This is actually what I was thinking. Have the phone store as many SIM's as you need with a software tool to switch between them. When signing up for a new provider, they could have you touch an NFC terminal or scan a QR code to save a new SIM into your phone.
The problem with this is that it becomes complicated if you want to do the equivalent of using a sim card in multiple phones. I'm not sure what the network would do (in technical terms) if 2 devices tried to use the same SIM identifier at the same time. If they don't let you store the same SIM in multiple devices, it would be more difficult to switch to a new device because you would need to put all the SIM's into the new phone (which with QR's could potentially be done through the provider's website).
Only if they update from the default mirror. There are thousands of mirrors for each distro ranging from universities to ISP's and non-profit organizations. Good luck blocking those.
What you *may* have luck with is providing a local mirror for the major distros (say Ubuntu, Fedora and Mint), then advertise it to the students with the incentive that being a local mirror it will be WAY faster. Blocking people only makes them more determined, give them a better solution and they may just solve the problem for you.
I just hope it will work in a dual-boot configuration! If so, goodbye windows forever
Exactly. Basically steam is releasing a console, and also releasing the operating system for it so you can basically build your own console. Think about it, no more need to send back entire consoles due to a bad HDD, badly designed hardware can be replaced with BETTER hardware, you can use any kind of case you want (custom style with lights and stuff), and so much more.
I would use it in a dual-boot or VM configuration. It would be nice to have a free locked-down gaming OS that doesn't have umpteen crapware processes eating up resources in the background, billions of security holes due to unneeded directory sharing bullshit and just be dedicated to making your games work absolutely flawlessly at optimal performance. Of course I would not want it as the only, or even primary OS on my computer, but I would definitely consider setting it up as dual-boot.
Think of it as a way to temporarily turn your computer into a game console!
There won't be any left in thirty years.
Any what? Wind turbines? You do know that neither bald eagles nor golden eagles are in ANY way even closed to endangered right? In fact, both are listed as "Least Concern" on the conservation status meter (which by the way is the furthest you can get from extinct).
I live in Canada and we find it hilarious how much American's freak out about dead eagles. Where I live you can't walk in any forest for more than 5 minutes without seeing an eagle nest.