Neoseeker : News : US Air Force joins in grumbling over PS3 losing "Other OS" support
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Darcshadow7 May 12, 10
Haha, wow, thats interesting. Sony is in trouble now.
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TheFogIsRising May 12, 10
Its really funny that they would be getting pressure from the military. With that much computing power, it seems like a crime to remove the option of other OS.
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kspiess May 12, 10
But as some uninformed person said on the last story about the class action lawsuit on this: "only hackers use the other OS feature!"
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itsme May 12, 10
i dont see what the problem is. if any of the PS3's were to break, its not like they could replace it with another "fat" PS3...they are out of production. and also, the Air Force basically screwed sony because its not like theyre buying any games for the system. sony sold those systems at a loss.
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Northern49 May 12, 10
Because sony profits from software sales. Am I right?
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Avalith May 12, 10
No, because Sony would never publish or develop any games on its own.
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Final Blade May 12, 10
Sony told people not to update the firmware if they use the other OS feature. So what's the problem?
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Hellfire29 May 12, 10
quote Northern49
Because sony profits from software sales. Am I right?
Developers have to pay for a license to use the PS3.
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VeGiTAX2 May 13, 10
quote Final Blade
Sony told people not to update the firmware if they use the other OS feature. So what's the problem?
Article isn't that long so it's hard to see how you missed the point.

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Sony's move to phase out "Other OS" installations from the PS3s did not go unnoticed at the USAF. While none of the PS3s utilized by the USAF for research are connected to the PSN, and thus have no immediate exposure to the latest firmware updates,
They have no problem with their cluster in regard to updating as it has no access to PSN. No where do they state "oh god, the psn updates are killing us".

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the USAF still voiced its concern over the ability to replace existing hardware should they fail. It could be difficult to procure PS3 hardware compatible with its cluster setup, if all new PS3s no longer support alternative OSs.
This is where the problem is. It doesn't matter if they don't update the firmware if they have to service any of the cluser they're basically out of luck because the replacement will be on the latest firmware to prevent "abuse". They have a giant cluster that they have to nanny until they can find a new affordable technology to build a successor cluster out of at this point.
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THM May 13, 10
Yeah, and the U.S. Marines and Navy and other SOCOM units will also face similar problems because they have PS3 consoles running on other Operating Systems:)
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Northern49 May 13, 10
quote Hellfire29
quote Northern49
Because sony profits from software sales. Am I right?
Developers have to pay for a license to use the PS3.
But do they profit from individual sales? No.
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TheFogIsRising May 13, 10
quote itsme
i dont see what the problem is. if any of the PS3's were to break, its not like they could replace it with another "fat" PS3...they are out of production. and also, the Air Force basically screwed sony because its not like theyre buying any games for the system. sony sold those systems at a loss.
Are you high? Do you know how much the government spends on high-end technology? This was actually good for our economy because it provided a technology capable of 218 GFLOPs of power PER PS3!!!! That means that for the price of a small computer, they have increased processing power about as much as a several thousand dollar computer. I pulled my numbers from http://www.tgdaily.com/hardware-opinion/37621-update-how-many-flops-are-in-game-consoles, which goes on to say that doesn't even count the GPU, which would make the number higher. Now, lets say that out of all the units shipped, only half had the Other OS feature; theoretically, that would be 1,417,000,000 GFLOPS of raw power. THAT, my friends, is not something to sneeze at. Being able to process that much raw number crunching is something that we have proven to be desirable (Folding@Home) and often is not used for piracy. Consider also that the PS3 has been out for about 4 years and is just now being able to be modded; the Xbox was out a few months before its system was cracked. I think Sony is becoming reactionary and I honestly hope not for money from the lawsuit, but a reintroduction of the Other OS feature. I think this goes back to another argument, but when did it become ok to remove paid-for, desirable features all in the name of protecting the company? Any other industry would see massive anger sweep their consumer-base (just think if car makers wanted to remove stereo's because you can play burned CD's in them).
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