Thats a very interesting article Nick, and some of it does get scary, like
" But powerful software-defined radios (SDRs) can change from baby monitor to emergency services dispatcher or air traffic controller, just by loading and executing different software."
In a similar vein, urgent legislation on the use of " toy " drones around airports ( and for Peeping Toms ) obviously had to be rushed in as the drone phenomena mushroomed.
This legislation could also be called clamping down on an individuals freedom to " fly MY drone where I damn well like "
For a celphone , I am lucky that I need nothing more than a cheapy brick, ( with a smart LED light on top ) to get by.
Running my business from home on a PC, I do not need mobile mail, or GPS or any apps
I know my celphone is not taking pictures of me in the bathroom, it doesn't have a camera :-)
Similarly , the Atmega 328 suits me perfectly for what I use them for , I must confess that my transition from V23 to v1.** is taking some time, as I have my own various routines that I cut and paste into the current projects.
So the thought of Atmel dropping the 328, and us all moving onto something with its own OS and BIOS makes me really nervous
Perhaps I should stock up on the chips :-)