* Posts by MrXavia

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

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There is a damn sight more difference between a real contractor and an employee...

Not only the pay, but the control...

as a contractor I can say NO to my client at any time (within reason of course or I'd never get work)

I use my own equipment, I can do the task how I think it should be done, I can work in my own office most of the time (a definite requirement for any contracts longer than 3 months!)

I can take time off when I want, no need to get approval, although its polite to ensure it doesn't affect the client, and I try to manage my holidays to slip between contracts.

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Holmes

Its the mothers fault mostly...

Mothers don't buy geeky toys for their daughters, they buy barbie, dolls, etc...

Boys get toy cars, lego, nerf guns, computer games... Toys that encourage competitiveness and creativity.. Girls get pink things that encourage playing house...

I don't have a daughter, but if I did, she'd be the toughest & smartest, little girl on the playground...

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Hawking, Musk, Woz (and Riley): ROBOTS will KILL US ALL

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What makes him smart, is that he admits his mistakes!

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Terminator

Pointless, as soon as we have humanoid robots capable of independent action we are doomed...

DOOOMMMMMEEEEEDDDD!!!!

They will invade out homes, cook our food, clean our houses, wipe our asses and have sex with us!

There will be no need to fire a shot, the human race is doomed to extinction by artificial snoo snoo.

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SPACE FARMER 'nauts arrive safely at International Space Station

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Not the first time they've grown it according to another poster here, so they're pretty certain its safe...

The risk is they are not sure what will happen with different plants, consider that tomatoes are a member of the deadly nightshade, family, so you really want to make sure the zero-g doesn't end up making them a poison for the crew!

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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Re: and people really want

I was thinking that if you can mess with the emergency auto braking, then you can probably mess with the cruise control, steering, central locking... Very scary...

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Surely the infotainment system would be separate from the drive systems?

There should be no way to feedback from the DAB/Radio/Display in to the control systems!

Its just bad design if its done any other way...

the worst case should be a way to mess with the display, not the operation.

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A dual-SIM smartphone in your hand beats two in the bush

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But coverage is dismal, multiple sim support would be very useful!

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: Licence 'rewording" required?

" getting access to everything on one IP at a time"

Won't work when IPv6 kicks in, which will be sooner than they get their act together and restrict iPlayer to subscribers..

And anyway, if I have a license why can't my wife watch iPlayer at home while I watch it sitting in an airport?

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Europe a step closer to keeping records on all passengers flying in and out of the Continent

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Re: How about switching food orders randomly

I do that anyway, often I order a diabetic meal or low salt, very good usually!

I would order kosher, but I like pork too much to miss out on my sausages for breakfast

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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

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Re: "all those wasted moments finding the right card"

And when your battery is dead from playing a game, and you've forgotten your normal wallet.. you can't pay....

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Re: No Coop / Smile ApplePay Support

I don't get it.. HOW will this save any time? either I pull out my phone or wallet... with my wallet I can choose from half a dozen different cards, from 4 different providers to pay with, can I do that with apple pay?

I find it odd that phone payments never took off with google/windows phones, yet apple seems to wave its wand and everyone wants to use it...

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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

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Brilliant.

It makes me wonder why they don't plan for missions to last much longer...

For one they should have included a way to clean the solar panels of dust..

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

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Re: Not good

"How many school shootings have there been in the UK since Dunblane?"

How many were there before?

One, 9 years earlier, and there had been none before that..

The law change was not needed (although tighter controls would have been a good idea)

What was needed was better policing, they knew about this guy, they should have stopped him in advance, and if he had no guns I suspect he'd have used a different weapon..

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Re: "Glorfied version of a pellet gun..."

While I think this is stupid, I wouldn't tarnish everyone who wants to own a gun with the same brush...

Sure there are many idiots, and yes controls are needed...

Guns have uses other than killing people, hunting, target shooting, pest control.

I actually think the UK has too lax gun-laws, except for the ban on hand-guns..

I think they should change the law on hand guns, but require anyone wanting any gun license to pass a test of proficiency & psychological stability...

We don't allow untrained people to drive cars unsupervised, but we do allow untrained people to own a gun.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Re: Pity it wasn't a French tank

makes perfect sense, get into position, aim gun, fire, run fast, get into next position, fire & run

What idiot would sit around trading fire without moving?

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French privacy cops snarl at websites over crap EU cookie warnings

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Re: UK government department guilty

If I remember correctly from when I read the law a long time ago, 'necessary' functional cookies were permitted, I.E. cookies that make the website work are allowed, but those that are not needed are not (i,e, Tracking cookies)

Which I read to mean, I can have a single session cookie for my website, which is the only cookie I ever use anyway...

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Amazon just wrote a TLS crypto library in only 6,000 lines of C code

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@1980s_coder

I agree 100%, I often feel terrorized by Theresa May and Dave.

They constantly try to undermine human rights, freedom and all the good things my grandfather fought for in the 2nd World War...

I'm with you on moving, I love my country, I love living in Britain, I don't want to move, but I will if they pass these idiotic laws.. (well I guess it depends on the laws they pass)

I hope the British public is sensible enough to stay in the EU when we're given a referendum.

I bet many UKIP voters actually want to stay in the EU,

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Mastercard facial recog-ware will unlock your money using SELFIES

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FAIL

Easier to defeat than fingerprints!

Steal youngsters phone, won't get reported for hours because they've forgotten how to dial a phone number from a normal phone (or they've never done it)

Will already have tons of selfies stored on board.

Small bit of software to fake a blink.. OR use one of those crappy selfie videos where they are sure to blink.

I'll stick to a pin number thank you.. BUT could I PLEASE have an 8 digit pin? 4 is to short....

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Re: Noses in troughs

Completely agree, those cardboard boxes should be recycled!

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Re: I just dont get it !!!

Won't work for all, I wanted a smart meter, mainly so I could monitor my power usage closer..

No such luck, guy turned up to install it and couldn't get a signal, my answer was yeah of course not,...

So no mobile phone signal on their 'preferred' networks means no smart meter for me!

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Re: And again

I like to think its the Falkland islanders land, they live there, its their choice to remain a British Overseas Territory, if they wanted to leave, we would not stop them, but while they are British, we should damned well defend them with all we have!

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Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

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Re: Leaving the EU would be stupid.

"stuff that doesn't grow so well in the British climate would be harder to import"

I suspect you would see a flurry of poly tunnels being erected to grow the major imports from the EU here during winter, which I believe are tomatoes, cucumbers, and a few other things... although MOST of my shopping basket for food originates here, with the exception of a few imported fruit (mango, pineapple)

I am planning to build an indoor growing area this winter to grow veg I enjoy all year round..

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Re: 51st state?

"Britain would probably be better off joining the US than the EU if it came down to a choice. I'm sure people in the US would appreciate the irony!"

Are the secret plan, to take down those American rebels from the inside!

Clever!

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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Re: Somebody please stop the planet...

I'm saving up for a move to Mars, it may be a dead, cold, dessert of a planet, but surely they must have more intelligent life than here....

Emoji's as passwords?

Why not just allow 8 digit pins?

Or has the general public became so dumb they can't remember 8 digits in sequence any more?

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Use snooped data in court? Nah, says UK.gov - folk might be cleared

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Re: Is it just me...

Not really, all that would show is the CPS is trying to prosecute without sufficient evidence...

Courts of law should only be used when the evidence is very clear that a crime has been committed by the suspect, AND it is in the public/victims interest in prosecuting.

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Re: I'd watch it.

It is a great read, I am very hopeful that they convert it well without too much 'action'.

Yes there is action, and rightly so, but other parts are the story...

But by looking at the trailer, very well done!

BUT they have too many teasers in the trailer, too many events I can instantly pick out by watching it...

WHY oh WHY do they put so many teasers in the trailers!!!!

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Nude celeb iCloud hack: Feds seize Chicago man's computers

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No no no, you mean connect two iPhones together with duct tape.. this IS the 21st century!

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Alien

"Tesla can continue to fill cars with the skins of sentient beings"

Why yes, they are called drivers and passengers... They however sit on treated skins of non-sentient cows, that hopefully also served a few healthy meals...

Unless Tesla is in league with aliens and are harvesting humans for their leather? now that would be cruel...

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Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls

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Re: He seems to have forgotten to include

Completely agree,

'in specific named cases, for specific times, and with the oversight of a judge and warrant'.

anything else is surely a violation of our human rights? oh wait, our leader wants that revoked...

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Chinese bloke escapes execution for Forbidden City nude photo shoot

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Re: re. NSFW link

Your tastes are definitely improving... I was also very unimpressed, great subjects, but poor composition.

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I wouldn't call it a smut shoot... Just amateurish photography from a guy with a boob fixation...

Nowt wrong with a bit of nude photography, but maybe he could take a photography class first?

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

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If you fail to notice a cop car behind you while driving, even with its blues off, then your probably not paying enough attention to the road..

But who would use their watch to control the music on their phone while driving? Surely that is what the in-car controls do? and anyone who can afford to waste money on an iWatch can surely afford a half decent car!

I use my phone for music also, I just use my in car controls to skip tracks and I choose the play list before I drive off...

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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Re: Why can you install software incorrectly on an aircraft?

I am guessing the engine control software is generic, why write a very complex piece of software more than once? Then its just configured to the engine/airframe...

I can see how poor configuration could cause a stall on takeoff...

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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Re: I'd love to have smart heating...

Well if you could set the temp to 19c and it actually lowered the temperature to 19c it would be great..

I can't remember the amount of times I've stayed in a hotel and turned the thermostat down to 19c, which is usually as low as they go, yet the room is still so hot I can't get to sleep...

And so many companies I've worked at with air con that chills one person yet another roasts...

Others with 'central' air that is so useless i've seen employees opening the ducts to let more air flow out! (quite funny walking down an isle and all the floor vents are removed so its full of large holes....)

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Re: IoT

Certainly not,

Although I like the idea of a central hub where I can control my heating/lighting/alarms etc...

I STILL want buttons, and I don't want it all 'cloudy', try getting that idea across to the IoT companies though...

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NASA sending five-metre THERMO-HAMMER to Mars

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Re: "InSight's mission is planned to last two years."

Take Selfies?

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Big Brother

Pro-Privacy not Anti-Tory...

Until we hear details, its hard to say whether it is Snoopers Charter again...

BUT I can't see any form of mass surveillance being compatible with the Human Rights Act (which is probably why they want to abolish it!!)

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: "Seriously? You think people who disagree with you should be murdered?"

It does seem to be the normal order of things...

(Not that I agree with it)

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

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Who would put their real details on there?

Surely this is a large list of junk email addresses, fake names & fake addresses....

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The Internet of Things becomes the Game of Thrones in standards war

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I tried to install a simple z-wave smoke alarm & hub to notify me in the event of fire, the battery powered z-wave smoke alarms could barely reach 10m open air, no way could it get through the walls...

Would be interested to know what z-wave hardware you used that works through walls?

I tried the Fibaro stuff, their answer was to install mains powered devices that would act as a repeater, great idea for smoke alarms..

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Z-Wave?? NOOOO

Z-Wave is useless if you have a big house, unless your willing to stick every wall socket with a zwave device to repeat, and then you have zero chance of anything working during a power cut! Z-Wave Fire alarm? great... Fire is electrical.. oh poo your alarms no longer talk to each other...

Wi-Fi is the way forward, pretty much everyone has a wifi-router, everyone takes care to ensure the whole house is covered..... battery back up on most peoples single wifi-router would also solve the issue of power outages for critical devices, such as fire alarms.. and since your phone also needs the wifi to receive the alert, you need the wifi battery back up anyway!

with things like the ESP8266 chips being dirt cheap and low energy, I can't see the point in the other standards that all have failings!

Rant over...

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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Re: Hype

A normal taxi costs £50+ round trip to my nearest town (and that is only 20 miles away).

If I do that only twice a week and its already £5000/year.

Taxis are only cost efficient if your in a town and travel rarely.

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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So, Freeview Play, will Samsung upgrade their TV's with it? considering one of the selling points of the TV I brought this year was the fact it could be upgraded....

Answer? Unlikely.. (although I have to admit they have been pretty good at pushing out updates for my 3 year old phone)

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

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Re: Total waste of time

Why?

1) Because you own the media, and your right to watch can't be revoked.

2) No internet required to watch, so I can watch anywhere.

3) No minimum internet speed or juddering because of BT Issues

4) Quality.. Streaming is no where near the quality of a Blu-Ray

5) The physical boxes look nice & make it easy for kids to watch

The first 4 matter to me, but all could be fixed by providing easy DRM Free downloads..

the last one is less of a concern, my kids an easily navigate to my NAS where I store all my recorded TV.

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: I hope this is programmed right ...

I have something like this, but its not designed to stop the car totally, just reduce the impact speed when a collision is guaranteed...

What IS great is the forward alert, if the car predicts a collision, it will alert me in plenty of time, and I can brake myself, it has saved me from a potential accident when I was in heavy traffic and the guy in front braked while I was checking mirrors/blind spots for a gap to merge into the left lane...

So all in, if done right, I.E. an alert plus emergency braking, then it will reduce accidents...

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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I assume we'll send the bill to the Sweeds?

It is them after all that have asked for him,so they should cover the cost right?

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Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

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Re: Interesting...

Doorbird seems better, if a little less pretty, reading the 'ring' specs, looks like it can't even open doors!

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One question How secure it is?

(physical AND network security? That is what I would like to know..

This seems perfect to replace my expensive but pretty basic Daitem Gate Intercom....

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: Good - Forces me to get off my arse and encrypt everything

I really hope that this snoopers charter is blocked again by the lords....

But its still not as bad as Cameroons idiotic suggestion that no communication should not be readable by the government...

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