* Posts by geekguy

53 posts • joined 12 Jan 2010


Don't worry, IT contractors. New UK chancellor says HMRC will be gentle pushing IR35 rules


Staggering indifference and uncompetence

Prooving that yet again the government simply doesn't understand the interim market or the fact that we don't do the same job or have the same benefits.

The rate the company collects (PSC) is not a salary it is a rate for services rendered, out of that a company has to be run and one of those things is directors and other employees remuniration, along with pension, holidays, sick pay and other things that the larger companies provide for the employees.

What is difficult to understand?

Google reveals new schedule for 'phasing out support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems'


Re: So, Google is pulling a Microsoft ?

Still using the desktop picasa years later, there is no replacement for it unless you really think lightroom is. Picasa was brilliant at organing your photos, I didn't much care for the online bit of it. I quite like google photos ironically, its a shame it (the desktop app) wasn't opened up so the community could develop it, but maybe that wasn't possible.

IT contractor has £240k bill torn up after IR35 win against UK taxman


Re: In case this is all confusing...

Anyone that signs a contract which states they cannot work elsewhere is controlled and inside ir35, these people are fools its exactly how Christa ackroyd was caught (amongst many other things) some of us refused work based on contracts like that


Re: How much has HMRC spent on this pursuit?

Clearly that's hmrc delivery centre


Re: I cannot understand why HMRC pursues contractors so much.

Sorry but the new laws aren't trying to stop long term contractors anymore they are trying to provoke companies to no longer engage contractors by passing the risk to the engager, as such large clients such as the banks are announcing they will no longer engage contractors at all. This is an own goal as people then forced into full time employment will no longer raise vat (most are flat rate vat), and will be paid less (less to tax) meaning a net loss to the treasury. Its stupid, a better way would have been to scrap ir35 and raise corporation tax, I say this as a now ex contractor

IR35 blame game: Barclays to halt off-payroll contractors, goes directly to PAYE


Re: Obviously they will increase the rates by the customary amount to compensate

This isn't accurate and is a myth, there are limited places to walk to, as the public sector has already had this applied. Unlike when it happened in the public sector and everyone ran to private sector.


Re: How many hours a week?

It has nothing to do with hours per week and everything to do with terms of engagement and working practises.


It should be noted that ir35 already applies to these positions its just who is responsible that is shifting.

How to lose a UK contractor in 10 days: Make them commit after upcoming IR35 tax upheaval, apparently


Re: Good.

True but you need to understand freelancers != contractors.

Industry reps told the UK taxman everything wrong with extending IR35. What happened next will astound you


Re: up to a 20 per cent pay cut overnight... For many, the cost of their current mortgage

I have to say thats not true, In the north in places like leeds and manchester there is plenty of opportunity.

UK should set its own tax on tech giants if international deal isn't reached – Chancellor


Perhaps the chancellor should start by learning what tax should be paid by people and not the persecution of small contractors as he seems intent on.

This chancellor has no basic understanding at all, its quite frightening.

Click your heels, um, mouse thrice and you've quickly got Ubuntu on Hyper-V in Win 10 Pro


Re: WSL dead then?

wsl scratches a different itch, to say it is dead would be silly, what if all I need to do is run aws cli and i prefer linux, wsl does that no need for a full blown virtual machine.

Apple web design violates law, claims blind person


Re: Good.

to be fair not having alt tags is inexcusable in this day and age.

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears


Or you could have made sure you had to enter a password before in game purchases happen. Can certainly do that on ps4, so when my kid goes into the vbucks screen or store he can hit "buy" all he wants but he can't get anything because there are two layers of passwords after that (both of which are different , at least 20 characters long and stored in an encrypted password vault)

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves


Re: It was aliens wot did it

Totally plausible response, clearly and Alien Cat energy collector.

RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting


Re: You've GOT to be kidding me



Re: tips & corrections


You can resurrect any deleted GitHub account name. And this is why we have trust issues


Re: Good.


Besides if you're going to use open source in your own stuff, you should be working on a fork and possibly contributing to the main projects with pull requests. Never rely on someone else's repo always being there. That's just madness.

Java security plagued by crappy docs, complex APIs, bad advice


Re: Its one thing to find code...

I would have done the comedy of the following:

Written the white paper, posted it on a wordpress blog that was on the internet under a psuedoname, and referenced that :)

Activist investors want tepid Yahoo! to reboot crashed Marissa Mayer


Re: Typical vulture* capitalists...

Investing in companies is like playing cards in Vegas. It's got slightly better odds but it is definitely a game of skill AND luck. The CEO of yahoo is not a muppet, she came from an extremely successful company and was one of the founders of that company.

She knows how to make things work. Perhaps the fact that multiple CEOs have been unable to stop Yahoos decline says something more about their market positioning and brand rather than the actual product.

This sort of change takes many years to happen perhaps they, the investors, should withdraw their money if they expect it to be a steady income stream before market and product realignment are complete.

BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans


Buy a decent router run a vpn server from it and connect through that. Simplez.


Re: Good.

Hulu does it, I don't see an issue.

Free Wi-Fi for the NHS, promises health secretary Jeremy Hunt


Re: Silliest thing I've read in a long time

I was in hospital for a prolonged stay this time last year. There was 0 wifi connection, this meant I had to pay for the expensive tv cards and browse on there. Those systems are ok, but it would have been a lot better for me to have my own device.

It was folly to suggest it would aid the takeup of health tools it would have been more honest and equally as saleable to say it would increate the quality of patient experience. Even though I was ill and sleeping an awful lot of the day I still got board, and streaming some music or reading a paper would have been nice, perhaps getting a book down for the kindle. Hospitals already have private wifi staff use.. so to have the guest infrastructure is just sensible.


The paperless office is a myth perpetuated by those who do not understand technology or the backup systems it requires.


Re: Your just a complainer who jumps to their keyboard

The simple fact is if you use a free wifi connection provided by someone other than yourself then you have to accept they have terms and conditions and filters in place, if you don't want that you simply don't have to use it or can use your own data connection such as 4g.

Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals


Re: Good.

Only an element of this is true. Yes computing has got more complex and it is certainly true that you need to learn a lot of basic knowledge to be productive.

But that is all it is base knowledge. It is more important to be enquiring and adventurous. You do NOT need a comp sci degree to become a develoeper although society has convinced people they do. Some of the very best developers (old and new) I know are self taught, there is a wealth of learning material out there and very good industry standard tools are now given away for free.

its never been so easy or accessible to dive in. The real issue is attracting and retain people in the subject as they are increasingly treated like the factory workers of today by management.

What we do is a highly skilled job and when you join the industry you make a life long commitment to a very steep learning curve. That is of course part of the attraction.

Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs


Re: Roll Your Own

Samsung already have slot in units.


Not googles fault

" In this case, Google has written bad software which brings about obsolescence."

Not accurate, Google has written good software which is now superseded, manufacturers, if they cared, could update their devices in someway to the new Apis. Samsung has a way of doing this. it is not a failure of Google but a failure of the OEMs. You cannot support aging software forever.

Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change


Re: Fix the stuff that is CLEARLY broken

"C# makes it harder to make UIs quickly than VB decades ago !"

Abject rubbish I'm afraid.

Microsoft: So sorry for NOT paying Xbox indie game devs on time


Its ironic

That when bill gates' software was being ripped off by Altair user groups he wrote his famous letter. The corporation he founded now doesn't pay software developers on time.

Irony ?

I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?


Re: Why??

There are apps to get around tether lockout, foxfi on android is one.

Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws


Re: Not surprising

Point 1 is true,

I cannot agree with Point 2, it is not the case that either TDD or BDD leads to poorly tested bad quality code. It IS the case that people have bad practises around testing.

DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE


This isn't going to work

Danger mouse had two brilliant things about it, David Jason and Terry Scott, who were locked in combat for the prize of best voice acting. You can almost hear them trying to out do each other on every line.

Without these voice actors the brand is simply a basic cartoon, kids are now way more sophisticated and will not latch onto such basics.

NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP


Re: Crapita should read this page

And again Capita do not run the NHSChoices website and haven't done for 1 year, it is run by HSCIC.

Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

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Re: New Dr.

John hurt could be the Valeyard.. The Valeyard wasn't a full reincarnation he was somewhere betweeen the 12th and final regeneration, and the doctor has always worried he has the potential to become that person.

Natwest, RBS: When will bank glitch be fixed? Probably not today


Re: Out-sourcing is bad

Sharpen your daily rates ex-employees and offer "assistance"

BSkyB blocks The Pirate Bay for millions of Brits


Utterly pointless

All anyone will do if desperate to use the pirate bay is to open a vpn connection to another country that doesn't have it blocked and carry on as normal. Utter fail

Diablo III out on 15 May, pledges Blizzard


Re: mmm

I preordered in 2009 from play and got it for 24.99 which is being honoured, feeling a bit smug.

UK gov rejects call to posthumously pardon Alan Turing


Clearly there needs to be a mass pardon

Anyone convicted of homosexuality should receive an appology from the UK government, this particular offense is clearly now viewed by the majority as absurd and unfair. Given more liberal times it would be better if the government admitted that the british establishment had this plain wrong and issued a blanket pardon for these "offences".

Yes it may be a big ask but it's the right thing to do

'Insatiable' Brits gobble Blu-Ray, deserve reward



The fact is that DRM is an issue but we should be able to register and deregister our devices, we have bought content, and a dvd or bluray plays on every format that has one of those drives. We should NOT be made to lock our copies to say ITUNES or WINDOWS or PS3.

I should be able to register my devices and play all content on all, maybe not at the same time, I'd not mind paying a LITTLE extra for multiple play capability (playing 1 movie on 2 different devices at the same time), but the current trend of saying ITUNES or WINDOWS means that people will avoid online digital stuff and just continue to torrent and newsgroup everything.

Common its not hard, let us play the film on any device and stop milking us for everything, there are more revenue streams you are missing

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Someone said €35 euros for a blu ray thats just not true, not anymore but perhaps people just don't know, at its most expensive online it is now only €20.

Digital copy online for something I have bought is something I WANT as a consumer, I want to be able to buy my discs, register them then put them in the attic. The end game for me is no disks and everything streaming, but until the entire market has the broadband I have I am willing to accept that's a way off

Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever


OhMiGod Thats so wrong

Ian Bell & David Braben

Tōru Iwatani and co for pacman

where are names like this !

Would you let your car insurer snoop on you for a better deal?

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You can undertake if you are in slow moving traffic, or that the lanes have been separated such that they are leading to different roads, at this point each lane is considered a seperate road in its own right.

Samsung preps anti-iPhone 5 lawsuit before it's even out


Protect inventors not large multinationals

Patents were never designed to protect large corporations they were designed to protect the inventor so that they could leverage their designs without large corporations muscling in, the spirit of patents especially in the software arena is subject to widespread abuse and has been for quite a few years.

I do not accept that apple needs protecting the same as a small startup company and I also despise the way in which all other software/hardware vendors patent some of the most trivial stuff to simply at a later date go after competition in an underhand and dastardly way, this time its going to backfire on apple, perhaps they may learn a lesson if a patent claim doesn't go their way in korea, a massive market for mobile telecommunications.

MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

IT Angle

faster doesn't neccessarily mean os speed

It can mean productivity... runing windows 7 on the same hardware as xp is pointless, as clearly xp will always win, doesn't mean things are faster.


A Couple of reasons actually...

As a business it is indeed important not to waste money in areas that could be better spent affecting your bottom line, however to ignore advances in product version indefinately is foolish. Sooner or later you will come accross some add on or product which does office integration and you will not be able to use it and it WILL be beneficial to you.

At that point you will need to upgrade machines, os, producitivity software in one big hit, seems expensive to me.

Holmes.. because its not always obvious what the answer is but you'll figure it out in the end .

MozyHome stiffs unlimited users


Annoyed but hanging on in there

Well I'm one of mozys customers too, and I love the service. however like most I was extremely displeased with the new pricing strategy and it came about just before I selected a renewal plan so affects me immediately.

I have 169 gig backed up with them which is mostly photos and digital footage from my camcorder, and my ripped cd collection (lossless), whilst It could be argued my music collection can be recreated it is not feasible for me to rip that lot again (over 2000 cd's) The problem here is the limit is simply set way too low, 300 - 500 gig would have been better, the current limit is clearly designed to catch maximum amount of serious users to monatise the service better, that is EMC's choice but most people will not wear this price hike.

the same storage for me trebled in price over night and that is quite frankly disgusting, mozy still do not support backing up from a network share with mozy home which is an equal glaring omission.

I've stayed for now primarily because my personal circumstances at the moment mean I have no time or inclination to look for an alternative but i WILL leave mozy next year, its now too expensive, I wouldn't mind paying but only for a reasonable limit, 20 gig chuncks is a joke, I can generate that in an hour with a HD camcorder,.

Nokia blows Ovi Files out of the sky


Data backup

"Hard disk crashes are sufficiently rare"..... hohoho

Orange mobile data chucks punters


nope still broken

its not mine still does not work (leeds, wyorks)


nope still broken

leeds wyorks user and still no 3g



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