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i dunno, ssl is not trivial, server-side. insisting on it, all the time, will invariably increase load and break some sites that do automagical redirection (hotmail certainly, yahoo maybe, gmail probably not). IPv6 could in theory make this a moot point, but alas, it’ll get rolled out with widespread acceptance right around the 5th of Never.
I don’t think ipv6 has a lot to do with this (application support for ipsec? seriously??) but think this could be useful. I’m really not sure what’s at the end of the pipe and it may be the case that the endpoints are sufficiently widely distributed that computational load associated with SSL/TLS is largely a moot question. There are an awful lot of sites using unencrypted password-based authentication, and that needs to be protected (even though it won’t protect things like pop and imap).
Also, to the “5th of Never” comment, I’d probably go with the 3rd of Never – v6 support is already available on Google, Youtube, Facebook, and a bunch of other high-traffic sites. I work at a DOD-affiliated center and I’d guess the majority of my network traffic is transported over v6.
There are potentially some sort-of weird topological issues here (and getting back to the v6 thing, what *about* v6?) but on balance I’d say this is more good than bad, and that’s good.