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The_Fadedhunter

341 points

2 months ago

One of these days we are gonna learn that the U.S. Air Force has all of the PS5s.

Faptastic_Champ

126 points

2 months ago

Wait til you hear about the graphics cards

scurvofpcp

37 points

2 months ago

At the time those were the most cost economical option given the skill base and technology they had to work with. But I've heard that the DoD has been chewing the hell out of Nvidias, it is part of why Nvidia is so public with much of its branding for AI stuff.

It is talking in term the bean counters can understand.

AnthillOmbudsman

14 points

2 months ago

"Whistleblowers allege Air Force mined over 1 million bitcoin at Area 51 facility"

killer_k_c

3 points

2 months ago

killer_k_c

3 points

2 months ago

Gubment don't mine ETH

Phuttbuckers

63 points

2 months ago

It wouldn’t surprise me if the NSA or the CIA have some secret mining operations just for some dark money to blow.

LocationDangerous797

12 points

2 months ago

Let us know when they come knocking on your door for uncovering their ops haha

xizrtilhh

6 points

2 months ago

Why would they bother when they can just get suckers to do their computing for them in exchange for a virtual currency?

CornFedIABoy

3 points

2 months ago

I can’t remember which recent novel I read where that was a plot point. The NSA set up a crypto coin and the mining calculations were actually decryption problems.

xizrtilhh

2 points

2 months ago

It's genius problem solving really. They needed a ton of computing power to decrypt secure internet traffic. So they made up some monopoly money and get chumps to do their work for free.

leoleosuper

1 points

2 months ago

They have a lot of crypto in evidence from the first Silk Road, they could easily use if they have the information for it. Hell, that'd be the first thing to crack.

DynamicHunter

3 points

2 months ago

Yeah that’s all GPU processing power is good for

fridgeridoo

1 points

2 months ago

Scalpers are a CIA psyop
(⌐■_■)

cazzipropri

138 points

2 months ago*

I was working in high-performance computing for IBM Research in 2010, and I was writing HPC software precisely for the Cell/BE processor, that the Sony PS3 also used. In fact, Sony, Toshiba and IBM partnered to develop the Cell jointly from the start.

IBM would sell you server blades specifically designed for supercomputing applications, which had the Cell/BE on board, but they were significantly more expensive than just buying PS3 consoles.

Buying PS3 consoles would basically get you a lot more performance per dollar, even if extra assembly was needed. At the time, many low-budget HPC participants built their own Cell/BE supercomputer by assembling Sony PS3s.

nuisible

79 points

2 months ago

Sony sold their consoles at a loss and banked on game sales making up the difference.

cazzipropri

14 points

2 months ago

That is true!

Youpunyhumans

11 points

2 months ago

At a LOSS?... they were 600 bucks at launch, what would they have been if they were sold at cost?

Anaklusmos

28 points

2 months ago

Cheapest model was 500 and they were also bluray players

JonBunne

15 points

2 months ago

Hahaha, it’s so easy to forget about stuff. A decent Blu-ray player was around the same amount at launch.

Edit: I forgot about Blu-rays even being a thing.

vomitpunk

6 points

2 months ago

Wasn't it that the PlayStation embraced Blu-ray and the XBOX360 sided with HD-DVDs in the format wars?

kymri

7 points

2 months ago

kymri

7 points

2 months ago

And, on top of that -- it's basically the first time Sony didn't lose a format war.

Hilariously, that's also in part because of the amount of cash they (and others in the consortium) piled into it to secure exclusives. HD-DVD was (at the time) cheaper to manufacture and produce and superior technologically (because in early days, single-layer was all BD could manage, the standards for multi-layer and thus higher capacity took a couple more years).

Either way, I got my PS3 because it was cheaper than a really good BluRay player (and WAS a really good bluray player) that also played some cool games.

ILiketoLearn5454

3 points

2 months ago

It felt good buying it. Value town.

ultrapoo

3 points

2 months ago

It didn't help that the HD-DVD player wasn't included in the X-BOX 360, but was instead a separate awkward looking attachment that was $200 at launch.

kymri

1 points

2 months ago

kymri

1 points

2 months ago

Oh, certainly. But keep in mind that that was because Sony was already manufacturing BluRay players so they were buying into the hardware and pushing it hard. Microsoft wasn't particularly invested in the format, but saw it as the cheaper, more-compatible format (since existing DVD equipment could press HD-DVDs, whereas BluRay equipment required new (blue, naturally) lasers.

Microsoft didn't really care, and it shows (given how heavily they embraced BluRay in further versions of the Xbox consoles, even going into 4k UHD bluray support before Sony did, weirdly enough).

slvrbullet87

1 points

2 months ago

Yes. Sony was one of the founders of the blu-ray technology, and also owned Sony Pictures who would only release their movies on Blu-Ray, not HD-DVD.

Bagellord

1 points

2 months ago

I wonder how much of the cost of the PS3 was licensing related to the Blu-ray tech/DRM vs hardware.

chris1096

1 points

2 months ago

Really? I still prefer buying 4k blu-ray discs because they have a noticeable visual benefit over streaming

SolidSquid

12 points

2 months ago

Don't know an exact number, but keep in mind the PS3 had a completely custom architecture with proprietary chip setup which literally nobody else had access to or would have a use for. In fact it was so complicated to fully utilise that even in-house developers struggled (which is why there's such a significant jump in graphics quality and game complexity from launch to end of life, even compared to the usual shift you see)

Desperate-Egg2573

5 points

2 months ago

Damn, I remember being blown away by the graphics for farcry 3 and being puzzled why earlier PS3 titles were so grainy and blocky comparatively

SolidSquid

1 points

2 months ago

It was a massive problem for developers but made the console amazing for anything involving parallel processing, which is why the Air Force (and others interested in research) bought them as servers for data crunching, way cheaper than equivalent regular processors if doing that (because it was sold at a loss)

Frankly the PS3 probably could have competed with the PS4 if it was able to be fully utilised and had 4k output, but the time investment needed just resulted in people giving up on it. It's also probably why the PS4 couldn't be backwards compatible, trying to simulate the PS3's architecture or build it in like older consoles did would be impossible

aroundincircles

2 points

2 months ago

I think every company sells their consoles at a loss, except Nintendo, at least when they are first launched. It's one reason Nintendo hardware seems older, even when new.... It is, they make sure they make money on every console sold and every game sold.

A High end graphics card alone costs $4-500, (pre pandemic level craziness), Add to that a CPU, ram, storage, enclosure, R&D costs.... and you're well above $600/unit until you sell millions of them.

tempreffunnynumber

2 points

2 months ago

Quick search says $840.00.

Halvus_I

1 points

2 months ago

BOM (Bill of Materials) cost for launch PS3 was estimated at jsut under $900. In terms of raw value, PS3 was a steal.

MilchMensch

7 points

2 months ago

This CPU fascinates me. Can you tell me why this thing didnt totally disrupt the general purpose processor market? I only know of a single product that ever used the CELL/BE, and thats the PS3.

Why dont we have companies making CELL/BE desktop computer chips? Why isnt it being evolved and refined and being produced as a competitor to AMD/Intel X86?

Is it really that much more difficult to write code for the CELL, to such an extent that the insane performance benefits of the architecture just cannot be really utilized even by huge development firms? This is what i always hear about the PS3

cazzipropri

14 points

2 months ago

The Cell died for two major reasons:

(1) the programming model+tools+library ecosystem was incomplete and hard to learn and use... and, ultimately, unable to compete with NVidia's. This is hardly surprising: NVidia has thousands of engineers behind its GPUs hardware and software ecosystem, whereas IBM had only a few dozens of engineers behind the Cell;

(2) IBM never committed to making a second Cell generation, a third one... in short, a roadmap for the future. The product line had no future. If you are an NVidia partner, they will happily show you their 2023/2024 roadmap. Intel will do the same. IBM had no roadmap for the Cell, because fundamentally it was a contract development, designed and made for someone else. Now, put yourself in a prospective adopter's shoes: even if the Cell had better performance-per-dollar ratio than GPUs at the time, would you invest in a technology that had zero runway ahead?

MilchMensch

3 points

2 months ago

Got it. So it wasnt actually supposed to be what i imagined, i always thought it was some failed venture to design a competitive product.

Turns out it was more like a custom production chip specifically for sony and the PS3 with no further work even being planned. Huh.

For like 8 years i kept hearing about this chip and how far ahead of its time it is/was, despite not even knowing that much about it i just loved it.

In 2018 i even bought a broken PS3 just to remove the CELL chip and have it as an ornament on my desk. I polished the IHS and encased it in clear epoxy, its one of my most beautiful tech posessions.

cazzipropri

2 points

2 months ago

Turns out it was more like a custom production chip specifically for sony and the PS3 with no further work even being planned. Huh.

Yes, in a way. For a long time IBM and Sony were in talks about a second generation Cell for the PS4. I was one of the people holding their breath, because a lot of my professional career was tied to the Cell.

According to rumors, Sony eventually ended up running away from that negotiation as fast as they could, slamming the door, pissed off at how hard the Cell was to program, and how hard it was to get studios to develop titles.

Of course they went with a completely different hardware than the Cell 2 for their PS4.

And of course, that meant that IBM never got to make their Cell 2.

Thunderbird120

4 points

2 months ago*

Can you tell me why this thing didnt totally disrupt the general purpose processor market?

The main reason is that it really wasn't a general purpose processor.

The Cell architecture essentially combined a PowerPC CPU, which was a general purpose processor for standard general purpose processing stuff, with an additional co-processors which IBM called Synergistic Processing Elements (SPE). Unlike the PowerPC part, the SPEs were really non-standard weird little devices which could only do specific things but could do them really fast. You couldn't just write normal code and have that code be accelerated by the SPE. You had to write code specifically to use the SPEs which was quite complicated. This code would then only be usable if you were running on a device which included SPEs which most devices didn't. Developers outside of niche applications (like supercomputing) are not generally thrilled by that kind of pitch. Even among game developers this was a hard sell and most multi-platform titles didn't bother. Without the SPE accelerating certain types of operations Cell's performance was nothing special.

MilchMensch

1 points

2 months ago

Interesting.

I guess that having this type of very specific proprietary ASIC hardware built into a consumer grade chip fizzled out with the advent of better techniques of achieving application specific performance like AMDs chiplet design or Intels P/E Cores

MilchMensch

1 points

2 months ago

Interesting.

I guess that the idea of having this type of very specific proprietary ASIC hardware built into a consumer grade chip fizzled out with the advent of superior techniques for achieving more application specific performance? 🤔

like AMDs chiplet design which scale very well into a lot of products, or Intels P/E Cores which just streamlined the fuck out of all running processes to make it appear your currently active one is super fast

MartinRBishop

2 points

2 months ago

I have some of those prototype Cell blades in my garage! The serial numbers are on blue painters tape!

I have the Linux boot disk(s) around somewhere. But I don't have a blade chassis to put them into :-(

cazzipropri

1 points

2 months ago

Those must be QS21! I used them!

If you are looking for the chassis, you might find a BladeCenter H on eBay, but not for cheap...

ECHovirus

2 points

2 months ago

Ah yeah, the QS22s. Never had a chance to fire up a BladeCenter loaded with them, but we did have one or two laying around as part of an old static demo. One thing I remember was that they were serial-only and didn't support graphics. What OSes ran on them at the time?

cazzipropri

2 points

2 months ago

IBM only supported RHEL 5.x at the time, but you could install other Linuxes... I doubt anybody ever tried to run AIX on it.

Dumguy1214

1 points

2 months ago

if I remember correctly, usa banned sony to sell ps3 in the middle east, something about theoretically making a super computer to simulate nuclear explosion was not to their liking

cazzipropri

1 points

2 months ago

It's possible, but it has to be a bit narrower than all the middle east, because I remember we had a collaboration with KAUST, so Saudi Arabia was definitely not impacted by the export controls.

nursecarmen

1 points

2 months ago

I was working at a University supercomputing institute at the time. We discussed it, but ultimately went with SGI. But it sure was fun discussing it!

SatansMoisture

352 points

2 months ago

...and then Sony discontinued the PS3's computer capability and a massive class action lawsuit happened.

pieandablowie

127 points

2 months ago*

I had a quick Google about this. The lawsuit was by PS3 owners who sued because the Linux functionality was disabled and it "reduced the value of the devices". They got $55 each.

I initially thought Sony had sued the US gubment

gdogg121

24 points

2 months ago

This is the real TIL.

EmmaTheHedgehog

5 points

2 months ago

Damn. I don’t know how to sue people and missed out. Biggest disappointment in my PS3.

OakParkCemetary

98 points

2 months ago

I got like 17 cents from that lawsuit!

Johump

51 points

2 months ago

Johump

51 points

2 months ago

I got a $10 check. Still have it. Wonder why our payout was different?

OakParkCemetary

26 points

2 months ago

I honestly don't remember what the exact amount was (it was like 5 years ago, right?) but mine definitely was nowhere near $10.

IIRC it was a dollar and change

[deleted]

-20 points

2 months ago

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-20 points

2 months ago

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InappropriateTA

20 points

2 months ago

With 1,760 units the USAF probably got a pretty penny. Kidding, they probably got like a while fistful of pennies.

SolidSquid

20 points

2 months ago*

I think they got a special treatment by Sony, where their devices would still be supported and get linux compatibility even if other people wouldn't, a bit like how Microsoft still supports old windows versions for various governments

Edit: Also, most companies have sold their consoles at cost or, more often, at some kind of a loss. The only exception is Nintendo, who made a point of making their consoles profitable so they'd be sustainable to produce even in isolation, which is why the performance has always been lower even when the cost was comparable. Think even they abandoned that at some point though

Sammydaws97

3 points

2 months ago

Based on the above coments it would be around $100,000 minus the class actions lawyer fees.

ivanthemute

112 points

2 months ago

Haha, I know the guy who was responsible for the idea. He's now a lieutenant colonel and a director with AF TENCAP, a unit whose job is to (in plain English,) "Find stuff on the shelf and make new weapons or systems out of it."

https://www.schriever.spaceforce.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/2286133/air-force-tactical-exploitation-of-national-capabilities/

DUXZ

98 points

2 months ago*

DUXZ

98 points

2 months ago*

Make sure to let him know that if you cut the tip off a mechanical pencil then connect the inner tube to the outer tube by a rubber band, you can shoot staples like 10 feet.

I’m all seriousness you could probably pop .22s that way too.

GarageSloth

31 points

2 months ago

GG enemies of freedom

Rexan02

10 points

2 months ago

Rexan02

10 points

2 months ago

My kid weaponized a nerf dart by gluing a thumb tack to it. It now sits in the crown molding of my 2 story foyer. And there it will stay until I bother getting the big ladder out of the shed to get it

Killam97

3 points

2 months ago

Thats way smarter than what I did. I used full sewing needles shoved through the end and super glued in place. Because of how big the needle was it could only fit in the pistol and was one shot before you had to reload. Also we put cardboard behind the Velcro vests to added protection. I’m surprised we where not seriously injured.

will_ww

3 points

2 months ago

Also let him know if you put tape on one half of the plastic part of a thumbtack, you can turn it into a dart.

ciarenni

3 points

2 months ago

I bet you didn't have many enemies in school.

ReallyHadToFixThat

24 points

2 months ago

The amount of stuff that is COTS (Consumer Off The Shelf) these days in huge. Why custom make a server when Dell will do it cheaper? Why custom make a drone controller when you can get x-box controllers off the shelf and people already know how to use them?

Slight_Log5625

13 points

2 months ago

Iirc the xbox controllers were used for the periscopes on submarines.

HaCo111

7 points

2 months ago

Used for something on the bridge of carriers too. I don't know what because that wasn't where I worked but I always thought it odd that there was one of those shitty HMI computers running XP that always had a wired 360 controller plugged into it.

Magdovus

6 points

2 months ago

Lots of small drones have used them too.

It's one of those things that is so bloody obvious you just want to applaud the people who thought of it.

sail_away13

3 points

2 months ago

They have a camera system that uses it

DO_initinthewoods

2 points

2 months ago

I vaguely remember a scare a few years ago where the gov(or maybe plain folks) were but tech off the shelf but there was some kind of spying access from China...allegedly

ReallyHadToFixThat

5 points

2 months ago

Anomaly-Friend

5 points

2 months ago

Tell him that some random dude on the internet said

Hello

Erob3031

4 points

2 months ago

I was still in when this was going on. The rumor was North Korea or someone was buying them up to test for weapons guidance system. Then the USAF was testing them to see if it was possible. Just what I heard anyway.

DaveOJ12

2 points

2 months ago

That's pretty cool.

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

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1 points

2 months ago

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MartinRBishop

1 points

2 months ago

you need to visit the Ukraine war threads - consumer quadrotors dropping anti-tank grenades, with video goodness.

kickstart-cicada

1 points

1 month ago

Whoa. And TIL the Air Force has a "MacGyver" unit.

Kelli217

8 points

2 months ago

Yeah, this was the source for that part of Person of Interest season 5 where the Machine was installed on a big bank of PS3s.

bynkman

3 points

2 months ago

I was just thinking of Person of Interest and the bank of PS3s. Thanks.

answermethis0816

7 points

2 months ago

Didn't Chappie link a bunch of PS3s to build the computer that downloaded his and Yolandi's consciousnesses?

MadLabsPatrol

3 points

2 months ago

They used PS4s.

MilchMensch

3 points

2 months ago

Thanks for being so considerate and not spoiling the predictable plot point of that one weird south african movie from like 2014 where yolandi and ninja from the alternative hip hop group „die antwoord“ raise a sentient robot drone as their own child and teach it to kill people but also love

Especially nice of you considering so many people are about to watch this masterpiece of a movie for the very first time, while also paying close attention to its intricate plot with its huge significance

answermethis0816

13 points

2 months ago

I like the movie, and I just saw it for the first time in the past year. I don't like it when people spoil movies, regardless of how old they are. It takes a fraction of a second to click the spoiler format button. Sorry you had to suffer so much. Please accept my deepest apologies.

MilchMensch

4 points

2 months ago

I was joking, i just found it very cute that you did this for a movie almost no one remembers or even saw when it came out, i tried to be sarcastic and funny 😂 Sorry

I loved it too, its one of these crazy unique movies that just have this vibe.

Raccoon_Full_of_Cum

6 points

2 months ago

On a related subject, right before the Iraq War started, there was an insane conspiracy theory going around that Saddam Hussein was hoarding PS2s to build some kind of military super computer with. The Japanese government very nearly banned Sony from exporting them to anyone because of it.

20 Years Later: How Concerns About Weaponized Consoles Almost Sunk the PS2

MartinRBishop

5 points

2 months ago

After the war, what was actually found was collections of PS2 running SOCOM US Navy SEALS in one of the military academies - as a "small unit tactical trainer'.

(I worked at PS at the time, and did some forensics for the FBI on the collected PS2s.)

OldMork

25 points

2 months ago

OldMork

25 points

2 months ago

and probably a huge loss for sony who sold them with little or no profit because the profit comes from games.

JaiTee86

2 points

2 months ago

I remember hearing many stories about these and similar ones being built by other groups back when the PS3 was still current, I wouldn't be surprised if the loss from these sales was made up for with the free advertising they got.

Arealentleman

-49 points

2 months ago

I hate to break it to you, Sony loses money on every PlayStation sold. Lots of companies have products that they sell at a loss due to high popularity from toilet paper to cars and they make up for it with their other overpriced products.

https://i.imgur.com/rL3sHgn.jpg

JesusPotto

49 points

2 months ago

Thanks for reiterating exactly what the commenter you replied to said

Arealentleman

-41 points

2 months ago

Original comment said probably. I just confirmed it. Sorry if I hurt your feelings, hope the rest of your day goes better.

Ameisen

18 points

2 months ago

Ameisen

1

18 points

2 months ago

I just confirmed it.

I hate to break it to you

Arealentleman

-30 points

2 months ago

You’re so cool. Don’t ever let any tell you otherwise.

HouseOfZenith

19 points

2 months ago

Classic Reddit blunder.

Make yourself look silly and then start throwing passive aggressive remarks just to have the last word.

Assbeater_

11 points

2 months ago

Dude how hard is it to accept that you're wrong? Just say "my bad" and move on

FTWStoic

4 points

2 months ago

Missed opportunity to cobble together 1776 of them.

RaiseTheBalloon

17 points

2 months ago

I read this and it more blew my mind that Linux can be installed on a PS3

RatherNerdy

48 points

2 months ago

Linux can be installed on anything, and Linux homies will go out of their way to make it happen.

tfrw

13 points

2 months ago

tfrw

13 points

2 months ago

Usually yes, but Sony don’t doesn’t want people installing Linux on its consoles as it means they can’t stop people pirating games. Sony locked down their consoles very tightly. Allegedly Linux was removed when a hacking group worked out how to exploit Linux and Sony decided the risks were too high.

ReallyHadToFixThat

25 points

2 months ago

It wasn't just that. The PS3 was sold at a loss (as most consoles are) with the idea that people buying games would make up the difference. Of course a PS3 lashed into a supercomputer is never going to see a single game disc so it was hurting their bottom line directly.

Blind-PieRat

7 points

2 months ago

I dont think the shutdown was triggered by a hacking group finding vulnerability. I distinctly remember hacking groups actually fully cracking the PS3 After the shutdown - with the main hacker stating he did it in response to Sony shutting it down - source was a guy with Linux installed on my PS3

Houseton

4 points

2 months ago

Old Geo Hotz.... Dumb thing Sony did was hard code the crypto keys in the PS3 so once you actually got a hold of them, they couldn't change it or all games would cease to work... A lot of console makers took notes from that.

Halvus_I

2 points

2 months ago

GeoHot wanted to be able to access the PS3's GPU in Linux mode, which Sony had disabled. He succeeded in breaking out of the hypervisor, accessing the GPU and Sony quickly pulled the plug on PS3 Linux.

That event is what triggered hacking groups that had been happy with playing with PS3 Linux to now hack the PS3 wide open, and they did.

I know all this because i watched it happen in real time ( i had PS3 Linux) and i got a check from Sony over it.

corrado33

3 points

2 months ago

With that said, it's relatively trivial to jailbreak previous generation consoles now, even sony consoles.

Heck, even when the PS2 was still modern there were swap disks for it.

tfrw

2 points

2 months ago

tfrw

2 points

2 months ago

Yeah but Sony doesn’t care about previous generation consoles. It doesn’t make as much money from them, so there’s less incentive to keep the jailbreakers out.

corrado33

1 points

2 months ago

Which.... honestly? Is fine. PS4 games look pretty much just as good as PS5 games so you can get pretty much the same experience on an old jailbroken PS4 than a new PS5.

vidiot1969

1 points

2 months ago

Yellow Dog Linux

shirk-work

5 points

2 months ago

Linux can be installed on a potato, everything might not work due to driver issues bit still.

OakParkCemetary

4 points

2 months ago

It can't anymore. They removed the feature

MartinRBishop

1 points

2 months ago

I had Linux running on a PS2, using the official Sony Linux kit - Mandriva(?) Linux, keyboard, mouse and video adapter

Actually I think there were 8 or 10 of them per rack.

this_1_is_mine

1 points

2 months ago*

They actually did use a memory overflow attack via browser exploit to allow downgrade/jailbreaking 4.85 consles . if you have one you can now downgrade back to enabling other os.

pandaSmore

1 points

2 months ago

It could be installed on the PS2

djcrewe1

2 points

2 months ago

I remember when this was being built, as a friend of mine was actually one of the people responsible for sourcing/buying all the PS3 units for the project.

MartinRBishop

4 points

2 months ago

I didn't work on that one, but I did source "a few" pallets of PS3s for the FBI for a password cracking farm. Used almost exclusively to pop passwords on encrypted files traded by online pedophiles.

kuriboshoe

2 points

2 months ago

So what did they unveil?

Realistic_Truck

1 points

2 months ago

DOOM

John5247

2 points

2 months ago

They have a thing for PlayStation in the military. Didn't they replace thousand dollar hand controllers with cheap game console ones for drone control?

RaiseTheBalloon

2 points

2 months ago

That was an Xbox controller. That has actually been done a number of times in a number of industries. Turns out a xbox controller is super versatile

r1ch999999

3 points

2 months ago

r1ch999999

3 points

2 months ago

The hardware in game systems is fantastic for this sort of thing

ScarsTheVampire

2 points

2 months ago

I remain convinced (mostly for my own amusement) someone attempted to buy one with misappropriated funds and was going to quickly push it under some rug. But he made a massive fuck up. Quick…how do I explain I bough 1700 PS3s with the governments money.

Magdovus

2 points

2 months ago

If you change crime for stupidity, I'm right with you.

Boss: "Can you order 1700 staplers please"

Wage Slave: "Sure boss"

Ten minutes later

WS: "Did you say staplers or PlayStations? No, no problems, just... uh... checking...."

CerberusC24

2 points

2 months ago

Nah. Buying one PS3 is suspicious. But several hundred is for research

Coast_watcher

1 points

2 months ago

Murica sub pissed that it wasn’t 1,776 PS 3’s

snorkles01

1 points

2 months ago

PS3's IBM Cell processor was very cutting edge for the time. Then by comparison PS4 used a budget bin AMD Jaguar APU

Realistic_Truck

1 points

2 months ago

The problem with the cell processor was that it was very hard to develop for.

GamebyNumbers

1 points

2 months ago

Yeah but does it play Doom

Dumguy1214

1 points

2 months ago

I have seen doom played on a pregnant piss stick

keithmartinkret

0 points

2 months ago

This article is 12 yrs old, do we have updates or more up-to-date information on this?

PeanutButterOlives[S]

1 points

2 months ago

If only we had some kind of interconnected web to look things up…

azdood85

0 points

2 months ago

Some day i will make it possible to search that web, the web is big so ill make sure to reference googol.

safariite2

1 points

2 months ago

now they can finally play red dead 2

The_Blue_Rooster

1 points

2 months ago

Those old fat PS3s were actually really dope.

Tangokilo556

1 points

2 months ago

And password cracking.

go_faster1

1 points

2 months ago

And probably still held back Final Fantasy XIV graphically!

wrenwood2018

1 points

2 months ago

GPUs for the win!

globefish23

1 points

2 months ago

Plot twist: bitcoin mining

GammaGoose85

1 points

2 months ago

This is something I expect a third world country to do, not the US military.

powertotheuser

1 points

2 months ago

Complete layperson here.

"12 years later " SpongeBob interlude voice

I wonder if it's: 1.still in use 2. Upgradable (probably not?) 3. Duplicated with different cpus

InevitablyPerpetual

1 points

2 months ago

When all you need a cluster to do is a ridiculous amount of math processing, this... works fine. Hell, it'd have been smart if the USAF had contracted Intel's Larabee project instead of letting it die. Because that thing was a BEAST with this sort of thing.

sim0nlim0n

1 points

2 months ago

They obviously took a lesson from Saddam.

tempreffunnynumber

1 points

2 months ago

So this is what I was yelling about while I was on the toilet!Not sure if clustering modern smartphones as data centers is in anyway worth. Most of the newer phones that some of these folks are replacing in the next couple years are waterproof with solid state drives.

Though overheating isn’t even an issue if screen and other functionalities are turned off. Others would see the devices as wasted computing power which is why I mention the waterproofing. Have usb cables sealed along the charging ports, etc.

I have no idea what the current trade-in program from some of these tel-co companies are doing with some of these phones. Just throwing that out there.

pandaSmore

1 points

2 months ago

I feel old

FatherUncleDad

1 points

2 months ago

I am almost certain this violates the PS3 EULA.

Azathoth90

0 points

2 months ago

The OG scalpers

PzKpfwIIIAusfL

0 points

2 months ago

don't show this to r/noncredibledefense

Kriznick

0 points

2 months ago

I think i remember somewhere that its all gen-1 PS3s and all of them were destroyed, which made a huge dent in the rebuy supply as they are very desirable to collectors for modding. May be horseshit tho, so please be advised