* Posts by Mike Ozanne

85 posts • joined 13 Nov 2012


Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

Mike Ozanne

Re: They already had the info and did nothing

"We should have learned that lesson in Vietnam when guys in black pyjamas carrying AK47's sent home the most powerful army in the world."

Armed with AK47's, SAM-2, SAM-7, RPG-7, PT-76 AFV's, the best Soviet made packable artillery, and the full mobilised support of the North Vietnamese government. This was not an action by "non-state Actors". In fact Giap even pulled the Warsaw manoeuvre during the Tet offensive to make sure there wouldn't be any uppity South Vietnamese banging on about liberating themselves, and that the job would be finished by the NVA.

Mike Ozanne

Re: The gubbermint bar-stewards are getting worse.

"How do they come to the conclusion that there is any connection at all between the two?"

By the first law of publicity, "Be seen to have a pro-active response, even if it's cobblers"

MI5 boss: We NEED to break securo-tech, get 'assistance' from data-slurp firms

Mike Ozanne

In the end he's doing the typical flunkey thing of wanting what he can't have. Crypto and transmission protocols will continue to evolve in the direction of routine use of complex, temporary, non-stored keys and short of disconnecting the entire UK from the Internet there is fuck all that can be done about it. All that can be acheived is drive revenue, jobs and innovation overseas. If Cameron had the sense god gave a goose, he would have sacked this useless twat after his firat speech.

Police stats inflate the number of guns actually stolen in Blighty

Mike Ozanne

Re: Shocked

Will no one think of the children....

Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

Mike Ozanne

Re: Cross Guard Important?, Really?

More to the point the fighting style evolved in conjunction with armoured gauntlets and sleeves (Tetsu -gai, Kote) .

An example of late sengoku period battle armour (Tosei Gosoku) allegedly worn by Ieyasu Tokugawa is here :


Note the hybrid plate/mail arm and hand protection.

MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for terrorism'

Mike Ozanne

Re: Assuming nothing more material was said on Facebook etc.

Well there's a number of issues with the current mound of bullshit that the committee has just pinched out.

Firstly nobody believes for 1 minute that they've actually stopped even 1 terrorist attack using internet surveillance. They have prior form on being crap at what they do and lying about it afterwards.

Secondly, there's an extra-territoriality issue. A US web-co that acquiesces to a UK RIPA order without being served with a valid state or federal warrant will find itself in deep civil and possibly criminal do-do. So they won't do it. How is HMG to obtain the probable cause to ask for a warrant if it doesn't already have access to the content? Cor-blimey they'd have to get off their arses and find some actual intelligence with which to lead the investigation. Requires breaking a sweat and maybe chipping a nail, so we know that will never happen.....

Thirdly, supposing for a moment that HMG and the Fed's persuaded all UK and US providers supplying social pages, forums, message boards, relay chat, newsgroup and mail-list services to monitor *all* traffic at the level where the user location could be determined. And that they mandated that all traffic be in clear. And we managed to either pay the costs or got the ISP's to eat it. Can you conceive of how many stupid things are said/typed on the internet every fricking second that might look suspicious enough to require LEO attention? There aren't enough coppers on the planet to filter down that volume of false positives, even if your automated filtering was 99.9% accurate.

Lets's face it they already dropped tabs on one of these killers, presumably because they don't have the resources to keep live dossiers on the number of possible subjects thrown up by what they've got now.

Fourthly the terrorists will evolve into using crypto and/or artificial lexicons (codebooks) on a more frequent basis and in running there own VPN or message/relay services in non-US/UK jurisdictions.

Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

Mike Ozanne

Who do we trust, our own government or ISIS? What a bogus, bullshit question. Here's the bottom line, ISIS lacks the capacity to force changes in our society, they can make messes and kill a few people. Our Government on the other hand can directly affect the shape of our society and change the relation of citizen to state. The burden of trust to be built by the state is much larger on the government than it is on ISIS.

US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

Mike Ozanne

Re: Actually he's correct

Isn't the point here that Apple/Google can't hand over the data as they no longer hold the keys that allow it to be de-crypted....?

Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

Mike Ozanne

Re: Outcome of humanity in 100 years

Skylark Duqesne ? Still can't argue with a Space Opera Hero called "Dick"....

Favourite quote from that series is from the irritating Norlaminian "As for testing, know now that only mechanisms built by bunglers require testing". He could have been a public sector project manager...

World Meteorological Organization says climate data is uncool

Mike Ozanne

He grabs the bar, he grunts he strains, he goes into the squat..., oh dear the logical fallacy of argument from authority has just shot out of his arse and is running around the arena flipping the bird at the crowd who frankly look unimpressed and slightly bored....

There is a difference between can't and shouldn't and certainly between false confidence and realistic assessment of error...

Mike Ozanne

Well here's the thing. Let's look at some published peer reviewed literature BEST (we won't quibble about them having to start a new journal to get published) , where they cheerfully tell you that 70% of the US instrument network is between 2C to 5C in error "or possibly more" . Then we look at NCDC that has just admitted to using fabricated data from closed stations in the USHCN data set, although it doesn't matter because "their algorithm is working as designed". Now I used to run a metrology system under automotive industry quality standards, some of it for those special clients where the numbered pages that all had to be accounted for were used. If I had run my network this badly, with made up data included, I would have lost the company work, been fired, and possibly gone to jail. And let's bear in mind that by global standards the US network is well funded and well managed.

So the key points:

Why are we taking trillion pound decisions based on a system that wouldn't qualify as fit to sentence tuppeny bolts and washers.?

There's no point in haggling about hottest or coldest years when the data source is irredeemably shite. You can polish a turd, mythbusters proved it, but a turd it remains, in the meantime everything you used in the process is covered in shit.

Mike Ozanne

On the Other hand the US Climate Reference Network does show a slight cooling trend if you add the necessary arithmetic to the data plotted here:


USCRN is a network of stations that actually conform to siting and operation guidelines rather than the usual speckle of warm wet dog shite.

Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

Mike Ozanne

Too much freetime

38 Million US Gallon resevoir is 7195266272189 milli-Moles (mM) of water (assuming 100% purity, yeah Right..) i.e 1 mole of water is 0.676 fl oz 1 resevoir is 38 million *8 *16 fluid oz divide one by other multiply by 1000 to get milli-Moles

Assume large slash of 0.5 litres

Typical Constituents of Urine

Inorganic Ions 250 mM/L

Urea 300 mM/L

Uric Acid 3 mM/L

Creatinone 1.2 mM/L

divide by 2 to get mM added, divide by mM of water in resevoir

Added to resevoir from large slash

17.3 ppt (parts per trillion) Inorganic ions, 20.8 ppt Urea, 0.2 ppt (parts per trillion) Uric Acid 0.08 ppt Creatinone .

Yes that's worth trashing the whole reservoir for, after all fish and insects don't fuck in it do they...

So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

Mike Ozanne

En Francais

Les valseuses du clébard

Trials of 'Iron Man' military exoskeleton due in June

Mike Ozanne

" a scout or a suicider."

Same thing aren't they?

"Send Armoured Car to location A"

"Yes Sir"

"Has the Armoured Car returned?"

"No Sir"

"Enemy holds location A"

Mike Ozanne

Surely the proper name for powered combat armour is the Marauder suit, as issued to the Mobile Infantry....

Blocking BitTorrent search sites 'ineffective': Pirate Bay ban lifted for Dutch ISPs

Mike Ozanne

Re: Still no legal TPB alternative

And provide adequate recompense for the effort of the software designer?

New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

Mike Ozanne

Re: DMs...Hmmmm

Yes, industrial toe- capped DM's fit like slippers and put a bounce in your step. Unfortunately most DM's nowadays are cheap Vietnamese knock-offs charged at full price. Pay extra for the English built ones or go for Solovairs or Treadairs

Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest ever recorded, global warming is not eroding it'

Mike Ozanne

Re: *cough*

Nah those penguins really know hot to get swing of an icy wicket

Want to be a better CIO? Get a twenty-something to show you the ropes

Mike Ozanne

Someone in recruitment agency spouts total bollocks. Bear is catholic, Pope shits in woods....

GCHQ spooks told: Break Huawei's grip on 'The Cell'

Mike Ozanne

At no point in time did it occur to anyone that outsourcing infrastructure security to agents of an enemy power is a f*cking stupid idea?

Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

Mike Ozanne

Peter Cushing surely ........


IT staff clamouring to pay for their own BYOD kit, says survey

Mike Ozanne

Risk Schmisk

BYOD is fine as long as you are happy that someone with the security skills of a senior manager or sales rep; is keeping your confidential data and IP on the same machine with which they will surf for porn over an unsecured public network..

In principal its beyond stupid

May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

Mike Ozanne

Re: So who's to blame?

And John Major's Government closed almost all the UK's military hospitals in the 1990's, Haslar survived until 2007 and Akrotiri closed last year. Insufficient medical provision for battle casualties and serving servicemen is a Conservative Party policy.

Mike Ozanne

Re: Pro-Freedom

"Hitler was elected by voters in a democracy."

Well no actually

From http://democraticpeace.wordpress.com/2008/12/16/what-hitler-was-not-elected/

"First, Hitler was never elected. He ran in two national elections in 1932. In the first, he got 30 percent of the vote, and no one got a majority. In the resulting runoff election, he increased his votes to 37 percent, while his opponent, World War I hero Field Marshall Hindenburg, got a majority. And since the Nazi party won 230 seats out of 608 in the Reichstag, it did not have the majority to make Hitler Chancellor.

So how did this happen? By backroom backstabbing, double-crossing, threats, and promises, including among former Chancellor Franz von Papen, present Chancellor Lieutenant General Kurt von Schleicher, and the elected President Hindenburg. Their maneuvering, a rumor of a threatened military coup, and the urging von Papen, who had entered into a secret alliance with Hitler to get supporters into Cabinet positions, finally persuaded Hindenburg to reluctantly appoint that “little corporeal” Hitler chancellor. Many involved in this intrigue, including von Papen, thought that this would bring Hitler under their control.

As Chancellor, then, how did Hitler turn this functioning democracy into a bloody, totalitarian dictatorship? I’ll let the History Learning Site answer this (link” http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/Nazi_Germany_dictatorship.htm”>link here):

When Hitler was appointed in January 1933, Germany was a democracy. Germany had fair elections; nobody had their right to vote abused; there were numerous political parties you could vote for etc. To pass a law, the Reichstag had to agree to it after a bill went through the normal processes of discussion, arguments etc. Within the Reichstag of January 1933, over 50% of those who held seats were against the Nazi Party. Therefore it would have been very unlikely for Hitler to have got passed into law what he wanted. . . .

Hitler had promised a general election for March 1933. . . . One week before the election was due to take place, the Reichstag building burned down. Hitler immediately declared that it was the signal for a communist takeover of the nation. Hitler knew that if he was to convince President Hindenburg to give him emergency powers – as stated in the HYPERLINK “http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/weicons.htm”Weimar HYPERLINK “http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/weicons.htm” Constitution – he had to play on the old president’s fear of communism. What better than to convince him that the communists were about to take over the nation by force?

A known communist – Marianus van der Lubbe – was caught near the Reichstag building immediately after the fire had started. Those that arrested him – Nazi officials – claimed that Lubbe confessed to them that the fire was a signal to other communists to start the revolution to overthrow democracy in the country. Matches were allegedly found on van der Lubbe and those who arrested him claimed that he smelt of petrol.

Hitler asked Hindenburg to grant him emergency powers in view of the ‘communist takeover’. Using the constitution, Hindenburg agreed to pass the Law for the Protection of the People and the State.

This law gave Hitler what he wanted — a ban on the Communists and Socialists taking part in an election campaign. The leaders from both parties were arrested and their newspapers were shut down. To ‘keep the peace’ and maintain law and order, the HYPERLINK “http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/nazi_police_state.htm” SA (the Brown Shirts) roamed the streets beating up those who openly opposed Hitler.

The election took place in March — though Hitler was convinced it would be the last. Hitler did not get the number of votes he wanted but he did get enough to get over a 50% majority in the Reichstag. . . .

After the burning down of the Reichstag, politicians had nowhere to meet. The Kroll Opera House in Berlin was chosen. This was a relatively small round building – perfect for meetings. On March 23rd, elected officials were due to meet to discuss and vote on Hitler’s Enabling Law.

As politicians neared the building, they found it surrounded by SS and SA thugs who tried to ensure that only Nazi or Nationalist politicians [in coalition with the Nazis] got into the building. The vote for this law was crucial as it gave Hitler a vast amount of power. The law basically stated that any bill only needed Hitler’s signature and within 24 hours that bill would become law in Germany. With only Nazis and other right wing politicians inside the Kroll Opera House, the bill was quickly passed into law. The act gave Hitler what he wanted — dictatorial power. What he wanted would become law in Germany within 24 hours of his signature being put on paper.

On 7th April 1933, Nazi officials were put in charge of all local government in the provinces.

On May 2nd 1933, trades unions were abolished, their funds taken and their leaders put in prison. The workers were given a May Day holiday in return."

On July 14th 1933, a law was passed making it illegal to form a new political party. It also made the Nazi Party the only legal political party in Germany.

Mike Ozanne

"There is no explicit UK law giving you freedom of speech, or even freedom of association or gathering"

Both of those were held as common law rights and were established in statute by the Human Rights Act 1998.

Mike Ozanne

Re: So who's to blame?

"Incidentally, I'm well aware that the Tories would likely have taken us into an illegal war too, but they are less likely to have cut care costs for our injured soldiers."

So it wasn't a Conservative government that shut the military hospitals and left an inferior level of NHS provided care in its place?

Woolwich beheading sparks call to REVIVE UK Snoopers' Charter

Mike Ozanne

Re: Right. @Titus Technophobe

Firstly the relevant statute, RIPA does not require a court order even for "Intrusive Surveillance" , merely the consent of the Home Secretary or Justice Secretary. Gathering data at the level in the proposed bill can already be done with the permission of a senior official. Obviously the security services, having had these two individuals drawn to their attention choose not to implement even this level of surveillance.

Secondly it seems clear that the security services failed to correctly assess the information that they already possessed. Massively increasing the size of the haystack to be sifted isn't going to help.

As you say frustrating the proposed intelligence gathering is not exactly rocket science. Also many more people than the Jihadi nutcases will start using VPN's, anonymous proxies, re-mailers, twin key encryption etc, so not even the adoption of those measures will indicate likely valid subjects.

Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming

Mike Ozanne

well lets correct one part of this. Sceptics aren't questioning the objectivity of Cook's team. They have directly stated that they are liars. Reading through their case, it's hard to disagree.

Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

Mike Ozanne

Re: It's whether the degree is *hard* or *soft*

Ethical hacking is fine, System Security design and testing with a fancy label. Not sure you could drag it out to a three year degree course though. But then we have people graduating from the local uni with three year degrees in "Tourism Management"

Mike Ozanne

"The researchers claimed that their findings challenged the assumption that wage was the most important factor in job satisfaction."

Well that's pretty much been known since McGregor, Maslow and Lawler. Where did these researchers go to school?

The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

Mike Ozanne

Re: Awful!

"This is just typical of the waste and horrendous decision making that has been going on for decades, go back to the TSR2 best aircraft in the world in its class, cancelled why?"

Not a simple question to answer, there was too much interference by the Ministry of Aviation both in mistaken overall policy and directly in the project. The '57 defence white paper had allowed gross stupidity into capability planning. Inter-service politics played its part, and the Yanks were their usual helpful selves, and then their was Dennis Healey who thought that if he shut it down he would be able to place other orders that would secure an overall greater number of (unionized) jobs.

Lets remember what the fall out was from these cost cutting measures. A large investment in the TFX (F-111) which was lost, An investment in the Anglo-French AFVG which was lost, Procurement of Buccaneers for the RAF, Procurement of Jaguar for the RAF, Extended service for the V-force, Extended Service for Canberra PR units until this capability was lost altogether in 2006, The procurement nightmare of the MRCA (Tornado) aka Must Replace Canberra Again. You really need to pay close attention when a politico says we can't afford to finish a project...

Mike Ozanne

Re: It's this bit that worries me the most:

Worked on MoD jobs, Basic ladybird book essentials being neglected in contract writing is not a surprise.

Mike Ozanne

Re: Lewis misses the point

"I thought the problem at Jutland was shells that DID go bang, all of them, at once, along with the battlecruisers containing them...?"

Well two problems :


Insufficient flash protection which allowed the bagged propellant to be ignited by an incoming shell explosion


The point of a Semi-Armour-Piercing Shell is that it detonates an explosive load inside armoured object. At Jutland most of ours exploded on contact, spectacular but ineffective

Report: McAfee founder wanted for murder in Belize

Mike Ozanne

Luger shell.... , that would be a 9mm Parabellum, which is used in a whole host of pistols. You'd only know it was a Luger shell if you forensically matches it to the weapon. One presumes that he took that with him...


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