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    Had a call a few days back. Asked for my rate, I...

    Had a call a few days back. Asked for my rate, I said £X, they said OK, then later got back in touch saying the client budget won't go that far, will you accept X-£30

    I said yes, but the scenario...
  2. Pretty sure peter won it cos he was such a nice...

    Pretty sure peter won it cos he was such a nice kiddo

    Dave was just an unmemorable boring bloke. His final cake and technical were supreme and without any politics he should have won. But he was...
  3. Well, poo, I don't have a car at the moment as...

    Well, poo, I don't have a car at the moment as when my lease ended I didn't see the point.
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    I believe the european trials produced results...

    I believe the european trials produced results that said they were deathtraps, and that 90% of serious injuries on e-scooters were to the face, presumably because they pitch forward and smash your...
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    You'd probably get more problems, for example if...

    You'd probably get more problems, for example if you date someone who is pregnant and decide to move in together and raise the child as your own. Or if the child's father is not who you think cos of...
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    Can only imagine how many computer systems would...

    Can only imagine how many computer systems would be broken by the concept that a child does not necessarily need a mother
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    Thx and I'm sorry if we got off on the wrong...

    Thx and I'm sorry if we got off on the wrong foot, I do like to rant and rave more than I should :)

    What stresses me out is unclear direction. I don't mind deadlines, high workloads etc provided I...
  8. Thanks some very helpful replies. I'm just not...

    Thanks some very helpful replies. I'm just not accustomed to selling soft skills as a contractor even for the most senior of technical roles I've applied to.

    I will do some research and figure out...
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    Damn, see I would feel really reluctant to take a...

    Damn, see I would feel really reluctant to take a vaccine that has been tested on 5 people. I thought maybe a trial would be a few hundred? Maybe a thousand?

    I had no idea that gave it to 15,000...
  10. Has happened to me many many many times and I...

    Has happened to me many many many times and I always bill, but obviously with covid and WFH then it's different than showing up to the office.

    I'd probably bill anyway and if they complain then...
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    I'm no maths genius, but 94.5% effacacy would...

    I'm no maths genius, but 94.5% effacacy would mean 4.725 people didn't get the 'rona after taking it, wouldn't it?

    How'd they figure that out?
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    You can, may I suggest, having read your post -...

    You can, may I suggest, having read your post - that you kind **** off? :)

    It's stressful for me because for the last couple of years contracts don't just fall into my lap, being able to pick and...
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    Nothing is more cathartic to an engineer than a...

    Nothing is more cathartic to an engineer than a good ol' pointless moan, you should try it



    It's amazing what dumpster fires you can walk away from with a hefty number of gold coins in your...
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    Yeah I'm not keen on this contractor superior to...

    Yeah I'm not keen on this contractor superior to permie mentality.

    There are some godawful contractors out there. I think they get by because they're really poorly vetted by employers. Recruiters...
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    See the image I put above. Expounding is valid...

    See the image I put above. Expounding is valid and not whataboutery. Are you just hiding behind a word you read on the internet?



    Do you genuinely think that's a good justification? Like, do...
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    Meanwhile...

    Police officer tells lockdown breach tattoo artist Aron Walton: 'I'll leave you to it'

    A police officer told a Bishopston tattoo artist she would "leave him to it" – after five...
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    I was addressing *your* point. Saying if you...

    I was addressing *your* point. Saying if you don't like it don't do it is a ridiculous way to address a country's policy. You don't like the government, you can always *leave*.
    ...
  18. Soft skills just seems more and more bollocks the...

    Soft skills just seems more and more bollocks the more technical you get so I'm not really sure how to do it. I can list HTML as a skill and give an example of a HTML project I worked on, but how do...
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    Well, no, quite a few contractors on here are...

    Well, no, quite a few contractors on here are struggling there are certainly a few threads devoted to it. Unfortunately the magic help people money pot does not apply to them, or me, which is my...
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    solid work for 12 months, averaged just over...

    solid work for 12 months, averaged just over 400/day which is good for me at least (can't imagine earning 800/day like some ppl!)

    out of work now though and little prospects, can't even get pimps...
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    It's not 500pd of charity though, it's 500pd of...

    It's not 500pd of charity though, it's 500pd of having busted my ass off to get the skills/experience required to be able to earn that. And working as a contractor is very stressful. The people at...
  22. Any advice applying for roles that don't seem to care about technical skills? (gov)

    In my quest to get another job I found an FTC working for the gov for a very senior technical role.

    However it lists literally 0 about any technologies or infrastructure or applications or...
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    So the government is being influenced by the...

    So the government is being influenced by the prime minister's mistress, what a time to be alive
  24. I always imagine the US is great until you hurt...

    I always imagine the US is great until you hurt yourself or fall ill then your entire life savings that you worked day after day to amass are gone in a blink. Or you get sued, and gone in a blink.
    ...
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    Poll: I've sunk hundreds of hours into that game......

    I've sunk hundreds of hours into that game... £3.99 well spent.
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    Which is more likely, that I'm unhappy to have to...

    Which is more likely, that I'm unhappy to have to work to support people's furlough money while not being able to receive any, therefore we should tank the country's economy and cause a fullscale...
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    Until my last gig ended a few weeks ago I've been...

    Until my last gig ended a few weeks ago I've been employed for about 12 months and during that time I've taken exactly 5 days off to go on holiday.

    During that time many of my friends have been...
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    Mass-murderer dominic cummings Wonder how many...

    Mass-murderer dominic cummings

    Wonder how many deaths he's responsible for
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    What happens if minorities commit more crime...

    What happens if minorities commit more crime though...
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    Yikes, that's ridiculous. If they want to...

    Yikes, that's ridiculous.

    If they want to ensure I don't leave then they should make a fixed term contract, or contract with a lump sum bonus after x months.
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    Where to look for perm roles?

    I added my last gig to my CV and whacked it on a couple of job sites for contracts and have had 0 calls/e-mails etc.

    I just know that if I start applying to jobs they'll turn out to be fake and...
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    Poll: Get a PC and expense it to your LTD Consoles...

    Get a PC and expense it to your LTD

    Consoles are cheaper up front but the sheer wealth of PC games and the prices, even for new titles, will save you a lot of money.

    Plus, we all need a PC...
  33. Pretty sure that's high treason. To the...

    Pretty sure that's high treason.

    To the gallows, men!
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    I live in the south west, as a software...

    I live in the south west, as a software dev/architect. Previous gig ended when a project finished, there was supposed to be a phase 2 but it was delayed, then funding was postponed due to covid so...
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    Been canned. Managed to weather the terrible...

    Been canned. Managed to weather the terrible market this far. CV updated and ready to field fake job calls from desperate recruiters starting on Monday.

    Not hopeful, but we'll see what happens.
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    I'm pleased to know that the French translation...

    I'm pleased to know that the French translation also makes no sense, assuming it's true
  37. Remember, if you're gonna work in the UK, time...

    Remember, if you're gonna work in the UK, time zones. It might be nice to live in rural japan and wander the countryside but if your work day starts at 11pm rise and shine, you'll have to find a...
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    It wasn't clear very recently, but the prospect...

    It wasn't clear very recently, but the prospect of immediately being reinfected was mostly disproven by scientists (you can never be 100% certain), at least, blaming poor testing on flagging false...
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    Many people do, the idea isn't to get them into...

    Many people do, the idea isn't to get them into work (although it's a plus), it's to get them infected and immune, while not introducing too many cases so the NHS is able to cope.

    If it creates...
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    Maybe just lift the lockdown for people under ~25...

    Maybe just lift the lockdown for people under ~25 who aren't living with anyone older?

    Let them all get infected, they'll mostly shrug it off, then you've got a much greater chunk of immune people...
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    Yeah, agent isn't doing *any* viewings though....

    Yeah, agent isn't doing *any* viewings though. They asked me to make a video tour. Also the place I wanted is tenanted, and they can't kick the buggers out at the moment.

    The amount of effort to...
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    We thank you for noticing this notice.

    We thank you for noticing this notice.
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    Was trying to sell my house just before corona...

    Was trying to sell my house just before corona hit. Found the perfect place I wanted to buy. Had numerous viewings, one potential offer. Then it came crashing down.

    Can't even imagine how long...
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  45. It's a Big Co. That means the IT staff are...

    It's a Big Co. That means the IT staff are wanking over themselves about how much they can lock things down to the point of being unusable.

    They had to order me a company laptop (brand new, high...
  46. This is dire news. IMO what was going to happen...

    This is dire news. IMO what was going to happen was, permietractors get the boot, the industry goes into a bit of a recession while things are rejigged, and then companies come out and do things...
  47. There's 0 reason for either of them to be in. A...

    There's 0 reason for either of them to be in. A third guy has joined now, coughing non-stop.

    The joys of big open plan offices.

    All three of them are aged between 50 and just shy of 70.
    ...
  48. Loyal Permies will be the death of me

    Entire office deserted due to multiple e-mails telling people to work from home.

    Muggins here has to come today to push some code to live.

    Only two other people here, the two loyal permies that...
  49. Mitchell & Webb - Working From Home...

    Mitchell & Webb - Working From Home
  50. If there's one thing I've learned from brexit and...

    If there's one thing I've learned from brexit and corona it's that everything hangs by a thread, and we're not far away from full scale catastrophe.

    If something like that can disrupt the country...
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