[mythtv-users] PS3 keys

Anthony Giggins seven at seven.dorksville.net
Mon Jan 17 09:59:46 UTC 2011

On 17 January 2011 18:05, Raymond Wagner <raymond at wagnerrp.com> wrote:

> On 1/17/2011 02:27, Nick Rout wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 4:34 AM, Jacob Mansfield<cyberjacob at gmail.com>
>>  wrote:
>>> On 3 January 2011 15:23, Dean Collins<Dean at cognation.net>  wrote:
>>>> lol does that count as blackmail ...pay me and we will work with you not
>>>> against you?<spam(?) link removed>
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Dean
>>> 1 what on earth is this
>>> 2 what does it have to do with a ps3
>>> 3 what does it have to do with mythtv
>>> 4 why is it posted on the mythtv mailing list if it is about a ps3
>> 3. Info about cracking the PS3 would assist in making it an even
>> better/more useful machine,
>> 4. Ultimately perhaps resulting in a mythfrontend (or an xbmc port, or
>> something useful!)
> The crack gets you three things: access to the 7th SPE which was formerly
> used to run the hypervisor, access to a few dozen MB of memory formerly used
> to run the hypervisor, and access to the GPU for OpenGL support.  Just
> because you can access the GPU doesn't mean OpenGL will magically work, you
> still need to write drivers for it.  Even were that to happen, the GPU does
> not provide any sort of hardware decoding, that all has to be done on the
> CPU.
> The removal of the hypervisor frees up a _single_ SPE.  Linux on the PS3
> has had access to six of the seven for the last four and a half years.  At
> current, the best they have managed is partial offload of MPEG2, the
> equivalent of XvMC.  Everything else must be run on the rather limited
> in-order PPE.  The extra SPE will provide the system exactly no additional
> worth as a media player.  Beyond that, the system is painfully low on
> memory, and will be swapping just to boot into Linux and start up a 1080p
> frontend.
> The PS3 has absolutely no worth as a Linux media player.
>  In reality isn't this crack likely to result in greater hardware sales for
>> Sony?
> Why would Sony care?  Sony subsidizes the price of the hardware to
> encourage sales.  They take a hit on each unit sold, under the assumption
> people will be buying lots of games and movies to use on the system.  If you
> crack the system to run Linux, or homebrew games, or HPC applications, Sony
> is losing money.  It is in their best interest to keep the system locked
> down, and keep you using it for their intended purposes.
Sony began making a profit on their console sales almost a year ago



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