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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 TheGreek on 4/13/2007 10:02:28 AM , Rating: 2
"there is no $$$ in the cure, just the medicine!!!!!! we will never see a cure for anything, just drugs to keep it all under control. call me a conspiracy theorist but that is how i feel. medicine in all its forms is probably a multi trillion dollar a year industry globally, so why would they make a cure and stop the $$ coming in??"

But the greed will continue to your benefit. Rx Co A makes $1000/month from one of your meds, then Rx Co B comes out with another drug that costs $800/month and gains a customer. Wouldn't you expect that to happen? Look at Rogaine and how much the cost of that has dropped in order not to lose market share. But that's in general of course, and may not apply with rare health issues.

Vaccines by the way need to be administered to everyone. Polio, smallpox, etc.

The other question is, what's the alternative? Is is better to keep paying from a treatment or save your money and no options?

Yes Rx Co.s are very greedy. What co. isn't?


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