The city of Munich tried this
But found it cost too much. They recently announched a move back to Windows.
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But found it cost too much. They recently announched a move back to Windows.
Many schools use fingerprints as ID for paying for school lunch. This means kids avoid carrying cash or payment cards which could easily be lost or stolen by other kids; and it means those in receipt of free school meals don't stand out.
> those 70,000 workers who would have been in your country...
There are still far more applicants for H-1B visas than actual visas issued. Last year there were 230,000 applications, but only 85,000 places. (The total number of visas granted ends up around twice that, because of various loopholes; but there's still no shortage of demand.)
To paraphrase Peter Thiel:
"We wanted hyperloop trains, instead we got music matching algorithms."
Or as we all know, software is cheaper than hardware.
> Ouch! This is how the Civil Service ...
Yes, fair point. But with developers, you only get rotated around 3-4 systems, so you eventually come back to code you previously worked on. The Civil Service path is one-way, so you never have a chance to apply lessons learned elsewhere to your previous mistakes.
And why do you think it will be any different if every single one of them is perceived as cost to be shoveled off to TaTa?
I didn't say anything about outsourcing. Outsourcing doesn't solve the problem at all: it merely shifts the problem to another company, and conceals the complexity from the end client.
Rather, it's an internal problem of employees being allowed to take "possession" over their little piece of the system (or in BA's case, their 1 system out of the 200). It then becomes hard to move or replace that person, and they become very resistant to change. I've seen this happening in a lot of places, especially large government or quasi-government organisations. The way to avoid it is for management to rotate employees around different systems so that everyone knows a bit about how three or four systems work, rather than just knowing a single system in-depth. This also helps you recover if/when the critical employee leaves.
I don't have any specific knowledge of the BA situation; but 200 critical systems in an organisation with strong unions (making it hard to fire intransigent workers) suggests something like this may have happened.
This sounds like a situation where each worker aggressively defends his or her patch. "No, you can't possibly merge my legacy paper reporting system with Bob's new email reporting system, because [insert ridiculous reason here]." Given the chance, most of us will defend the systems we maintain (and by extension our jobs): it's human nature. A manager's job is to challenge the ridiculous reasons given.
BA's management are squarely to blame here.
You mean maybe spend the best part of two weekends fiddling about, getting everything to compile, getting your existing apps to work with it, hours spent searching obscure foreign-language forums (mangled through Google Translate) for an answer to why X won't work with Y, all for a 2% subjective improvement in the GUI? No thanks.
The first phase of the project went well; but for the next phase we need a sequel server.
I should have called the MS Access version the "prequel".
That kind of income-splitting is explicitly forbidden under S660a; this is separate from IR35.
And you don't go to an internet forum for polite conversation. If I wanted to exchange pleasantries, I'd talk to my neighbours.
IBM - "Getting Smaller" by Nine Inch Nails
Amazon - "Return To Sender" by Elvis Presley
Tesla - "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant
Fisker Inc. / Fisker Automotive - "Together in Electric Dreams" by Phil Oakey
I'll let others take over from here.
What an Orwellian name!
How about a simple weight limit?
If you're using a skinny iPad, you're safe. But if you're packing a 2003-era desktop replacement "portable", it goes into the hold. The exact figure for the weight limit should be determined based on how much weight of explosive would be required to cause real damage.
Pity it's after pub o'clock in India.
"ScanEagle was originally adopted by the British as a £30 million, three-year deal"
Ok, so it's not exactly a Parrot; but that does seem pricey. Is there no chance of using for consumer / prosumer gear in the MOD?
I can understand adding on a Wyse thin client; but why is there an option to add on a full Dell OptiPlex i3 or i5 desktop PC? That basically eliminates all the benefits of VDI.
Games, porn, Facebook (but I repeat myself). Now that kids have so many other demands on their time, there just aren't enough hours in the day to sit in the park nursing a two-litre plastic bottle of White Lightning.
Companies which don't exploit loopholes get out-competed by those which do.
The broader point is that you can waste your breath shouting at people to change their behaviour; or you can legislate for it. Legislation is far more effective.
For example, consider car seat belt usage. Across the United States, 89% of drivers use their seat belt. But in New Hampshire the figure is just 70%. Why? Because the state doesn't have laws on seat belts for adults. You can huff and puff all you like at the remaining 30%; but you'll get a much quicker result by simply legislating for seat belt use.
Worse still, by wasting your breath shouting at Uber, you're letting thousands of smaller, lesser-known companies get away with exploiting loopholes. If you campaign to get the law changed, you fix the problem for both big well-known companies and thousands of smaller ones too.
At last a report which doesn't blame the companies themselves, but places the blame squarely at the foot of the government for not closing the loopholes in the first place.
> although a proportion have gone back on new deals that put them outside the regulation
I'd be interested to know how they managed that. If loopholes exist for these contractors, presumably they also exist for thousands of others, including outside IT. (The new IR35 rules have also hit locums in the NHS - I'm sure they'd be interested to hear of ways around.)
Situation: There are 14 competing packaging systems.
14?! Ridiculous! We need to develop one universal packaging system that covers everyone's use cases. Yeah!
Situation: There are 15 competing packaging systems.
Uber needs Apple users, obviously; but Apple also needs Uber. If you're a regular Uber user and you suddenly find out you can no longer use the app because of some legal squabble, you'll rush out and buy the first Android phone you see.
Once a user has converted to Android, they're unlikely to spend $969 on a new iPhone in two years' time. That's a big loss for Apple.
Besides, for a new starter today, the correct question is "Will my COBOL skills still be in demand when I'm 60?"; to which the answer is emphatically no.
When I moved to London, the first thing I noticed was that people seem to start & finish about an hour later than elsewhere in the country. I put this down to commuting time.
Alternatively, there's the "Give it to your parents when you upgrade" model!
> Who sells their phone after only one month?
I bought an iPhone SE which was less than a month old. The seller had bought it, but then decided he really wanted the larger 6S instead. I paid about 30% below the price new.
It's no coincidence that all the companies working on self-driving cars are in dry & sunny California...
Well it's the 12th of April today, no response from Tony Meggs, chief exec of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. That doesn't bode well.
Per the article, the only thing that's new is that the Treasury Select Committee finally got round to making a statement about it. They've asked for a reply by the 12th of April, so with any luck we'll hear more then.
Doesn't that feel a bit cheap these days? Granted a road warrior laptop is only supposed to be used for light MS Office use; but anyone who does a bit more might feel short-changed.
It's not just about National Insurance - the new rules also mean that contractors can no longer claim travel expenses. There'll be no more stories about people commuting e.g. York to London (annual season ticket price: £14,000). I've worked in London alongside contractors from all over the country who commute either daily or weekly. If they can't claim travel expenses, they'll look for alternative work closer to home.
Given that most government departments are in central London, this will undoubtedly hit government recruitment hardest.
One of the first steps in network security is to disable all USB ports. D+; must try harder.
Great, now you've just spoiled Westworld for me!
You can disable it in the settings of all the major browsers.
Because it's easy to point out mistakes in retrospect; much harder to prevent them from being made in the first place.
There's your problem right there. Who in their right mind tries to write desktop applications using web stuff?
In my office we have contractors from Australia, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Poland, and Portugal. Even if the British contractors don't emigrate, the foreigners have fewer ties to this country and are far more likely to try their luck elsewhere. They're already moaning enough about the exchange rate.
They could LOWER the employees' NI rate to be the same as the self-employed rate. That's what one might normally expect from a Conservative government. But no, no matter who is in power, the trajectory of taxes is ever-upward.
Why the blazing heck does a dosimetry company need to know people's NI numbers?
> it applies to all staff including contractors and temporary staff
Don't worry: according to other articles, the contractors will all be gone by 6th April.
It's how the public sector works. You want to do ABCDEF, but there's no way you can get the budget for it. So you do ABC, and hope to tack on DEF as change requests later. A couple of years later, once the project has actually started, you are shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover that you also need DEF. The budget simply must be produced.
In the old days when government was flush with cash, that usually worked out ok. These days it doesn't.
If Police Scotland had been honest up-front about their IT requirements, the entire project would never have been signed off, and they'd be doing things on paper. That may be no bad thing.
Loopholes and dodgy tax schemes are being closed all the time. There were footballers with EBTs, there was the Jimmy Carr dodge, there was the Ingenious Film investment trick. All those were closed down. Even PSC avoidance is being closed off: first with public-sector contractors prevented from avoiding IR35 (you can be certain they'll get private-sector contractors next); and the new dividend tax clobbers the rest.
Expenses are expenses: they aren't earnings. If I drive a taxi all day and claim £300 a month in petrol as expenses, that's what I've paid in petrol. It's gone, vanished; I can't spend it again on booze & hookers.
On your example calculations you've ignored National Insurance (an income tax in all but name). With an income of £100,000, you'll hand over £34,533 to the exchequer; whereas on £30,000 you'll hand over just £6,433. There's an excellent calculator at https://listentotaxman.com/
"The top 1% income is over £250k; they take home 70% of that"
Nope: they take home 57% of that. See above for calculator link. Again, you can argue that they should be taxed more; but please ensure you know what the current level is before diving into that notion.
Overall I reject the notion that we are surrounded by overpaid wastrels with too much money (except in the Premier League). Tax has a real impact on how much work people are prepared to do. If I'm an NHS surgeon earning £99,999, I'm not going to bother doing any overtime because I know every extra hour will be taxed at 62%, and at that rate I'd rather spend the time at home with the family.
Yes, I've selectively quoted the figures. Everyone does. I agree that the poor pay VAT, fuel duty, sin taxes, and of course the biggest of them all, the horribly regressive Council Tax. But at least they're paying a good chunk less income tax than they used to. That's progress.
Big earners don't get tax breaks - quite the opposite! There's the 60% tax bracket for anyone earning £100,000-120,000; there's the 45% tax bracket for anyone earning over £150,000; there's the 12% stamp duty band for houses worth more than £1.5m; from next month there's even a tax on new cars which cost more than £40,000.
In income tax alone, the top 1% account for more than a quarter of the total receipts; at the other end of the scale, 43.8% of working-age adults didn't pay a single penny in income tax last year because the starting threshold has been raised to £10,600.
You're perfectly welcome to argue that high-earners should pay even more tax; but don't pretend that they aren't paying a lot already.
They are not the same thing. Employees have more rights than Workers: unfair dismissal rights, statutory maternity pay, statutory sick pay, etc.
Presumably they'll only be selling technology & services to other local authorities? This seems eminently sensible.
> living in a £400,000 house
Yep, that's the kind of thing the Daily Mail would report.
"Still, Dyson said the U.K. lacks enough skilled workers."
Well he's certainly not going to find them if he's fishing in the tiny pool of talent that is Malmesbury. Yes, it's near Bristol and Swindon; but rush-hour traffic in those parts is horrendous, and the town doesn't even have a dual carriageway or a nearby railway station. Adding another 5,000 staff to those roads is just impossible. Even a theoretically perfect single-carriageway can only carry 1,900 cars per hour; and the A429 is far from perfect.
The README file is empty; and none of the code contains any comments. This doesn't bode well.
Scrolling through the code itself, I can see that the IR35 tests themselves are the usual grab-bag of questions:
- Do you provide your own equipment & materials?
- Are you paid a daily rate or a piece rate?
- Do you still get paid if you deliver substandard work?
- Is there an obligation to fix substandard work in your own time?
- Is there a right of substitution? Has it actually been exercised?
No doubt someone could reverse-engineer the code and turn it into a simple flowchart.
KCom (the main telecoms provider in Hull) has fewer than 200,000 customers, yet all their fees are clearly listed on their website. Ok, not that clearly - you have to dig out a PDF from the support pages - but still, they're all there. How hard can it be to put up a three-page document listing your fees?
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