Re: Wait? I'm a contractior now?
"Seven years as a 'contractor' in the same role?! That's never going to fly"
Yes, because no real business ever wants repeat work.
172 posts • joined 19 Jun 2013
"Then they are probably disguised employees. A genuine contractor will have specific skills which will be expensive. I've never known a contractor earn less than £500/day, even back when I was employing them"
You've obviously never known any engineering contractors then. :-(
"shift from the employee to employer"
The company I am providing design services to are not my 'employer'.
That is, and will continue to be my company, which covers all my training, sick pay (I was off for a month last year after emergency surgery), holiday pay, benefits etc.
I have also had an employee (for a project which fell through, we're still on good terms, he keeps trying to
persuade me do some work for him now), a situation I'd like to repeat and grow the company.
Again, the crowd I'm doing some work for _now_ are not my employer.
"Err the problem is that when the power fails, the mobile phone mast will also fail. I have a solid 4G signal where I live, but when we had a power outage last month, my signal also died due to the phone mast being on the same circuit and hence dead."
Perhaps this will trigger a revival in ham radio!
My sister did an electronic engineering degree then when she graduated went to work for BT (British Telecom) here in the UK.
They had a structured route to getting chartered for those entering, so while she specialised in project
management and never did a days 'engineering' in her life, she was chartered before I could have
been. I'm 2 years older, also did electronic engineering, and was actually doing electronic design work for a small company.
Being 'chartered' doesn't mean anything. :-(
"but still retain a great deal of control over the work they take on and how and when they do it"
The whole point of taking on contractors is that they know 'how' to do whatever needs done.
There is case law where a chef was told what the menu was, but not how to produce it. He was found not to be an employee. (This is from memory so I'm afraid no references).
"It was. It was then copied by a bunch of people who don't want to pay tax"
It was then copied by a bunch of people who wouldn't get a contract if they didn't operate through a limited company, as enforced by clients.
And oddly enough, I, and the company I run, both pay lots of tax.
"Either you are, or you aren't"
And yet if you're supposedly an employee you get no employee rights. So you are, but you aren't really.
Ever thought about giving contracting a go?
"whether they need to switch to full-time staff status, pay national insurance and get benefits like paid holidays"
Eh no, they can be taxed as if they were employees, with none of the benefits.
"But the survey found that 83 per cent of contractors have still not had a conversation with their employer"
The company engaging their services on a particular contract is not "their employer"
As above, this is pretty bloody shoddy from elReg.
"As I understand it, NI demographics have been gradually shifting over time and are now such that there would probably be majority support for leaving the UK"
I'm not sure you understand it very well, NI benefits enormously from being part of the UK, I'm not sure many people want to pay EUR 50 to see a GP. There's a lot more trade with NI & the rest of the UK than with 'the South'.
"I'm guessing the EU factors would also support remaining in the EU if/when the rest of the UK departs, as appears to be the case with Scotland"
You're not making the mistake of believing the SNP are you?
A large majority here still want to be part of the UK, our problem is the unionist vote is split 3 ways so the SNP get elected. And they're the only ones you ever hear from.
BTW, an independent Scotland would be out of the EU for a considerable amount of time, and Sturgeon et al would have had us all out in 2014 without a thought. The current bloviation is
just convenient grievance mongery.
"But they decided not to follow the specs"
It was a sodding mistake.
How many hundreds of pages of specs did they have to troll through to implement this design?
It's great to see all the people on here getting stuck in over a mistake, I hope all your software / hardware works first compile and no bugs ever get past testing, because that's what you're complaining about.
"One of the many differences between the left and the right, is that the left can merrily exist without the right, whereas the right couldn't get out of bed without the motivation of something to hate"
The right can merrily exist as long as they're being left alone, whereas the left can't get out of bed without the motivation of someone to control/ opinion to shut down.
"Everyone involved in that part is recorded, and so when it fails we get a boot up the ass. How do you record all of that on software? Unless its a very simple program, you're unlikely to have just a single software engineer working on it for the lifetime of the project. How do you show who put the dodgy line of code in, and when? Why did they do it ? Was it checked? How do you PROVE the code was checked?"
Version control will show exactly who changed what when. It won't show if it was checked but it'll show who's responsible for checking changes in.
"It doesn't matter how durable a device is if the user chucks it in a draw"
Dave, what's a "draw"?
I've seen this in various forum posts over the years, I presume you mean 'drawer'?
Not being cheeky but are you from the south of England where the 'er' of drawer is barely pronounced?
"Dear MPs, where is this North Region? ..... Because if the later we have a name for the north of the UK, we call it Scotland ya ignorant Sassenachs"
Are you talking Geographically or by population?
I took it to mean that both the Scots and Northern English have more sense than the southern shandy drinking sausage jockeys.
"It is quite a leap, isn't it?"
Just remember you _are_ describing hardware, every flop flop, look up table etc you describe is always there and clocked, every clock.
And the article description is slightly incorrect, FPGAs aren't 'flexible compute devices'. They can be, but they could also just act as wire connections from pin to pin.
"Resolving round trip time to a billionth of a second gives a theoretical accuracy of 0.1mm"
Speed of light in air = 3.10^9 m/s
Divide by 1.10^9 = 3.1m
That's a round trip so can resolve to half that, so ~1.5m.
Having said that resolving to 1nS isn't much to boast about, is that correct?
"The median salary in the UK is about £21k (official figures are a few years old, so maybe 22-23 by now)"
The most recent figure I can find with a quick google is that in 2014 the median salary for full time employees was £27,200.
Again, it makes the argument that you can't get experienced IT people when you're offering £30K laughable.
"Bloated browser? My sub £200 Chromebook is online and usable from cold power up within 3 seconds..."
Exactly, I don't know where the downvotes are coming from.
I bought a cheap Chromebook to get access to my email (tethered to my phone) when on one client's site when they locked everything down.
At home it has become our go-to bit of kit for browsing/ ordering etc. That's over a reasonable windows laptop, an oldish ipad and a two year old ipad air.
They aren't laptops, but are instant on and 'just work', with a keyboard that vastly increases producivity
when you need one.
I don't even know where the ipads are now.
"So Wales and Scotland would be worse off how exactly? It's interesting that virtually every argument used by the Leavers for taking the UK out of the EU can also be used (in spades) to justify the breakup of the UK, but the Britnats don't seem to see the irony!"
Except the money flows OUT of the UK to the EU.
Wales and Scotland get a lot of subsidy IN from the r-UK.
So the situation wrt the EU is completely reversed.
"Britnats". You're an SNP supporter then?
"We get much less than the Scottish economy returns to Wastemonster"
I'm sorry but this is complete and utter balearics according to the SNP led government's own figures.
"We are also the only part of the UK other than the SE with a positive balance of payments so we pay our way in the world"
Wrong again. Again according to the SNP govts figures we get ~£1900 per head support from the r-UK.
BTW, NI, Wales, the NE and NW of England all get more per head than we do. Our revenues are about the UK average so our economy is doing OK, it's just that schools/ hospitals/ policing roads etc are expensive to provide in the Highlands and Islands.
Ever wondered why there's been no mention of Full Fiscal Autonomy for a while?
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