73 posts • joined 20 Apr 2010
Why don't you actually talk to some IT contractors and find out how much they're paid? 'cause frankly I seriously doubt there are many earning that level. Most will be between the £300-£400 mark per day
I work in Financial Services and the majority of IT contractors I know earn at least £500 per day. I have to do the budgets for the ones in my team.
As a highly qualified, and in demand Electronics Engineer (there's a shortage of us in the UK), not even I earn as much as £500 a day, nevermind £700 a day!
Right, so because someone who is in demand in a completely different profession doesn't get £500 per day, it's not possible for someone else to do so?
Please get your facts straight before posting stuff like that, you only reinforce the misconception that we contractors are earling loads'a'lolly... though we would if we could!! :-)
And by "we" you actually mean "we Electronic Engineering contractors who don't work in a bank", right?
Because that appears to be your only frame of reference here.
Lets breach their contract and really fuck them over a barrel because they definitely don't deserve to earn what they're worth...
The whole point of being a contractor is that you're a flexible, disposable, short-term resource. As compensation, your day rate is significantly higher than a permanent equivalent.
If you'd rather something more stable, then go permanent and accept that you'll get paid less. You can't have it both ways.
Whilst I fully accept that a pay cut is never a nice thing, it's worth noting that a £500 per day contractor working 225 days (which is (365/7)*5 = 260 - 7 days unpaid sick and 28 days unpaid holiday) will earn £112,500 a year.
Admittedly that is without pension, private healthcare and life insurance - but they won't make that much of a dent.
For those on £700 a day, that would be £157,500 and place them in the top 1% of earners in the UK.
Some rough stats
"But the longterm trend appears to be towards cloud as a storage medium and, for smartphones at least, SanDisk will have a tougher time of it."
I ran the numbers through GSM Arena on the number of Android handsets launched with microSD support worldwide:
In 2012, it was 357 handsets.
In 2013, it was 424 handsets.
In 2014, it was 35 handsets for the first two months. At the current rate, it'll be 210 by the end of the year.
So it looks like microSD support on Android increased in 2013 but is now falling off very rapidly.
(if I had more time and inclination, then I probably should look at the percentages of handsets that had microSD support rather than absolute values and also limit it to USA and EU5 regions)
"Samsung are slipping behind Apple and making mis-steps like that sWatch thing." as opposed to the vapourwear iWatch?
You might want to read up on the definition of "vapourware".
Vapourware is software or hardware that has been advertised but is not yet available to buy, either because it is only a concept or because it is still being written or designed.
In case you hadn't noticed, Apple have not made any kind of announcement or advertisement about the iWatch.
Missing stuff just for me?
Is it just me or is search nearby not available on the new maps? I used to put in a place (or postcode) then click on the pin, hit search nearby and type something generic (like "restaurants") and get a nice list of near by restaurants. This very useful option seems to have gone.
In addition, I've seen plenty of people who talk about how it's integrated with Google Contacts but every single time I try to type a name, it tries to find a road of that name, rather than suggesting the home or work addresses of someone in my address book.
Hate to be a party pooper
Whilst we're all cheering about HTCs update policy - it's worth pointing out that this is the third time now that they've promised software updates for their flagship handsets.
Now, I'm no PR expert, but I'm pretty sure that there is no need to promise something a second or third time if you are ... well, you know ... actually doing it when you announced it the first time.
As one source told the paper: "YouView was meant to be the champion of the next generation of free-to-air, but the involvement of the internet service providers means that it has become a pay platform. YouView isn't the champion of the free; it's the home of the pay."
If you're going to put a twin tuner and 500GB+ hard drive into a product, you're never going to get it to a price where it can be the "champion of the free".
Having said that, my parents walked into John Lewis only last week and picked up a 1TB Humax FreeView box for 250 notes. After the initial outlay, I don't envisage they'll be frequenting the "home of the pay" any time soon.
Not to mention that, compared to Sky's cheapest offering, they'll have recouped their investment in 10 months and be just over £450 better off after two years.
Serious question: why buy a new router?
My parents just had Infinity installed and I had a play with the router.
It looks perfectly capable and can do all the usual stuff you'd expect. It's dual band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, gigabit ethernet, you can attach a HDD to it as a basis NAS and all the usual configuration stuff seems to be there (static IPs, firewall settings, etc).
So what features exactly are worth dumping, what seems to be a reasonable bit of technology, and ponying up 150 quid for a new router?
I suppose QoS might be nice, but unless you live in a house with 5 other students all gaming and using bittorrent, I'm not sure it's worth the extra 150 notes nice...
Re: more lessons
I know how the credit card cashback fee system works, and yes ideally the payment processors wouldn't have us by the short and curlies and charge as much
Payment processors charge approximately 1p per transaction. You're confusing their fee structure with that of acquiring banks.
Re: more lessons
What really happens is that the CC company screws the merchant via transaction fees, who then increases the price of goods you were buying in the first place to cover it. Nothing banks do is ever designed to actually give you money which they haven't managed to screw out of someone else first.
Oh dear, another one who thinks that there are no costs to a merchant when handling cash.
Why do you think supermarkets give you cashback for free? It's because the costs they incur storing, auditing and transporting cash outweigh the fees they are charged by their acquiring bank.
As a result, it's in their interests to offload as much cash as they can onto their shoppers before the day ends.
It'll settle the debate
At present, if I want a iOS device with a screen greater than 4 inches then I'm out of luck.
Similarly, if I want a Android device with a screen smaller than 4.3 inches (that isn't decidedly mid-spec) then I'm also out of luck.
If Apple do launch a "small" and "large" size then at least we can finally work out what the market actually prefers - rather than what the market is pushed to buying, whether they like it or not.
Plusnet is in the process of launching a more comprehensive blocking solution that means Plusnet will block all websites engaged in online copyright infringement where ordered by a court to do so
Maybe I'm misreading this, but it sounds like to me that PlusNet's existing blocking capability is a bit of a pain in the backside to update.
Given that and their expectation that the courts will order a lot more sites to be blocked in the future, they are simply updating the system so they can comply with orders quicker, cheaper and with less effort than they do today.
I could, however, be completely wrong - but I find it odd that an ISP would start going above and beyond what the courts order, unless they like losing customers.
"I've never used, or even seen, LogMein but wouldn't TightVNC do the job? I have have controlled Windows PCs from a Linux one using Tight VNC over a phone line or a VPN."
I used to use TightVNC but then switched to LogMeIn Free. The biggest issues with TightVNC was that I'd have to get my parents to tell me their IP address so I could connect, I had configure the router to assign static IPs to the laptop and desktop and then punch holes in the firewall (and remember which port was used by which machine) so I could get access to them. Also in a multi-user system, I couldn't switch users without the TightVNC connection dropping.
In comparison, with LMI I just open the website, log in, click on the PC I want to access and I'm connected. No further configuration was necessary and even if they took the PC to another house (with different firewall connection) I could still connect without any issues.
Re: All that's needed to make it perfect
For some reason I'm reminded of Monty Python:
"All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order... what have the Romans done for us?"
Nothing new here!
I work in the mobile industry and used to work for a network operator dealing directly with handset manufacturers. These deals are nothing special and very common. We call them MOQs (or Minimum Order Quantities) and the OEM offers a certain price and/or marketing funding in return for the operator paying a "fine" if they don't need the minimum number.
The advantage of the iPhone is that you have a pretty good chance of hitting the MOQ - whereas launching one of the myriad of Samsung variants can be significantly more risky.
So the real story here is that everyone is probably paying a small amount of money for the disaster that was the Android phone with a built in tea maker - rather than the iPhone.
Expensive Christmas present
An unlocked Galaxy S4 goes for £384 on Amazon. The cheapest Nexus 5 is £299.
According to VoucherCodes, the average amount a person spends on /all/ Christmas presents is £240.
It might be more realistic for him to suggest buying your other half a Moto G and then a pair of socks for each of the other members in your family.
Re: To put it into perspective ...
The difference is that other people /want/ to do Apple's advertising for them.
Less so for Samsung, which is why they are spending bucket loads of money.
Don't underestimate how difficult it is to buy brand loyalty.
It's nice that they spoke to Apple and asked for them to sort out the problem.
How come Samsung, HTC, Nokia, LG and Motorola don't seem to have to do anything?
Re: Will we ever get the truth?
"So what compensation will Barclays customers get for this loss of service? RBS gave us nothing; it would be nice to see a change to this trend."
I would normally suggest that you try to get them to waive a months fee for the service that they provide.
However, for the majority of retail customers, this would be a 12th of nothing.
All the reviews I've seen of tablets which are sized appropriately for watching films and TV is that when you rotate them into landscape, there isn't enough screen space to comfortably view stuff without excessive scrolling. Not to mention that once you pop the onscreen keyboard up, it takes up over three quarters of the available space.
Maybe my priorities are different, but since I like using a tablet in landscape to browse the web and check my email, I'm more than happy putting up with some black bars top and bottom when watching films and TV.
What on earth?
"Rob Andrew, joint project manager for the partnership, says that the town’s venues saw the wide range of Pass-approved card designs as confusing."
Maybe I'm missing something blindingly obvious ... but why on earth did the Pass scheme not mandate one single design (or possibly two, depending on the age bracket) for all cards produced?
Does Apple even care?
I didn't think Apple cared that much about businesses wedded to Windows systems. In fact, I don't think they have for many years now. If I'm right, I can't see how they are going to worry too much about this news - especially when they are still making money hand over fist in the more lucrative consumer market.
Plus, the days of buying a home computer based on what you had at work are long gone. Otherwise we'd all be rushing out to pick up XP based systems with IE6 - rather than iPads, iPhones and Android based devices.
Re: I'm using Feedly now
I've got my fingers crossed for Digg Reader as I don't want social sharing or a magazine-like user interface. If that stinks, then I'm not sure what I'm going to do as I cannot stand any of the alternatives I've played with so far.
The other concern I have is what domain these services are going to have. If they hang off popular time-wasting locations on the interwebs, then IT departments will already have them on their block-lists.
I imagine that this is going to be a non-starter for people who are at companies that block Facebook but not Google Reader.
Best analogy I've heard
Google and Amazon are like those people who turn up to a "bring a bottle" party with a litre of Aldi coke and then proceed to drink the Wyborowa vodka and Hendricks gin all night.
They may piss a lot of people right off, but, alas, they've technically not broken any rules.
Too soon to upgrade
If my previous experience is to go by, enterprises will not upgrade Windows until the current version gets near to going end of life. Windows 7 EOL date is currently 14th January 2020. So 6.5 years from now.
Working on a Windows version every year, by the time Windows 7 EOLs Microsoft will be up to Windows 14. Drop a version number (because it'll probably be seen as not mature enough) and you're looking at enterprises jumping from Windows XP to Windows 7 to Windows 13.
If we work on a Windows version every other year, then you're looking at enterprises jumping from Windows XP to Windows 7 to Windows 10.
"Maybe I am naive, but bleeding market share doesn't seem like a great sign, unless something changes."
A reduction in market share doesn't mean much when the market is still expanding.
Using completely made up numbers, you could easily go from 100% market share to 70% in one year but (thanks to the increase in the size of the market) still be shipping 3x more units than you did the year before.
This page would seem to agree with you.
Combined total of the 10 roles listed nets $805,872 AUD vs £301,504 for the UK.
At today's exchange rate, the AUD amount would be £558,814.21. So basically someone in Australia is earning 1.85 times more than someone in the UK.
As such, I wouldn't be too surprised if I walked into a store (paying 1.85x more rental) and purchased from the cashier (earning 1.85x salary) a CD that also happened to cost 1.85x more.
This is not unusual
I've launched a few handsets in my time and there is absolutely nothing unusual in having a roadmap that goes out two years. Not all of the details my be finalised at that point, but that doesn't mean you don't have a good idea of where you want to go.
Get yourself an NDA with any chipset manufacturer and you'll get two years of roadmap, reference designs, schematics and (if you're important enough) engineers will come onsite and help you get the thing working. All that effort takes time.
Anyone who is remotely surprised by this has no experience in any kind of product development.
In Product Management speak, the iPhone would be one product line, the iPad would be another product line and the MacBook would be a third product line. Generally because the people who work one on one line, don't work on the other (although there is some cross-over with the operating system between iPhone and iPad).
With the exception of the iPad, each line only had one product.
The iPad may have had two pieces of hardware, but since the software was the same for both pieces of hardware, they probably considered that bit a single item too.
(usual disclaimer about not actually working for Apple, so I could be completely wrong)
This could be fun
Samsung has no problem boasting about "devices shipped" which is not a particularly helpful metric since 1 phone shipped ≠ 1 phone sold.
Finding out how many phones they actually sold, why the disparity between shipped vs sold and what happens to all those phones which are shipped but aren't sold could be interesting reading.
Re: I still like
You made £100M more profit than Visa Europe did last year, since it's a non-profit organisation.
Don't believe me?
Not sure why they bothered making a totally different lens system, only to then include an adapter as an optional accessory. Given that the overwhelming advantage is this backwards compatibility, it is disappointing that they didn't just bake it into the camera as standard.
(at a guess, there is a more than healthy markup on the adapter and EF-M lenses)
Not just marketing
"Deflecting the 4S' sales trajectory downward is the Samsung Galaxy S III, its manufacturer having finally realised what Apple has understood for years: splash the cash on marketing and people are more likely to buy your product."
Well ... that and having a decent product to market in the first place.
Having one without the other isn't a recipe for long term success.
Re: Memo to self: Leave phone at home when going to Olympics.
Look at the screen shot of the app at http://www.androidauthority.com/visa-samsung-galaxy-s3-oympic-games-contactless-payment-nfc-84057/
Guess what doesn't happen if you don't press the "Make a payment" button?
Re: TomTom iPhone/iPad app
That "duplicating in-built functionality" rule was relaxed years ago, evidenced by the fact that you can download Sparrow, Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo mail clients from the app store.
Sloppy and lazy
Not only was it badly tested, but it was also sloppy, lazy and unpolished. To quote TheVerge:
"The app is basically just the Gmail web app with a wrapper around it and offline functionality, though it does have some nice tweaks like a left-side drawer that slides out to show labels and an easy way to attach photos from your camera roll. Of course, the bugs handily outnumber the features — you can't save an attachment from the app itself, it's often unresponsive, and the app doesn't yet index your device's address book. "
Personally I'd just stick with the native iOS client.
Re: They don't need to
Good for you. You tell 'em.
Out of interest, you do know that Mastercard doesn't actually set your interest or credit card fees though right?
That would be the bank that issued the card.
"Since so much of this review is taken up with comments about how much the 15z resembles the MacBook perhaps the author could suggest how Dell could have made a thin 15.6" laptop look any different? Make it circular? Have all the corners return at a sharp 90 degrees? Make it out of bakelite?"
Well, I'm not the author but Samsung and Sony seem to be able to manage it just fine on their newer products. Here is the rather nice looking Samsung Series 9 and it certainly doesn't scream "MacBook clone" the moment you see it.
Re: Nailed it
"The best way to continue to make Android the most relevant OS on the Market is to have all manufacturers contribute back to the baseOS whilst being given credit for their contributions."
In an ideal world, yes. The problem is that the manufacturers see their contributions as the only real differentiation they have in the sea of identical looking (and specified) handsets.
As such, they don't want credit, they want people to buy their phone over another manufacturer. Passing anything back to Google will be seen as giving their competition a leg up.
Re: Asking for it
That's all very nice and well in theory - but out here in the real world this advice spectacularly fails when there is no .com, .co.uk or any other official TLD available for your company name (or variant) without you ending up with something that implies that you're based out of the Cayman Islands or Antigua.
Hence why we have all these alternatives.
I quickly ran a search in bugzilla (so I'm sure someone will pick holes in the methodology) but there appears to be 676 confirmed issues (with more than 5 votes) which haven't yet been resolved.
Even if I have concocted the search incorrectly, there must be at least a good couple of hundred that could do with being looked at.
Re: Why wait?
Depends on what you define "better than iPhone". Rather a lot of people like the consistent and slick user interface and the absence of bundled crapware and ugly skins which only serve to slow the phone down. Not to mention functionality that isn't half baked and a past history that gives you the confidence that you're probably going to be seeing up to 2 years worth of software updates.
Send from my operator untouched, unlocked retail HTC Desire HD which still hasn't seen one update since I bought it 9 months ago...
Re: Who's that?
I'm on PAYG with O2 and if I top-up £10 or more each month they give me 300 free texts and "unlimited" data.
Since I don't go over either (doing about 200 texts and 400MB a month), I think I'm getting a pretty reasonable deal - even more so when I see 12 month SIM only contracts for almost double the price on other networks and they either include a measly amount of data or none at all.
Of course, you need to have an O2 signal in the first place - but everywhere I go in London seems to be okay.
Re: Here's a hint - the problem isn't with all those company laptops...
Ahh, the list looks a little schizophrenic as they aren't requirements - more the experiences I've had in the last 5-6 companies.
Some companies have been better than others but then they have their own oddities. One gave you a nice new beefy machine but decided that allowing you to connect a mouse was a security risk. One company gave me a laptop which looked like it had been kicked around like a football. One company upgraded everyone to XP but the hardware simply couldn't cope with it and your virus checker would render the machine unusable between midday and 2pm whilst it did a full system scan - which you couldn't prevent.
Finally, I'm not insisting on IE6 and WMP9, it's just that often that is all I get. I've used VLC on company laptops before. However one company I was at didn't have any other authorised video playback tool except for WMP9! Mind you they also blocked people from accessing Wikipedia on the grounds that it wasn't "work related" ...
I'm more than happy for the company to just give me a laptop as long as:
1. It isn't so badly configured (or loaded up with security software) that applications and services fail to work, crash or lock up on a regular basis. By all means load stuff on it, just make sure you have versions that actually work.
2. It isn't so woefully underpowered that it can barely run the operating system, let alone the operating system, Outlook, IE6 and Word at the same time.
3. It doesn't look like it has been used as a football.
4. It isn't so old that clients look at me oddly in a "Why are you using that ancient thing? Aren't you supposed to be a technology company?"
5. It doesn't weight a tonne so that your back hurts lugging it in a bag.
6. It doesn't have a battery life of about 35 minutes.
7. It doesn't have random things locked down for no particular reason in the name of "security". Like the loud speaker or the ability to use an external mouse.
8. It doesn't have anything later than IE6 and Windows Media Player 9. As such I cannot view videos supplied to me by agencies and vendors.
Unfortunately all the laptops given to me by various companies have had one or (often) more of the following.
Re: Only Visa
Inconvenience? Only two banks in the UK don't offer Visa debit cards, Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank. Neither of which are particularly big.
I know, don't let solid facts get in the way of a good exaggeration.
Looks good but a shame it doesn't have an Ethernet port. That would have made for some really interesting projects...
Re: Less than 24 months
So? Since when have Apple (or any phone manufacturer for that matter) been responsible for a contractual agreement between a customer and their network operator?
Or to put it another way ... if I (stupidly) enter into a 10 year phone contract with Vodafone to get a free 64GB iPhone 4, why should Apple have to support it for 10 years? The contract has nothing to do with them.
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