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Submission + - UK Contractors fight anti-small business reforms

easyTree writes: A petition before the UK government, wants government to — as the petition's title puts it, "Scrap IR35 legislation reform proposals for public sector off-payroll workers."

The petition's author gives a high-level summary of the new legislation as follows: "The proposal is to make ‘engagers’ deduct PAYE tax & NIC at source for self-employed people operating via a Limited Company if the end client is in the public sector.
This will severely reduce the income of such individuals but confer none of the rights & benefits of a staff employee."

This proposal continues a wave of anti-small business legislation whose effect will be to clear the way for large consulting firms to take over all contracts left hanging by those small-business contractors targeted by this legislation."

Submission + - Why is SlashDot serving 480x400 'ads' claiming 'drivers are out of date' ? (

easyTree writes: It's not enough that these are blatantly a malware delivery vector but they are HUGE and placed above the site's navigation bar, thus pushing the site itself so far down the page as to be almost off the screen when the site load.

Seriously? This makes the whole beta thing pale into insignificance.

Also, the poor grammar is making my eyes hurt. The least you could do is to take some basic style-tips on use of capitalization within your trojan-delivery ads — it would make them OH so much more appealing.



Submission + - Cardiff City Council sets new low (

easyTree writes:

At little more than the length of a single bicycle, the £2,000 road marking has left cyclists in Cardiff bemused. The feature, thought to be the shortest cycle lane in Britain, has been installed to encourage green transport. Cardiff Council claims that it will help riders safely navigate a turn on a new road layout. But riders in the city say the brevity of the red and white marked stretch of road renders it pointless. Kevin Hughes, 47, a cyclist from the Welsh city, said: "It's just hilarious. I saw it as I was cycling past and couldn't believe my eyes. Obviously nobody could cycle in it because it is so small. You just have time to get in the saddle before getting off again."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - a day out with the police (

easyTree writes: Today (Well, Monday) I wrote my first blog entry ( ). Or rather it started as almost a personal diary-entry describing my unexpected day out with the police, to be used as a reference point for later.

My question to slashdot is.. What should I do?

On the one hand.. It could have been worse
On the other, why let it happen to someone else?

Could I make a difference by speaking-out? Should I feel obligated to? Am I a whiney little bitch and should learn to love it?
Note: starts slowly...


Submission + - Ordinary people are second-class citizens (

easyTree writes: "Most of us might be under the illusion that justice is something which should be accessible to all, equally. Apparently not so:

Det Chief Insp Paul Maghie from Hertfordshire police's Crime Management Department says "The police will never give up efforts to find anybody on the run, but this case was particularly important because it was one of our own officers and we felt justice had not been done."

Just when was it that police officers became more important than the ordinary members of the public that they've sworn to protect? More generally, should we be concerned about our changing relationship with the many organizations originally set-up to grease the wheels of society?"

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