the Manchester band’s favour.

 A few eyebrows were raised at the time, however the matter would have been done and dusted were it not for a complaint by a member of the public to the official sponsors N.M.E. who called in the Internet Auditing Authority.

The Oasis Blur poll results

 The I.A.A discovered that an ‘irregular proportion’ of voting activity pointed to a single address around the Manchester area but refused to disclose more information.  He added that  “these polls use a high level of security intended to protect the integrity of the data, so whoever was behind this knew what they were doing”.

The second poll

 An unauthorised poll about the band Gorillaz, which is run by Blur front man Damon Albarn, was also traced to a server at the same Manchester address.

 Speculation is being further fuelled by the revelation that an email address resembling that of the fiery Oasis frontman was found in the polling code. The IAA was quick to point out however that “there are of course very many tens of thousands liam.g’s in the world even in the street in which Liam Gallagher lives and to which this email has been traced. It is by no means unique. The net is a huge place”

A friend of the Gallagher family spoke in an interview with the Sunday Mirror  last year about Liam’s prodigious computer talents.

“Not many people know it but Liam had the potential to be a world class C++ Programmer and was once offered a job at Microsoft in his teens. He blew his teachers away at school, whatever the computer guys threw at him he just soaked it up. It was like he already knew it,  they were just amazed. There is very little Liam can’t do with C++, SQL or PHP”.

The Code unearthed by the IAA

Liam has made no secret of his love for computers once famously saying . “I love the way simple binary code can operate a machine. The idea just kinda transfixed me as a kid you know. Life throws some real hard bitches of dilemmas at you –  mine has been whether to rock n’ roll or to program”.

 N.M.E said it would clearly be a shame if the results had been tampered with but are not planning to take any further action.

-Archers News


Jefferson Starship admits error “could have cost lives”

Posted in Music, Uncategorized by archersnews on April 15, 2010

Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick who sung Starship’s 1985’s hit single “We built this city (on rock n’ roll)” have admitted they made  a ‘potentially dangerous’ construction error. In a joint press announcement Thomas and Slick said “whilst we were not responsible for the lyrical content of the song, we’re both willing to stand up and fully admit this song makes a potentially dangerous claim that could have cost lives. In any kind of building construction we would only recommend materials like brick, concrete and galvinised steel. We love Rock ‘n Roll, but forget it for any serious construction work. You might as well try to build a city on Olive Oil”. 

Starship is an American rock band formed in the 1970s and underwent a number of transformations and new line ups over the years. Founding members included Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Cathy Richardson, Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith, Donny Baldwin and Jeff Pevar.  The band started life in 1970 as the Psychedelic rock band Jefferson Starship.