Even more disturbing is the fact that each and every product I used to access those images (router, pc, monitor, etc..) is most likely made at or near some of these sad places.
Engineering Ability = 1/Fanaticism
By 'Engineering Ability' I mean the overall knowledge, creativity, practice, experimenting, logistics, and generally effort involved in producing an rather complex technical devices.
As for the 9/11 group, it appears this was the top of the fanatics' intellectual/engineering crop, where fanaticism was sufficient just enough to match their engineering abilities, enabling them to fly, but not to takeoff/land the planes, or to save themselves. It is also beneficial (for the terrorized side), by above definition, such 'masterminds' are removed from living - at the time of their top achievement.
Subsequent attempts, while abundant in fanaticism, were mush less sophisticated in every aspect.
I like above equation because it keeps my hope in humanity a notch above the absolute zero.
And for us remaining geeks good luck finding prepaid data "plans" in year of two... Let me peek into my futur-o-scope
Now to the point...
I suggest Slashdot user profile to be expanded to allow user to add his/her (favorite) gadgets / hardware pieces he or she owns. For each owned piece, user (and others) should be able to add it's own comments, both subjective ones, and technical ones.
I reckon such knowledge base might be one of most valuable ones ever, given the nature of Slashdot members.
I personally have two articles to add right now, describing how I overcame the problems encountered with my new gadgets. I am lazy to register and sign into manufacturer's forums and do it there, but already having Slashdot account, and willing to share it with the rest of the gang hanging here, I'd rather post it here.
Moderators, admins, give it a thought. You may as well rephrase my post and ask the members yourself. I think this may be a good idea.
As I see it, there are people, with similar interests, they group, collaborate, and as such are 'company of the people', in the simplest sense of the word company - the group of people sharing similar interests.
The (free part of) world is a wide place and you can join or walk away from any company of the people. One may expect the company of the people taking care of him/her, and also may be disappointing in the company... but should always be aware... this is the company of the people, pretty much like you, which hurdled together because they thought they will benefit somehow... all of them.
As in any company of the people, there are leaders, bullies, geeks, dudes, chicks, etc... but nothing else, just people..
So, imho, there is no need to lift and separate the 'companies' as something necessarily opposed to 'people'. There may be 'companies of ivy league graduates' grouping together and taking care of each other on the expense of self taught geek like me, but again, they are just another company of the people... nothing out of this world...
1. Scene A: Guy got shot in the knee, blood all over, open wound and fractured bones close up, as realistic as it can get, well done, you did the good job, I feel little sick.
2. Scene B: Cute Indian actress, love scene with ex-president-turned-saint, about to undress, I feel better already, okay, she is undressing, removing last garment possible... and silly me, seasoned to realism, open fractures, blood and guts... expecting to see a tiny little bit of otherwise shapely acress' body... ah silly me... no realism here.. all we will see is standard issue bra and nothing more, because:
2.1. Blood, open fractures and guts, is good for you
2.2. Women breasts, is bad for you
And this happens over and over and everybody just whistles and pretends all is good and does not care and instead of having a realistic realistic tv, we have half realistic tv, and for other half we must all hide and sneak into wast expanses of silly and often extreme fields of what is referred to as porn...