Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Mar 2010 12:59 UTC, submitted by NiceGuyEddie
Games The PlayStation 3 Slim already had an ability penalty of -35 Geekiness because of its lack of the "Install Other OS" option, and now the regular PlayStation 3 will follow in its footsteps. A PS3 firmware update, scheduled to land April 1, will disable this option on regular PS3s as well. This, dear readers, is what we in the business call a "testicle move", especially since only a few weeks ago, Sony bold-facedly claimed the feature would not be removed.
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"Court room, here I come!"
by WereCatf on Mon 29th Mar 2010 13:08 UTC
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

I already read about this on ./ and what struck me as critically idiotic is that Sony has always been advertising PS3 as a general-purpose computer and that it can run Linux. Yes, they themselves have been selling PS3 as a Linux-capable computer. Now they remove the capability from all those users who have bought PS3 with Linux in mind, including several large cluster-based researches, US army etc.

Basically they are inviting everyone to sue them and hang them from the nuts to the nearest tree.

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RE: "Court room, here I come!"
by Karitku on Mon 29th Mar 2010 13:13 in reply to ""Court room, here I come!""
Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

RTFA! You don't need to update console! If you don't you won't have access to PSN, now how many cluster needs access to PSN?!? I'm sure the 10 guys who use linux and play games are mad now, rest of the world wouldn't care less.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

RTFA! You don't need to update console! If you don't you won't have access to PSN, now how many cluster needs access to PSN?!? I'm sure the 10 guys who use linux and play games are mad now, rest of the world wouldn't care less.

First of all, it makes it impossible to get replacements if one (or more) of the machines in the cluster goes bust.

Secondly, do you really think there's only 10 people who use PS3 for both gaming and Linux? Do a quick Google, go read the comments section on Slashdot.. You can very quickly prove yourself wrong.

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RE: "Court room, here I come!"
by viton on Mon 29th Mar 2010 15:09 in reply to ""Court room, here I come!""
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

I expected this action since the security breach done through ps3 linux.

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RE: "Court room, here I come!"
by Sollord on Mon 29th Mar 2010 21:07 in reply to ""Court room, here I come!""
Sollord Member since:
2006-01-05

While this does effect consumers the large cluster used as server farms mostly use special firmware provided by sony that removes the ability for the consoles used in to play games in exchange for removing most of the hypervisor limits

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

While this does effect consumers the large cluster used as server farms mostly use special firmware provided by sony that removes the ability for the consoles used in to play games in exchange for removing most of the hypervisor limits


And where exactly does one obtain this firmware? I would assume it's available for the Slim model as well... since there's technically no reason it shouldn't be.

If I sound skeptical, that's because I am. Of all the clustering projects and how-to's I've read about, none have mentioned any such "special firmware".

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

While this does effect consumers the large cluster used as server farms mostly use special firmware provided by sony that removes the ability for the consoles used in to play games in exchange for removing most of the hypervisor limits

Is this a fact or is it just something you assume? I've never seen any mention of such except for random people assuming such, no cluster operators/administrators etc have ever mentioned anything even remotely like it.

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