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post #1 of 49
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Originally Posted by PS_Blog 
By the beginning of November 2012, we will retire the services available through the Life with PlayStation application. In conjunction with its retirement, we will stop offering the Life with PlayStation application to new users with the 4.30 update. This includes the conclusion of our participation with Stanford University’s Folding@home, a distributed computing project aimed at understanding protein folding, misfolding and studying the causes of a variety of diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s as well as various cancers.
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Originally Posted by Vijay Pande 
“The PS3 system was a game changer for Folding@home, as it opened the door for new methods and new processors, eventually also leading to the use of GPUs. We have had numerous successes in recent years. Specifically, in a paper just published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, we report on tests of predictions from earlier Folding@home simulations, and how these predictions have led to a new strategy to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The next steps, now underway at Stanford, are to take this lead compound and help push it towards a viable drug. It’s too early to report on our preliminary results there, but I’m very excited that the directions set out in this paper do appear to be bearing fruit in terms of a viable drug (not just a drug candidate).”

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Sad to see it go, I can't imagine why it was necessary. Why gut functionality from the PS3, even if few users utilized it? Linux, Life with Playstation, and now by extension F@H. Get those machines running OCN, lets turn in as many WU's as we can before the curtain call can and send off F@H in style!

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post #2 of 49
they're probably just cutting it now, so they don't get bad press when they cut it on PS4 release.
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I've put an amended version of the original title in, should be more than satisfactory. smile.gif
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post #4 of 49
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Thanks Chimp!

@ Audio: I guess it makes sense to cut it prior to the release of the PS4, I just wonder, why even cut it at all. It was a nice feature, sure it was niche, but those that didn't use it just ignored. mad.gif
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Oh wow really?! Just as I decided to start frown.gif
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There's also the fact that compared to today's current hardware, the PS3 has become terribly inefficient. A lot happens in 5 years.
post #7 of 49
They could also of done it to reduce the memory consumption of the OS so that they had more memory available for games.
post #8 of 49
arm band with swastikas come to mind when i heard about this.

Hail Sony and its future dictatorship.
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There's also the fact that compared to today's current hardware, the PS3 has become terribly inefficient. A lot happens in 5 years.

This. I'm not even paying for electricity, and the amount of heat the PS3 puts out alone isn't worth the piddly 900ppd.
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post #10 of 49
It is not about the PPD is it? It is about everyone chipping in a tiny bit so that together we make one huge contribution.

In Europe it was never available to do. Which was quite sad.

Why Sony does this I don't know. It was such a good idea.
 
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