* Posts by markr555

63 posts • joined 6 Aug 2010


British motorists will be allowed to watch TV in self-driving vehicles


Re: too poor to ever own a car.

Eh? How are cars subsidised in any way?

Dell trials 4-day workweek in Netherlands as massive UK pilot starts


Re: There is no such verb as "to trial"

That's bullshit, dogshit.

US imposes sanctions as Russia invades Ukraine


Re: @martinusher - Sanctions and Resources

Dickhead, that is all.

Love or hate your IT dept, money talks – and tech workers are getting more of it


Re: Laugh

I don't have an 'I'm lucky to have this job' mindset, I have an 'I'm lucky to be in a position to be able to negotiate a good salary (according to my skills, ability and experience) in a profession that I quite like' mindset. It helps keep me grounded enough such that I don't start to believe that I'm trapped in some sort of indentured servitude when I earn more than 95% of the population. It also helps me to negotiate well with new/existing employers such that I don't feel that I'm underselling my contribution. The way you complain is to leave and get a better job, either pay or conditions, or even both. Or you actually start that business in spite of the IR35 laws, rather than use them as an excuse for inaction and bitching.


Re: Laugh

Did you really just equate a salary of up to 150k with modern slavery? While they are not monumental, these salary bands are double the national average at a minimum, so calling them laughable is an insult to all the poor buggers who get by on minimum wage, or at best an actual 20-30k. Poor you that you can only stuff your isa through the years. I don't suggest that they are high salaries, but I'm lucky to be in one of the bands that are mentioned and live a dammed sweet life in comparison to the great majority of folks where I live. If you think your salary is too low then why don't you just Jack it in and offer yourself to the highest bidder? Or stop whining and start that bloody business? Entitled much?

Unvaccinated and working at Apple? Prepare for COVID-19 testing 'every time' you step in the office


Re: Good job Apple

You are seriously calling someone else snide? Every..single..post by Jake is followed by a snide and usually completely unrelated post by you, spewing hate and bile You are a pathetic POS, again I ask you; stop posting your inane shit, or have the balls to post non-AC, you pathetic prat.

Electrocution? All part of the service, sir!


Re: Shock ! = Death

Tosh! Electrocution, anywhere in the world is death by electric shock.


Shock ! = Death

Can we please stop referring to electric shock as electrocution? You wouldn't call a blocked nose asphyxiation would you?

Ah, I see you found my PowerShell script called 'SiteReview' – that does not mean what you think it means


I can only assume he meant 'Armageddon out of here! ' - pure genius

Advert for coronavirus 'destroying' air 'purifier' exterminated by UK watchdog


Coronavirus 'cells'?!

Hmmm, sounds like the manufacturer is really well up on virus physiology </sarcasm>

UK watchdog fines biz £130k for 900,000+ direct marketing calls to folk who had opted out


Re: Cost of doing business or a fine?

"if my napkin maths skills are still up to scratch"

They're not.

Norton dodges UK courts after telling Brit watchdog it will be nicer to consumers


Re: Norton auto-renewed my contract in March

"Had Norton on this laptop since I bought it in 2013, with an I7 cpu and upraded to 16GB Ram and a 2TB EVO 860 SSD, converted the optical drive to HDD, runs perfectly for what I need"

That's the IT equivalent of putting your cock size at the end of a PM

Pakistan's Punjab province tells citizens to get jabbed or have their SIM card blocked


Re: Momento mori

Nice little dog whistle there, how did the fact that they were Pakistani warrant a mention? If they were white would you have said 2 English men? Sounds like you're blaming those pesky immigrants!



Are there really a majority of commentards supporting ostracisation of people who decide not to have the vaccine? It is a personal choice, and those who refuse it will eventually gain immunity or death after catching covid. Keep your condescending opinions to yourself and let them make that choice. I've had my vaccines, and if you've had yours then why the bloody hell do you think you have the right to force/coerce (or whatever word you want to use) others to bend to your will.

It's the UK contractor tax factor: IR35 outsiders gaining leverage in skills market, survey finds


Re: Oh here we go

I see your pathetic little vendetta against Jake continues, although as per usual you post as AC. Here's a thought; either grow a pair and use your handle, or STFU, you petty little prick!

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID


Re: Colour me surprised.

Nice strawman there, your analogy isn't correct at all, I wasn't praising him for anything other than showing up Hancock for the knobhead that he is, and he certainly hasn't been a despotic dictator at all. I found the Barnard Castle thing appalling at best, and definitely indicative of the entitlement that you mention. However, he's said these things as part of a parliamentary inquiry, with those who he mentioned also as 'witnesses' in this enquiry, so we'll soon see if there is any truth if anyone corroborates his versions of events. You seem to imply that Cummings is a tory, he is at most a tory sympathiser, but we don't actually know that do we? He certainly isn't a politician! I tend to hate tories with a passion, so please don't imagine I would ever truly support one, but Cummings is allegedly shining a light on all of this corrupt and crappy government, so I don't really understand why you think his speaking out is not a good thing, regardless of whether it comes from a personal vendetta.


"I will bet the former Prime Ministerial string puller utters not one word to implicate himself as a part of the covid cluckfuster"

Well he did actually say that he was included in the group that had utterly let the country down, and also gave an explicit apology for that, so it's better than anyone else has managed. Still wouldn't trust him though :-)


Colour me surprised.

Anyone that shines a light on the incompetent liying half-wit that is Matt Hancock goes up in my estimation, even Cummings. We've seen Hancock obviously lie time after time, we've seen him utterly demolished on political TV programs, we even seen him pathetically pretend to cry on national television when the vaccination programme started (I still struggle to watch that, makes me squirm with embarrassment). Now we see that hancock is single-handedly responsible for old people being sent back to care homes to pass on covid to other residents, after assuring the rest of government that this wouldn't happen, and resulting in many thousands of premature deaths. He shouldn't just be sacked, he should be jailed!

How the tables have turned: Bloke says he trained facial recognition algorithm to identify police officers


Re: AI face recognition of cops

"Is Snake Plissken now living in Portland?" - I heard he was dead...

Microsoft to charge $200 for 32 GPU cores, sliver of CPU clockspeed, 6GB RAM, 512GB SSD... and a Blu-Ray player


Re: will either of them do 4k/60fps?

"but I can certainly tell when things get busy and drop below 60" - unless they drop below 30, Bullshit! That is all...

Dating apps swiped left on Pakistan’s request to clean up their acts, bans followed



A country that murders apostates, homosexuals and rape victims wants to talk morality? FUCK OFF!

US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine


The problem with water consumption limits is..

That they don't take into account local factors. I live in a part of the UK where there is very rarely (every 20 years from experience) any shortage of water, yet I'm still forced to have showers with poor flow and toilets that barely shift the detritus from the bowl, nevermind down the 10m of soil pipe to the sewer. Water is in plentiful supply where I live, but because it can get a little short in and around the capital, we all have to suffer.

You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit


Re: Defensive Coding

They are still very useful in java, as if (literalSting.equals(nullRef) is far more preferable to if NullRef.equals(literalString) - try it and see...


Re: Adding a comment sometimes caused compile failure

I can't believe that David Bowie's wife isn't in there!

UK data watchdog having a hard time making GDPR fines stick: Marriott scores another extension, BA prepares to pay 11% of £183m penalty threat


Re: Falling on sword time?

Downvoted for telling a story - are there Parking Eye employees on this forum?


Re: Falling on sword time?


Don't take on Parking Eye, they manage to do what other parking shysters can't, successfully getting prosecutions thought the courts. I took them on after a 26 minute overstay. While at the 'court' I saw the magistrate/judge laughing/joking/flirting with the Parking Eye solicitor multiple times before my case, but yet they told me they hadn't had any discussions before the hearing. The judge wasn't having any of my defense of the fact that no loss had been incurred and I was promptly ordered to pay 3 times the cost of the original ticket. After paying the 'fine' I requested multiple times a receipt to prove I'd payed it, for the purposes of avoiding a CC judgement on my credit record, but they ignored every request. I therefore got an entry on my credit record which has only just been removed after 6 years. I would recommend never parking on a car park operated by them, they are a complete scam organisation.

Singapore to give all incoming travelers wearable tracking device


Re: Looks like Singapore's off my travel list

A sociopath because I don't like the idea of constant GPS tracking? - WOW. I'm not american, I come from the UK, where fortunately this sort of surveilance isn't yet happening. These measures are currently temporary, my assertion is that they won't remain that way. My original post indicated that I won't be visiting Singapore while these draconian measure are in place, hence I added it to my list of 'don't visit' countries, how the hell is that sociopathic? You can visit if you want to, so why does my decision not to hurt your feelings so much that you accuse me of bigotry? I do stay home, and I take effective measures to limit my exposure to COVID, just because I don't like the idea of being constantly tracked doesn't mean I want to murder people on the basis of their skin colour, you utter plonker.


Re: Looks like Singapore's off my travel list

I'd need to drive over the pond first.


Re: Looks like Singapore's off my travel list

Not one with GPS continually enabled, no. Yes, my phone is tracked no doubt, but that's a far cry from being mandated to be tracked. You know I don't by law need to have a mobile don't you? It's even got a power switch that doesn't cost me $7500 if I use it. You Pillock.


Looks like Singapore's off my travel list

I don't care what the current crisis is, I will NEVER be tracked via GPS, so unfortunately Singapore now has to join Dubai et al as one of the places I will never visit again. You could argue that they may remove this restiction in the future, but I doubt it very much, it will no doubt be a 'storming success' and continued for all travellers for all time.

Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple


Re: We should all pull together

Whenever anyone mentions the Lira now, I always think of the great Dennis Pennis put-down to Joan Collins - "I love the dress, you look like a million Lira"

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes


They'll see the worst of it

It's quite obvious that in a country with no protections for workers, no free healthcare system, and no bloody kits to test anyone, you are likely to see a much bigger spread of the virus than anywhere else. So in fact, this is the best thing that could have happened to Europe. As soon as the virus takes hold fully in the US of A there is absolutely nothing to stop its inexorable spread.

Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector


Re: Completely wrong

"The company that EMPLOYS them"?

EU court tells prudish IP office to fack off for balking at 'fack ju' trademark application


Oh, get a life!

EU wouldn't! Uncle Sam brandishes 'up to 100%' tariffs over France's Digital Services Tax


Re: Wrong argument

No - US companies should pay tax in the country where profits are earned, simple as that!

Taxi for Uber: Ride-hailing app giant stripped of licence to operate in London


Pretty sure there are lots of genuine TAXI firms in London that have apps.


Headline should surely be "Ride-share for Uber"?


Couldn't have happened to a nicer company.

Iran kills the internet for its people's own good as riots grip the Middle Eastern nation


Re: without belittling the protest

So Portsmouth is a craphole, but the UAE is a good place to live? You are obviously not a woman, an apostate, or a homosexual then, otherwise you might have thought a bit more about your intentions.

It's back: The mercifully normal-looking Moto 360 smartwatch

Paris Hilton

Re: I stopped wearing a watch as soon as I had a mobile phone in my pocket over 20 years ago...

'What's the time in Paris?'

I'd say for we, it would be about 3 mins

Baby alert! Japan Air lets passengers book seats far away from screaming abdabs


Screaming abdabs?

Not sure what the author is trying to say here, where I come from that phrase has absolutely nothing to do with children! Unless of course, you are dropping them off at the pool in rather a hurry.

Edit: A subsequent internet search does yield the original meaning of the phrase, but its long-been hijacked to mean a bad case of the squits in my neck of the wood.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament


Re: So, to sum up. . .

How can the number on the bus have ever been a pledge? Did the people who paid for it and put the lies on it take over government when the referendum result came in? No, they didn't, so how could they provide ANY money to the NHS It was a blatant piece of bullshit that was matched only by the condescension of the remain 'campaign'. I voted to remain, and wish we hadn't voted (by a majority, no matter how much you try to bring the 'didn't vote' eejits into it) to leave. We lost the referendum, it wasn't advisory, and we need to suck it up and get on with making the best of a bad job.

Cambridge Analytica didn't perform work for Leave.EU? Uh, not so fast, says whistleblower


Re: Same old smokscreen

Woah! Ignoring punctuation is NOT something I'm willing to let go, please do show me where I have failed your test?

If my punctuation was actually absent (it's not), does that in any way invalidate my opinions, or are you simply demonstrating your advanced intellectual capacity through the medium of ridicule? You are precisely the cohort that I'm getting tired of.


Same old smokscreen

I'm getting very tired of the general zeitgeist around what happened with the brexit vote. The accepted 'facts' seem to be that the nation was duped by the evil machinations of the leave campaigns, and that people had their views completely manipulated, Manchurian Candidate style, to such a degree that they were swayed into voting against their beliefs. The CA scandal was a criminal use of data, but at best merely solidified the opinions of those who would vote leave already, and swayed those on the margins towards voting leave. But here, as Mr Shakespeare would say, is the rub; it was the total ineffectiveness of the remain campaign that actually caused the result! You see, all they did to counter the lies on the bus and everything else, was to say that if you voted leave them you was either stupid, racist or mentally ill. They provided no evidence for the ridiculous doomsday scenarios that they painted if the peons were stupid enough to vote leave, nor did they address any of the genuine concerns of those on the margins. They did, however, trot out down-to-earth celebs such as Bono to tell us not to be thick and do as told. You see,the problem is that there is some truth to the arguments that the large-scale immigration from Europe has had negative affects for many people(mainly those on the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum), that lower end wages have been depressed by it and that public services have been squeezed. The remain campaign didn't just fail to address these concerns, even worse it asserted that they were just the products of stupid racism. The leave campaign didn't win the referendum, the remain campaign lost it. I'd go as far as to say that the arrogance and divisiveness of the Remain campaign did far more for Vote Leave than Cambridge Analytica ever could. For the avoidance of doubt; I'm a badly let down remainer that's getting a bit annoyed with my cohort.

It's happening, tech contractors: UK.gov is pushing IR35 off-payroll rules to private sector in Finance Bill


Hmmm.. some selective logic here!

Story about MegaCorp not paying all taxes due - Commentariat says "BWAAAH - PAY YOUR TAXES!".

Story about tax laws changing for fake self-employed - Commentariat says "BWAAH - I'M NOT TECHNICALLY EMPLOYED!"

If you think corps should pay their correct taxes, then that sentiment also applies to you! Raise your day rates, and don't accept roles that don't pay enough to cover sickness/holidays etc - it's really quite simple.

Poetic justice: Mum funnels £100 into claw machine to win single Dumbo teddy for her kid


These claw machines aren't actually skill machines - they come under the 'Amusements with prizes' category, and are only required to 'pay out' a given percentage of prizes according to input. The other category - Skill with prizes covers things such as quiz machines, where getting the skill part right is guaranteed to result in the offered prize. Skill with prizes machines manage their payout percentages by reducing/ increasing the prizes offered according to previous win history.

US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves


Re: I Say!

hmmm - do the downvoters not know that London is IN the UK, or am I somehow missing the upset and controversy my fact-based post has caused?


I Say!

London AND the UK, how happy London wlil be to have been included twice.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


Re: Try reading if you soon fond of the English language


Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs


Re: Deed poll to the rescue

There's really no such thing as changing your name by deed poll - you simply take on a new name any time you like. The process of using a solicitor for this is simply to provide a verifiable record of when you did this, but it's absolutely not necessary, I can change my name to Schnicklegruber right now if i so desire as long as that's the only name I use until I decide to change it again.



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