I really like the ARS hacking idea. I second the "get more choices the longer you wait" idea, also. I'd be willing to wait longer to get more choices, even not knowing what any of the choices will be until after. (After a few games in a row getting very similar bonus unlocks that seemed to have been drawn from the "worst ship" list highlights, I'm happy to have as many options as possible.
I'd also like to request that either the "dynamiting fish in a bucket" cheat be modified to spawn a hacked ARS, or that a new cheat be added to spawn one.