Bitter pill to swallow
Were Pro Plus really sugar coated?
My memory of them suggests otherwise.
Beer because something to take the taste away.
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What you do get though is contractors sucked back into boring permanent jobs in big companies, rather than contractors who could and did use the money earned from well paid temporary work to set up their own companies, innovate and increase general economic prosperity.
Will that be the effect though? I know contractors who are doing precisely the opposite - they were always the ones who were likely to do something useful and productive and this has shifted them sufficiently out of their comfortable rut that they are doing something about it.
The ones who have shifted to permie roles either were just permies on a tax dodge (let's not pretend there have not been any of these) or who were forced to work as contractors at employers that wanted to avoid their responsibilities.
People will end up getting what the market deems they are worth - and it's a global market.
I'm not sure the short term disruption will be especially problematic, it's just a bit of sorting sheep from goats.
(That's not to say any of this has been implemented or policed well, or that clients are sufficiently well-informed and confident in the processes that they feel able to do the right thing)
>The construction and civil engineering industries run on contractors.
>Skilled specialists who are mobile between clients and can command top rates as a result.
If they are contracted to specific projects and have multiple clients then they have a good chance of being able to successfully demonstrate they are in business of their own account.
> none of the things that you mention are indicators of being inside IR35
Right of substitution is absolutely key.
If we can provide alternative workers to the client as a contractually enforceable right then IR35 is not going to apply - if the company has one worker, and can provide that worker or no one or if the client won't accept a substitution then IR35 bites.
So the fact that in almost every case the same worker is supplied to the same client day after day with no contractual obligation on the client to accept, and no ability of the company to provide a substitute is precisely an indicator.
> Contractors are not avoiding tax, they are running
> businesses and paying tax according to the tax code.
This whole 'just following the rules' thing would be a lot more believable if my fellow contractors didn't immediately depram the toys at any change to the rules that doesn't benefit us financially.
Most of us are not really 'running businesses', are we? We're one person companies, two at a push if we're pretending to employ a spouse, providing one client with one worker, and always the same worker.
If that description doesn't apply then there's a good chance IR35 doesn't either.
IR35 looks like being a bit of a pain in the bum, but it wouldn't have happened if 'contractors' who were to all intents and purposes permanent employees hadn't been taking the piss for so long.
In the end there's work to be done so there's money to be earned and if we are all so amazing as we claim we'll still get plenty of it.
I am sure your valuable skills, geographic flexibility, and preference for working as required at a price the market deems reasonable will ensure you do not spend a great deal of time on the dole - you are much more in tune with the gig economy than all these stick-in-the-mud defined benefits permies.
> I've had property rental statements, mortgage application details
> house sale agreements, job contracts.
It turns out that a lot of people have a firstname.lastname that is the same as the single name on a gmail account I use - and it seems plenty of them are handing out the wrong address or friends and family are misremembering / guessing wrongly.
I was copied into one conversation involving organising, and paying for tickets to a group trip to an event at the Sydney Opera house that in total gave me a perfect little identity theft kit overnight.
I've had very many opportunities to activate post-sale services for someone in California who bought a posh car. And for someone on the East Coast who bought a much less posh one.
There have been plenty of invites to things that sounded like a lot of fun but were happening on the wrong continent and more than a few pieces of very personal news.
It's not really much of an inconvenience for me but I suspect some of the intended recipients would really rather it did't work the way it does.
>Why can't they just replay "Hancock's Half Hour"?
They do, on [url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009t2ld/episodes/player]Radio 4 Extra[/url].
And he's still a man, and none of the rest of the cast is non-white or gay for any reason other than comic effect.
Same station for 'Hello Cheeky', 'Round the Horn', 'The Navy Lark', 'I'm Sorry, I'll read That Again', 'The Men From The Ministry', and many other comedies untainted by the passage of time.
If you hanker for a world where politeness was strictly observed but went no further than tipping your hat to the secretary before you pinched her bum then the BBC still caters for you.
>>Claims 'cheating' may have swayed Brexit poll.
>Persuading people of a political view is not "cheating" its "winning."
Persuading people using carefully constructed and focused lies that opponents have no opportunity to counter might be considered cheating, I suppose.
Regardless, the 'cheating' in this case would be the breaking of the spending limits if that's what has happened.
Germany's beer laws have done some good but they've also stifled diversity.
The reason German beer is good is that by and large their brewers are skilled and their customers are discerning - restricting ingredients doesn't by itself guarantee anything in terms of quality.
In any case I don't think the Reinheitsgebot (or its subsequent updatings) would prevent this brew as they are proscriptive rather than prescriptive so not having any hops would not be a problem. (If there's an expert who can confirm or contradict this that would be great).
> You take an Obit and try to make it political.
What a strange reaction.
I don't think anyone was trying to make anything political; given Hawking's determined and enthusiastic support for the NHS it seems entirely appropriate to mention it in this context - I certainly don't think he or his family would disapprove.
I had a ZX80. It may have been inferior to the ZX81 (and indeed every other computer I've ever touched) but it looked terrific - sleek and futuristic.
The Cambrian Explosion of home computers round that time was really exciting - and while I appreciate that standardisation has allowed to get a lot of stuff done more easily, I do miss the wild diversity of that period.
>"Netflix subscription costs me less than £100 per year, that's approx 2/3 of the cost of the license fee"
Although you do also have to buy an internet connection to use your Netflix subscription - I'm sure you would buy one anyway, of course, but if the BBC could avoid its obligation to provide a universally accessible service it would be able to make some savings that might bring it slightly closer to the Netflix price.
The BBC has a lot of obligations that make it a poor candidate for successful market competition but arguably bring some social worth.
The lack of means testing and the really unpleasant Capita enforcement system definitely need attention though.
I was very peeved when Pebble was swallowed up and effectively eliminated.
I'm currently trying a stupidly named ZeTime from the even more stupidly named MyKronoz and I have to say it has the balance about right - long battery life, waterproof, useful as a watch, with some notifications / fitness features.
Apple / Google seem to be treating smart watches like smart phones where the 'smart' part completely overwhelmed the phone (I don't know about anyone else but I make very few phone calls). I don't need my watch to be particularly smart - it's just for quick checks on the most relevant info, not for doing stuff.
> "No, mostly remainers. The ones who want to be in the EU at all costs"
This is a matter of fact rather than debate, one's position on leaving the EU has no bearing - if we want to trade with the EU then we have to comply with their rules for trade. The 'at all costs' position is the refusal to comply even if it means losing the ability to trade.
As a punter GDPR looks like a good example of legislation that works in my favour in theory but is not something I'm ever likely to think about much. As a Data Processor it's a pain in the bum. On balance I'd probably rather it went away because I'm lazy (and complacent about how my data is used and abused, I guess).
Although Maggie got the UK into a the Single Market.
I don't know why Remainers don't make more of the fact that Brexit is tearing up Thatcher's legacy - it seems to me there's considerable overlap of the Brexit and Thatcherphile areas of the Venn diagram whose loyalty to the former might be tested.
"I really want a return to gritty passionate sci-fi as good as WoK, alien, Star Wars iv, silent runnings, moon, love, predator, gattaca etc."
I watched Silent Running for the first time in at least 20 years. Worth it, even if it's really not as good as I had (mis)remembered, with some over-caffeinated acting, and not enough story; the design is still terrific though.
What's WoK? (I'm prepared to be embarrassed at my brain fade here . . .)
>On the flip side - this is pretty much what drills are designed to iron out
Right. Which makes the idea that
"The decision to run a no-notice live drill on a shift change is also met with raised eyebrows. "
seem a bit daft. They had problems with their system that this drill uncovered - some of them sound like problems they might have predicted but still it's better to know about them than not.
'Cloud' was in common use in my workplace in the 90's (and quite possibly before - I'm not as old as all that) well before it was being redefined, sprinkled with fairy dust, and sold back to our management.
It was the bit in a drawing where you stopped caring about the precise details - someone else's stuff (your network guys', a telecomms provider's, some sneakernet, whatever), represented by a cloud-shaped squiggle. You cared about the stuff going in and coming out but not about how it got from one end to the other - in fact remarkably like this 'serverless' idea now.
We all know we're being marketed at but that doesn't mean there's not a kernel of good stuff in this. I've worked in places where providing tools to people who knew what they wanted out of the data was really important - we did have developers but we didn't want them to have to be involved with things like "Do sales of product-x increase on the weekends following the mode pay date for for region-y? Is there any difference in the delta for men and women?" so they made the tools for the people who could formulate the questions.
Security will be a thing, but only the thing it always is; getting stuff done will be the driver and if this sort of setup helps get stuff done affordably then it will succeed.
Sadly the end result of this is likely to be Amazon spending a lot more money with Intel for new kit and passing the bill on to us.
A bit like the banking crisis, causing a massive screw-up doesn't preclude you from benefiting from it due to being the only people who understand and can sort out the mess.
Yes, that's more or less how I see it.
Those of us raised with tools like grep find it awkward to work the way we are used to when we move to Powershell but once there are people brought up in that environment they'll find it equally clumsy should they be asked to move in the other direction ('What do you mean it just returns a single property from each object combined into a text stream? I want my objects!')
I don't know how useful it will be on my non-Windows systems but I'm certainly not going to rule it out just because it's Microsoft.
I'm a huge fan of goose but all the same turkey is (or at least can be) much better than it is getting credit for here.
Just as is the case for chicken you have to spend what seems an obscene amount to get a good one because the economic benefits of rubbish ones are huge but once you have splurged a bit you've got a high quality product that tastes of something, as is the case for all geese in my experience. If geese were subject to the same sort of farming methods I suspect you could produce something equally as insipid as the average turkey.
As well as the reduced cooking time that the higher end turkeys require, three things contribute hugely to the issue of dryness* protecting the breast meat (bacon over, butter under the skin is my preference, but some time cooked upside down is something I've seen done with good results), not stuffing the bird so that you get it cooked through before it dries out, and giving it a proper resting time so that it reabsorbs juices.
Roast spuds and parsnips are essential (not fussed about honey as parsnips are sweet anyway), as are sprouts. All other veg optional but I almost always have carrots, some roast onion and garlic, mashed and / or boiled spuds, some red cabbage, and something else green for sproutophobes.
Cranberry sauce or redcurrant, not bothered which, bread sauce, mustard, and gravy.
Christmas pudding (on fire at some point), brandy or rum butter, cream, and custard. Ice cream if there's some around, ditto any other pudding-friendly dairy product (I have family in Normandy so Isigny creme fraiche usually arrives).
Cheese (all the cheese - a full-on England v France cheese-off), chutney and token salad leaves before (French style) and after (British style) pudding and at all points from then on anyone feels they have any interior space that doesn't need filling with cake (fed with at least one bottle of spirits over the course of maturation), mince pies (my mum's no no one's), or chocolate ("Quality" Street, or whatever gets gifted).
Fizz (with or without orange juice, blackcurrant liqueur etc) to start, lots of red wine with the roast, preposterous dessert wines with pudding, whiskey, whisky, Armagnac/Cognac, sherry, coffee, more red wine etc from then on
All of this commencing some time after 14:00 with some manner of keeping wolves from doors prior to that (my folks like foie gras which my mum does make very well, and which does justify another addition to the wine list to accompany it so . . .).
Crackers with silly hats and jokes also required.
Obviously all of this is subject to change if something blows up or burns down or if someone has a good idea or it turns out everyone though someone else was taking care of some part of other of proceedings.
Proper eating starts on Boxing day when leftovers are rolled out along with a ham, and people can get on with bubble & squeak, ridiculous sandwiches, slices of cold gravy etc
*I actually like a bit of dryness to the meat - it works better in sandwiches and justifies what might otherwise be considered an undignified amount of gravy
Rabbit's great if treated right - not much flavour of its own so it can handle a strong sauce with something like juniper (is this enough of an IT angle?).
Eat it like a small game bird (is this enough of a Carry On angle?) being prepared for lots of bones and possibly some shot.
Still, Christmas meat? Not for me Clive. And none of that vinegar neither.
" if you know that an AV will emergency stop if you step out in front of it will everyone just wander into the road whenever they feel like it?"
I wouldn't, and I doubt most people would want to take that much risk, but I can certainly see kids pranking the safety systems of cars by hopping in and out of the road.
>The problem is the "complete dependency on the state"
Given that most people would want more than the UBI I'm not sure how many would be completely dependent on the state and I'm not sure it would be too much of a problem for democracy if they were.
It would be difficult for a party that wanted to abolish it to be elected unless it was detrimental to more people than it helped but that would just mean those standing for election would have to differentiate themselves in other ways - the arguments about how best to run an economy would not change particularly.
If you consider UBI as dividends on shares in UK plc to which all citizens are entitled then all will still want the country to do well and most will seek to take advantage on the extra opportunities it offers.
If you set the UBI fund apart from government with established rules for distribution and a ring-fenced proportion of GDP then it doesn't offer much scope for subversion of democracy as we know it - certainly less than the NHS currently does.