shit yo, i would not want to work at sony after this. the US military does not fuck around. as we all probably know, the ps3 used to be able to run linux. that and the cell processor in the earlier ps3 models made for some awesome computing power. how? well, you could bundle consoles together in a batch of 8 and have a super computer, but without the super price tag. researchers, scientists, and other other dorks around the world were free to run complex algorithms, solve difficult equations and more fabulous things. in short, they were improving the world. apparently, they were also used in batches of 16 consoles wired together. various universities did this, using it for everything from cancer research to late-night game sessions. nowgamer.com brings us an additional bit of news: even the american military was using it:
Last year the Air Force bought 336 PlayStation 3s, wiring them together on metal racks at a lab in New York state and, one presumes after a kick-ass local game of MAG, put them to work. That was just a test. A few months ago, satisfied that the idea worked according to projections, they spent $663,000 of their Department of Defense budget on 1,700 more PS3s to create a terrifying hive mind, brooding on god-knows-what sinister predictions, calculations or simulations. They were happy; they like scary things. Shortly afterwards, Sony disabled the PS3’s ability to run anything but games.
military or not, i see their point. i would be pissed too if i invested almost a million dollars in something, only to have some corporation come along and fuck it up. sony negated the initial investment and they let down the consumer. linux was a selling feature, for christ’s sake. now i kind of get why sony disabled it; it was, ostensibly, to stop pirates and hackers. however, all that it ultimately achieved was that it robbed everyone of the chance to play with technology. not many people play with linux, but on the ps3 you could easily partition part of your console and goof around with it. it seemed to make even further sense from a media server perspective.
on the plus side, nowgamer.com adds this about the american air force:
The USAF can keep running what they have, without the firmware update, but any repaired or replaced machines will be useless. The project cannot be sustained; hardware fails.
bottom line though, this is the air force we are talking about. those guys do NOT fuck around, and we all know what happens when you piss off the military. next thing you know, we’ll be hearing sony HQ got raided for weapons of mass production, or the possibility of oil in their cubicles.
keep reading nowgamer.com’s article, they’ve got quite an interesting perspective on the whole situation.