* Posts by Mike Ozanne

85 posts • joined 13 Nov 2012


Auditors slam FBI for shoddy testing of facial-recog tech. But no big deal. It only has 641m images on its systems

Mike Ozanne

"To date, we have not had any violations or notice from the public that they feel like their rights are violated,"

Does that mean they haven't managed to arrest anyone with it yet...

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

Mike Ozanne

A multinational will establish a seperate legal entity within each jurisdiction, and the local laws will apply to that entity only. See the FBI Apple Ireland spat as an example.

Then there will be a set of interco loans, transfer pricing agreements and management fees to repatriate profits to the group holding company.

Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

Mike Ozanne

Re: Other explosives

Firstly :


Typical "Area" load


The really big stuff Tallboy and Grand Slam were only carried by two squadrons 617 and 9 and used on particular targets not as an area raid.

Optimal dropping height for a Tallboy was 18000 feet but 15000 was more typical and Grand Slam drops went as low as 12000

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

Mike Ozanne

Re: Question:

"The film (1969) in spite of an over-18 rating was eclipsed by "Women in Love" at our local flea pit."

You all wanted to see Olly Reed wrestling naked?

UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

Mike Ozanne

Re: Why are people getting their news from from Social Media?

"The Scandinavians are, and think they are, social democrats.

The idea that they are socialists is a lie made by socialists to make socialism seem like something other than an economic suicide pact."


Bernis Sanders thinks they are socialists and doesn't he know more about politics and,well, socialism than you do? He said:

“In terms of socialism, I think there is a lot to be learned from Scandinavia and from some of the work, very good work that people have done in Europe. In countries like Finland, Norway, Denmark, poverty has almost been eliminated. All people have health care as a right of citizenship. College education is available to all people, regardless of income, virtually free. I have been very aggressive in trying to move to sustainable energy. They have a lot of political participation, high voter turnouts. I think there is a lot to be learned from countries that have created more egalitarian societies than has the United States of America.” (Interview Democracy Now , November 2006)

Aren't you trying to feed me "Fake News" about the Nordic region...?


What "socialism "is is subject to a great deal of personal interpretation, as are the assesment criteria over whether a particular area is "socialist" What you mean is that In Your Opinion "Socialism" as you understand it is a misguided and pernicious system that increases human misery. I happen to agree with that opinion but it is not an inarguable precept.

Unfortunately "fake News" boils down to "we want to suppress opinions we disagree with" or for political parties and media orgs "we want to limit information and opinion access to only those sources we control".

Mike Ozanne

Re: Why are people getting their news from from Social Media?

Advocatis Diabolo

""Socialism is bad" isn't opinion, it's proven fact."

Define "Bad"

Define "Socialism"

What evidence do you regard as "proof"

The Scandinavians think they are "socialists" yet appear to have an acceptable degree of economic success, personal happiness and freedom. Are these things "bad" or can yo "prove" that they aren't "socialist"

"the sky is blue"

Define "sky"

Define "blue"

Doesn't the "sky" change colour at night "blackest night£ and all that ergo your statement is wrong about half the time....

Yesterday in southern England the "sky" was a distinctly depressing grey.. so you are feeding me "fake News" aren't you?

:P :)

There are very few completely uni-lateral arguments that involve beliefs or perceptions.

Mike Ozanne

So yet another incentive for Facebook to remove any servers (and the related jobs and economic activity) from UK jurisdiction.

Mike Ozanne

Re: Yup.

Common Carrier protection is the same thing that absolves the Post Office from being responsible for the contents of letters or the phone company for the contents of a phone conversation.

It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

Mike Ozanne

Re: WTF!!

"Homeopathy was invented by a German doctor in 1802.


That's a little unfair... he developed a therapy set that effectively did nothing, when doing nothing was often more beneficial than applying the medical treatments of the time...Chuck in the placebo effect and for 1802 you have what appears to be a superior system of medicine.

IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

Mike Ozanne

Re: Take the money

"There must be more to this story,"

Depends, was he contracted on "Bonus" or "Bonus and Commission" He may well have earned the sort of commissions you mention with the "Bonus" being paid on top for exceeding his planned sales performance...

I expect this will all come out in court....

Mike Ozanne

"Does that make me a post-millenial?"

Snowflake :P :)

Mike Ozanne

Re: Take the money

"I'd be surprised if he recovers any serious wedge as a result of this action; whilst trawling his name through the headlines."

A quick check with a Texas based ambulance chaser....:

"In addition to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Texas Labor Code also applies to age discrimination cases in Texas. Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor code forbids discrimination against individuals who are 40 years of age or older."


"When age discrimination occurs, employees are able to recover a variety of types of compensation. Some of the various types of compensation include: attorney fees, compensatory damages, lost wages, and punitive damages."

Losses, that would be 5 years pay, gross not taxed, to include anticipated bonuses and commisions assessed from his current history. The difference in annual pension entitlement between now and 5 additional contributing years times the 20 years to actuarial death at 85. Any additional figure that might be added in (emotional distress, defamation etc ) that could be determined as dishonest or malicious conduct by the employer, lying to the court about his performance for example.... Serious wedge is involved here. This is not a damages capped UK employment tribunal...

Punitive damages, usually the losses multiplied by a figure that the judge/assessor thinks will discourage the employer from pulling this shit in the future. And an indicator as to why Ms Riehle's comments were ill advised... Judges aren't amused by public policy statements from corporations that they are intending to ignore the law.

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

Mike Ozanne

Re: Stupid... Just stupid...

"There is also the story about the $$$ spent by NASA/Americans to design a pen that could be used in the weightlessness of space. And the Soviets just using pencils."

And that story is dingoes kidneys from start to finish... look it up on Snopes...

UK digital secretary throws cold water over bid for laws on kids' use of social media

Mike Ozanne

Ban Kids from having Smartphones?

Well jail is a fairly heavily policed and controlled space, one in which Drugs and Mobile phones are expressly, indeed possession is a crime, forbidden. Yet :


As a wise man once said to me.."for every problem there is a simple, elegant solution... which is completely wrong..."

Mike Ozanne

" "In other places, it's just that as a society we have to mature to make the most out of this technology, which is amazing and brilliant, rather than use it badly."

The minister has been in post long enough for a clue to start to form... time for a reshuffle before effective policy making becomes possible...

Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

Mike Ozanne

Re: Please also ask T May

" "'I can call spirits from the vasty deep', ''Why, so can I, or so can any man;/But will they come when you do call for them?'""

Henty IV Part 1 Glyndwr and Hotspur...

UK Supreme Court to probe British spy court's immunity from probing

Mike Ozanne

Re: Taking back control

"Didn't an overwhelming majority of the British people just vote to remove any pesky judicial oversight of the sovereign state ?

No, a slight majority voted in an advisory referendum voted to cease being members of the international treaty organisation called the European Union.

10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

Mike Ozanne

4 out of 14? that many? I'm surprised.. As they know that they can configure themselves to serve UK clients and still get paid from their revenue sources without a technical or legal presence in UK jurisdiction. It's strange that 4 bothered...

Mike Ozanne

Re: "And after all, these companies were set up to make the world a better place"

"The goals of a company will be stated in its founding and/or policy documents, and may or may not involve generating a profit, either as a goal in itself or as a means to achieving something else.

Perhaps you meant "revenue" instead of "profit"?"

Oh Bollocks a commercial enterprise that doesn't yield a profit will eventually stop being a commercial enterprise altogether. It doesn't matter what vain, trendy, virtue-signalling bullshit it puts in its policy documents if it fails to make money.

Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!

Mike Ozanne

Re: @Dodgy Geezer

"The denial thing is only a crime in Germany as far as I know. "

No, denial per se is not a crime in Germany, the denying would have to be done in such a way that it constituted an incitement.

Holocaust denial is a particular offence in :

Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia and Spain

Mike Ozanne

"Given that neither country has a constitution or a guarantee of free speech, there is nothing to wonder at, apart from how much freedom you do actually have."

The Germans would be surprised that they "have no constitution" because, well, they do...https://www.btg-bestellservice.de/pdf/80201000.pdf please note article 5 in particular :

Article 5

[Freedom of expression, arts and sciences]

(1) Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing and pictures, and to inform himself without hindrance from generally accessible sources. Freedom of the press and freedom of reporting by means of broadcasts and films shall be guaranteed. There shall be no censorship.

(2) These rights shall find their limits in the provisions of general laws, in provisions for the protection of young persons, and in the right to personal honour.

(3) Arts and sciences, research and teaching shall be free. The freedom of teaching shall not release any person from allegiance to the constitution.

The UK's constitution is less formally documented but the ECHR has been part of statute law since 1998

Mike Ozanne

Re: The logic of the ruling is scary

"Next, they will rule that shooting at people in Texas is also a form of constitutionally protected free speech."

No they'd argue that if the circumstances meet the criteria that it is a common law right of self defence supported by any additional statutory rights, else they'd call it murder.... bit like Britain really, where your right to self defence is established in common law and supported in statute by the Criminal Law Act 1967 and the Human Rights Act 1998..

How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

Mike Ozanne

Re: "get those taken down"

"The classic case is that Americans have no right to shout "Fire" in a crowded theatre, "

well unless they have a reasonable belief that they smell smoke in which case it's their duty.... And to be frank if Schenck vs United States was heard today it would probably go the other way....

Can't view memes on London-Southampton train? It's the worst line for mobile coverage

Mike Ozanne

Re: Where are we going?

"The picture* looks like the short rail link on the Isle of Wight, rather than London - Southampton."

Regular user between waterloo and bournemouth.. that isn't any of the stations between those two points nor is that rolling stock used by South-Western, Southern, GWR, or Cross-Country i.e all the franchises that pass passenger traffic via Southampton.

Cell service on the South West mainline is indeed diabolical with mahoosive black holes between Woking-Basingstoke; Basingstoke-Winchester; Shawford-Parkway; Totton-Brokenhurst and Sway-Hinton Admiral.

Onboard Wi-Fi sucks the big one as well with slow(er)/stalled responses corresponding with the cell black-spots....

Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

Mike Ozanne

Re: Starship Troopers - in transition?

"It is interesting that a lot of SF readers and critics considered Starship Troopers Heinlein's last great book, and others that it was his first great book."

Cinematically it presented a number of fantastic opportunities, assault drops from orbit, marauder suits FFS... even Ed Wood Jr could have knocked this out of the park and made an *awesome* action film. Instead we got some tits, firearms worse than today's models and Dougie Howser in a Gestapo uniform.... I'm surprised the studio heads didn't have *WANKER* branded into the foreheads of all involved.

Mike Ozanne

" A perfect example being Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers. It's near the top of my personal and somewhat controversial cult sci-fi hit list. Critics slammed it on release, but this film is now considered, in retrospect, a satirical and comedic sci-fi masterpiece."

Dear Lord if you don't recognise that as a steaming pile of dingoes kidneys and a huge wasted opportunity, then there's pretty much no hope for you...

Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?

Mike Ozanne

Re: What Does This Mean in Practice?

"Are MS going to hand over the data, or aren't they?"

They'll state that the legal entity holding the data is not the legal entity on which the CLOUD warrant is served and that Irish/EU law prevents any data being released unless and until the DoJ goes to an Irish court and obtains an Irish warrant by Irish standards of reasonable suspicion/probable cause against the correct legal entity. Just like they should have done 4 shagging years ago.

UK.gov cooks up code of conduct to enforce a smidge of security on Internet of S**t kit

Mike Ozanne

Are they saying that OEM's should include secure encryption? because I'm pretty sure they were not saying this just a while ago....

UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

Mike Ozanne

Re: From a legal perspective...

"on a commercial basis"

So free porn sites don't need to age verify??

UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?

Mike Ozanne

"If it's outside the UK and they don't pay the fine, UK.gov will have a generic banhammer implemented at most ISPs in the form of the age restriction DNS blocker."

So large numbers of people who want to use facebook etc after HMG drives it overseas, will start using VPN's or public proxies.. or do we try and ban those as well?? Good electoral luck to the party that tears twitter facebook and snapchat from the still warm fingers of the millenial generation "for their own good"

Mike Ozanne

"Surely we need more effort on preventing radicalisation...

That starts at school, but unfortunately schools are underfunded and teachers are overworked."

Wife and daughter both had to do HMG's "Prevent" training. They both thought it was a sack of crap, I borrowed a log-in and had a look, they aren't wrong.... To avoid irritaing muslims they've tied the most dangerous cases to pissed up ex soldiers and smack-using teenage slappers hooking up with combat 18...

Funnily neither of those two groups were involved in setting up bombs in manchester or stabbing people to death in london..

As far as "radicalisation" goes, mentally stable people are not radicalised by surfing the net, they need prolonged grooming up by people who know what they are doing http://fathalimoghaddam.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/1256627851.pdf . Unstable nutters OTOH can be lead to violence with a lot less effort, they do tend to be a lot less effective though.

What would you class as an "illegal" school?

Mike Ozanne

Re: @Flocke

I fear that this is a consequence of untargeted surveillance. It generates so many false positives that effort is dissipated and the process loses focus.

Mike Ozanne

And if the responsible legal entity places itself outside UK jurisdiction how is such a fine to be levied? Or are we going to have a great fire wall like some disgusting Commie shithole?? Setting such a thing up would by itself, justify changing the government by violent means..

Mike Ozanne

More incentive for tech companies to move the operational elements, and the related jobs outside of HMG's jurisdiction....This government via the Investigatory powers act and other nonsense has effectively ensured that no-one with a brain is going to set up an IT service organisation in the UK and those already here have a huge incentive to skedaddle. They've likely caused vastly more economic damage than ISIS ever could....

'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

Mike Ozanne

"Yeah, right, and no one thought it prudent to consider that airliners can be hijacked and turned into suicide vehicles."

And those attacks in no way constituted an existential threat to the USA. Damage to a small area of commercial and government property and a relatively small number of deaths in comparison to an actual existential threat. For example the Luftwaffe campaign against Great Britain; The Bomber Command/USAAF campaign against Germany; the USAAF campaign against Japan culminating in two atomic releases. It soesn't even compare in scale to the collateral damage caused by the secondary air campaign against North Vietnam by USAF/USN

The only actor currently possessing the power to imperil the existence of the USA as it is currently constituted and operating is the US government.

Mike Ozanne

Re: There's a difference

"If guns could not be sold, then the US government would be required to supply them."

After all they already do it for Mexicans....


Mike Ozanne

"How do you know they lack the power? Perhaps they're just just biding their time or waiting for a force multiplier, a domino effect, or a decapitation strike."

They been under SiGINT, SATINT, PR and Special Forces Infiltration for years now, They can't hold the territory they took :


Their ability to mount an operation against the USA significant enough to imperil it's existence is nil. The state actors supporting ISIS will do everything possible to keep Nuclear Weapons out of their hands. They wouldn't be able to keep their involvement quiet and DOTUS would spend about 0.1 picoseconds considering the ethical issues before glaing their real estate with instant sunshine

Mike Ozanne

"Not really. The key word in the Amendment is "reasonable". Thing is, what can you call reasonable when you're under perpetual existential threat?"

But you aren't are you.. DAESH and Al Qaeda lack the power to significantly damage the USA, re-order it's society or damage it's constitution, they can make a few messes and kill a small fraction of the population. Unpleasant, but not an existential threat. Your government on the other hand can do all three and in these circumstances is the player that needs to be carefully watched.

Mike Ozanne

"It says nothing about the right to own fecking arsenals. That is the problem. Owning an arsenal sufficient to arm a small private militia is not a right enshrined anywhere in the US constitution. "

And yet in it's history, since the constitution was adopted , the US government has relied on privately owned arsenals to equip privately raised regiments and militias, and to equip for example,the 518 vessels to which Congress issued letter of marque and reprisal during the war of 1812. Vessels that were equipped with privately owned weapons equivalent to those issued to the US Navy...

Mike Ozanne

what a mahoosive ignorant tool......

"Our society has never had a system where evidence of criminal wrongdoing was totally impervious to detection, especially when officers obtain a court-authorized warrant. But that is the world that technology companies are creating."

A messenger carrying a memorised message concerning criminal activity is not obliged to reveal it, is obliged to be told they can keep their trap shut, and is protected by the constitution against attempts to force them to reveal it.

Being compelled to use crypto that has a government backdoor doesn't gel very well with the actual text in question.. "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated" that's before we note that a government back door is a few bribes threats and hacks away from being a back door that sees more passing trade than a Bangkok brothel....

"There is no constitutional right to sell warrant-proof encryption. "

There's no constitutional right to sell a cheese sandwich or a car either WTF has that got to do with anything...

The technical trend is clear and in the direction of ephemeral session keys that even the user doesn't possess the key for... time to stop being fat and lazy and start doing proper police work again....

Europol cops lean on phone networks, ISPs to dump CGNAT walls that 'hide' cyber-crooks

Mike Ozanne

From where do LEO's get this never-ending supply of clueless thunderc*nts?

Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

Mike Ozanne

Re: Nazi

"Didn't someone nearly get done in Oxford a few years ago for insulting a Police horse? I can't seem to find a link though."


Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

Mike Ozanne

Well if they upfront admitted that they don't understand either the issue and the tech and called for advice they would likely be less sneering... But here she's repeating the MO, she wants to do something, "to stop criminals" without understanding *anything* about the issue or how anything works, or the chances of success, or the likely response and evolution of the threat, or the consequences and response of non-criminal users, but expects not to be sneered at.

If she wants a grown up response she needs to stop behaving like a petulant child and develop some adult thought processes and behaviours.

Burn all the coal, oil – No danger of sea level rise this century from Antarctic ice melt

Mike Ozanne

Re: Someone tell the government then

"Personally I'd rather they just put the whole thing on as fuel duty as that is bloody difficult to avoid and they're already paying to collect that tax."

Well to be exact the service station owners are paying to collect that tax...The government cost is an inspection and enforcement regime that discourages cheating....

William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

Mike Ozanne

The thing to remember when balancing laws and rights is that absent possession of nuclear weapons terrorist organisations lack the power to enact changes to our society and way of life. They can make some messes and kill a few people.The government on the other hand possesses that power.

Don't use Charlie Hebdo to justify Big Brother data-slurp – Data protection MEP

Mike Ozanne

Re: Playing into Terrorists hands...

"Face it. You win a modern war only when you scare your enemy so much he loses any will to react."

You are aware that Germany only surrendered after Soviet troops had stormed Berlin, Allied troops had pretty much overrun all of Germany and Austria and Hitler had committed suicide?

Mike Ozanne

Those Germans, they might find a moose in a trenchcoat funny, but there's no faulting their logic...

Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

Mike Ozanne

Re: Jaffa cakes

"Incontinance products have no VAT, but "sanitary" prooducts do."

Rates on sanitary products in the UK are the consequence of EU VAT harmonisation regulations specifically Regulation 1326/2013

Mike Ozanne

Re: nice in theory

"learn to solder properly :-)"

Surface mount?



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