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    12 days!? I want to come and work where you are...

    12 days!? I want to come and work where you are WooHoo!
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    Not sure what pipe you've been toking from but...

    Not sure what pipe you've been toking from but going inside is nowhere near a permie in terms of overall package when you consider the following:

    - Holiday and sick pay
    - Insurance / dental /...
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    Mine said they won't take on any new contractors...

    Mine said they won't take on any new contractors unless PAYE as of now and each BU has until end of Jan to get everyone out the door or under a PAYE brolly.

    Why are clientco's aiming at dates so...
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    My ClientCo Just Blanketed Everyone Inside

    Another blow for us contractors and another win for Accenture, Cognizant, IBM, Delloite, etc.... My clientco (30,000+ people, FTSE:100) has just blanketed all their UK contractors inside. Their...
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    I have a 9 month war chest to work with before I...

    I have a 9 month war chest to work with before I start having to cut back on lifestyle choices to eek out a further 3 months left in the tank. I then have personal finance to fall back on outside of...
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    Thanks for all the replies. I am well aware...

    Thanks for all the replies.

    I am well aware there are large consultancies and small shops already doing this stuff. However, a friend of mine worked at Rackspace who employed a small 10 man co to...
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    Good question. I am well aware it's all about...

    Good question. I am well aware it's all about value proposition and what value would my PSC bring above any others? Well, in a nutshell... rather than target any and every project like most MSP's do...
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    Building a PSC from Scratch

    Hi all, long time no post. I've actually had some project work to be getting on with; whew.

    Obviously we are all aware of the pending reforms to IR35 and I don't know about everyone else, but my...
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    Holy moly you guys astound me. Don't buy or...

    Holy moly you guys astound me. Don't buy or install any mouse jiggling applications, build it in Powershell using the WASP add on module. Powershell comes pre baked in all but the most stripped of...
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    There's nothing wrong with contracting in London....

    There's nothing wrong with contracting in London. I don't consider myself niche and had no difficulty finding work. Fill 'yer boots.
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    I've given up looking at past performance. Every...

    I've given up looking at past performance. Every time I have I've been burnt and ended up trading at almost exactly the wrong time.

    Bitcoin has a constantly shifting market, one is as well off...
  12. I've had 3 gigs since I started contracting mid...

    I've had 3 gigs since I started contracting mid 2017 (currently on gig 3). Current gig and the one before both approached me and asked me to go perm! The questions you have to ask yourself are:
    ...
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    I've not been getting many calls, but then again...

    I've not been getting many calls, but then again when I have been I've been batting people away because I am booked until October.

    I am an engineer who can architect (rather than the other way...
  14. Thread: Metro bank

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    Share price seems to have recovered somewhat. I...

    Share price seems to have recovered somewhat. I don't think they're going anywhere anytime soon.
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    :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::b...

    :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

    Allllll of the bananas!
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    Rob Dix has a fantastic, no BS book about...

    Rob Dix has a fantastic, no BS book about property. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Guide-Property-Investment-buy/dp/0993497209/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=rob+dix&qid=1556726538&s=gateway&sr=8-1

    He...
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    To be fair NLUK, I am not aware of the other...

    To be fair NLUK, I am not aware of the other issues that come with them, if you want to PM them to me if you have experience, that'd be great and i'd appreciate any insight.



    The mortgage has...
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    OP I am in a similar situation to you. This is...

    OP I am in a similar situation to you. This is not in any way advice, just my opinion and an illustration of how I'd like things to pan out for myself.

    My strategy is admittedly, very property...
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    If you're into superhero / Stan Lee / Marvel...

    If you're into superhero / Stan Lee / Marvel stuff...

    Seasons 1-3 of DareDevil are all fantastic. Punisher Season 1 and 2 are also very, very good. Punisher is quite gorey and sometimes violence...
  20. Thread: BOOM! New Gig

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    BOOM! New Gig

    After a very pleasant year doing mail migrations for Avanade, I've managed to land myself a new gig in London! That's three on the bounce now since I started contracting in 2017 with no bench time!...
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    I had friends doing a similar thing at the same...

    I had friends doing a similar thing at the same time I was doing it; they were a far bigger influence. Probably wouldn't have done it if they didn't do it also.
  22. Thread: Skiing

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    Pretty sure if you asked NLUK and Brillo if they...

    Pretty sure if you asked NLUK and Brillo if they fancied a vigorous skiing session they'd happily oblige...
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    Save me a space next to you PS! Although to be...

    Save me a space next to you PS! Although to be fair - mine is by choice. I could've eeked out another extension but I need to get on to something different.
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    Before you jump too far on to the witch hunt...

    Before you jump too far on to the witch hunt bandwagon PC, there are plenty of posts in this thread of you hyping the market up / considering secure nodes and other types of further investment; don't...
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    Mining Update

    Update for those interested in my Mining Project:

    My electricity bill since the miner came into effect cost me £900. I've generated enough ETH in that time to cover the costs of that, based on...
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    Almost sure you're trolling Milan but i'll bite. ...

    Almost sure you're trolling Milan but i'll bite.

    Buy a Ledge Nano S, take delivery of said wallet, buy ripple on exchange, go to exchange wallet, transfer to hardware wallet, Store wallet in...
  27. I have run a couple of fixed fee pieces of work...

    I have run a couple of fixed fee pieces of work around some of my contract work in the past year.

    + You will double, or triple your day rate
    + You feel like a boss doing it
    + The jobs are often...
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    Just Completed my First Full Year Trading

    Cannot believe it. As the title says really; two contracts and three extensions (one still in progress 'til Dec) and I've completed my first year. Feeling pretty good about everything, definitely...
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    Duck Season.... Wabbit Season.... BULL SEASON!

    Duck Season.... Wabbit Season.... BULL SEASON!
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    Mining Rig Update

    The hot weather caused a slight issue in my flat - it got effing hot! Procurement of a desk fan and an open window to create some active cooling appears to have resolved the issue, but increased my...
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    Has it actually been confirmed that funds were...

    Has it actually been confirmed that funds were stolen?
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    I hadn't been paying an awful lot of attention,...

    I hadn't been paying an awful lot of attention, then I looked at all of the alts that were up at least 25% over the past 7 days. I am by no means a trader, I just lurk looking at the prices of things...
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    I refer back to my prior post; if you look at the...

    I refer back to my prior post; if you look at the previous charts you can see that the market was extremely volatile May/June/July. The end of Q3 is where the action is at - in my opinion!!

    I Know...
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    2-1

    2-1
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    Use Coinbase - tried to get my bank going with...

    Use Coinbase - tried to get my bank going with Uphold and it just never, ever worked as desired. Card payment went fine, though.
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    Yep - agreed. This is why I sat back and did...

    Yep - agreed. This is why I sat back and did nothing. It's a continually evolving market; who knows it may all blow up in our face but im hoping not :)
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    I did not - However had I done that when I...

    I did not - However had I done that when I consulted with Scoots about it my portfolio would be quite a bit larger as i'd have bought back in at around 7.2k. His advice I think was the better play...
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    I invite you all to go and look at the charts for...

    I invite you all to go and look at the charts for BTC/USD and ETH/USD for the past 2-3 years. You will see there is a trend that both currencies rally in April/May, have a fairly large dip in late...
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    Greenlake is this your sockie?

    Greenlake is this your sockie?
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    The main reason I am into Ripple is Santander are...

    The main reason I am into Ripple is Santander are already using it in Europe for borderless transfers - It only takes one or two big names for something like that to blow up :)
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    You can definitely look forward to end of year...

    You can definitely look forward to end of year accounts questions... SJD are my accountancy company. So far so good apart from one slightly cocked up VAT return which I spotted and corrected. Hoping...
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    I heard they were planning on wiping Novichok...

    I heard they were planning on wiping Novichok around all the goal keepers gloves to get a sure fire victory.
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    Big Bad Banana Boom!

    Second contract, second extension. Just had confirmation from my project lead that I've another six months work to endure... I mean enjoy! Taking me allll the way into December.

    Thanks to...
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    Agreed. However it'll probably still rally but a...

    Agreed. However it'll probably still rally but a long term future? Not so sure about that.[/QUOTE]

    They'll all rally for sure - but LTC (IMO) is pretty much the weakest "big name" coin out there.
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    My modest stash of LTC and ETH down about...

    My modest stash of LTC and ETH down about 17%.[/QUOTE]

    ETH is a great pick but LTC? It doesn't really achieve anything and BCH IMO would be the better project to back.
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    No, that's never been the plan. A fall in Jan/Feb...

    No, that's never been the plan. A fall in Jan/Feb (which extended into March) followed by a reasonable run into April / mid May, followed by a dip and a slow decline (IMO to $7000~) then a steady...
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    £3.42 per day is the cost to me in electricity. I...

    £3.42 per day is the cost to me in electricity. I am generating approximately $35/day, which is £26 at today's rate. That's £22.58 per day profit.

    Based on the rig costs of approximately...
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    My bad - 0.05 - I missed a 0! The ROI works...

    My bad - 0.05 - I missed a 0!

    The ROI works out at around a year including the electricity if ETH stabilises around $750-800 - including the leccy.
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    To be fair, at least they left the lug nuts.

    To be fair, at least they left the lug nuts.
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    Rig Upgrade

    Over the weekend my big rig got a smaller, more slender cousin in the form of a couple of 1070ti's in a new frame - boom! Between the two of them I am now mining 0.5 ETH every 2 days. Pulling...
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