186w ago - Although not surprising, today ArsTechnica.com reports that the US Air Force may suffer collateral damage (especially since investing in 300 followed by another 2200 consoles for research) due to Sony's recent decision to remove the OtherOS functionality via PS3 Firmware 3.21 from the PlayStation 3 entertainment system.
However, the Air Force stated they are aware of the recent class action lawsuits against Sony over this matter, to quote:
"We will have to continue to use the systems we already have in hand," a representative told Ars, "but this will make it difficult to replace systems that break or fail.
The refurbished PS3s also have the problem that when they come back from Sony, they have the firmware (gameOS) and it will not allow Other OS, which seems wrong.
We are aware of class-action lawsuits against Sony for taking away this option on systems that use to have it."
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Well said. But technically, this firmware is not, at least I believe not, some top secret super weapon being developed to turn humanity into sheep. It's a simple OS option to run the PS3, and sure I guess I'm being overly optimistic. I'll be waiting for the chinese to hack into their cluster and release the firmware themselves in this case!
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!
all sony would have to do is give/sell the air force duplicates of the hardware that they have for repairing them and send a tech to train a the people that are working with the cluster (you're not going to tell me that someone that has made a supercomputer out of consumer electronics like the ps3 cant fix a console after a one hour training session)
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...