I understand this was a coin with a ultimate short life cycle.

And what now with the guy who owns more than a million coins of nothing...

i guess we'll see now wont we. the coin wasnt intended to have a short life cycle. and the difficulty is still extremely low. so most likely it will keep rising.

heres an example of coins that are ALREADY merge mined with bitcoin

Namecoin difficulty 21,001,778,950

Ixcoin difficulty 16,647,643,438

Devcoin difficulty 18,933,307,301

and a few that are mined with sha-256

unobtanium difficulty 685,671

tigercoin difficulty 133,651

neoscoin difficulty 9,083,581

bigbullion difficulty 13,215,876

saffroncoin difficulty 1,113,636.9259

the only other sha-256 coins that fall in that range are

zetacoin at 39,351

joulecoin 53,995

fireflycoin 39,219

opensourcecoin 53,295.8797

takcoin 40,286