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uncivil

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 | tags: ,  |

When submitting your Tax return in the UK it’s quite important for Her Majesties Revenue and Customs to know whether you are a same-sex couple or a hetero-sexual couple.   Implying  there is a difference in how these groups are treated legally.   Marriages can include separation and can be followed by divorce,   while civil partnerships  are either civil or  dissolved.   If one person in a civil partnership dies is the remaining person a widow or widower?   Why is the gender of the surviving partner important?   Why doesn’t the list simply offer the gender-free option of  ‘Widowed’?

I became very confused quite early on,   and things quickly degraded from here

 

Civil

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diversity

Friday, February 20th, 2009 | tags: ,  |

In no more than 36.25 (not recurring) sentences discuss the nature of diversity implied by the classification options illustrated in the form below:

 

Ethnicity Categories

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electoral audit

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

Electoral AuditI’m now officially registered as a resident of the Wendy House in Reading Borough and entitled to vote.   Hoorah!

Next year I can re-register by text, free-phone or internet.   Very helpful.

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do not destroy!!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 | tags: , ,  |

The  US the tax year runs from January 1st to December 31st.   The UK Tax, fiscal,  year runs from April 6th to April 5th based on 18th Century ‘quarter days’ when servants were traditionally hired and  ‘rent’ was gathered from the predominantly non-home-owning population and,   of course, the introduction of Tax to support  the Napoleonic wars.   Those darned French.   The UK corporate financial year runs from April 1st  to March 31st,   something to do with not loosing money when the Gregorian calendar was introduced.

I think of my P60,   provided by my employer as being like my US W2.

Do not destroy

The P60 helpfully announces this instruction  in bold type on its authority-imbued graduated pinkness.

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acceptable ID

Monday, January 7th, 2008 | tags: , , , , ,  |

My out of date, useless, passport is on its way to be renewed in the UK with a covering letter and supporting documentation explaining the scatty circumstances that lead to the requirement that it be renewed in the US while I’m resident in the US and the exceptional travel circumstances that made this virtually impossible.

My ancient UK drivers licence was sent to be renewed to comply with legal requirements that it show your current address. I don’t have the new-fangled UK photo-driving licence. The DVLA didn’t renew it, rather they are holding it hostage until I’ve applied for a photo-licence. I needed proof of ID to apply for the photo-licence, original documents only. Luckily my birth certificate counts as proof of ID.   Birth certificate, driving licence and passport all in the mail at the same time.   Risky?   Asking for trouble?   I’m so  reckless,  living life on the edge.

To buy a new Wendy House I need a solicitor. During previous UK Wendy home purchases the solicitors were happy to get cash for their services. Now they need, yes, acceptable ID.   All my acceptable ID is being renewed.

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stalking kafka

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 | tags: , , , ,  |

So, I need to complete a form to get one of those?

Where can I get the form?
Counter-signed by who?
Submitted where
Wait for a reply
Then will I have one of those?

Oh, I need equipment?
how do I know what equipment will work?
Will the reply tell me?
Do I have to get the reply from somewhere or will it come to me?
After I’ve picked up the equipment will I have one of those?

Another form, how many forms?
How will I find the forms?
I need approval?
Approval from who?
Approval given to who?
Approval before, after or on the form?
Another form?

I should just wait… …it will all happen after I’ve submitted the first form, things will just happen, I should just trust that submitting the first form will start the ball rolling and it will roll smoothly to my getting one of those…

But I can’t submit the first form until I’ve got one of those,
How do I get one of those,
So, I need to complete a form to get one of those…

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EULAs

Friday, December 7th, 2007 | tags: , , ,  |

An End User Licence Agreement (EULA) is the long legal agreement presented to you before you can use a specific software service.   Wikipedia says:

“The enforceability of an EULA depends on several factors, one of them being the court in which the case is heard. Some courts that have addressed the validity of the shrinkwrap license agreements have found some EULAs to be invalid…     … No Court has ruled on the validity of EULAs generally; decisions are limited to particular provisions and terms

I suspect that end users rarely read or,   and even more rarely, understand the implications of the EULA.   This undermines a EULAs validity  beyond merely establishing a common-sensical understanding of software use.   I have no idea what a common-sensical understanding might be except perhaps privacy of the individuals’ information and the service providers intellectual property. I would value seeing an introduction of readable,  understandable, short EULA’s.   Eulas that are actually designed to communicate to potential users rather than  covering the legal-butt of the service providers.  

Given that the software providers MUST know that their users DO NOT READ and most likely DO NOT UNDERSTAND the provided EULA,   merely providing a requirement to accept before progressing is INSUFFICIENT safeguard for either the service provider of the user.    

A google search on the phrase “guidelines for producing understandable EULAs” did not find any such guidelines.   In my opinion the software and legal industries are morally obliged to produce short, succinct, clear EULAs otherwise a Nation’s court systems wealthy users will have to pay,   through expensive disputes,   to establish the precedents that may be limited to nation,   state, laws rather than developed for the general good of people who I suspect behaive in a consistent way when dealing with EULAs.   Less empowered people will pay through loosing their privacy and rights through lack of awareness of what the service is actually costing them.   Recently a friend on facebook invited me to join a group called  â€Against Facebook integrity rape“.   The group’s point appeared more generic to EULA’s generically,   treating facebook as a specific case.   The group description says:

Automatically people who join facebook accept a 13-page legalcontract. This contract in short makes ALL your info, pictures and EVERYTHING you do on Facebook their property.
You don’t have to accept this. If enough people empty their photoalbums and only have a protest or nothing as profile photo, then perhaps they will react. Also if enough people join this group and mail Facebook that this slave contract isn’t OK that would help to keep pressure on them.

I chose not to join this group  because I object to the groups  unwise choise to  use of the terms slave and  rape to describe Facebook’s EULA agreement.   This choice under-emphasizes the extreme negative experience of slavery and rape,  the absolute  lack  of free choice available to slaves,    in a EULA  people have CHOSEN to publish information that could be used in (EULA detailed) ways that  are more akin to the experience of THEFT than RAPE where there is no consent.  Understanding how your information, writings, pictures, held by a service  will or wont be subject to proliferation,   republishing etc is a fundamental civil rights issue that deserves the attention of people equipped to make good decisions on behalf of normal , click and explore rather than read essays, software users.

Why hasn’t it happened already?

Has it happened and I missed it?

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notarised lost title

Saturday, December 1st, 2007 | tags: , , , ,  |

In the US car ownership is established with a Title.   When you sell your car you transfer the title to the new owner.   Loosea’s title has gone AWOL.   I looked everywhere,   honest.     Luckily a swift check online produced a form for declaring her title lost and releasing it to a new owner.    My signature on the slightly confusing form had to be notarised.  The Notary had to ask for a second opinion about what should be filled-in.   All turned out well in the end.   Hoorah,   despite my relocation induced scattiness Loosea will get to go to a new home,   across the road,   the house opposite,   she’s a bit of a home-body

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complicateder and complicateder

Thursday, November 29th, 2007 | tags: , , , ,  |

Condensed recap of the story so far, I

  1. lost my passport-1 in my US home
  2. applied for a replacement
  3. received replacement 10yr passport-2
  4. lost the replacement 10yr passport-2
  5. found the lost passport-1 while looking for lost passport-2
  6. sent passport-1 back to Washington DC consular and passport services with an application for to replace passport-2
  7. received ditsy-person replacement passport-3 that will only last for 1 year – until November 29th – must be renewed at Washington DC consular and passport services
  8. found lost passport-2 in September and sent it to Washington DC
  9. Sue from consular services phoned to say that she will hold onto passport-2 and renew it (10yr version) when she receives my renewal from for passport #3 towards the end of November.
  10. Accepted UK job offer to start on November 26th. Planned to fly to the UK on November 23rd with my old passport then mail it to Sue in Washington DC for renewal promptly upon arrival thereby getting my 10yr passport back.
  11. My belongings are being shipped to the UK, they require passport details. Shipping service confirmed that having my passport renewed should not be a problem.
  12. Completed passport-renewal form on November 13th promptly after returning from a UK visit to secure a place to live when I arrive on the 23rd. I can now complete this form in less than 10 minutes due to regular practice. The last page before signing includes a set of statements that I hadn’t yet memorised If you squint you might be able to see the unforeseen challenge in bold-type:

 The new stuff:

“I am, today, in the country of application and will be at the time of issue.”   This says to me that when I get to the UK I can only renew my passport in the UK.   This is at odds with the ditsy-person renewal requirement of only renewing in the Washington DC office where they have my 10yr passport-2.    I can’t renew in the US because I discovered this requirement 5 working-days before I am due to fly to the UK,   insufficient time for passport renewal US-side before I repatriate.   I phoned the Washington British Consular and passport services who charge at a rate of $2.45 per minute for the luxury of talking to a real, expert,  person.   I explained my situation and the passport expert said:

OH, that is a tricky one

Then put me on hold to discuss the options with other expert people.   We made some decisions that will get me to Britain on the day that I sell my home here and 2 days before I start work there.   I suspect this is not over yet.   Stay tuned.

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hidden passport

Monday, November 5th, 2007 | tags: ,  |

Because my home is going to be visited by lots and lots and lots of people many of whom will be thinking about buying a house and some are nosey parkers and one may be a nefarious evil doer,   I have hidden my passport.  

Hiding passports is a risky thing if you need to travel soon and you are prone to losing them.   I’ve sent myself an email telling me in coded language  where I have hidden my passport.   Gosh,   do you think I’ll lose it again?   The passport?

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