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Submission + - Uber is defined as an employer in UK ( 1

eionmac writes: An employment tribunal (a form of employment court in UK) has defined Uber as an employer due to its significant control of employee (displines, raises or lowers prices, controls access to work, directs employees). This means Uber must pay statutory rights of employee such as as sick pay, minimum wage, holiday pay etc. This will change how they operate in UK and perhaps with existing EU links also EU position.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot's Older Programmers - What would be more helpful for your careers?

brown.dragon writes: I am an older programmer who has quit his job and is moving to Australia. I want to start an online solution that other programmers find helpful and right now I'm wondering if I should go with "learning new technologies" or "getting really good at the basics". Both are targeted towards giving a career boost to older programmers.

So if you are an older programmer, which of these (if any), would interest you? Would you like to keep in touch with the latest technologies because that's what makes it easy to get jobs or would you like to be really good at answering (Google/Facebook/Amazon) algorithmic interview questions? I am kind of at a crossroads and I'd really like to provide something you would value.

Comment Re:Tax avoidance vs. Tax evasion (Score 2) 579

The argument is the loophole did not, in fact, exist. The Irish government allowed Apple to think such provisions existed but the EU have now ruled the arrangement constituted illegal state aid. Consequently the EU is leaning on Ireland to collect the taxes it should rightly have collected in the first place. Apple, with the help of the Irish government, evaded tax, not avoided it.

Things are rarely black and white. It's why these lawyers get paid so much.

Comment Re:Offtopic (Score 2) 156

Agreed. I also see:

10 Confirmed Dead In Shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College
VC, Entrepreneur Says Basic Income Would Work Even If 90% People 'Smoked Pot' and Didn't Work
Yelp Employee Posts Open Letter About Cost Of Living And Low Wages, Gets Fired
Universal Basic Income Programs Arrive
Explosions and Multiple Shootings In Paris, Possible Hostages

Linked to virtually every story.

Comment Re:Punish the serf class. (Score 2) 238

I think that's arguable. The UK abolished the death penalty for murder in 1965 but there was a vote to reinstate it in each parliament until 1997. That meant a consistent refusal to act on majority opinion. You're right we technically retained it for various crimes (Treason, piracy and queue jumping) but I'm not sure it would or could've been acted on.

It's funny though. The Brexit vote was about the primacy of parliament yet when it threatens to exercise that by not acting on a non-binding, knife edge, existential referendum, Brexit leaders get quite agitated.

Comment Re:Punish the serf class. (Score 4, Informative) 238

It depends what kind of democracy you want and what kind of democracy you have. Democracy isn't a Model T. It doesn't just come in one colour. In the UK we have a representative democracy. It's intended to act as a shield against the temporary whim of the people. It's why we don't have the death penalty. We elect people to arbitrate between the interests of the nation and the people.

Referendums on the other hand are just mob rule. "A device for dictators and demagogues". It's also worth bearing in mind that while most people who voted, voted to leave, it was a minority of the electorate.

Comment Re:If no one goes to jail, it means nothing... (Score 1) 143

"We" the Slashdot crowd that understand that are not opposed to modifying things that can't go at speeds that can kill someone if operated wrongly. "We" instead understand that vehicles are something that need to be well regulated due to their nature.

Oh. If only that were true. Have you read the comments on here before?

Comment Re:landlords aren't legally allowed to consider (Score 4, Insightful) 371

Also, perhaps someone should dig deeper into this "start-up", because this almost smells State-sponsored. Can't think of too many other entities that would be data-mining like this.

Are you kidding? Landlords would chew their arm off to use this service. No sinister state sponsored motive required.

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