* Posts by Ahab Returns

21 posts • joined 31 Jul 2014

UK government review of IR35 tax reforms? Like a broken pencil, say contractors groups – it'll be utterly pointless

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Re: It's over....

Chip getting a bit heavy there? Try moving it to a different shoulder, might help you balance a bit better.

Most IT contractors want employment benefits if clobbered with IR35

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Ah you mean your client's CEO of course ;-)

Excuse me, but have you heard the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Chr-AI-st?

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Religion eh? You couldn't make it up.

Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

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Re: Here's an idea!

Spooky - I was out in my Spridget yesterday and the throttle cable jammed approaching a roundabout. I fumbled for the key whilst braking and dumping the clutch and the bugger fell into the passenger side, with the engine still revving it's nuts off.

Fortunately I also have a rudimentary kill switch wired into the circuit so searching the dank, dark depths beneath the dash was not required.

Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design

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Sensors and electrickery may work when it is brand spanking new, but what happens when it is ten years old and getting an annual MOT, maybe?

My three 12 year old cars regularly throw up sensor faults, from oxygen sniffers to ABS - what do we do when the "don't run over that kid on the crossing" sensors go bad?

My 45 year old car has zero sensors (it only has a dozen or so wires) and no airbags. I really concentrate when driving that. Oh, and it is far more reliable than any of my moderns (or my neighbours brand new BMW that cost more than my first house).

MacBook Pro petition begs Apple for total recall of krap keyboards

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Re: Issue 1 of a comic

Another vote for Asus. I've got a couple I use pretty much daily (and all day) for testing. Two years old, one Windows 8.1, one Linux. I also have a MacBook pro but apart from the nice display I don't get what the fuss is about.

I've never taken one apart, but the iPads I've tried to repair in the past resembled cheap cigarette cases with components randomly glued in place. By contract, my Nexus had all the components nicely mounted on a little aluminium chassis.

I'm from the sixties so I expect stuff to last.

eBay has locked me into undeletable Catch-22 trap, complains biz bod

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Re: Bollocks.

Exactly the same thing here.

Listed a printer three times last month and every time a massive bid from a zero feedback account that was deleted minutes later. My guess is dodgy dealers who don't want "their" customers getting a bargain.

As long as Ebay stops zero feedback bid blocking this is going to continue. Ebay needs to change or expire gracefully.

I eventually sold it through Gumtree.

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit

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Re: 20W50

Still fit it to my 45 year old MG - mind you, it does seem to come out of every orifice known to the A series. I wonder if there is a 50W50?

80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Re: The Man Who Fell To Earth

"The Tesla S 90D is an expensive sports car." This is a saloon car (or a Sports Saloon if you prefer).

Tesla used to market a rather nice sports car but I don't think they sell it anymore.

Not all sports cars are fast (mine is 45 years old won't even get close to 100mph) and there is nothing to indicate that this vehicle was being driven at excessive speed, nor that the cyclist didn't have a heart attack and fall beneath the wheels of the car, unless you have information beyond that provided here and elsewhere of course?

Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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Doncaster? Don't they mean Hull?

80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report

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So go contracting if it's that brilliant.

IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

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Good Managers

Understand that techies are often more productive outside the office. Noise, meetings and general distractions don't make for productive coders in my experience.

UK.gov job ads entice IT bods with promise they will be OUTSIDE IR35

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Re: What?

Aha, but as a self employed person operating via a Ltd. company (supplier), that individual's company (or rather insurers) may end up paying millions of quids in compensation, should the "worker" drop a bollock.

Dieting cannibals: At last, a scientist has calculated calories for human body parts

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I wonder if Vegetarians and/or Vegans would have fewer calories than we carnivores?

Certainly, it would be useful to know the eating habits of the food source, simply as part of the selection process (unless you can have a veggie cannibal of course).

Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

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Similar experience first time I visited New York - they wouldn't accept England or Great Britain as a place, and when I wrote "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" they thought I was taking the piss.

Its a bit like the visa form that asks if you have ever been a terrorist - what the fuck do they expect you to write? I fear the same pen pushing, hat wearing, goose stepping idiots are gradually taking control of Brexit Britain. Welcome to the "UK", please check your brain in with security and collect it on your way out.

And now it's raining - God I need to get out of here!

Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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Re: A historian writes...

As I understand it, and I date from when the map of the world was one quarter pink so I may be wrong or senile or both, take your pick, Britain is the Roman name for what we call England and Wales, so yes, Britain does exist.

Great Britain would indeed cease to exist if if Scotland left the union (England, Wales and Scotland), but the United Kingdom would remain, minus the "Scotland" bit, as The United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Scotland would remain part of the British Isles, as indeed is Eire.

Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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I remember, back in the day, seeing people driving in fog, their sat nav glowing a foot away from their faces in the centre of the screen - doing 80 mph. Meanwhile we proles, devoid of the mighty Sat Nav, had to stick to sub 30 mph.

The greatest tech in the universe would be hard pressed to save the stupid from themselves. I am firmly in the no thanks, I'll stay a Luddite brigade when it comes to driving.

Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

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Re: They day will never come that they are mandated

Surely insurance costs are going to drop if driverless vehicles deliver fewer accidents?

Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: The more they push - the harder they will fall

I just built a fresh desktop box for a non-techie relative and Ubuntu was the obvious choice for a peaceful tech support life.

A couple of years back it would have been Windows 7 for me, but now, Ubuntu just works. No half life, no licence fees, no admin user installing nasties and everything they need is Web based.

Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

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Re Citroen C5 Xantia etc. as an impoverished petrol head I ran BX then Xantia for many years, and then a decade ago I bit the bullet and stumped up for a nearly new 2001 C5 HDi 110.

I am happy to report that having now done 226,000 miles including many being filled with firewood and driven twice a week down 2 km of rough dirt tracks to the sailing club nothing of any significance has gone bang and I can still easily get 60 mpg.

Best £3k I ever spent, and now has a 2006 Peugeot 407 coupe sharing the driveway, similar bargain (£2k) but I will tell you if it is as good as the C5 in ten years time :-)

It isn't just the posh makers that do galvanic coatings and double glazing by the way, and none of the 20 French cars I have owned since the late 70's has ever died on me, unlike pals BMW forced induction diesels that appear to munch their turbos with alarming regularity. Smug mode off...

Robot cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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"no-one's been seriously hurt or killed by an Austin in years..."

Depends on how you define seriously hurt. My Healey Sprite fell off it's axle stands onto my foot last week, hurts like a bugger and I think that's quite serious.

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