I'm in this little hick town in the middle of nowhere... it's called Rosemont. It's part of Sacramento, California.
You know, the capitol of one of the largest states in the US, and that's supposed to be one of the best at technology.
Fiber? Hah hah hah! I laugh at your pretention. I'm lucky to get DSL.
My choices are: AT&T DSL or Comcast. I'm currently running Comcast. I've tried both. They both have their plusses and minuses.
I recently called Customer Lack of Service because every time it rains, my Comcast Internet dies. So after poking through his script for 20 minutes, the drone's conclusion was that it's my MODEM. When I emphasized that it only happens when it rains, and it always happens when it rains, and he should send a tech to check the outside wiring, he blew me off. "Yep, we could do that too." Uh huh.
And naturally during the course of all this, you do know what he did, right? Go on, you'll never guess. Correct, he tried to upsell me. He tried to sell me on higher speeds that I don't need and CATV that I don't want for more money, and he neglected to include the cost of renting the MODEM into the price. Of course. Oh, and it's a promotional price, so the cost would go up even farther a year from now.
Because nothing says "Customer Service" like ignoring what your customers say and then trying to sell them more expensive product when they're obviously already pissed off about the product they have.
Anyway, sorry about the rant, no I'm not really but whatever. I'm still waiting for AT&T to roll out fiber to Sacramento. AT&T are liars and cheats and thieves and I'm sorry if I've ever said anything nice about them.
The Gap will sue in East Texas and will end up owning the shirt, the drawing, the photo of the monkey, the photographer, and the monkey. Ten minutes later they'll sue Techdirt for defamation and Marc Randazza will send a mocking letter. The Supreme Court will find it so funny they'll reverse the lower court's decision and also declare the monkey legally a person. The monkey will end up owning the photographer, the drawing, the Gap, and East Texas. However, the Gap's photo will be declared public domain and turn out to be responsible for encrypting a telephone with a song on it. It will be arrested by the RIAA arm of the NSA in a violent conflict involving Pennsylvania school campus police bearing M79 grenade launchers and M16 rifles and driving armored military vehicles. The photo will fight back by pointing a half-eaten bagel and making "Pew! Pew!" noises, killing 6 and hospitalizing 15.
Comcast wants $32k to hook up my employer. We're a few blocks away from their nearest coverage. The area is zoned commercial/industrial, so it's not like it's just us. Our choices are: AT&T or two Dixie cups and a string. We chose AT&T.
If all anonymity were eliminated, and everybody on the Internet can always know who is speaking, then I expect that Internet bullying will be replaced with real-life bullying: any unpopular opinion I might express (like being pro-life, pro-choice, pro-feminism, pro-racism, pro-LGBT, pro-Obama, pro-welfare, pro-religion, pro-cello-music, pro-teaching-children-about-sex...) or any argument I might get into (let's say for instance I was in a multiplayer game and *gasp* MADE A MISTAKE...) has a significant chance of resulting in pissed-off people showing up on my doorstep with violence in their hearts and the hardware to express it.
Of course, if it's only the police that have access to this information, then only the police will show up at my doorstep with violence in their hearts and the hardware to express it, the latter thoughtfully provided by the U.S. Government by way of the military. Only the police, that is, or their friends. Or hackers, because we know what happens to massive databases and backdoors only the police have access to. Or friends of the hackers. Or anybody the hackers decide to release the information to. So... pretty much anybody.
A couple decades ago there was a controversy in Pennsylvania regarding concealed carry permits. (Or, hell, it could have been nationwide, I didn't pay close attention, and my memory isn't clear.) The media were invariably calling such a permit a "license to kill". In fact, I think the only thing you could hear on TV for weeks was the phrase "License to kill", just repeated over and over. Now, no matter where you stand on the second amendment, I'm pretty sure that if you're being rational you'll understand the difference between "legal permission to carry your weapon out of sight" and "legal permission to use your weapon to kill at whim". But hey, let's not let sanity or perspective get in the way of using a clever turn of phrase borrowed from your favorite spy thriller.
I don't see that anything has changed since then. Seems like the brainless monkeys that run this country are waving their genitals around and throwing their poop more than ever.
n.b. The "Pepsi Challenge" taste test that was started in 1975 is not research, it's a marketing ploy in research's clothing. The whole point wasn't to determine which was more popular, Coke or Pepsi, but to get you thinking in terms of "Coke or Pepsi" exclusive of any other brand of cola. A false dilemma writ planet-sized. We are being manipulated.
(Not that this detracts from your argument in any way, and could possibly reinforce it. I just thought I'd toss in a bit of tangential tinfoil hattism for anybody who wasn't feeling paranoid enough. Carry on.)
Dump these guys into downtown Davis without a native guide.
I know, it's a terrible thing to do to a New Yorker. The carnage will be horrible! But the survivors will come out hardened, more liberal and with a healthy respect for the all-powerful bicycle enterprise. (Also a craving for Thai food and sushi.)
My take is that rather than SSL being an indicator of possible quality of the underlying web site, they may be thinking of it being a quality in and of itself. IOW, all other things being equal, an encrypted site is of higher quality than an non-encrypted site because it's encrypted.