Suffolk and brilliant
19 posts • joined 8 Apr 2011
Tired: What3Words. Wired: A clone location-tracking service based on FOUR words – and they are all extremely rude
Indian government reverts to manual tax filings as new e-tax portal remains badly borked a week after launch
AWS Free Tier, where's your spending limit? 'I thought I deleted everything but I have been charged $200'
Apple hits back at Epic, says Fortnite crew wants a 'free ride' on fees: Let the app store death match commence
But in this analogy the film makers are also demanding 30% of the popcorn and soft drink sales. Isn't it enough that they get 30% of the ticket sales?
Admittedly there is an issue if the cinema were to move to a 'free movie, just buy lots of popcorn' model, but I think there has to be a middle ground between nothing ever and 30% of everything forever.
The length of the contract has nothing to do with whether the contractor is acting like an employee or not. Some 'permanent' workers stay in roles for less than a month; contractors can certainly work with a single client for many years without necessarily taking on the attributes of an employee.
Why is it seen as fine for two companies to have a successful multi-year partnership (or even unsuccessful when it comes to Capita, IBM, etc) but a contractor cannot?
Re: That's Chromebook right out of my buying list then
I think a better analogy might be that my sink can't wash dishes with 2019 dishwashing liquid, whereas it was fine with the 2018 version...
It's not the repair / upkeep so much as the inability to support any new applications that kills me. Eventually you're left behind with an unpatched unsupported
sink OS and no dishes apps.
Re: Where will it end?
Outsourcing only really works in a "steady state" environment, which is why accountants think it's great and everyone else knows it will end in disaster. A change usually means T&M charges and extra chances to fleece the customer.
I worked on a contract at the turn of the millennium where the customer (or at least the customer's accountant) was very smug about the "nailed down" agreement... to support OS/2 and to roll out a new application (that was Windows NT based). Cue huge unplanned costs to migrate to a new operating system.
Is it cheaper in the long run?
It sounds great in theory, but what's the cost in terms of switch ports, IP management and cabling? One SAN/NAS can host hundreds of drives, and use only a handful of ports to provide access. There's also a bit of resilience built in, whereas an Ethernet connected drive will need to be protected by application logic.
I suppose these are aimed squarely at the bold new world of cloud ready apps, not my old-fashioned internal data centre ways.
Re: It's not uncommon for large firms to get ripped off.
I used to work for a very big financial firm in England too... and we had an RFP followed by a dutch auction. It was amazing just how much further those prices dropped over an hour.
One year based on our anticipated purchases (around 25,000 units) we knocked over five MEELLION pounds on the price (from the RFP pricing, not RRP).
What about support
Most people agree the cost of the box is tiny compared to the amount spent running the thing. If you've got your own datacentre and dedicated full time staff it's fine, but most companies can't afford to pay someone full time to monitor, manage and meddle with those boxes to keep them running.
Vendors with 4 hour SLAs make much more sense for companies that aren't all about the datacentre.