188 posts • joined Monday 4th April 2011 13:42 GMT
let me see a large percentage of CS grads can't find jobs that pay more than minimum wage.
Oh lets fix that we will use apprenticeships to drive down wages further.
Why look out for Zombies. All these companies run up VAT debts then crumple. Why aren't the Directors prosecuted and their assets taken?
How did Comet manage to run up a £50M+ debt on tax? Their credit rating must of been atrocious why were they allowed to owe the tax man anything?
The VAT bill is one of the things businesses 'borrow' from the tax system, they are collecting on the Government behalf its not their money though to hear them talk about "finding the money to pay the vat man" you would think it was theirs.
Any business turning over say £120K should pay VAT monthly on a cash basis (not Accrual which can catch you out). It can be an approx amount which is finalised quarterly with 3 monthly declarations.
So if they are paying £6K / quarter they pay £2k a month this cuts VAT exposure to a third. If it varies massively outside the normal retail fluctuations SIC code norms you can catch this by charging interest.
Any company turning over £120K a year should be doing monthly accounts and rough turnover calculations.
Same with PAYE & corp tax its monthly.
Bigger firms or at risk ones can pay more frequently.
3 strikes and PAY. If the company has failed to pay on time 3 times or more / been caught mis - reporting should be allowed less flexibility on payments. So dodgy companies pay everything immediately.
Smaller firms could be allowed more flexibility but why not pay min 50% of your expected corp tax monthly?
Lets be as hard on reckless firms as we are on reckless benefit claimants there are fewer and we have more control over them. They do not have human rights!
surely its better if the meters were owned by Transco?
Not sure I want any energy supplier owning my meter, I'm sure they will find a way to rip me off.
I do suspect reliability & Security will be issues.
My Meter is 30 years old and has never to my knowledge been tested for accuracy we may well find people / suppliers getting unpleasant surprises.
Re: That line.
Yes but if every other customer asked if the Banana Daquari contained Bananas that observation would be funny.
Its the combination of communication,observation & timing that makes things funny.
Re: What's larger?
As the Actress said to the Bishop - fnarr, fnarrr!
You have to hand it to the Japanese they are just obsessed with creating products that satisfy customers in every way!
Paris as I doubt she wears a pair
If we go with the name of tablet but its larger and harder to swallow I would suggest Lozenge.
doubly effective as the idea sucks.
Re: I see an opportunity
Thanks Dominic, thought provoking as usual.
Should we not be comparing IT work with Average qualified wage?
I suspect the level of qualification in IT and legal is much higher than the average workforce, you for instance compared salaries to lawyers. So a comparison to average wage will always show a premium.
There is a 'degree premium' to most jobs, from memory its 10 - 20%. Entrance into IT nowadays is almost exclusively degree qualified minimum.
Do I get the feeling someone got caught having turned it on?
Would mr Ray care to comment?
" of which the first is "Show what I'm listening to". It's off by default,"
Signatures = good
Electronically verified signatures are fine. The speed and manner in which you write is as unique as a fingerprint. That can be captured & analysed by the average PC. No graphology expert required.
Set different levels for different authorisation requirements.
<£100 chip & Pin
<£500 chip & Pin + signature
<£1000 Chip, pin & delivery address = card holders + Signature
If there is a suspicion the card has been stolen move up the tree.
all depends what shape the attacks are after a card is stolen.
Sorry they have always been referred to as 'Adult Entertainment-1' or similar.
Methinks the pips are now been squeezed, a contract is a mutual thing not something imposed by a supplier.
If Tommy Flowers had pursued an alternate sexual journey would he be lauded nowadays?
Or if Marian Rejewski had asked to be called Maggie after his holiday would he be known as well?
Alan Turing was a genius but he was a Big Fish in a very small pool ram jam full with Big fish.
Re: Only in America
You sure they could track him down?
Re: Fire drill
Agree its probably just a repeat alarm because of lack of interest.
Happened at a few places I worked.
But it may be like a site I once did some work at, They had the Emergency Button behind a row of racks, placed just so when you opened one of the rack doors it swung and hit the button.
Whole site went dark and curses heard across London. I walked out trying not to roll on the floor laughing.
Probably deliberate they are trying to convince us they have grown a pair to go with their PECR.
Its their swansong they are finally penalising UK firms but mostly I get calls from 'Reginald' in India nowadays.
I want queeg!
lets have a funky gym instructor type.
It has a six in it, but it's not 6,000
I assume sooner or later they will come up with 'looks sick' and sounds honest so we can book a day off and fiddle benefits.
Good on him
Making a profit, employing people and healthy stock price.
Plenty of CEOs earn that kind of money, lets hope he is friends with Bill & Warren and spends his money eradicating Polio or similar, that isn't that unusual with wealthy industrialists.
Luckily due to the open source nature the ink cost is being handled
I think it will provide simple prototyping and custom parts for one off / concept designs.
I suspect jewellers, Artists and designers will have one in their arsenal. Hobbyists will also aspire to them, its going to be the hardware hackers equivalent of a lathe some weird guy you know will have one in the shed.
Re: Sometimes it's just luck.
Sorry when I was visiting South Africa I came across a Casino with a field of slot machines played almost exclusively by dirt poor workers in that situation Predator is the correct description.
I would imagine the average loss by normal people in Vegas is in the thousands, for Warren Buffet that is nothing, for most people its a lot of money they didn't want to lose.
Re: Because a feed to Google would be more secure?
no but when proposing technology to non technical people I tend to compare it to widely known public version that way they have a reference to base a decision on. Suggesting we use opencv to pixellate the cards tends to lead to a lot of head scratching.
Therefore to illustrate obscuring cards I compare it to the smudge feature on google maps, most people understand such things.
Sometimes the audience are so stupid that when I say lets open coffee house like Starbucks they do that then complain they get sued for calling their coffee house 'Like Starbucks but we pay tax'.
Stupid is as stupid does - I still have problems coming to terms with that.
You would have thought the first thing they would have done to a cctv feed was obfuscated the cards. Google smudge anyone??
as always a pleasure anticipated
Bring back Kzzzerrrt - are you onomatopoeia -ist ??
Prod less episodes need killer robots. (can they make a come back?)
agree it needed a destination for forwarding I was expecting a booking line for colonic irrigation that demanded details & credit card or the aforementioned executive stress relief with a backhander to BOFH.
but minor criticism's apart it was the usual amusing observations.
When are we going to have the king / pirate treasure under the server room, offshoring the accounting team etc.
Re: Having hired many grads...
Gone are the days when a 30 year career was available with most large companies having annual clear outs of whole sites because the management team are unable to make a profit. This is despite other sites with the same offering doing very well. No shut the site sack hundreds of people and keep the senior management to wreck more sites. Combine that with getting rid of a few people each year to encourage the others. Most intelligent employees run away after that.
There is allegedly a shortage of IT people which is why we are shipping in ICT people by the boatload.
If you have good grades why would becoming Mother Theresa have any effect? Its about costs stupid.
Oh yes its needed for those exceptional people that the big corporates hire, its now a necessity. Don't worry sooner or later their site management will agree a loss leading contract that consumes the output from the whole site then run it so badly you will end up out of a job. HP, Microsoft & IBM have all laid off highly performing & high grade staff because of business reasons.
I have a hunch that those 17% grads that don't get hired are supplanted by cheap labour not paying tax in the UK.
The 20 -30% who now don't take the degree are actually no hopers, they should take the course get excellent grades and run an international charity at the weekend so they can earn £13k instead of voting with their feet and choosing a different direction to earn £25k out of university and going home early on Friday night..
Why would you 'do something with computers' when the pay is less than your average surveyor / solicitor yet you have responsibility for the firms entire turnover and need to have knowledge superior to anyone else in the business?
Might seem arrogant but you will need to know as much about Tax as the accountant to configure the ERP, as much about manufacturing for MRP etc. I'm always amused when someone says 'oh I don't bother with computer stuff' yet tries to talk down to you about their 'expertise'.
Until such a career has the same cachet as an Architect and similar pay not many parents will want little Johnny to pursue it as a career.
Little Johnny if he has enough sense to do the job will see he is better off doing something that won't be offshored (though few jobs are immune) or onshored (thanks to successive governments subsidising big business by allowing ICT abuse).
Anyone my experience in corporate is that CIO's come from the business not IT they then have a series of advisers that are IT competent. Something I call the parliament model. This is why outsourcing is so common, sometimes they listen to vendors with nice lunches more than their advisers.
will code for food
Hilarious, apparently there is a lack of people willing to do IT for minimum wage.
Quick, its a shortage, lets open the borders.
The fall in the IT degree students is because they have seen the writing on the wall.If they can see it why can't our lords and masters, surely their friends in business taking those huge bonuses and offering MP's directorships while their company offshores IT can explain? oh wait now I see.
Personally I think its genius, if certain designs get building approval in principle when used with XYZ plumbing & electrics it would make self build a reality for many more people.
Also this agreement in principle could be extended to planning and allow innovative designs to be approved based on established plans.
Also in emergency shelter situations shipping in a CNC machine (or CNC cut parts that interlock with standard boards) and a set of plans could rehouse people in days.
Also I suspect many designs will become ECO warrior powered and become homes of the future with near zero impact.
Just a little load of old wind
surprise, surprise ask any sailor why you rig sails a particular way.
Now can we have our money back? Many people suggested wind power was a distraction.
Solar electric power with hydro,battery, hydrogen etc storage would be perfectly acceptable.
Just as Solar thermal can store heat for days.
Solar can also be used as a pre heat for industrial processes or heating.
Apart from the fact it is interesting, informative and it got the researcher noticed by a number of significant news outlets? Have a look at his other investigations they are well presented & researched.
The age of starting a porn career negates the idea that Porn is exploiting misty eyed young pre teen girls.
Longevity suggests that mainly the career is short reason unknown but it may be a way of paying tuition fees much like escort workers at UK universities. The fact it is so long (3 years ) suggests it might not be exploitation issue.
Ethnic mix is very interesting as it suggests that no particular race is targeted to perform. I imagined the more exotic races would be targeted.
This allegedly covers Tesco's set up 6 months ago
Now if true it probably partially explains why they are getting their botty smacked publicly.
Its a civil matter
I assume the Police responded just as they do for credit card fraud?
Oh its a big company with a big press following. Someone might get on telly.
When a criminal gang (I can't say which country it will be from I'm not a prospective MP) steals your details, over badly secured wifi in a bank branch, they can tell you its your fault the criminals emptied your account and Barclays are re-possessing your house.
Can't we see some senior bank officials go to jail over falsifying government submissions?
$US18m (Rs.100 crore) has been found to back an electronics system design and manufacturing policies aimed bringing such businesses to the State in the hope they will provide new jobs for youth.
That plan will help the State achieve its ambition of doubling the number of tech-related jobs to two million by 2020 and tripling exports.
so if they can do that for $18 a job and triple exports for less than the NHS spend on paperclips so easily what are our government doing?
Pinky & Perky!
Well in a previous life as Odysseus sandal repair maker and horse gelder(A trade that served me well later in my employ with Alexander the Great) we invented the concept of Marines that crossed large continents and also fitted into small spaces.
My Lawyers will contact GW shortly.
well it seems just as sensible!
Re: Nuclear has other problems...
They aren't actually interested because they are currently being subsidised to build wind farms.
Even if it isn't cost effective its free capacity for them and great advertising.
Wind farms may be a wise addition to the power mix but currently I suspect they are more about subsidies.
I expect that in a few years when the government matches subsidies to sensible generation targets the construction of expensive coal stations will commence.
It will be cookery & Live Roulette.
panem et circenses
History is Cyclical!
Why Paris? well they may break up the cookery programmes with Z list celebs taking their kit off.
Hmm there may be silver lining
If Apple sue Starbucks for having a similar layout (I would imagine the impromptu computer fairs are worried) then at least some of the lawyer's fees will be paid in the UK!
We might actually get some tax in the UK.
Hic Hic hooray
So nasty green house gases become booze? (well bio ethanol)
sign me up.
Simple and effective.
Re: Not about security
No we had Lions led by Donkey's.
Funny how India can get away with this but any suggestions that we restrict the number of ICT's (remember Indian outsourcers can recruit from the whole of the EU) is considered protectionism.
I suggest the UK follow India's lead and bring back all data processing and strategic products (Water, Energy, development) back to the UK, we have millions (sorry a few thousand Pickles - new reg measurement a headline figure of 10,000 that turns into millions in reality) of Bulgarians to employ.
The scary thing is that the Indians seem more 'British' than our politicians .
Sounds a bit like pocket change. I suspect most of the profit making companies have a real pre tax profit in the 20% range e.g. coffee shops, burger bars and supermarkets, rather than 0.001%
The transfer pricing on beef burgers or coffee is surely fairly easy to resolve both ingredients are publicly traded, assuming the companies are efficient they are paying less than the publicly traded price. Assuming what they are claiming is less than 5% more then allow it if not cap it.
Stop them reclaiming VAT and other taxes against things like royalties.
I predict a new Meme
After 'Rick Rolling' are we going to get
La Gioconda Giffing.
Re: We need to save them crawlies!
'I nominate Sean Connery'
see offshoring isn't always bad.
Outsourcing is wonderful
We outsourced our manufacturing & pollution, in the UK we fine companies if they don't dispose of their paper cups properly but buy tat from China so they can pollute their cities.
Someone should tell the do gooders the world is spherical and we all share the same atmosphere!
So lets get this straight
Whilst browsing the support docs to fix an obscure issue with some industry trailing backup project I get a chap named Edgar with an Indian accent coming online to read me a script that asks have you inserted a clean tape in HiDef?
Or while I'm researching a piece of software I get a greasy pimp offering me half a dozen exceptional candidates with 100 years experience in Microswear server server 2021.
Great! Should do my blood pressure a real favour.
I can delete those in email and let them go to voicemail on my phone.
You have to feel some sympathy for VMware
From the article they funded the development, they encouraged it, it seems they should retain a significant interest.
However as usual the Lawyers got involved and went in strong.
You have a feeling it would all have gone better if they had all got round a table.
Petty on the Zuck
What the Zuck?
While as pointed out above a suit aids credibility if that's the best you have on him its hardly worth worrying about.
Having met a few renowned businessmen their reputation and presence tend to do more than a finely crafted suit ever could. If investors were not sure of Facebook's worth then why did they throw money at the IPO? If the investors were offended that some kid in a hoodie was worth more personally than all of them they need to man up.
There are far more worthy candidates:
who has only a couple of suppliers in a flood prone valley?
Who can't restore their data in a few days when your business seems to depend on that, ripping people off with overdraft fees and manipulating Libor rates. Yes I know they aren't a 'tech' company but with the branch closures they aren't much more than an internet company.
Who is so arrogant they suddenly discover their business has all gone to a faster more agile competitor.
Who hacked off their only supplier for a key component with patent litigation?
Because they can
Gap between executive and worker pay widening.
Cheap immigrant workers used to undercut workers and temporarily reducing the effects of offshoring. Thus preventing the crunch and government correction needed. No more boom & Bust.
uncertainty in lower levels and so no pay rises.
It was Gordon's Gift to the workers, ignoring wholesale tax avoidance and onshoring were by products.
Maybe they were buying menu developers
Maybe Cisco was hoping to buy some decent front end developers?
I stopped wanting to use network kit that only had CLI 15 years ago when it became possible to get a decent text menu on all but the cheapest kit. And then usable Web front ends
Cisco seem unable to produce kit with a sensible front end. Their kit seems to be a little bit random on auto negotiation which in my opinion makes them sub optimal.
The linksys kit may not have been so capable in raw throughput or perceived quality but they were much easier to use, I don't need to print out 4 pages of cisco speak to program them.
Linksys also had a lot of innovation skills and were early into sme VOIP.
Netgear - found Belkin more reliable than them again & again. not sure that is much of an achievement.
lets hope Linksys bring some perceived quality to Belkin.