Wow. Typical rates for unsecured loans are supposedly around 4-6% unless I'm reading the tea leaves wrong.
Is Sunak selling bonds in this scheme, and who to? Feels like somebody must be hoping to make a mint...
The UK government will throw £1.25bn at startups and R&D firms that are struggling to survive in the coronavirus lockdown and are willing to pay well-above-market interest rates and give away equity in exchange for a fiscal lifeline. The plan, announced on Monday by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, will see the …
But look. Look!! They're doing something to help startups. Just don't look behind the curtain, there's nothing interesting there. Nosiree.
Ignore that anyone would need to be mad and desperate to take those terms.
Ignore the Chancellor knowing that full well.
As with all this government's promises around COVID-19 (e.g. see the PPE promises) this is all about appearances, not about being actually helpful. Helping costs money. Lip service is free.
Housing market loans are secured against the house, so much less risky.
For my business, I'm regularly offered loans at less than 1%. Small print is that the directors are giving a personal guarantee - that means my house is on the line.
Car loans for £20k are easily available at 4% (ish) as the monthly repayments are nice and low and tend to be repaid.
The 8% is for a risky startup - I'd want more than that if I was lending money to a startup. Wouldn't you?
Crikey, I don't know why everyone fixates on their having to be extra money made by themselves to hand back much more to systems in the future than is granted in the present, whenever y'all know that last month there was practically nothing for virtually anything and yet now someone/something has decided there be tens of scores of trillions in cash to be given away ........ fiat paper printed and/or instantly lodged into special valuable vehicle current accounts for extensive smarter spending by central banks' customer clients ....... because of an unforeseen and unplanned international emergency ...... akin to a novel Orwellian alien adventure.
The problems are not that there is never enough money, for there is always more than enough money easily available practically anywhere than will ever be needed for anything, it is just resting or been deposited with all the wrong sort of people and establishments.
And that is the first simple idiotic mistake made, described and highlighted right there.
The second simple idiotic mistake easily made is to deny it be true and argue against the premise.
The UK government will throw £1.25bn at startups and R&D firms that are struggling to survive in the coronavirus lockdown and are willing to pay well-above-market interest rates and give away equity in exchange for a fiscal lifeline. The plan, announced on Monday by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak,...
How the fcuk have y'all arrived at the stage where you listen to
such incompetent parasites, expecting them to lead anyone with anything to greener fields? And are you the bigger idiot so easily fooled that they are relying on to survive and prosper, for they are not really struggling, are they, other than failing to energise a viable novel future narrative ?
And don't answer that if you are easily depressed because you expected the future to be different and better rather than worse and similar with more of the same old guff presented daily in missing news briefings.
Dick Turpin at least wore a mask before he robbed folk of their valuables.
And of course Collective Cabinet Responsibility paints the bigger picture targets for prime attention? Way to go, Boris ..... it's all downhill quickly from here if things are not fundamentally changed from pathetic to seismic.
"The downsides of rural life"
You don't have to be rural. A couple of miles outside the M25, I can't use online conferencing at all, as it doesn't keep freezing, it just never gets started (430 kilobit down. 170 kilobit up broadband.). And of course we're much more crowded.
Deliveroo runs at a perpetual recorded loss. This is either to wipe out the competition by under charging until the competition is all dead, at which point they can stick their prices up or creative accounting to avoid paying any tax. Either shouldn't be receiving any money in support.
The other point is that deliveroo was founded in 2013 (so now 7 years old) has over 300 full time staff on the books (250 is the limit for an SME before you become a full size enterprise) as well as thousands upon thousands of people contracting to do work for them on unfair terms in the "gig economy", eg "method of employing people on less than the minimum wage with no employment rights, eg holidays, sick pay etc". Also no tax paid.
Not only should they be allowed to go bust, personally I think they should be helped along the way along with as many similar companies as possible. It's not as if what they are doing is particularly unique.
I don't want to be one of those people but if the government did more about large corporations and dodgy tax strategies then they could do more to help smaller companies and startups.
Sorry but you can't have it both ways. If the government are saying we're a nation of talented people and want to see startups flourish then this sort of "offer" is at best insulting and at worst one nobody would want to take up. Yes startups are risky, but the alternative of - nobody ever trying anything innovative - isn't exactly desirable either.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has doubled down on his company's stance on working from home and flexible working, that great pandemic debate.
Following widespread WFH enforced by global COVID-19-related lockdowns, opinion is divided between those welcoming the new normal of work-where-you-like and those who see numbers coming through the office door as a proxy for productivity.
Those in the latter camp include Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon – who has taken several opportunities to insist that his staff get back to the office full time – and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who insisted the temptation of coffee and cheese presented a serious threat to the nation's post-Brexit economic success.
More than two years after England launched a COVID data store, keeping details of National Health Service (NHS) patients, the country's National Data Guardian (NDG) remains unsatisfied with who is accessing the data.
The COVID-19 data store was launched in March 2020, and would pull together medical and operational data about the spread of the virus across the country.
Poll As return-to-office attempts continue to fail for big tech businesses, another proposed change to the work world is gaining steam: The four-day week.
In the UK, a 70-company trial program the BBC described as "the world's biggest" began this week, with participants paying their employees a regular week's pay for 80 percent of the labor. That pilot may be the largest, but it's hardly the only one.
Some companies have opted to trial the four-day week on their own, like Dell, which recently switched to a shortened week in the Netherlands after previously trialing it in Argentina.
The tech world's pandemic supply chain meltdown drove ServiceNow to place orders for a year worth of datacenter kit in January 2022, believing that doing so was necessary to get the hardware it needed to cope with growing customer workloads.
"Pre-COVID, I could generally get stuff in 45 days," CTO Pat Casey told The Register at ServiceNow's Knowledge 22 conference in Sydney, Australia, today.
Well-publicized coronavirus-related supply challenges caused ServiceNow's lead time for some networking kit to stretch to 160 days, while servers can take 120 days to arrive.
Concerns are being raised over UK government proposals to extend emergency powers introduced during the pandemic, giving it access to patient data held by general practitioners (GPs).
The government has decided to put in place a plan "omitting the expiry date contained within" emergency COVID powers and "to make a consequential amendment to the review provision", with the aim of "establishing and operating information systems to collect and analyse data in connection with COVID-19."
The instructions were sent in February [PDF] to Simon Bolton, then interim chief executive of NHS Digital, by Simon Madden, director of data policy at NHSX, and signed by the Secretary of State.
Updated Serco has won a £212m ($278m) contract for disease testing and contract tracing from the UK Health Security Agency, the organisations set up to replace the controversial NHS Test & Trace and doomed Public Health England.
In a contract initially set to last two years, the tech and public sector outsourcing provider will be expected to support services in the country including positive case tracing, contact tracing, isolation follow-up, test enquiries, and test bookings.
Analysis Amid the semiconductor crunch, there's an interesting cliff forming at 28nm.
While demand for other process nodes exceeds supply, the tech world's need for that mid-level node may drop below available manufacturing capacity, if not already.
Early indications of a potential oversupply at 28nm emerged during an earnings call with UMC, a top contract microchip manufacturer headquartered in Taiwan.
Microsoft has bragged about how its HoloLens 2 is being used by doctors to assess care home residents in a COVID-safe way.
One might wonder if the elderly haven't suffered enough during the pandemic without throwing Microsoft's Augmented Reality technology into the mix. However, with rules and guidance making in-person appointments a little tricky, having a staffer don the goggles while a doctor looks on remotely is not a terrible option.
Microsoft unveiled the follow-up to its clunkier predecessor in 2019. At the time there was much rejoicing concerning 3D models and collaboration. Recent events have made that remote collaboration pitch seem somewhat prescient.
Self-proclaimed visionaries of our times like to explode myths about what can and cannot be done. Inhabiting mars? Let's get on it, electric car maker Elon Musk says.
Semiconductor sales are expected to return to a more realistic growth trajectory this year after a record-setting 2021, analyst house IC Insights said in a study released this month.
It's anticipated chip sales will reach a record-high of $680.6bn (£500bn) in 2022, growing by 11 per cent from 2021. Integrated circuit revenues are expected to total $565.1bn (£415bn), up 11 per cent year-on-year, and OSD – optoelectronics, sensors/actuators, and discrete components – are expected to reach $115bn (£85bn), also up 11 per cent.
The growth rates will be slower than last year, when chip sales went up by 25 per cent from 2020, the analysts said.
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