* Posts by Alastair

7 posts • joined 23 Feb 2007

Unable to write 'Amusing Weekly Column'. Abort, Retry, Fail?


White Town

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abort,_Retry,_Fail%3F_(EP) ?

BT staffers fear new mums could be hit disproportionately by car allowance change


Benefits continue even when on maternity

From https://maternityaction.org.uk/advice/discrimination-during-maternity-leave-and-on-return-to-work/:

"Under the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999 employees are entitled to all their terms and conditions of employment, apart from remuneration, during ordinary and additional maternity leave. This means employees are entitled to continue to accrue benefits such as paid annual leave during 52 weeks maternity leave."

Having said that, it doesn't seem to be 100% clear whether something which is effectively a cash benefit should be counted as "remuneration" or a benefit. It's possible that BT were being more generous than they needed to be prior to this change, but with the car benefit being rolled into salary, it's pretty clear that it counts as remuneration & as such would not be paid during maternity leave.

UK.gov told: Your frantic farming of pupils' data is getting a little creepy


Re: Because terrorism

Not quite - this list only includes pupils who are being paid for by the local authority - home educated children are not in this list (unless they are local-authority funded for some special reason).

Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you


Re: The family snaps, gone in a flash.

Another good thing about using a professional print shop is that it's more likely the photos won't fade too badly. Modern domestic photoprinters may be better, but qutie a few of my older (3-5 years) home-printed photos are looking a bit rubbish compared to 20-year-old film-based snaps.

Drivers? Where we’re going, we don’t need drivers…


Re: Video.

Or even an audio podcast. Trying to watch videos while driving to work would seem to be a bad idea...although maybe once we've got driverless cars :)

'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss


Example opt-out

You can use pretty much any means you like to opt out. There's a good form (and lots of other info) at http://care-data.info/

Torture and '24' - because it hurts us less than the real thing?


24 Torture doesn't work!

As far as I've seen on 24, torture doesn't work! Pretty much every attempt at getting information by *torture*, as opposed to threats/intimidation fails miserably - either the information is plain wrong, or the suspect/informer doesn't give in. Jack can't get his brother to tell him the truth even with all the CTU's torturing gear. People who say that 24 promotes torture clearly don't watch the show! The same has been true for the earlier series as well - the best way to get the information seems to be to trick the other person, or just pay them off...


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