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Understanding the way black holes vibrate is not the easiest of tasks, and to calculate all possible outcomes for various scenarios, variables, and surprise elements is a very demanding process, in terms of the computing resources it requires. That's why some of the smaller labs performing calculus in the area cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars to supercomputer grids, for a bit of time to run their simulations.

That's why scientists at the University of Alabama, in Huntsville, and the University of Massachusetts, in Dartmouth, decided to invest in a more unconventional computer, namely Sony's PlayStation 3. Researchers hooked up about 16 consoles together, for an estimated total price of a bit over $6,000. With this rig, they were able to run dozens of simulations regarding the vibrations of black holes and to insert as many variables as they wished in the process.
What makes this so cost-feasible for the two universities is the fact that, if this solution hadn't been thought of, they would have had to pay $5,000 per simulation at various supercomputer labs. And it goes without saying that a few dozen simulations would have required a serious investment.
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I've always wanted to be the guy that walks into Best Buy and asks someone for help getting my 15 PS3s!
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I'd like to be that guy just so I can see the look on the Best Buy Rep's face.
    
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I've always wanted to be the guy that walks into Best Buy and asks someone for help getting my 15 PS3s!
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I'd like to be that guy just so I can see the look on the Best Buy Rep's face.
Nah...

I'd like to be that guy just so I always have that kind of money to throw around.

"Fifteen PS3's you say, let me just get some money from my wallet. Also can you throw in five 360's and a HDTV? Charge it on my Visa."
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Nah...

I'd like to be that guy just so I always have that kind of money to throw around.

"Fifteen PS3's you say, let me just get some Stolen money from my Stolen wallet. Also can you throw in five 360's and a HDTV? Charge it on my Stolen Visa."
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Nah...

I'd like to be that guy just so I always have that kind of money to throw around.

"Fifteen PS3's you say, let me just get some money from my wallet. Also can you throw in five 360's and a HDTV? Charge it on my Visa."
even better, $100 bills
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An I'd like to be this guy:

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Sony loses $50 on every console, and this lab won't be buying Blu-rays or games
Poor Sony lol, this seems to be the latest trend
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Sony loses $50 on every console, and this lab won't be buying Blu-rays or games
Poor Sony lol, this seems to be the latest trend
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