* Posts by khinch

4 posts • joined 23 Nov 2017

Brit IT contractor wins appeal against HMRC to pay £26k in back taxes

khinch

"I thought it was up to the employer to ensure compliance so why is the HMRC not therefore going after the employer rather than the employee. As an employee you are not licable to pay NI and PAYE as the employer deducts it at source."

That's true as of April 2017. According to the article this case was about work done in 2012/2013.

Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

khinch

The chances of police being able to respond to reports and then catch them in the act are slim, but if the airports are really serious then it could be done.

Plenty of CCTV cameras and a small on-site security team would be able to catch some evidence, pinpoint the location and then respond much quicker than local plods. They might not win every time, but based on the number of reported incidents in the article they'd only need to succeed once every few incidents to catch the ones responsible. I also suspect that many of the incidents are perpetrated by the same people, who probably also display habitual behaviour such as the times and places they show up, making it easier to predict which locations they are likely to get reports from.

This is just one example and I'm sure with enough thought this can be done, but the question is whether they have the budget and resource to implement anything meaningful.

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

khinch

"Its really worrying when someone like that doesnt grasp GDPR, and theres no soft opt-in"

GDPR applies to "personal data". According to the GDPR FAQs personal data is "Any information related to a natural person or ‘Data Subject’, that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the person. It can be anything from a name, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer IP address." (https://www.eugdpr.org/gdpr-faqs.html)

I don't see anything in the list of what Canonical intends to collect that fits that description. The closest example in the FAQ description that could cause Canonical issues is IP addresses, which may be why they seemed to be very clear that IP addresses would not be collected.

I'm not sticking up for Canonical here, just making the point that I don't think GDPR will affect them based on the list in the article.

Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

khinch

Re: Telly Tax or Adverts

As much as I love the shows Netflix produces, they are all purely entertainment shows. The BBC outputs programs of all categories, including news, documentaries, weather forecasts, breakfast shows and Open University lectures just to name a few. Not to mention that the BBC has almost 70 radio stations and looks after the World Service channel.

As someone with two small children, I find the quality of programs on CBeebies and CBBC to be far greater than anything ITV, C5, Tiny Pop or Nikelodeon produces. Furthermore, the BBC also produces iPhone and Android games to complement their kids TV shows.

So, to compare Netflix and the BBC isn't 100% fair as Netflix outputs a small subset of the BBC's output. All of the categories of program the BBC produces are available by other means, but most of those are via services supported by adverts.

Having said all that, the debate referenced in the article wasn't "How good is the BBC?", it was about how should/could it be paid for. Personally, I'd be happy to pay for it another way other than the licence fee, and those potential other other methods are what the MPs should have been debating.

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