Re: Were they lost from a catainer in the Pacific?
I'm ashamed to admit that took me a moment to work out, nice one
5801 posts • joined 29 May 2007
Personally I'm ok with a company being able to identify a VPN user after being served a lawful warrant to that effect. It's the casual 'spying on everyone because we can' that I object to, it changes the nature of the relationship between people and the state (i.e. nothing to do with that 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' bollocks).
[Client]: I can't access to the internet
[System]: I can direct you to our service outage web page which will highlight any service affecting outages in your area
[Client]: ..but I can't connect to the internet
[System]: Have you really tried? I mean, *really* tried?
[Client]: Fuck you, you robotic moron
[System]: I will not tolerate techno-phobic comments, you have been reported for crimes against technology, a re-education center official will be in touch shortly, please hold the line.
Whilst the chances of it happening are small, the impact on you would be huge. Risk analysis is based on both factors.
For example, if something is likely to happen, but the impact is low (such as a <1kg meteor entering the atmosphere) it can be considered a lower risk that something that is unlikely to happen, but the impact is huge (such as a >1 tonne meteor entering the atmosphere).
We don't lose sleep over the latter (rightly so) but it *is* still a risk.
It's not unusual, but you can bet that a big IT-Con. firm will put in an employee wherever possible as they charge the client the same amount either way,and of course an employee costs far less to them.
Putting in contractors only usually happens when they can't find the required skill-set in their permanent staff.
Full disclosure: I'm a well paid contractor.
The main issue for me with ir35 isn't the additional tax burden or even lack of employee rights, it's a combination of that change in the client->contractor relationship and the effect it has on my business.
For example, I don't like being told how to work. I'm good at what I do for a reason, and that reason isn't that I do exactly what some clueless middle management tool tells me to do. They give me work, and I do it, I even help others do their bit (especially if it supports me completing my work).
Converting to an umbrella company and pseudo-employee status appears to be giving the managers of my clients the impression that I suddenly work for them as a regular employee. Sure I still have the right to bugger off as I always did, but this has really confused the relationship.
I also had plans for my business, to grow it and branch out into other areas, mainly funded by the contract income from my clients. By forcing me to take all that income as PAYE into my personal account immediately starves my company of funds and effectively shuts it down.
I'm left with the option of either a) trying to find another role that is outside ir35 or b) close my business and throw all my plans in the bin.
It *is* poorly thought out and implemented - there are many 'blanket' appraisals going around under the guise of individual assessments as well, which is against HMRC policy - but clients don't seem to mind breaking *that* rule.
3 percent of the speed of light! Holy shit. That must look awesome from up close*
If we ever want unlimited free energy, we really need to harness gravity - it just doesn't seem to run out, certainly not on the scale that we can use it.
Our current technology is still -->
*Say, 6 trillion miles, with suitable radiation shields
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