For those of you who DON'T know, the CEOs/founders of both companies are calling for a National ID card. If you don't believe me, check out http://www.msnbc.com/news/641627.asp?0si#BODY for the full story.
Now, some of you might ask, "What's wrong with a national ID card?" Well, I suppose it's fine if you live in the Soviet Union, or the Peoples' Republic of China, but the United States is SUPPOSED to be a free Republic! That means we're SUPPOSED to have certain freedoms that MOST other countries do not have. And a National ID system would be the next step in reducing those freedoms.
The CEO of Oracle Larry Ellison, had this to say about a National ID system.A national database combined with biometrics, thumbprints, hand prints, iris scans, or other new technology could detect false identities....Gaining entry to an airport or other secure locations would require people to present a photo I.D., put their thumb on a fingerprint scanner and tell the guard their Social Security number. This information would be cross-checked with the database.
Apparently Mr. Ellison forgets that by law, your Social Security Number is NOT supposed to be used as part of your Identification. I don't know about your state, but in Michigan, they don't even put it on your drivers' license anymore.
And if you're thinking that to acquire more security, we need to give up some freedom, let me remind you of what Benjamin Franklin, a founding father of this country, had to say:"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.
In my humble opinion, the above words by Benjamin Franklin STILL ring true today.
I suggest you contact Sun Micro Systems (Investor Relations) and Oracle (call their 800 number, 1-800-ORACLE-1) and tell them that you don't like their idea, it sucks and you're not going to buy their products anymore!!!
To both Sun and Oracle I say this, Take your "idea" of a National ID card and go to HELL!!
What do you think? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or comments.
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