London calling ...
I believe "portable wirelesses" of an earlier generation also required a briefcase-sized set of lead-acid accumulators and cells with which to power the triode heaters and 120V anode supply ...
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Strikes me what cameras and phones need is a 'copy to secure backup' feature that meant that you could delete the visible pictures for the plod, but retained your images. Since the secure backup would be encrypted and hidden (via Bluetooth even ?) this would not be in evidence ...
"when your contract ends, whether good or bad, you don't have to clean up the mess."
Well if you make a mess in the first place, your contract does not get extended over the initial couple of months.
And you won't get taken on another time ... or called up by a former manager when he's gone to work somewhere else ...
So all in all it's not worth being unprofessional - you're only as good as your last contract !
If they are just 'bums on seats' and therefore under IR35 they should all apply for "employee" treatment ...
Alternatively if they are each doing a definable piece of work they should tender a proper B2B fixed-price contract for it. If the bank pulls out from that, having earlier signed up, they would then be able to sue for breach of contract.
As regards "market rate", surely you can only negotiate a contract on the basis of conditions at the time ? If conditions change then that should affect new contracts, but the old ones should not change until they run out - otherwise, how does the Futures market work ?!
"Yes we agreed 6 months ago to sell you gas at £X per litre but it now costs 20% more - what do you mean we agreed the price when you bought it ?"
Could it have anything to do with this continuing obsession on getting us all "pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed ...".
No wonder they voted SNP - wanted out of all this nonsense.
Oh, and they seem to be 'biometricing' people anyhow at Heathrow - was going through there a few weeks ago and had to stare into a camera without my glasses, was then issued with a barcode :(
"Microsoft must actually know how many unique versions of the OS contact the mothership for instructions on a regular basis."
So all of us who bemoaned the flaw in Independence Day, Star Wars 1 etc. saying that there's no way you could [or should be able to] take down an entire invasion fleet by taking out a 'master node' should take note - if the advanced civilization needs to keep its war-bots patched & updated we just need to poison the [MS] update server.
"Microsoft has dismissed analyst house Forrester Research's report on slow corporate adoption of Windows Vista as sensationalist and schizophrenic."
Not many Guardian readers at Microsoft then:
"schizophrenic - use only in a medical context, never to mean "in two minds", contradictory, or erratic, which is wrong, as well as offensive to people diagnosed with this illness;" [Guardian Style guide - http://www.guardian.co.uk/styleguide]
According to HMRC.gov.uk:
"Deductions for fees and subscriptions paid to professional bodies or learned societies
A statutory fee or contribution shown in the list is allowable where employees:
* pay this out of their earnings from an employment
* are required to pay this as a statutory condition of following their employment."
Presumably these CRB fees should be tax-allowable due to their being a condition of "following the employment" ....?
I think you'll find that they are mostly more experienced (and older) than their permie colleagues and if they _were_ to ever consider a permie role, it would not be in the same role, but several rungs higher up the corporate ladder, on a similar remuneration to their contracting rate.
... is just a straw man. I think even NASA prototypes its stuff iteratively to check it's fit for purpose.
As is the corresponding image of the Agile process as being of a couple of guys at a screen saying, "OK, what shall we code today ?".
Think, "small design, fitting into bigger design" - with increasing levels of abstraction !
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