mr crypto writes "User interfaces make copious use of pictures and symbols, but how abstract should images be? Lukas Mathis has an interesting blog entry on where to draw the line."
Reality check: don't be so quick to dismiss the Chinese naval threat. They are working very hard to upgrade their navy, particularly focusing on quiet diesel submarines. The goal is to keep American carriers from interfering with an attack on Taiwan. These subs to pose a serious threat; Australian diesels have scored several hits on American attack subs and carriers during war games.