You don't mind choosing between a couple of extra bus fares and eating lunch, do you?
I don't know about Toronto's public transit, but even in Fort Wayne's underprovisioned system (60 minute headway and no service at all at night, on Saturday evenings, or on Sundays or major holidays), riders can buy a pass for unmetered rides within a four and a half week period.
The whole concept of a certifying authority is fundamentally broken.
Broken by StartSSL, which provides personal use certificates without charge.
Sites should be able to use unsigned keys for basic encryption.
They can. They just have to find some out-of-band way to get their keys onto visitors' machines in order to circumvent a MITM-from-day-one attack. This could involve DANE, which puts keys and certificates in DNSSEC. Or it could involve the Perspectives extension for Firefox, which verifies a site's certificate through diverse Internet routes between the site and notary servers whose certificates are delivered in a browser extension package signed by the browser vendor.
Just like with PGP.
I have my own problems with PGP's assumption of transitive trust. Just because you can vouch for someone's identity doesn't mean you can vouch for that person's ability to correctly vouch for others' identities.
Google is just as much a competitor to Comcast via Youtube
Since when does Comcast offer a platform for amateurs and small-time professionals to publish their videos? I thought Comcast was for the Disneys, Scrippses, and Discoverys of the media world.
Who pays to upgrade that connection is a business decision
Cogent offered half a year ago to pay the actual costs of the upgrade. The ISPs in question appear to want to extract a markup on top of that.