* Posts by John Lamb

6 posts • joined 12 Mar 2009

Malaysian politico gets knighted in Photoshop

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source material

The original pic of Ross Brawn getting his OBE:

http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/229671/ross-brawn-collects-obe-from-queen/

Found using TinEye.com, it's good for tracking down this kind of thing!

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Windfarm Britain means (very) expensive electricity

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hydro?

Isn't hydro-electric a possibility for storing the excess "cheap" wind-generated electricity until it is needed? Pump water uphill when there is extra electricity, run it back down through turbines when there is a shortage. No idea how much capacity we currently have or would need, though.

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IR35 tax is a huge failure

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@AC

If you are already paid more, then surely you have enough money to pay your taxes? It's simple - take your rate, allow for sick pay and down-time, pension contribs, and the taxes you have to pay - if you aren't getting enough money then boo hoo, go back to being a permie, or find a better paying contract. No need to start stealing, which is what tax dodging is.

Why would I be jealous of anyone who has deluded themselves into thinking they have some mysterious right to avoid their tax obligations? Sense of entitlement much?

And what do you mean if I am INDEED a contractor? This kind of 'every one else is doing' it cock is exactly how we ended up with the MPs expenses fiasco. Woo, topical!

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Reading Comprehension

@Ponder Stebbins I am a contractor you nugget. Only I'm a Sole Trader because I'm honest and don't mind paying taxes, so no need for certified accounts. I do my own tax return, just like I would if I was a permie on higher rate tax.

I've never had a contract last 12 weeks, for some reason companies like to keep me on when my contract comes up. I wonder why they don't renew yours?

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Waaa, poor tax dodging contractors

Right, because obviously you should pay less tax because you are a "company" with one client and your mum as the only other officer. Get over your sense of entitlement, money grabbing expense fiddling contractor scumbags. Perhaps we should abandon all attempts to tax the rich, because they are so good at avoiding them?

I'm a contractor, but I don't feel the need to join a special Group for people who earn lots of money and think they should pay less tax. Isn't that what the Tories are for?

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Microsoft claims Firefox- and Chrome-whopping IE8 speeds

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pointless test

Their report says IE8 loads google.com 0.02 seconds faster than Firefox. They are "measuring" this by recording 30fps video and then watching it back - so there will be accuracy of no more than a frame, i.e 0.03 seconds - and from the introduction it sounds like they also performed the test a grand total of 2 times. Awesome. No margin of error on the figures either.

Oh, and they completely reimage machines between tests. Just like users do before they use the internet...

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