* Posts by Lush At The Bar

21 posts • joined 15 Sep 2010

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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A slightly sporting theme

Seattle Clouders

HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms

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Re: Interesting...

I couldn't agree more with the point on small salary, Franco. Someone else mentioned in a post further down about contractors buying 911's etc. and those individuals doing so being idiots. I've known the odd one or two who splurged all their company revenue as income and then shat it when the tax bill arrived.

I've been honouring a private contract / project that, due to *my* own terrible initial time estimate, has meant I have not billed my client for the past 4 months. There is probably another month left before all parties can say “mission accomplished”.

Yes, my friends say I am insane. Yes, I was extremely naive in my re-negotiation when it became glaringly obvious that the initial time estimate was way off the mark. Yes, in terms of cold hard revenue to my company, it has taken one hell of a hit as a result.

However, as you and so many others have pointed out here, there's reserves in the Ltd. company for such times (mainly between contracts rather than non-billable work, granted). Call me old fashioned, but I felt guilty when I realised the magnitude of what was needed to deliver the project, and I felt acutely aware that people would only see the headline figure of the daily and think I was trying to take the piss out of the client.

So, to try and act with a little integrity (or just plain stupidity), rather than just shrug my shoulders and say “them's the breaks Guv', I'll still need you to cough up £X per day until I'm done, and that could be three, four, five months down the line. Who knows!?”, I chose to honour the initial delivery, no extra cost to the client beyond my initial time estimate.

The flip side is, the client is so appreciative (of course they are very happy to date) of me being honest and not being seen to just fleece them, is they wish to get this phase wrapped up pronto also, so we can move forward and into future phases, whereby things will be planned much, *much* more meticulously so (I) don't end up in the same situation of working pro bono for so long, ever again. I've just viewed it as a learning experience, and a bit of volunteer work on my part.

Being a prudent contractor over the years has enabled me to survive.

TLDR: I bodged a time estimate, felt guilty, so am honouring the initial project spec at no extra cost to the client.

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Re: Interesting...

That's fair enough. Similar to if you don't vote, you can't complain about what the Govt. / Local Council etc. do.

As a contractor myself, who does end up with periods between work, and pays myself a salary (my Ltd. takes the daily, I as an employee see a fraction of that), I have no qualms about paying NI and Income Tax and also any tax due on Dividends, as well as my Ltd. paying its Corp. Tax.

However, if HMRC wish to change the rules, and further increase taxation upon contractors and their Ltd. companies, then they best be damned sure they chase the Hyper-Global-Mega-Corps to pay their share also, and not let them get away with paltry amounts due to such companies being able to "Lawyer Up".

It just comes across as HMRC going after the easy pickings of going after the little guy because the paymasters do not wish to upset "Big Business".

I believe the term is flat-track bully.

Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Having removed the offending updates I was aware of (Upgrade app, 8.1 telemetry etc.) the "Upgrade to Windows 10 Home" optional update would not piss off and stay hidden, no matter how many times I hid it. Every reboot, back it came, like herpes.

Granted it's late and it's been a long day, so I may well have missed an update when trawling through the installed ones, however...

I can verify that Veti's reg hack does indeed work a charm. While the reg script moaned at me for some reason when I tried to run it with elevated privileges, I merely navigated to the relevant hive in the registry, added a new key and DWORD and set the hex value as per the script would have done anyway.

I wish I could give more than one upvote :)

Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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Re: Sad...

From their FAQs

"What do I need to sign up for Peeple?"

"You will need to have a Facebook profile that is at least active for more than 6 months and a cell phone number."

What if you are not on Facebook? Would you have to create an account and wait six months before you could then create a Peeple account and begin to contest posts/ratings?

"Can I delete comments made about me?"

"No. You can get them removed by Peeple if it violates our terms and conditions once you report it."

"Can I take myself off of Peeple?"

"No. Not at this time. We may consider this feature in the future."

Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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Re: Well I for one, am insulated from such shenanigans

Indeed. A Usenet account, SABnzbd, Sick Beard, Couch Potato, Headphones and AceStream.

Job done.

All for less than the cost of a couple of pints per month.

In some ways, dating apps are the anti-internet

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Re: Bumble sounds great

I like your thinking! I'd award more than one upvote if I could.

I'd take one away from me for failing to remain Anon in my corrective reply.

May as well drop that charade, huh!

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Re: Bumble sounds great

*war and peace. Perhaps it was my lack of literary nous that put them off ;)

Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

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Fully Laden?

But would she be fully laden? And if so, do we know what her air speed velocity would be?

Redmond's Patch Tuesday to kill off the Windows FREAK show

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Re: Whoa

"You have 157 updates to install"

Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Re: What if the earth had legs?

I'm now wondering what shoe size Earth would be.

Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Sounds like a business plan

1. Set up a hotel / B'n'B

2. Charge low prices

3. Have tucked away clause stating negative feedback is chargeable at x2.5 the room rate

4. Never re-invest in the property or facilities

5. Get negative feedback (the cheap room is now suddenly £136)

6. Profit

The chap on the news said he tried the tactic of saying to the owners that he wanted his money back or he would leave another negative review. The owners replied by stating they would charge another £100 to the credit card if he did. He should have transferred and cancelled that card and then really gone for it!

There is the flip side of customers using the threat of leaving negative feedback unless they get a discount, so I must admit, this practice from both sides is a new one to me.

Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Re: WTF?

"Blackberry pioneered the same business model that Google and Apple are doing now - that has not ended well for Blackberry,"

Exactly what crossed my mind. That quote screams:

"Blackberry wouldn't let us put our mitts in cookie jar. Look what happened, Apple, Google."

Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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Re: @ John G Imrie

Nail on the head there mate. Why spend £X (and a heck of a lot of time) on securing and upgrading, when the losses are much less and you can just write them off?

It's the same with council's in the UK and their roads. Why blow the budget on fixing potholes when it's cheaper just to reimburse the few people who actually can be bothered to jump through the myriad of hoops needed to get some compensation for wheel balancing, punctures etc.

Once again, the bottom line wins out. </sigh>

Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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Re: Too complicated

"It's only a five minute job."

Internet's first 'Hall of Fame' REVEALED

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Knighted by Queen Elizabeth?

I was unaware the Internet was around as early as 1559?

Darth Vader mounts defence of doomed empire

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Won't somebody think of the younglings!

The first one was complete, it just had the small matter of the exhaust port that was "no bigger than a womp rat". The second one was "fully operational".

Empire Strikes Back director Kershner dies at 87

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...the Force be with you Irvin. Always.

Naked woman demands cab ride to Michigan

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"smashed the granny out of her"

You Sir.............


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