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After the success of the non-profit Folding@home project, Sony is interested in leasing out computing power to companies willing to pay

Sony is interested in offering discounts and other incentives to have PlayStation 3 owners create a type of supercomputer grid that can be utilized by businesses.  A number of companies -- especially those working in the medical and pharmaceutical industries -- are interested in harnessing the power from PS3s instead of paying outright for a supercomputer.  Sony would likely have to pay users to keep the PS3 running all the time for the benefit of paying businesses.

Sony is unsure how many PS3 owners will be interested in having someone utilize the computer power of their PS3.  Sony spokespeople said the plan is still in the research stage, so types of incentives and which companies are interested have not been announced.  Discounts on products, free downloads, exclusive content, and points are all possible incentives PS3 owners might receive.

The PlayStation 3 is the main choice for supercomputing since Sony's next-generation console has so much processing power, courtesy of the IBM Cell processor.  A newtork of 10,000 PS3s has the power equivalent to 200,000 home PCs, Sony claims.  

Reports were published last month that showed PlayStation 3 game consoles would be able to participate in Stanford University's Folding@ home program -- a popular distributed computing project that uses the processing power for biomedical research.


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RE: Why not?
By fic2 on 4/12/2007 5:41:20 PM , Rating: 3
What the hell are you talking about?

And what country is "this country"? You do realize that there is actual internet access beyond the borders of the U.S., right?


RE: Why not?
By Trisped on 4/12/2007 6:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, every country with a set tax system I have heard of charges more to those who make more money. US is a little extreme though, rather then charging a lot of luxury taxes (though we do have them) we change the rich a higher % in taxes. So for example someone living on minimum wage might pay 15% taxes, while someone taking home millions might pay 34% of there income as taxes. Even if you switch to a flat tax system a person taking home 25k, but paying the same 20% as the person taking home 5000k will be paying 5k vs the 25k paid by the better off individual.


RE: Why not?
By fic2 on 4/12/2007 7:19:46 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, in the U.S. if you made more than $94,200 in 2006 you automatically got a 6.2% increase in wages for amounts above that since social security tax only went up to that amount. If you are self employed your raise was 2x that since you pay both employee and employer.

And, actually, if you are self employed you probably pay yourself much less in actual salary and the rest as a "dividend".

There are all kinds of ways to structure your payments so that you get taxed a lot less. Also, if you are pretty wealthy you are probably writing off that vacation home you haven't used in a couple of years.

The U.S. needs to go to some kind of consumption tax so that people start saving instead of consuming. I like http://www.fairtax.org

And, BTW, I am self employed and I my income did go over the SS cutoff.


RE: Why not?
By deeznuts on 4/13/2007 1:54:53 AM , Rating: 2
With a consumption tax the poor can be overly burdened with taxes since they consume more of their income then the wealthy. Basic necessesities and simple luxuries take up a lot more of their income then someone wealthy.


RE: Why not?
By TheGreek on 4/13/2007 10:06:01 AM , Rating: 2
Why would basic neccessities have a consumption tax? Last I looked food from a store has no sales tax. Prepared food is another story.


RE: Why not?
By Kuroyama on 4/13/2007 11:21:37 AM , Rating: 2
If you consider Social Security money as money lost down a hole then you're right, but if you consider it as a mandatory pension system then people over $94,200 may have higher take home pay but that's not the same as higher wages or less taxes.

A consumption tax may or may not be a good way to go, but Fairtax's claim that a 23% tax will suffice (with a rebate paid too) is absurdly optimistic. This is the wrong forum to debate that though, so I'll leave it at that.

Anyways, my, we've drifted far from the original topic.


RE: Why not?
By TheGreek on 4/13/2007 10:09:25 AM , Rating: 2
"while someone taking home millions might pay 34% of there income as taxes"

Marginal rates, not overall rates, and reductions for capital gains which probably make up a much larger percentage of their income.

All that before creative accouting kicks in.


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