* Posts by Neverwas

11 posts • joined 11 Aug 2011

Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report


Re: Ethics

"I have zero respect for politicians and the taxman, so I'm all for this sort of dodge. My number one responsibility is to my family and friends, not The Man."

Do you want the NHS to treat you and your family? The police to turn up if you or family members are assaulted? Social security in case you have a stroke tomorrow and never work again? If so don't be surprised if others think something like IR35 is needed.

Contractors welcome Lords inquiry into IR35 before tax reforms hit private sector but fear it's 'too little, too late'


Re: Aboyt effing time too

"even though working through a limited Companies was their idea, sole traders got too many deductible expenses, and the Corporation tax rate was higher in times past when they dreamt this up"

Not my recollection. Inland Revenue (as it was then) never wanted PSCs. Why would they when they meant (a) more work: instead of one tax return they had to deal with a CT return, a Director's return and a PAYE scheme; (b) less yield: eg they allowed contractors to pay even less NICs - and NICS more than tax was often the big driver.. As for rates, during the 1990s the basic rate of income tax fell from 25 to 23%. The small companies CT rate from 25 to 20%. But comparisons had to allow for personal allowances etc. The CT changes that stoked the fires came after IR35 - the 10% rate in 2000 and (bizarre) 0% starting rate in 2002.

The HoC library has a good reputation for impartiality on such things so I commend their https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN05976.

Oh, and Inland Revenue staff advising Ministers had no reason to be jealous of contractors when they mostly had much more contact with (and more in common with in terms of background and skills) senior accountants, lawyers, bankers etc whose salaries and benefits dwarfed most contractors.

Socket to the energy bill: 5-bed home with stupid number of power outlets leaves us asking... why?


Re: Show us the circuit breakers!

AFAIK there is no limit to the number of sockets you can have on a ring final circuit (RFC) in the UK.

So eg if the design calls for 200 sockets for wall warts, each drawing a maximum of 0.15A, a RFC in 2.5mm twin and earth, protected by a 32A RCBO, seems to me an OK solution (subject of course to the cable being derated for insultation etc). Of course it may not be a /sensible/ solution but that's a separate matter.

The lights are potentially more problematical. Eg a lot of LED GU10s on one circuit may require a Type C breaker. And clear warning notices not to replace them all by 50W halogens ;)


The status of filings give an indication of a possible reason for the sale...or not

The house has been let (and is available to rent now). So the company you linked to may well be the former tenant rather than the freeholder.


The state of the garden fits a let property.

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners


Retained without being stored? too Zen for me ;)

The actual words from the announcement are

"fingerprints are not stored and are automatically deleted from the device once they have been checked"

Odd how the article (and many other reports) omitted the "are not stored".

And yes, you can argue that it's a lie and they will be stored after all. After all, none of the many people who would have to be privy to that would leak the fact, would they?

Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month


Re: An alternative

".. or you could use a triangular rubber coin approximately six thousand miles along each side."

That always seemed to me better as alternative cheque as it'd be obvious to the meanest intellect that it might bounce.

German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request


Re: a solution @big_D

Most teenagers in England & Wales can't "bequeath" their account that way 'cos you have to be 18 to make a valid will. (And that still leaves questions such as whether a Facebook account is property that can be gifted that way.)

Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple


Re: Optional

I am unclear what is disgusting and evil about a process being played out in courts of law, open to public scrutiny, and - ultimately - subject to democratic accountability.

But if you see it as so simple I assume you'd also back Apple if the phone contained the location - somewhere near where you live - of a dirty bomb? Or the location of the cellar you have been bricked up in by a member of the security service who has cracked up under the pressure of trying to protect the public which thinks it more important to safeguard their selfies and porn? In short, are you willing to die for your principles?

Met Police wants to keep billions of number plate scans after cutoff date


Re: Prediction

If "The UK justice system tramples over the Human Rights Act" then the UK will get a good kicking in Strasbourg and prosecutions will be unsafe. But AFAIK the European Court of Human Rights has looked at disclosuree and not seen problems so far - eg holding that whether there is a breach of Article 6 has to be looked at in the context of the case as a whole.


While I recognise the legal point about right to silence etc I'm not sure the example of A claiming "I did it in self-defence" but then switching to argue "I wasn't there" after seeing every piece of prosecution evidence is likely to command a great deal of public support.

Students outraged: Computer refuses to do any work for entire week


Re: The real problem is...

Oh dear, you may have scarred for life a poor dear who has never had a red cross on homework and never been told "that's wrong".

Will the looters 'loose' their benefits?


It's an advert for the "agile" methodology

AIUI the site was developed using the new "agile" methodology by the Skunkworks team. It's a brilliant advert. "Look Minister, we developed the site quickly and cheaply; *and* built it so it falls over as soon as it looks as if it might embarrass you."


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