TL;DR Stupid people ruin it for the rest of us.
Just add an amendment that says every time the government uses a roving wiretap, they have to provide a free abortion to an inner-city teenager. That ought to do the trick.
I fail to see how this will make any difference. Is it not the standard operating procedure of government institutions like Planned Parenthood to doll out as many abortions as possible?
About a year ago I lived in an two-bedroom apartment with two other people. My first roommate let the second move in the downstairs living room without consulting me. Eventually I agreed under the condition that the new roommate would pay us $300/mo, of which I'd receive $150. The new roommate turned out to be a total degenerate psychopath, who routinely stole from us and never paid his rent. He was also disposed to episodes of violence, rationalizing his behavior as a type of entertainment at our expense. After about 6 months and a sequence of increasingly severe incidents, I eventually drove him out.
Both my original roommate and I decided from there that we would keep as far away from him as possible, despite having a number of mutual friends. As much as it would have been utter ecstasy to see him in jail, we came to the conclusion that he would eventually destroy himself without our help and left it at that.
Ever since then, said individual has posted numerous messages on Facebook explicitly threatening to murder us. This culminated in a particularly threatening message last week where he stated something to the affect of "we better watch out, he's coming for us." Both myself and my former roommate have decided that despite our desire to remove ourselves from the situation, we cannot ignore it any longer and have contacted a lawyer. Our lawyer has arranged a preliminary hearing next week where we and a number of friends will testify as character witnesses and using his Facebook posts as evidence hopefully can convince a judge to incarcerate him.
Because you generally have to run your own servers which means you need your own domains (or hijack someone else) and DNS/Domains/Servers become very weak point of failure. Not to mention it's easy to discover viruses if you know which server they are connecting to. GTalk and Twitter traffic is pretty indistinguishable from legit traffic and it's easier to hide.
IRC servers are still fairly popular, and there are more than enough of them to exploit. How is using a social-network any less a point-of-failure than IRC? What makes HTTP or UDP any more or less distinguishable than plain old TCP?
Offering a tiered approach will enable providers to offer lower fees to standard websites, and better service to the sites that need it.
This makes sense, but the important fact you're overlooking is that corporations make reasonable arguments to do unreasonable things. By implementing such controls, would it not be ripe for abuse? Is there anyone who thinks that telecoms wouldn't abuse it?
I understand that the internet may in-fact be better off with throttling, prioritization, etc. However, can we really trust corporations to implement this system with the public's best interest in mind?
At the very least, look at it from an economic perspective. What incentive will telecoms have to upgrade their lower tier services when only their priority services make big money? How long before the speed disparity between tiers is so large that the lower tier services are no longer viable(given increasing bandwidth demand)?
To what end?
To ensure that entrepreneurs are cost-prohibited from entering the market and competing with the likes of Google, Facebook, etc.
Mathematics is the only science where one never knows what one is talking about nor whether what is said is true. -- Russell