The solution has already been available for a number of years
I have been running a couple of solutions for a number of years.
Under my flat panel TV I have a small form factor Linux box connected via an HDMI channel to the TV. If I want to watch TV I use the handset to switch channels and if I want to use the computer I switch inputs and use the wireless keyboard/mouse. The computer is connected via ethernet cable to my server and router so I can watch films using XBMC or browse the internet.
On my desktop in the study, with it's nice big flat panel screen and high spec graphics card, I've got a USB TV card and I simply run Kaffeine to watch TV in a window while I'm surfing.
I'm not sure what the 'Interactive TV' is supposed to be bringing to the party that isn't something that's already been available for a number of years.
It's not just the 18-30 age group that is angry about this. My parent's generation fought and died to protect their children and future generations from fascism, unfortunately it seems they ended up fighting against the wrong enemy.
My wife paid for my eMusic account with her credit card. Does that mean that only she ought to be able to listen to the tracks downloaded from there ?
What about our Lovefilm account, again it's paid for with my wife's credit card. So does that mean I'm not allowed to watch the film's we rent ?
Here in the UK the police regularly use the millions of CCTV cameras in conjunction with number plate recognition software to flag up and follow 'vehicles of interest'.
So I guess in this country they don't really need to attach GPS devices and the use of CCTV and number plate recognition doesn't require any form of warrant at all.
I spent about 30 years working in the IT industry, mostly as an independent consultant, I never considered membership of the BCS necessary to enhance my professional appeal or helping to progress my technical skills.
If everyone paid what they thought the 'government' services were worth, and there was a ban on government debt being greater than 20% of the tax take, then there would be an automatic brake on government overspending.
Think outside the box for simple solutions to apparently complex problems.
It seems to me that a lot of the problems with copyright occur when the rights belong to some corporation rather than the original creator of the work.
Why not rewrite copyright law to ONLY allow copyright to individuals rather than corporations and to make those rights non-transferable.
Therefore no selling, bequeathing or assigning those rights to others just individuals making money out of their creative efforts by licensing the use of their works to other individuals for a limited time.
This would mean that copyright only lasted for as long as an individual lived and so the money for the creative effort would be automatically directed towards the creators not some faceless corporation.
I remember walking into a pub in the East end of London when I was a young lad back in the 60's. There was a group playing that I'd never heard of before and they were bringing the house down with their brand of rock.
It was the first time I ever heard Status Quo play live.
What most of these government proposals forget is that they are not starting with a blank sheet of paper.
There are already a huge number of mobile phone owners in the UK most of whom would not give up their details for a government database.
A large proportion of those existing users don't have a passport or even a driving licence, (kids etc)
A large proportion of those users have prepay phones and will not show up on any network as a customer (kids again)
So just how are they going to populate this mythical database with any sort of accurate data ?