05-13-2010 #11weii Guest
See, it is not just the normal consumer and enthusiasts that are complaining, even the researchers are complaining about Sony's bad move. Granted, they could easily request for specific firmware flash or made special firmware just for research, but specific firmware flash is unlikely since they would have teach their repair center how to that at the risk of possible information leak and the special firmware is unlikely as well since leak is possible too.
Besides being sued all over, not they are going to have Air Force breathing down their necks.
Either way, however Sony want to handle this matter, they need to be careful. Because they might just made a bigger and more powerful enemy if they do not tread carefully.
05-13-2010 #12dondolo Guest
well, they could do something very easy, they could create a special firmware from now to the future, with otheros just for them, for them and for all the other companies that have spent a lot of money till now, using ps3 for researches and other pruposes
we know about special pups that can updgrade downgrade and the flash the retail consoles, so i believe it's not so difficult for sony to create special firmwares with otheros back
05-13-2010 #13Warrorar Guest
2500PS3 Consoles have the same calculation power like the roadrunner from IBM.
A Professor of the University of Cambridg(?) i'm not realy sure. created a linux based cluster system for the ps3. which makes it possible to build up a cluster farm of tousands of ps3's to calculate mathematical functions. simulate situations for war/earthquakes what ever.
the price of 2500ps3 consoles are 250$ *2500 = 625,000$. for 625,000$ you get a supercomputer for lifetime of they consoles which have the same power like the roadrunner of IBM, which costs 2,1m $ for one month.
05-13-2010 #14tragedy Guest
05-13-2010 #15xUb3rn00dlEx Guest
The coolest thing that I can think of coming from this (aside from the USAF receiving a special firmware) would be the USAF "leaking" the firmware out haha. That would be pretty sick.
05-13-2010 #16laggmaster Guest
then there is the conspiracy theory that the air force abducted Geohot and are having him maintain the ps3 super cluster while having him try to unlock the rsx graphics chip to linux so that they could run full fleged 3D environment (StarTreck hollideck type) simulations...
05-13-2010 #17inginear Guest
05-13-2010 #18xUb3rn00dlEx Guest
And that was not being discriminatory, I am in awe of the chinese hacking scene they have going on over there. Stealing worldwide blueprints, systems, etc. Quite amazing to know that our nation is pretty powerless as it seems against the whole cyber-war they've got going on!
05-13-2010 #19saviour07 Guest
...and possibly OtherOS.
I do doubt the USAF leaking the jig or even their "special" fw, if sony ever did allow it though
I think it's a simple case of sony and the airforce coming to some sort of organisational agreement of replacing their broken "cluster equipment" (broke ps3's) with one's which satisfactorally meets their requirements (read: has OtherOS enabled).
05-14-2010 #20mushy409 Guest
We could see the birth of the very first 'Military Mode' PS3 consoles brewed specially by Sony for the USAF.