Yet another case of Rise of the Machines (RotM)
Wow the people at OpenDNS are going to be pissed by this.
Still 188.8.131.52 is a bit more memorable than 184.108.40.206
It is impossible to coerce a person into suicide. People have free will and suicidal people are mentally ill, they are not coerced by others anymore than you can blame society for the suicides.
The Id card as proposed by the UK government is not a simple reference document, but it allows connection with any means of electronic media, including computer databases, of course. This opens a huge can of worms: forming a resistance movement against an authoritative power will become very difficult, or even impossible.
Here is an example: suppose that you are interested in the preservation of the environment and the climate change; you don't want to sit on your couch all day, and the next G7 climate change meeting is not far from your country. You take a holiday, and then riding the first plane to the city where the climate change meeting takes place, you participate in the rallies against G7 policies regarding the climate. Sooner or later, you are part of a street battle with the local police that wants you not to rally at all. They arrest you, they get your picture and send it to the London's police department along your ID card data. They open a record for you in the UK criminal database as a possible "environmental terrorist".
You then return home, only to find that you have been fired. Although it hurts your feelings, you try another job. But without luck...employee after employee connect to the UK's criminal database using your Id card only to find out that you are a "terrorist". You are essentially finished...
Why not indeed? Such a system would only be misused if the Government was "fascist".
A nice cuddly left-liberal Government like New Labour (or their "conservative" successors) would only use the system for good.
They haven't rebuilt, and never will. Partly due to disputes with the insurer. Partly due to apathy from government. Partly for the very good technical reason that there is too much light pollution there now.
That's true but if I were going to die from a Virus I would want a good one ya know fast as hell !, so I will take Ebola Zaire any day of the week fast and effecient although a bit messy but it gets the job done.
This is why the Japanese have been stuck in a recession since 1990. They like to buy all these shiny-new gadgets, even if they make no sense economically.
The reason why Japan has been in a recession is because Japanese are unproductive workers. It sounds crazy, but it's true:
Your software-marketing juxtaposition fails IMO: you need to coordinate marketing just like you have to coordinate programming. Your overly simplistic view of marketing is hindering your reasoning.
If all of your 'number of suit-monkeys' decide to go to the same magazine, all carrying their own design for the ad, ideas about the target-audience, numbers of the part of the advertising budget that goes to this magazine, you're going have a very ineffective marketing campaign. Just like when you release a can of programmers uncoordinated and they all decide to work on the game-play logics e.g.
I know marketing folks aren't very popular with techies, but they fullfill a necessary role, like it or not.
Quantity is no substitute for quality, but its the only one we've got.