How many times do you see people with all kinds of cameras (even D200 users) using their nice built-in flash to photograph objects standing 200 feet away? Countless people lined up near the Colosseum after sunset, standing at least 100' away, and happily snapped away w/ their flash turned on.
This problem is everywhere. It's common to see people at stadiums photographing with their flashes firing at players who are standing dozens of feet away. Why do you think the players in the field do no flinch at all with the flash photography? And why do you think that not a single pro photographer sitting at the field's edge uses a flash?
I can understand the urge to capture the beauty of the Colosseum after sunset; I dragged myself across Rome to be there just at the "magical hour", but using a P&S flash will not help you capture the Colosseum. It will, in fact, ensure the opposite - you will capture the grass in front of the Colosseum and nothing else.
Sure, turning off the flash will cause the shutter speed to slow down, way down, so much so that camera shake will be a real problem - but at least people will know that they must brace their camera before they snap the photograph.
People's faces were priceless after they looked at their digital display in dismay and disappointment that their photograph did not at all resemble the scene in front of them. I guess what frustrates people the most is that the image on the preview window on P&S cameras looks perfect before the photograph is taken, but the resulting photograph in no way resembles the preview window.
Maybe camera manufacturers can now address this issue instead of pursuing an ever bigger mega-pixel camera.