Re: Autonomous cars
It's no coincidence that all the companies working on self-driving cars are in dry & sunny California...
905 posts • joined 30 Jun 2010
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?
How long before this innocent civilian technology is laden with explosives and co-opted for military use? "Look Fahiq, there's a beautiful balloon in the sky. Uh-oh, it's coming right for us!"
Be careful, don't just write down "I don't have one". There are plenty of live accounts like:
It's ripe for a hipster comeback. Remember how clunky they were, and you could clip them to your belt? Nothing says "I'm a trend-setting hipster" more than having an impractical ugly box weighing down your trousers.
Seriously though, I do miss the screeching sound of fast-forward and rewind.
Silicon Valley wants workers who are willing to put in long hours and neglect their families, while paying to live in the most expensive part of the country. No wonder they're having trouble recruiting in the USA.
Didn't Google already do that as an April Fool's joke? Ah yes, here we are: https://archive.google.com/tisp/install.html
You only get 5GB of storage. The base iPhone has 16GB of storage; of which at least 10GB is available for content. Sure, you could pay extra, a lot extra, for more space; but is it really so hard to back up to your PC/Mac with iTunes once a month or so?
The idea is to take away all the hardware management problems, and many of the software management problems. But their pricing doesn't seem attractive: $300+/year for a secretary-spec PC, bearing in mind you still need to provide keyboard/video/mouse and a fast low-latency internet connection.
Ok, but can you get just phone + internet from Cox/Verizon/Charter? There's the option of satellite TV too (again I have no idea how good that is in the states; but it's very popular in the UK).
I've had Netflix for a couple of years now, and the amount of broadcast TV that I now watch is perhaps two hours a month. With fewer people watching broadcast TV in general, the whole argument about who owns the set top box seems like two balding men fighting over a comb.
I'm not familiar with the intricacies of the U.S. cable TV market, but can't Americans just do like Brits, and (a) not have cable, and only watch local broadcast TV; and (b) stream other stuff over the internet, like Netflix or Hulu?
Cue a lot of fridges "accidentally" breaking down when the leaseholder needs a bit of cash.
The 6s had a headphone socket. The 7 doesn't. That's the main reason.
That's a classic case of the CEO ignoring what the IT department tells him/her to do.
Does Google's Android scan your text messages and feed the information back to its advertising arm?!
Isn't vim only popular because it's installed by default? That's like saying Notepad is the most popular text editor on Windows (which it probably is, even if everyone hates it).
As far as I can tell, the current version of Notepad.exe dates back to Windows Vista (2006), when they fixed a Unicode bug.
> millions of Facebook users do not realise the social network is on the internet
Well of course it isn't. Facebook is in the Facebook app, whereas the Internet is in the Google app. Every smartphone user knows that!
Dr North, on the one hand you say we can just absorb the acquis; yet on the other hand, the UCC can't possibly form part of this acquis, for reasons you don't explain. Why is it so easy to absorb a large part of EU law, but not one particular 1300-page part which relates to freight transport?
Fiat directly and indirectly provides hundreds of thousands of jobs for Italians. Unsurprisingly, the state therefore has a vested interest in protecting the company from menacing foreign governments.
renamed from Goodge Street, obviously enough.
Batter-Seagate Power Station, when it eventually opens.
Well done for forecasting the demise of the smartwatch. But whatever happened to Google Glass and its ilk? I rather liked the idea. Like the smartwatch, the glasses can't do anything that your smartphone doesn't already do; but they're more hands-free than the watch. There's scope for integration with AI (e.g. Google Now) - for example you could look at a bus stop and have the bus arrival times appear automatically. The glasses would have to be cheap - below £150 - but if they are just dumb screens connected to the smartphone's brain, the glasses shouldn't be particularly expensive.
There's no such thing. Optical Image Stabilization is a physical thing; any adjustments done in software are usually called Digital Image Stabilization.
Much cheaper. But nearby residents don't like them.
Re-reading the article, it actually says "large freight consignments". They weren't even using vans, just shipping containers. Only about one in twenty containers is inspected, and if they see a bunch of mattresses (containing hidden tobacco) matching the manifest, they might not bother to investigate any further.
The crims didn't net £10.2m: that's the amount of duty they didn't pay. If you import a pack of fags for £2 and resell it for £4, you've made a profit of just £2 but evaded duty of £5. You can't just sell each pack at RRP (unless you operate a vast network of newsagents). You need to re-sell all the fags outside of the normal distribution networks, i.e. to black-market dealers, each of whom takes a significant cut.
Don't get me wrong, making a profit of £4m or so would still be nice - but these are just imagined numbers, I have no idea what the actual costs and profits are.
They're just importing cigarettes without paying duty on them. Tobacco duty is about £5/pack of 20, so a £10m fraud means 200,000 airport-size cartons of 200. A luton van can carry maybe 18,000 cartons, so you're talking about a dozen round trips to some country where tobacco is cheap (Bulgaria is popular). Not exactly major-league crime.
Even if your business is completely legal, there would be a trail of money going from the bad guys' accounts to your company account. So when they arrest one of your customers (which is inevitable), the police will batter down your door demanding the names of all your other customers. Suddenly you have an angry Mob on your hands.
It's called HomeView, not OfficeView, and certainly not DataCenterView. Just don't do it.
I can't get a connection at Clapham Junction. The phone displays four or five bars, but when you actually try to do anything the connection doesn't go anywhere. Much like trying to use the station itself.
He'd have received a shorter sentence if he had actually beaten up the guy, rather than just writing mean tweets. (For example: http://www.cps.gov.uk/northeast/cps_northumbria_news/four_sentenced_for_racial_assault/ )
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