"no one really knows the backdoor sauce for the NSA NIST EC curves"
Everyone knows the "backdoor sauce."
The ECC issue was not that it introduced a backdoor as such, it's that it introduced a flaw in the random number generation that dramatically reduced the search space for keys. Even with the reduced search space, factoring those keys is still a huge computational task. The weakness just moved the task from "effectively impossible" to "possible".
The NSA's hope was that the crypto would still be strong enough that only the resources of nations or major corporations could pull that off. Which is a crazy hope, considering that you can get supercomputer-level computing resources very cheaply nowadays. if you want to own the hardware yourself, it's about on par with buying a house. Or you could use cloud computing services.
"This is an example of letting the perfect be the enemy of the good."
I disagree completely. This is letting the bad be the enemy of the good. This effort is bad for nearly everyone: it's bad for the internet at large, and it's bad for the people who will use the service.
What I find interesting is that the entire controversy could have been avoided if Facebook wasn't trying to claim that what it's doing is allowing internet access (since that's not what it's doing). If they has said that it was a private, specialized service then there probably would have been little backlash.
What they're doing instead is more like a bait-and-switch.
"People can be wrong without being evil or selfish."
Absolutely true. But people also have track histories, and we have to interpret Zuckerberg's actions through the lens of his history. And his personal history is dominated by him being evil and selfish.
I think that if you read through the archives of this site, you'll find that the stance tends to be less black-and-white than that. It's more along the lines of "government can be a force for good and ill, and we prefer the good."
This is a general legal question, not specifically about this contract: most of the contracts that I have entered into have been collaborative efforts where both myself and the party I'm entering into a contract with have contributed changes, additions, and deletions to the text of the contract. Who does the copyright to such contracts belong to?
"OS vendors are busily installing toredo VPN on every consumer device they can auto update, bypassing your firewall and layer 3 stub networks in their entirety."
The toredo endpoints are being installed as a temporary measure to allow IP4 devices to work over IP6 networks. It is easy to remove them if you don't like them. Also, to say they "bypass your firewall" is extremely misleading. While it's true that firewall rules that filter IP4 traffic that isn't the VPN will be bypassed (since it's a VPN), it's also true that you can firewall off the VPN itself.
"Of course that means that ALL national consumer Internet traffic will be MIM'd through about 3 companies"
Certainly not true. None of my traffic will route through the stopgap toredo VPN.
"I don't apologize for recommending that people read the rules."
But you're assuming that people haven't read them, based on nothing more than they have a different opinion than you. That's why some further explanation is necessary -- you are clearly interpreting the rules in a way that is different than others. We would like to hear what your interpretation actually is.
"Many would and have argued that the Title II must apply to the entire US Internet infrastructure because of the very nature of Title II"
And those people are incorrect according to the FCC itself. Future court cases may change that, but for now that's how it is.
Since in Washington DC speak "well qualified" means "deeply entrenched in the established system", by their terms, you are (probably) not.
However, by the common-sense meaning of the term, I agree with you. I would argue that any random person you pick off the street is probably better qualified than 95% of the candidates or potential candidates from either the Democrats or Republicans.
Years ago, I started flipping off every surveillance camera I saw. The problem became one of quantity. There are so damn many of these cameras now that I'd have to fly the bird constantly to keep up the practice. I can't do that. My arm gets tired.