Re: Goodbye Youtube?
Won't be long until what you have suggested is dangerous sedition, treason and prima facie evidence of your terrorist tendancies.
189 posts • joined 21 May 2013
Except a lot of the additional taxes such as the dividend tax hit ordinary freelance workers - rather than simply being a tax wheeze for the rich.
As most most freelance contractors do - they work through their own Ltd Co. - making their effective tax on dividend earnings 19% (the CT rate on their net profit) + 7.5% (the dividend rate) = 26.5% (vs 20% for employee earnings).
So basically the indolent wealthy prosper - while self-reliant workers are penalised.
The Internet needs to be sectioned off into walled gardens based on IQ.
IQ < 50 = idiot, padded cell playpen.
IQ < 70 = morons, but hopefully will fail the test : "stick your tongues on the terminals to see if there is a lethal voltage".
IQ < 100 = kinda like above average IQ people when drunk - so can be tolerated.
IQ > 100 = fingers crossed, can self-segregate.
>Even with satellite there are speed limitations.
You sure you've ever used a satellite link?
The thing that makes them tortuous to use is the latency. You might be able to torrent something down in a reasonable time - just don't expect to be using them for anything that requires any degree of real-time interaction.
Once-upon-a-time I was a member of the IEE. I let my membership lapse because basically I wondered what the membership actually got me. No employer seemed to care if I was a member.
Sure, the IEE did do an academically decent magazine or two - but Computer Shopper had way more practical advice.
They never bothered to find out why I let my membership lapse. They did, however, send me a snooty letter telling me that under paragragh such-and-such I was henceforth terminated as a member.
None of that has made the slightest difference to my life.
That's the whole problem - HMRC claim their defintion of employment/self-employment for the purpose of collecting tax is perfectly ok to be different from (and irrelevant to) the defintion of employment/self-employment for the purpose of people being entitled to (employee) benefits.
""Currently you cannot remove data from the key servers on request..."
This is, of course, fundmental to #GDPR. And about 99.999...% of businesses are currently in non-compliance.
Basically there should be a user driven process that allows them to select "delete all data" and a confirmation is then sent that all personally identifying data has been deleted.
It's not difficult, so what's their problem?
Seems a bit odd though to start with PGP as the whipping boy.
From about 1989 through the 2004 - I spent most of my time programming in either C or C++ and loving them both. Then for the last decade and a bit I've been programming SCADA sytems (which tend to have their own Pascal or C like languages).
On coming back to C++ in 2018 - all I can say is: WTF happened!?
@Dodgy Geezer "cost/benefit ratio"
Pretty simple - for each offence face being fined up to 4% of your global turnover. That's the sort of numbers that concentrate the mind of even the most glutinous data hoarding spammers. The carrot approach didn't work, now time for the big stick.
"I feel obliged to point out yet again, that if a US company has no presence in the EU (i.e. an office) then it can feel free to ignore the GDPR and stick it's middle finger up at the ICO.
The GDPR is a law that only applies to entities within EU borders."
Utter bollocks. #GDPR applies to anybody providing services to individuals or businesses in the EU - whether or not they themselves are.
"...caused a small number of people running the Facebook app and certain permission management apps on rooted Android phones to see a request for additional access permissions..."
How unfortunate that some people spotted those super user requests, if only every Android user had been a sheep...
A bad contract will almost certainly doom you. A good contract won't provide you with a get-out-of-jail-free card if the reality of your working situation differs significantly from what is in the contract.
The three main tests are (for self-employment):
Direction & Control [you don't want to be under much]
Mutuality of Obligation [you don't want to have any]
The right to send a Substitute [you want to have one]
HMRC are typically ignoring the 2nd and 3rd tests; while not knowing the details of this case - the courts would appear not to be.
A good starting point for more info on IR35 and how HMRC are trying to apply it is here:
"The real-world details of British businesses are searchable via Companies House so why not their online details too?"
I think you will find that you have been able to redact that information for quite a while now. Many companies and their directors now simply use (legally) an accommodation address - typically their accounts or solicitors and not their own.
Nominet's proposals are rather less than Companies House already does.
So once again the Scottish Tax Payer gets a bill - but gets zero back from Wastemonster. So whatever happened to David Cameron's Love Bombing of Scotland in the runup to 2014!?
Seems to be just a case of "get back in your box Scotland" and business as usual as your wealth gets extracted to prop up the remnant laughing stock that is "Great" Britain.
"What if Alice and Bob have created a word substitution cipher based on some unknown dictionary? "
Effectively what you are describing is a one-time pad - or in this case a one-time dictionary.
Fine if you only ever encrypt one message with it using that dictionary just once. But once you use that same dictionary for several messages. you run into the bog standard problems you get with any substitution cipher - i.e. letter frequency and word frequency.
"Not quite sure how it was broken, some really smart Poles and us Brits somehow figured out how."
An an Enigma machine was captured and they were able to see how the rotors worked - in essence they got hold of the source code - thus giving them a significant leg up.
German operators were also often lazy - they didn't change their station identifiers and pre-amble greetings - in essence similar to using the same seed over and over again in a pseudo random number generator.
"Even the NSA has leaks."
The likes of the NSA and GCHQ will have millions of secrets - and yet how often are there actual leaks? Next to never. People who apply for these jobs like keeping secrets - they like operating in a grey area of moral ambiguity. These organisations screen people to ensure the likelyhood of those they employ becoming a whistleblower are tiny.
And when leaks do occur - it tends to have life changing consequences for the leaker - think Manning and Snowden.
"The slowdown is not likely to be a problem for home computer...."
More specifically it has been stated that you won't experience slowdowns unless you are doing a lot of disk access or network access - so if you happen to be a freelance software developer working from home then expect your compile times to increase - or if you happen to be an online games player then expect to experience degraded performance - perhaps quite significantly so.
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