JD_Toims - 10:13 pm on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)
--have no effect. If I sit back and do nothing, I eventually get a browser error saying the attempted connection timed out.
Your host probably doesn't have accounts without an SSL cert. set to Listen on port 443 [or whatever they decide to use for https], so when a browser tries to connect it can't, because Apache isn't "listening" and your .htaccess is never seen [or something along those lines].
Note: I get the same error from one hosting acct. as you're seeing here. I haven't tested others to see their response.