Lets make some notes about your experience:
I worked for a large-scale web development project in southeast Asia
And you don't understand that ridiculous hours and fear driven work style is the norm in this region for many people? Yes, in this region, its not likely to go away anytime soon.
As far as Scott Hanselman's comments, he's mixing 3 different things into the same umbrella, the first 2 of which are actual things that SLOW development down, not drive it. Only the 3rd is what you're referring to. And really, picking a random dude who blogs a lot and has worked for MS for a few years probably isn't the best place to quote. He's got nothing really that impressive to make him an expert on properly managing development practices that most people don't have as well.
My project ran four times its initial estimation, and included horrendous 18-hour/day, 6 day/week crunches with pizza dinners. Is FDD here to stay?
Yes, your single experience is an indicator of how the whole world is going to operate for the rest of eternity.
Or not. Your experience is indicative of local culture, be happy they let you off one day a week and gave you pizza, most won't get that.
In the rest of the world, no FDD is a rare thing that usually is one of the last things a company does before it collapses into a heap of rubbish and ceases to exist because the only people working at it are unqualified people who can't get a job ANYWHERE else, so they HAVE to stay there.
FDD is the result of managers not having any clue about how to manage people, nothing else. The solution is to go somewhere else. In the case of southeast Asia, you probably will have to physically move somewhere else to get away from it, but thats better than jumping off the roof in a year or two.
The fact that you're posting on slashdot means you don't live in a country that will prevent you from changing your situation, only that you have not bothered to change your situation and seem to think your one experience is how they all are.
That or you're just Scott Hanselman trying to drive traffic to your blog in a slashvertisement ... which seems more likely, because otherwise your post is kind of dumb ... just like Hanselman's blog entry on the subject.