Re: This one time...
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No HMRC think how much tax you pay should be vague and poorly defined. Even their own staff can't fill in the forms properly but HMRC take the taxpayer to court because they followed HMRC advice.
Personal Service Companies are a figment of HMRC's imagination. There is no legal definition.
There is no 'loophole' Contractors act as a limited company because of previous legislation that made it impossible for contractors to act as a self employed person and pay even less tax. The tax most contractors are avoiding is about 10-15%, they do however get no employment benefits so maybe that is a fair trade off?
This putting contractors into a one size fit all harness keeps failing.
The result of this will either be
1. All the contractors become highly paid permies swapping their daily rates for equivalent salaries. They & their employers then hand over oodles of tax to HMRC. Agencies disappear. Watch out for Airborne pigs.
2.Contractors end up working for agents at same rates or more likely lower rates maybe 10- 20% meaning less tax.
3. Contractors end up working for contractor agencies which incorporate abroad and or figure out how to avoid tax. Companies get to pay costs abroad so avoiding UK tax.
4. Companies import ICT workers and pay them minimum wage after deductions so they can claim tax credits = negative tax. IT workers retire or work abroad.
5. Companies can't find contractors to work for them in London etc because of lack of expenses so they offshore work. We loose skills and any lead we had in IT or similar.
6. Contractors find a way to work round the legislation and ignore it which was what happened with IR35. As they are fed up of being targeted more people do it.
every valid option above means lower tax take. This proposal is not the way to fix it. Lets have a point based system that can be applied fairly and identify those disguised employees and the real contractors.
Amusingly enough I now know 8 contractors who started "real businesses" funded originally by generous fees from contracting. They employ staff and pay lots of tax. They would probably not have launched their business as a permie with a none compete & employer owns IP clause in their contracts.
does no one say to government entities "if it aint encrypted you are doing it wrong"?
and lessons learned , no one sacked trebles all round.
You saying M$ want to take us for a ride?
Really like that, Windows knows all that information. Maybe some rules if the text is unreadable or the printout looks like it should be large it can prompt.
Per application defaults would be good.
I think if you are in a new location your default printer may need to temporarily change.as well.
I had one of these. One of our electrical engineers had just got home from site and was reading his mails.
His wife handed him his 6 month old son to hold while she searched for a fresh nappy. Aforesaid son exposed to cold air sprinkled all over the laptop.
When he phoned me I spent the first few minutes laughing, we arranged a spare to be shipped and he swapped the hard drive on his own.
Oh yes, used to work on a site of an insurance Company with 2000 workstations on one ring. I was there installing some software as a third party.
It was an absolute nightmare when one started beaconing!
Printing presses - for printing naughty pamphlets.
Film Projectors - for stag films
VCRs - stag films
streaming - porn films and live sex
I bet we find Ada Lovelace was actually calculating ways to find the best page of the Kama Sutra for that day.
The first monetarisation for almost any technology normally involves Sex. The porn industry will lead the development. The other two other ways are exploration & WAR. Sex you can monetarise in your back bedroom and it doesn't involve shooting anyone.
with apologies to Gordon Gecko:
"I am not a despoiler of ladies. I am a liberator of them! The point is, ladies and gentleman, that Sex, for lack of a better word, is good. Sex is right, Sex works. Sex clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Sex, in all of its forms; lust for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And Sex, you mark my words, will not only develop technology faster, but save that other malfunctioning corporation called the world. Thank you very much."
Charged for her pleasure?
Paris - you have to ask?
"In addition to the monetary penalty, the Information Commissioner has asked the police force to sign an undertaking promising to revamp its data protection procedures, so as to safeguard against any repeat of the breach."
Oh Goody lessons learnt, not even people will be retrained. I suggest they give those responsible a little note so they can remember not to do it again and to remind others. I believe it would be especially effective if they headed the note 'P45'.
Good idea It has to be :
Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA
020 7981 3000
wouldn't we throw the French & Spanish out of our waters? UK fishermen actually record their catches.
The problem with the EU is it has lots of rules and only the UK seems to obey them.
A points based Visa waiver system would be fine allowing us to steal pre trained Doctors & nurses whist keeping out European Criminals that seem to like it here (we could keep our native ones to save embarrassment).
Such a system would slow the dragging down of wages that is happening because accession nation nationals are willing to earn much less, not because they are special , I'm pretty sure if someone paid you the equivalent of £125k to clean tables you would be very willing.
As mentioned above we are just stacking up problems for the future having bottled it as far as reducing pension demand by raising the retirement age, old age provision etc something we could have done back in the 70s when we first realised the population was changing.
The argument seems to be if we vote to leave a club that we pay significant membersip fees and buy lots of goods from they will stop selling things to us or buying things from us to spite us. If we try to change the rules then we will be sorry
I look forward to greatly reduced lawyer costs (if its on tape its difficult to argue with either way).
Fewer issues with stop & search If its justified it can be reviewed so community leaders can support the police and if its not the officer can be corrected as needed.
I don't fancy more Police Camera Action episodes but I suppose it does convince the do gooders that there are some wrong uns out there.
so about time!
The first thing they need to do is agree on a standard communication model like CEC or SNMP that can work basically across manufacturers and be extended with proprietary functions.
That solves the IOT as a service becoming obsolete because everyone would offer a basic service.
Then tackle devices that would actually benefit, Irons & laundry seem to be the Beau of the ball but I reckon Ovens, TVs and heating are the eligible bachelors. Look up recipes for a full meal , send to oven and get prompts to put the spuds / yorkshire puds in with pictures / video on the tv & the oven heat changes when appropriate.
Have a look at the ESP266 and realise the extra cost is pence.
Certain satellite firms charge different amounts depending on the country a few years back a pub Landlady went to the European court because she was showing football from a Greek (or similar) subscription in her Pub which was 60% cheaper than UK prices.
Geo locking seems to be against the aims of the EU, if freedom of movement is a red line so should this be.
Its to show they are outside box shifting.
Forge partnerships??? Oh you mean despite being a large direct client giving all their resellers my number so they can ring me up weekly and ask why we don't buy HP?
I smell jossticks
It was "It tells you everything" bit that made me laugh.
Now if she had said it puts everything in code in an obscure log file only mentioned in 1.256 release notes that you then have to search for hours to find the explanation for she might have been believable.
Sad bunch, if the UNIX boys had their way PC's would be $5000 each and an OS licence $2-3 K. Most of it would be command line and you would only be able to buy software to run on one variant of UNIX, if you wanted to use another variation you would need to buy the $200,000 software again. To install it then you would need an expert for 2 - 40 days.
We know this as most of the original UNIX manufacturers still have this business model or went bust.
Between Bill & Linus the software arena was blown wide open due to low cost and usability. So we really owe them a big thank you, regardless of your envy.
Bill made lots of money out of making life easier for you, he is now spending most of that making life better for those less fortunate. The big thing is he is actually achieving it in a few years unlike many of the established charities.
Getting rid of Poo and supplying fresh drinking water are two of the biggest problems affecting the developing world.
A gun is an optional and somewhat dangerous (in the wrong hands) item.
I have no objection to charging £50 a year more, especially as its still less than my VED.
Sorry about the costs of providing a secure place to store it and a regular inspection to prove its not lying around on the table and the owner isn't a nutter but I actually would like those checks made.
You don't seem to have many sympathisers.
looks like others have beaten me to it.
The interface comments are so true, sadly HP seems to be the best of a very bad bunch.
: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
both makes sense.
Blade runner the RED edition (old folks and strongmen still have mortgages & alimony to pay)
Maybe we can get Arnie & Sly into it somehow.
I thought that was the whole point that Rachel was a new model that had a normal human lifespan so Deckard could fall in love with her without the 'Highlander' syndrome and her implanted memories cushioned her from insanity..
The theatrical cut's voice-over ending said that as an experimental replicant Rachael didn't have the pre-determined four-year lifespan, but the Director's Cut left that ambiguous.
I too loved Tirk's comment but I upvoted Frank as the man made a valid point quite well.
Tirk got an up arrow too.
but a very common perception for Americans.
They were astounded some countries don't use a 'zip code'.
one wonders whose Missus he shagged? etc.
someone really hates him. That kind of hate takes a lot of energy. Surprised Plod hasn't got involved.
not very nice for him.
Agree not sure why credit agencies get away with defaming some people without evidence or penalty.
I for one welcome our septic overlords.
The problem here is that the supermarket disregarding planning permission just points out that they are creating jobs and suddenly planning problems seem to go away.
oh goody more cheap ICTs not paying UK tax.
pity conlib did nothing about it either.
No wonder tax take is falling.
It was good for email, not so much for web (developer tools and having to restart all the time put paid to that)
problem was it stopped developing and Exchange / outlook overtook it.
Get a rape alarm and a towel!
If you don't have the time to play the 'how do you install a windows trojan on Linux' game (you can drag that out for hours), then tell them nicely 1-2 times to go away then place the rape alarm next to the phone cover with towel and pull the pin to set it off.
strangely they seem to have stopped ringing me.
Seriously though the startup fund is great idea (if they can keep it out of the hands of corrupt officials). They will have the same issue as the Chinese that no one will trust their software to not have something unpleasant in it, the Indian government needs to have an effective cybercrime division.
I think you will find he is talking about the pedestrian and their friends walking 4 abreast on the shared cyclepath. The picture of the bicycle on the pavement is a bit of a clue.
Or the pedestrian or car that sees you coming and pulls / walks out in front of you.
I love the cars that overtake you then turn left. I really enjoy tapping the rear screen and watch them panic.
of course as we don't pay for the roads etc!
I like decent dynamo lights with stand time and a USB charger for my phone / GPS.
you know there are Silos of waste but outsourcing is probably not the answer.
Its a bit like realising the house is untidy so you sell it for £1 to someone who says they will tidy it up so you can live in it.
a few months later you are living in the Garage which is still a tip and the house has been sold.
You do know Labour closed more pits than Thatcher don't you?
You know most remaining pits are automated now because its cheaper and much safer? A few million quid of machinery is cheaper financially and morally than workers that strike and contract breathing problems. Arthur and co wouldn't modernise or accept job losses.
Of course we could have kept the pits open and subsidised heavily so we were vaguely competitive with German open cast mines but there was no money left.
Do you also write outraged on behalf of quill pen makers, lion tamers and chimney sweeps who suffered the same sort of fate when the world changed?
Now what Maggie and the prime ministers that followed (and those that preceded her and closed pits ) should done was to create replacement jobs in the area.
possibly wrong but my understanding is once you have used the GM seed its difficult to eradicate and grow crops using another seed. Partially due to the level of pesticides you used and the likelihood of remaining seeds.
So as a farmer you are hooked.
Fear of GM is fairly common otherwise Monsanto shouldn't be so dismissive of it:
So its not animal DNA, just bacteria DNA they use.
Of course that is why the customs teams & trading standards have such difficulty identifying good fakes.
The raw materials are similar, moulds are fairly cheap, cost of cheap plastic versus expensive plastic are only a few pence so if you are worried about being caught you might pay more for top quality fakes.
As per the article the frames were costed conservatively at $20 and top quality, so any glasses are probably a similar cost, To then cost new plastic glasses at £450 (as I was quoted for my last pair) seems like a generous mark up.
Its not like bespoke items its fairly easy to make good fakes of mass produced goods if you have a big enough market.
I want someone effective regardless of their chromosomes.
They got her BANG to Rights?
Bring the water closer, make us thirsty.
whilst I think cutting frontline trading standards is a very bad idea as there are a lot of aldulterated goods and dangerous fakes that need to be policed, the sale of Dodgy DVD's and under licensing seems to be something of a civil matter.
If M$ software is being under licensed they and Fast can afford to counter it with a civil case.
I only ever seem to get phone calls trying to sell me seminars and software licensing tools from FAST, this is despite working for a Global company with very tight control on licensing.
windows 7 + visual studio + sql server 2008 runs fine on 64GB.
cut down on your porn collection!
no mention how the Kardassians or Bieber uses them.
It was like a Daily mail article without the house price.
The extending battery life I suspect is talking about service life as well, it will last longer in service as you aren't thrashing it. You are also using both power sources in their sweet spot. I assume there are some electronics built in to manage the draw on both. If you decrease the amount of aggressive discharge from the lion cell then you decrease the heating and the likelihood of the battery becoming a bomb.
From the description they aren't losing a great deal of space for the capacitor.
I think the truth will be in the discharge not the heating..
A point I obviously didn't address fully enough in my post then?
I suggest you join the business you would fit right in.
I see so many business units that have a 'special way, that is so complicated you couldn't possibly understand it' of dealing with customers in basic tasks.
When you peel the onion, they aren't doing anything special that can't be done by the major ERP's / MRPs much better and with more standard add ons.Maybe they have one or two quirks used by 1% of the customers but these have very little effect on the bottom line or the potential to do so.
The real benefit is when you improve their process and make sure they serve their customers better.
And if you have thousands of sites it makes sense that every major tool is the same and supported by a Vendor or preferably multiple competing vendors rather than Dave from accounts.
Now there are some real niche tools that can affect the bottom line. An ex employee -> contractor wrote a tool that allowed us to report on customer units and charge a good whack for it. Now those are worth doing. However ordering, building, buying & invoicing its best to get off the shelf.
The problem is getting it across to the single business unit that they are 0.05% of the the profit so spending 10% of IT's time to increase their profit by 1% is a waste of time.
Sorry in biggish companies standardisation is the way forward.Now getting it right is more challenging and requires clever and motivated people, most of those left years ago when the accountants took over.
Also the business never appreciated the benefits of the one off's or the advice from IT as one guy said when I said - that is bad idea because of business reason X,Y & Z the order came down from on high 'just do it'. You guessed it XY&Z bit us in the rear. There followed a long weekend producing my original suggested solution and was greeted with 'well at least IT got it right at last'. Guess who got the payrise?
But if you do it with standard tools then you have to do it well, that means lightening fast networks, great support & applications that work properly, the funding for those is stored with the Unicorns.
Disabling alarm, creating a near undetectable crash for insurance fraud, disabling alarm, planned carjack etc.
plenty of possible uses.
it should be locked down but it costs a few pence per car to do that.
Hopefully it was for the PHB bean counter who recommended the cuts and has been asked to clear his/her desk.
we can but hope.
can we expect it to finally come out that the support is done in 'Bongo Bongo land'?
well how did the public know that at the time?
As has been seen the level of incompetence and illegal actions within stafford etc it was entirely reasonable that one should suspect they were wrong.
we can all be experts in hindsight.