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Comment Re:Why this again? (Score 1) 236 236

If you want to cook for your friends and they give you money for the ingredients and consumables, that is fine.

If you want to cook for the general public, whether there is remuneration involved or not, there are laws and regulations you have to follow.

If you can't spot the difference, then you are a fucking retard.

Comment Re:Just obey the law already! (Score 1) 236 236

I'm constantly surprised that insurance in certain other countries has a liability limit - you pay $X to have $Y coverage, where $Y coverage is a payout limit.

In the UK you pay $X for Y coverage, where Y is not a pay out limit but a type of insurance - so fully comprehensive (you cause the damage, your car is fully covered as well as all liability for any damage to third parties), third party (only liability for any damage to third parties is covered) and a range in between (eg third party, fire and theft which covers you for loss or damage to your vehicle from those things).

When there is a pay out, there is no limit to that pay out - you have to cover for someones car being written off to the tune of $50,000? Its covered. You have to cover for someones life long care after you cause them to become disabled to the tune of $100Million? Its covered.

I pay the equivalent of about $500 a year for fully comprehensive insurance for a Landrover Freelander.

Comment Re:what this is really all about (Score 1) 632 632

Call bullshit all you like, it can be done and it doesn't take a lifetime to do so.

Just don't pick a pointless degree and then bitch about how you have been saddled with a life time of debt - sorry that your art degree is fucking worthless, but that's not the universities fault.

Comment Re:I'm a little troubled... (Score 1) 225 225

It's a new process on a unique artefact.

Hardly, museums do artefact cleaning and restoration on centuries old cloth and materials all the time, this is no different. My local dry cleaners had no issues cleaning my wife's wedding dress which has been in her family for nigh on 150 years.

This sort of thing is routine.

Comment Re:$805M budget (Score 1) 225 225

In the UK if you see a private doctor you still need a referral from your NHS GP, everything has an involvement with the NHS somewhere along the way.

You only need a referral from your NHS GP if the NHS is paying for your treatment - if you are paying for your treatment you can go to a private GP and a private hospital and not involve the NHS at all. You do not need a referral from your NHS GP for completely private work.

Source: my wife, who is a practising GP.

Comment Re:what this is really all about (Score 1) 632 632

What utter bullshit, and typical media crap being regurgitated.

My wife has three degrees - a physiotherapy degree and two medical degrees. She finished her medical degrees 6 years ago - and she has no outstanding debts related to gaining any of those degrees. She has paid off nearly £70K in student and private loans in the past 6 years.

So yes, its entirely possible to pay off your student loans, you just have to be intelligent with money.

Comment Re:Concorde (Score 3, Interesting) 238 238

No, BA didn't get their Concorde for £1 each, they paid full price for the aircraft they ordered and nearly full price for the aircraft that were dropped by other airlines before they took delivery. And even if they did pay just £1 for each airframe, the purchase cost pales in comparison to the operating cost - getting the aircraft for a pittance would have little impact on profitability against the costs of actually running the aircraft.

British Airways operated Concorde profitably by charging enough money for the tickets - it was indeed one of the airlines main profit centres before it was grounded by the crash and subsequent retirement a few years later. When BA was privatised, one of the first things they did was drastically raise Concorde ticket prices and none of their regular passengers batted an eyelid.

Comment Casual or irregular worker (Score 1) 273 273

In the UK this would be classed as a "Casual or Irregular Worker" under the following criteria:

Casual or irregular work

Someone is likely to be a worker if most of these apply:

they occasionally do work for a specific business

the business doesn’t have to offer them work and they don’t have to accept it - they only work when they want to

their contract with the business uses terms like ‘casual’, ‘freelance’, ‘zero hours’, ‘as required’ or something similar

they had to agree with the business’s terms and conditions to get work - either verbally or in writing

they are under the supervision or control of a manager or director

they can’t send someone else to do their work

the business deducts tax and National Insurance contributions from their wages

the business provides materials, tools or equipment they need to do the work

Seems to fit what Uber want out of a worker...

The other categories identified by the UK Government are "employee", "shareholding employee", "self employed or contractor", "director" and "office holder".

Comment TLDR: Apple has access to your encrypted files (Score 1, Insightful) 64 64

So, the actual story here is that Apple has access to your encrypted files and can decrypt them at will, its just selling it as a nice convenience for you...

I guess that's the "law enforcement cannot access encrypted iPhones" issue solved.

Comment Re:launch cost mirrors vs. a teeny tinny PU RTG? (Score 1) 65 65

Will the reflectors last as long as the plutonium tho? Although there is no weather on the moon, there is still dust thrown up from activity on the surface (meteorites etc) which will coat the reflectors and reduce their efficiency over time.

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