Our leaders in the west might as well have organised drops of militant recruiting leaflets and saved billions while achieving similar ends - it's shameful. If any militants have had their beliefs challenged it has been through citizens more-or-less working against government policy, and against western militarism. Take for instance Maajid Nawaz... he was rescued by Amnesty International from jail in Egypt despite them knowing he considered them his enemies. Maajid is now risking his life arguing against Islamism rather than risking his life recruiting for it. That raises another issue - these guys are brave idealistic defenders of their community who would be an asset to any nation had they not been twisted by toxic radical ideology. Unfortunately the toxic radical ideology on our side has made everything so much worse - it has been the perfect book-end to prop up an ideology which was not widely supported just after 9/11 in any case.
This stuff is overdue in smaller shops - stay with me on this for a second. The smaller guys need to become more efficient and secure, and automation really helps. Potentially the small end could benefit MORE from automation than the big guys already have - automation is a much more disciplined and useful form of sharing information. Docs are often incorrect or incomplete - automation imposes discipline, and also allows the author to benefit from the end result. Time savings for everyone are often huge.
I'm regularly on #fusiondirectory on FreeNode (IRC) along with a few others who are working towards this kind of thing (using the Munich software as a base). Anyone else wanting to join us is welcome.
AU$1.85 for a loaf of bread
AU$0.99 for a litre of milk
This is in Townsville, a northern city ~2000km from the markets in our state capital. Can't remember other prices, but a Danish girl I knew said there was a bewildering array of brands here compared with anywhere else in the world she had been, which seemed quite strange given the size of my city.
I've been told that the price of generic computer hardware and electronics isn't bad here either, although the US companies seem to want to charge a premium, even for software sold directly over the internet (this was recently a story on Slashdot)... why is anyones guess.