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Originally posted by fumanchu
The short answer is, you bought a piece of crap. It has nothing to do with whatever the military decide to use them for. The simple fact is that due to demand, corners get cut in the manufacturing or parts supply chain, and the end result is a load of garbage waiting to be offloaded on the ever gullible consumer, you. This sort of defectiveness is not limited to the PS3, or even Sony (who tend to turn out alot of trash these days), but vast amounts of consumer goods in varying degrees. See AMD's first quad cores and nVidias defective G92 gpus. It happens all the time, you ain't special.
[edit on 12-12-2009 by fumanchu]
Originally posted by fumanchu
reply to post by flylead
What the military do has no bearing on what happens to your PS3, why you think it does is beyond me. Or do you just assume everything has something to do with you in some nefarious way, if so you need some help.
Originally posted by OpenMindCuriousMind
This is long winded and probably a painful read, summed up at the bottom so skim down if you're impatient. :-P
To the OP...
Sorry to burst your bubble but I'm pretty sure I have a good answer for you in regards to why they bought thousands of the cheap 60gb PS3's. The PS3 in general, regardless of which sized harddive, is a BADASS computer. The ONLY thing it lacks, is memory. If you could up it, you would have you a serious computer for a much cheaper price than going out and buying a PC. The government has no wish to play games (I don't think) so it's only logical they plan on taking out the computing power from each one, rigging them together to make a super computer as you yourself said. Why buy the cheap ones? Well, why buy expensive ones when you can get cheap ones? Sony knows they are damaged, so I would assume the government probably got a good price for them.
So you paid what, 500 hundred bucks for it when it was new? Buying in bulk = discount plus buying damaged goods = discount. So they are getting a really good deal on REALLY good computers.
"But they are damaged!!" So? Like the guy up there said, it's an easy 20 minute fix most of the time. Besides, it's probably just some stupid little thing that causes it, and since they are going to gut the PS3's anyway, you know a lot of the internals are going to be trashed and replaced with better parts. After all, I'm sure all they want from the PS3's are the processors n such.
Summed up: PS3 has lot's of computing power, for cheap price. 60gb have a known failure that is easily fixed the majority of the time. Put those two things together and you just made a really good deal on the core parts needed to make a "super computer" as you called it.
No conspiracy that I can see. Damn it.