"Michael Abrash is a game programmer and technical writer specializing in optimization and 80x86 assembly language, game programming, a reputation cemented by his 1990 book Zen of Assembly Language Volume 1: Knowledge. Related issues were covered in his later book Zen of Graphics Programming. [...] After working at Microsoft on graphics and assembly code for Windows NT 3.1, he returned to the game industry in the mid-1990s to work on Quake for id Software. "
This would be hugely useful for remotely deployed ship-based (operating near shore) sensors which use cell networks to send back readings. For security and environmental reasons, the sensors are sealed boxes with no physical access to what's inside, including the SIM. What happens if the device is moved to another carrier's coverage area, or another country? What happens if the current carrier goes under, or they jack up their rates, or change their roaming policies? Right now, a carrier going under would brick the device.
Additionally, think beyond phones, as TFA implies. Physical access to a SIM is a security risk in itself. I would rather restrict phyical access to the SIM, and have password restricted access to a reprogrammable SIM than have my sensor drop off the air, or start sending readings somewhere else altogether.
Espelette pepper: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espelette_pepper
Not crazy hot, and it has some kind of otherness that I really dig.
It's not crazy, and it's already being done, by organization like HeroRATs - http://www.apopo.org/cms.php?cmsid=107. They train African giant pouched rats to detect mines. They're also using them to detect tuberculosis, in human spit. Yuck, but way cool.
Why should I make the individual investment when I can just go to Menards with an AutoCAD or Unigraphics file and say, "print me a plastic part" for $2.99 and I'll stop by when its done?
Few people thought they needed home laser printers at first either. And you can bet that there will be a Kinko's model coming around the bend quite quickly.
How does one liquidate siphoned carbon credits? Do they hold a black market value?
Very interesting. Care to elaborate?