* Posts by br14a

28 posts • joined 28 Jun 2013

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey


Does IR35 actually generate revenue?

Isn't it the biggest waste of time ever for HMRC? Last time I checked they had stopped reporting the revenue it was so poor.

Government is so inefficient that once you start the engine of state on its rails, it can't be stopped. No doubt there are hundreds of HMRC employees who are dependent on IR35 for their livelihoods, and so no matter how stupid the policy may be, it cannot be changed.

It's happening, tech contractors: UK.gov is pushing IR35 off-payroll rules to private sector in Finance Bill


As you say "You're either an employee. Or you're not.". There is no "caught in the middle".

IT employees typically have extended notice periods, paid holidays, they often get full pay during periods of sickness, are entitled to maternity pay, have grievance procedures, union support, often there are counselling services, private medical benefits, dental insurance etc. To support those employees corporations need to provide HR functions, payroll, work space, tools etc. The cost of an employee is as much as 2.5 times their annual salary.

Contractors generally get none of the above, but can receive a higher level of income as a result. They can often be dismissed at a moments notice without compensation. They have to charge VAT and may have to wait to have their invoices paid. They take the risk that the agency or client will make the payment and have no protection if they do not.

There's a clear differentiation between contractors and permanent employees, and IR35 is simply a tax grab by a bully government, introduced at a time when the government was transferring to using major consultancies for IT services, who I assume drove the legislation in the first place in an effort to prevent the mass exodus of their often poorly treated employees.

IR35 has never really generated much in the way of revenue. It's a pointless tax designed in a world of large multi-national corporations to suppress entrepreneurs. A relic, like the Iraq war, of the worst excesses of Blairism.

The solution is simple enough. If you're a contractor and the client offers you a contract inside of IR35, turn it down and recommend they hire an employee. They'll soon change their contract terms. This is especially the case with HM government by the way.


I must have missed something. Given I no longer work in the UK perhaps not a surprise.

But doesn't IR35 already apply in the private sector? Surely it just means businesses will now have to ensure their contractors fall outside IR35 rather than leaving it up to the agencies or contractors.

And since those businesses are generally responsible for the contracts they write, this actually sounds like a positive in some respects, because instead of having to battle to get a contract that lies outside of IR35, the businesses themselves will make sure of the terms do so. Otherwise they might just as well hire an employee - which I suspect is really what the government wants.

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square


BlackBerry was tied into a licensing deal with Oracle for Java ME (64Mb VM limit!). They didn't convert to Java SE because of the massive license fees that would have made their phones uncompetitive.

So they switched to BB10 based on QNX. And while IMHO this was (and is) the best mobile OS around, the change happened too late. And they screwed over a reasonably large developer community based on Java many of whom just switched to the upcoming Android. (Around 40,000 devs).

Even so if they'd worked with Amazon for content (I believe a deal was possible at the time), things might be different. But they ended up with a new OS, few apps, and no eco-system.

Had they played fast and loose with Java licensing (a la Google) they may have survived. It wouldn't have taken anywhere near as long to change their code base from ME to SE.

Just lack of foresight or courage from their co-CEO's. They hadn't reckoned on Steve Jobs marketing genius and thought the technical limitations of the iPhone (early models were terrible but give a free pass because the software looked good) would protect their market position.

QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic


Re: Tempting but...

10.3 supports Android KitKat. And just about any Android app that doesn't require Google services should work fine. (For obvious reasons Google services don't work - though oddly enough Google Navigator works fine).

Many can be downloaded from Amazon or 1Mobile or similar app stores.

Or if you have an old Android device you can just copy them over via Dropbox or similar.

I have the Passport. Absolutely amazing phone. A few minor annoyances (like Google services) but a small price to pay. And the new voice assistant is pretty phenomenal. Somehow or other it understands my North Atlantic accent with incredible accuracy.


BBM Meetings

Pretty sure you don't need a BES to use BBM Meetings.

Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart


Simple enough. All Samsung has to do is license BlackBerry 10. Or buy the company.

They get true differentiation from Android (i.e. a secure device) while maintaining the ability to run 99% of Android apps. And as it happens, in my subjective opinion, a cleaner and more usable UI.

BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update


Re: Leaps and bounds?

"Unfortunately it wasn't the right choice for me"

I'd give yourself a few months before you speak in absolute terms.


Re: The thorn in the foot

Isn't the upgrade free. And I believe you can support both BB7 and BB10 devices from the same server.

So there's no real reason not to upgrade. Or if you prefer, go for their cloud option.

The REAL JUICE behind leaked BlackBerry OS: Android apps to slip in without protection


Re: Sad day, sad day

"simply because their grand daughter/son or other stupid offsprog said that they should have one in order to do Face Time"

Yes. Absolutely.


Re: Choice

You always been able to package apks as BAR files on BlackBerry 10. So for those intent on breaking BlackBerry security the foothold has always been there.

This just makes it easier to download the apps.

And if you're downloading apps from Amazon web store, you have to assume there's some degree of control over the apps.

The good news is that corporate data is protected. And I would guess BlackBerry could provide security policies that close down the personal workspace for those corporations looking for absolute security.


If you're going to write about BlackBerry at least try and get somewhere near the facts

The fact is that all apps that run on BlackBerry run in a "sandbox" environment.

The base OS is therefore protected from the machinations of naughty Android apks.

So you get all the benefits of the most secure and bullet proof smartphone OS, plus lots of native BlackBerry apps, plus pretty well the full catalogue of Android apps. All of these apps running in a sandbox with protected API's.

And there will continue to be a healthy developer community writing native apps for BlackBerry because it's an excellent architecture.

Obviously if you're not carefully what you download you can be subject to the same malware and viruses that afflict other devices. But at least you can be sure your personal and corporate data is protected (you can't download apk's to the protected corporate section of the phone).

What really pisses me off is the lazy journalism and schadenfreude surrounding BlackBerry. Journalists who can't be bothered to properly research BlackBerry perhaps because they're scared to death they might have to write something positive. So much easier to go with the flow than write something original.


Re: Choice

"Companies with a BYOD strategy based on Blackberry's security will have a fit if this comes out."

Not if they bother to research how it works. (Unlike the author of this piece)

Apks cannot be downloaded on the corporate side of an enterprise BlackBerry smartphone. Only on the personal side. I guess that's hard to understand if you're struggling with the mess that is BYOD without BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

You really should take a look at BlackBerry 10. The enterprise features are significantly ahead of the competition.


Re: We did a repackaging of our Android app.

It's a security feature. And there's always room in the world for another C program.


"What possible incentive would there be for a manufacturer to take on an additional O/S that runs the same apps as Android, when they already have Android?"

When Google start licensing services for a price.

Samsung are either intending to or have already forked Android. As I believe did Amazon, Xiaomi and Baidu. They're obviously concerned about something.

Not beyond the bounds of possibility for Lenovo or Huawei to license BlackBerry 10 - if it's at the right price. And they wouldn't have to take much market share in China to be a rip roaring success.

Any manufacturer wanting to sell to enterprise is a candidate. The companies woes have affected sales of it's enterprise servers, but they have the most compelling combination of device and MDM on the market.

Finally! How to make Android USABLE: Install BlackBerry OS 10.2


After the latest revelations concerning Angela Merkel, I imagine BlackBerry may start to do better.

She's now toting a customized BlackBerry 10 phone. Perhaps security has something to do with her decision.


Re: Sorry, but I don't get it.

I'm afraid you have.

Apple bats away WiLAN cellular data patents sueball


Re: Juries

However much I dislike Apple and its monopolistic tendencies, it's hard to believe anyone would actually defend a patent troll.

Their name may suggest they have some connection with technology, but the connection ends with the name. They contribute nothing to this world and exist solely to sue companies for patent violations.

BlackBerry manufacturing partner Jabil looking to cut ties


""We are faced with a strong possibility of disengaging with BlackBerry"

Who is disengaging with whom?

Just as likely BlackBerry is disengaging with Jabil.

Unable to "beat" on cost with Apple and Samsungs low cost Asian plants, perhaps they intend to join them.

BlackBerry pie sliced up: Nuke-plant OS, BBM chat app, etc sale mulled


Re: Two horse race.

The "two horses" have been around for all of four or five years.

If it only takes four years to develop market leadership, do you really think a new entrant with deep enough pockets couldn't compete.

All they need is something compelling to sell.

BlackBerrys biggest problem is the negative PR generated around its stock price that provides a constant reason not to buy the devices.

The phones themselves are actually pretty good.

They'll be taken private in the next few months. Once the shorters see no benefit in manipulating the stock price they'll be given a better ride in the media (some of which has a vested interest in seeing BlackBerry fail).

Let's face it, as an enterprise you're not going to invest in BlackBerry - even if the product is the best corporate device on the market - if you don't think the company will be around in 5 years time.

WikiLeaks: Manning guilty verdict sets 'dangerous precedent'


Re: re: Does this sum up American?

"There may be considerable arguments that the actions of Manning and Snowden were for the general good of the world"

Is anyone actually better off?

Most of the stuff released by Manning was boring drivel. Some cost decent diplomats their jobs. The US was mildly embarrassed for a day or two - more over the actual leak than any content.

As for Snowden, he has informed us governments are reading data we send over the public internet. Forgive me if I'm underwhelmed.

Like telling us there are cameras on motorways. As if we didn't know.


Re: I tend to wonder..

You can't possibly compare the exposure of Presidential corruption by a high level insider with the dump of hundreds of thousands of low level memos the guy couldn't possibly have read.

The difference between the Watergate journalists and todays press is that back then Mannings action would have been recognised for what it is - a ridiculous attempt at attention seeking.

Same with Snowden. A guy ruins his life to tell us that PUBLIC data has been read by governments, and not just by greedy corporate advertising oligarchs seeking to know what colour pants we wear.

The worst part of the Snowden affair is that it exposes the fact journalists haven't the first idea about how the internet works. Ironically most of the newspapers those same journalists work for are busy mining our data and posts so Google can sell more targeted ads.


He's about to spend the rest of his life in jail and for what?

He did force the Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan to resign - the poor guy had been criticizing corruption and the USA and the memo was publised. Otherwise I don't recall anything of political significance resulting from these leaks.

And given that Manning couldn't have read all those documents, it's was possible he could have put lives at risk.

You have to be seriously misguided to think that Mannings dump of hundreds of thousands of documents is anything other than complete madness by an rather odd attention seeker. Admittedly it had a few gullible newspapers hot under the collar for a week or two.

Had he filtered the information and leaked only the odd relevant document, he'd have had a much better case to be classed as a whistleblower, but sadly - somewhat like Snowden - he's just an insignificant bloke who wanted attention.

BlackBerry's Heins beams: We WILL make some cash, just you see


Re: @jai

They are opening up BBM.

It will arrive for Android and iPhone later this year. Along with additional features.


BB10 has technical features the other OS don't come close to matching. Can you run BB10 on an Android for example? And yet BB10 can run multiple Android instances at the same time.

The problem for BlackBerry is most consumers wouldn't know secure communications if it bit them, and multi-tasking isn't a term that means much to your average game player. Except that even with "crappy" hardware on BB games still run as well or better than on Quad core devices. After all, what is the point of quad core if your OS can't handle the multiple cores.

So until we all make payments with our phones or run our homes with our phones no one will notice. And by then maybe Samsung and Apple will have caught up. Tizen at least looks promising.

Sadly for BlackBerry, just because their OS is technically superior doesn't mean the market is going to buy. Though in time you never know.

Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code


"Why in the WORLD would Snowden not release everything at once?"

Because he's an attention seeker who believes he'll stay in the public eye for longer. And he may well be right given the gullibility and general ignorance on technical matters of the media.

I wonder if he's realised by now what a monumental idiot he has been. Famous for a few weeks followed by the rest of his life imprisoned in a jail of either his own making (if he's lucky) or one in the USA. And for what? To give a few US politicians a minor diplomatic headache for a month or two and a few more a reason to bash the US.

Bloody sad and bloody pointless. Whoever printed this stuff first should have told him to go home and keep his mouth shut rather than screw up his life.



And he'd know?

Snowden is a fool who has given up a decent life and for what?

To tell us that plain text data and unencrypted data sent over public media has been scanned by governments? This is supposed to be an amazing revelation? Anyone with network access to the dozens of servers between our client and a destination server could do the same.

Meanwhile, as we read the articles about Snowden on The Register and every other outraged media site our actions are scanned by Google or one of its ad subsidiaries with the full and complete knowledge of the outraged journalists and bloggers.

If you use a public thoroughfare, don't be surprised if you're caught on camera.

BlackBerry BB10 devices refuse to leap off shelves


Slow and steady

At least the analysis in the post was accurate even if the implications are a little off base.

Everyone seems to have been disappointed by the numbers except BlackBerry, since they're more or less on the money when it comes to their guidance last quarter.

And they're forecasting a loss next quarter. Which of course will be ignored by Wall Street once again as they manipulate the hell out of this see-sawing stock.

BBRY is a great way to make money. For the market players at least.

The company has launched three phones in 5 months and as yet hasn't hit all markets with the phones. They've also just released the best secure MDM solution on the market. They have several more phones in the pipeline and will release cross platform BBM later this summer (by all accounts).

They'll do ok. Far from dead yet.


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