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None of affects the point they're making, which is that they can't find SSL mirrors that aren't more expensive. If you find one, let them know and I'm sure they'll be happy to switch over.

It is 2016. SSL is not slow anymore. Only case it could be deemed slow would be on a webpage where the browser has to download a ton of small files likes images. Each image would require a new connection and each connection would require full SSL handshake. Even then the fix is not to not use SSL but to bundle all the images/files into 1.

Maybe not computationally, but if you're 100ms, 200ms, 300ms or more away from the rest of the internet, all the SSL handshakes really add up.

Keep in mind the topic at hand is downloading a single large file, the TLS handshake is a rounding error of the total time, regardless of where you are in the world.

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