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Comment: Intelligence and Consciousness (Score 1) 455 455

There is a distinct difference between Intelligence and Consciousness.
I have no doubt that the AI we are building will improve dramatically, even to the point where it will far exceed human intelligence. But it is unlikely that the intelligent machines to ever be sentient.

Comment: Re:Double question (Score 2) 363 363

Yes I agree with this. This may be how the NSA is legally circumventing the system. They get the GCHQ to spy on the US Citizens, while the NSA spies on everyone else on earth. This may very well be why the secret courts keep on saying the system is legal.

Comment: Re: Illegal power without Constitutional authority (Score 3, Insightful) 180 180

How long before we find out that CAs are part of the whole spying industry also?

There is very high likelihood that they are . Verisign was founded by a group of ex CIA/FBI directors back in the 90's, who resigned to start Verisign. This happened after the Clipper chip program got canned. (The US government wanted to build a legal backdoor into every computer running the Clipper cryptographic system.)

Its the same reason that they bought Thawte from Mark Shuttleworth for about a $1 billion dollars. He controlled a significant amount of HTTPS encryopted HTTPS traffic via his start-up.

I suspect that Most HTTPS traffic can be decrypted on the fly by the US spy organisations.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman

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