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Iraq Stockpiling PS2 Consoles!

CmdrTaco posted more than 13 years ago | from the americans-without-tekken-tag dept.

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cd-w writes "According to this link, Saddam Hussein is stockpiling PS2 consoles with the view to using them in weapon technology." Honestly I don't know if this is a joke or not, but its really funny no matter how many ways I look at it. If I was Sony, I would have leaked this story just for the advertising.

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Re:Either it's a hoax or... (1)

I Am Smarter Than U (264860) | more than 13 years ago | (#549026)

... Boris, Natasha, and Fearless Leader ...

BTW, Boris and Natasha don't sound too Iraqi to me.
I understand that US leaders made up funny stories in the 50s (and all the way up to the 80s) just to get more funding for the military, about bad bad communists who slaughter your kids and rape your women as soon as they have a chance - and that your parents scared you half to death with this when you were a child - but hey, it's year 2000 now, talk to someone about it, take some Prozac and you'll feel much better.

But just how are the PS2s being tracked? (1)

Whatanut (203397) | more than 13 years ago | (#549028)

The thing that strikes me in this article is the fact that the government knows upwards of 4000 ps2 units have been bought and shipped out of the country. Can someone tell me how the government knows where these playstation consoles are going?

Re:Think before you post.... (1)

l-ascorbic (200822) | more than 13 years ago | (#549029)

Nah, they're japanese remember. Export restrictions would mean the US would get the crappy ones. Like crypto in the RSA patent days.

Re:something fishy about this... (1)

Mr_Dyqik (156524) | more than 13 years ago | (#549031)

Except if you read the article, you'll see that he can't because computer hardware is sanctioned, but video games aren't (I don't know why).

If all you had was a bunch of PS2s, a bunch of 286's and American codes to crack, what would you think about using?

ch3333t4!!!! (1)

sluggie (85265) | more than 13 years ago | (#549032)

hmm...If you build up your nuke facilities with playstations, can you enter cheat codes for unlimited ammo, god mode, or always hit? hmm...

Keep in mind (3)

SquadBoy (167263) | more than 13 years ago | (#549038)

when the PS2 first came out Japan would not allow the export of them on the grounds that they could be used as a weapons platform. There were many Iraq jokes on this fine site alone. Pretty funny joke and it shows up how silly many people are about tech.

Re:PS2=Realistic Warfare (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 13 years ago | (#549039)

> I'm very worried about this development; this is serious stuff.

Think on the bright side. Now Saddam can sit at home and fantasize about kicking all his neighbors' asses.

--

Sharief don't like it... (2)

Cullpepper (106167) | more than 13 years ago | (#549041)


... and soon he shall release his quake mod upon the western world, destroying the infidels...

oh no! the cheat settings! (2)

fantomas (94850) | more than 13 years ago | (#549043)

Damn, what happens if he finds the secret 'cheat' settings as well....

Remember the g4 commercials? (1)

morpheus_ (124308) | more than 13 years ago | (#549044)

Apple cashed in on the hype, but then again, it didn't involve having one of their products bombing an oil field or something like that. I don't think Sony will want this one rumor to spread about... ;)

Re:I know why (5)

Snard (61584) | more than 13 years ago | (#549046)

No, actually he plans to auction them off on eBay to help pay for his war efforts.

Re:Keep in mind (1)

pallex (126468) | more than 13 years ago | (#549047)

Yeah, i remember a story about some guys in the UK getting hassled/arrested/not sure for supplying banned tech to iraq - turned out they were smuggling motorola 68000 cpus! Wondered at the time why they didnt just send a few Megadrives or Amigas over!

Re:seriously now... (1)

bluebomber (155733) | more than 13 years ago | (#549057)

I think it was originally the PS2 that was going to have difficulty being imported to the US because of munitions restrictions.

Also, keep in mind that WorldNetDaily is about as far-right as you can get -- not that there's anything wrong with that. ;)

-bluebomber

Re:A Call To Arms!!! (1)

bluebomber (155733) | more than 13 years ago | (#549063)

I think we should detonate a nuke in the atmosphere over the Middle East. Sure, the EMP would cause all kinds of collateral damage, but it is the only way we can be sure to wipe out the PS2's!!

-bluebomber

Re:seriously now... (3)

StormyMonday (163372) | more than 13 years ago | (#549065)

I saw a news item a while back about the Administration's attempts to keep people from exporting supercomputers to China.

"Why?" ran the question. "What can they do with a supercomputer"?

"Military weather prediction" was the answer.

"What about nuclear weapon design?"

"Nuclear weapon design is no longer considered computationally significant."

Yeesh.

The most advamced computers on the Manhattan Project ran on punched cards. Most of our current inventory of nukes were designed on machines less powerful than a low-end desktop.

Fortunately, manufacture of nukes is *considerably* more difficult than design. Plutonium is spectacularly difficult to deal with.

--

Re:Looking for cheat codes? (2)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 13 years ago | (#549066)

Applications for this system are potentially frightening," said an intelligence source. "One expert I spoke with estimated that an integrated bundle of 12-15 PlayStations could provide enough computer power to control an Iraqi unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV -- a pilotless aircraft."


What a load of crap. The Joint Standoff Weapon, which is essentially a UAV that glides, is controlled by two 486s. You don't need 12-15 300MHz processors to do this. You could probably do it with a Palm Pilot (no pun intended) or two.

Note the careful weasel wording. The author is quoting an "intelligence source" which is quoting another "expert".

A Call To Arms!!! (5)

tewwetruggur (253319) | more than 13 years ago | (#549115)

As responsible world citizens, I hereby issue a call to arms against the evil stockpiling of PS2's in Iraq! We must bring this terrible evil to justice. I personally know several children and adults who will not be able to get one of these systems for the holidays, and I strongly feel that this is the root cause!

We must invade Iraq, steal all their PS2's, then nuke them into oblivion!

And then, we attain the movie rights and begin production of a game based on the battle for the PS2.

note the source (5)

jayfoo2 (170671) | more than 13 years ago | (#549119)

If you take a look at the rest of the news on the site it becomes quickly apparent that it's not quite news. It's actually a right-wing advocacy site.

Let's get them back! (1)

j_snare (220372) | more than 13 years ago | (#549125)

Dissappointing our kids? Well, we obviously need to invade and get them back!

For a full refund of course.. ;-)

they finally understood how to conquer the world (3)

kipple (244681) | more than 13 years ago | (#549127)

"Beyond that, the graphics capabilities of a PlayStation are staggering -- five times more powerful than that of a typical graphics workstation, and roughly 15 times more powerful than the graphics cards found in most PCs."
Looks like they finally understood how to conquer the world.. by making hi-tech cool-graphics movies and/or games.. Will we have a Quake version with the face of Bush as the Final Enemy?

It's Economic Warfare! (1)

blane.bramble (133160) | more than 13 years ago | (#549132)

He's planning on bringing about the downfall of Western civilisation by depriving the kids of PlayStation 2. After the abject failure of Y2K to end civilisation, Saddam has decided that if enough kids are deprived of the only Christmas present they want this year, there will be rioting in the streets by Jan 1st, and civilisation will begin to fall shortly after. By about Jan 15th, Saddam "Santa" Hussein will offer to release his stockpile of PS2's in exchange for being voted Undisputed Commander of the World. You saw it here first.

Oh. PS2. (2)

Count Spatula (103735) | more than 13 years ago | (#549139)

It makes sense now. I was wondering if CmdrTaco was high or something, laughing at Saddam Hussein stockpiling PS/2s. Although, that would be kinda funny, too.

Ye gods! (1)

ocelotbob (173602) | more than 13 years ago | (#549141)

#include

I knew that the PS2 was ahead of it's time as far as technology goes, but it's pretty obvious why Sadam wants this tech. He is a very old school hacker, reminiscant about his glory days of the seventies and eighties. It just so happens that he wants to play one of his favorite games -- Global Thermonuclear Warfare.

communist OSes (1)

kipple (244681) | more than 13 years ago | (#549150)

What about a beowulf cluster of communist PS2 consoles?

...let's make it under linux: a million communist cannot be wrong! (quoted by a friend)

Either it's a hoax or... (5)

glebite (206150) | more than 13 years ago | (#549155)

This smells like a hoax - imagine these people putting so much effort into converting the PS2s into viable development stations and networking them? It doesn't seem likely. I get visions of Boris, Natasha, and Fearless Leader working into the wee hours of the night, building new kernel loads...

On the other hand, if this article isn't a spoof, then it could be an elaborate plot to deprive American children of their decadent and infidel Christmas celebrations. Once again, I get visions of Boris, Natasha, and Fearless Leader wringing their hands in glee knowing that they have disrupted life in Frostbite Falls...

Moose and Squirrel, where are you when we need you?

Report Inconsistencies (2)

zania (254748) | more than 13 years ago | (#549158)

Did anyone notice that in paragraph six they say PS2 has a 32 bit CPU, while in paragraph 18 they say PS2 has a 128 bit CPU? What else are they making up in this report?

Wait a minute, you mean video wargame technology can be used to make real war? Hello!

Later, at an iraqi missile base... (2)

swf (129638) | more than 13 years ago | (#549160)

Tech 1: Quick! Launch that nuke to get rid of those mechs.

Tech 2: Just a second, there's a few too close, I'll pop 'em with my railgun before they get in range... there, now I can launch.

<ground begins to rumble, alarms ring>

Supervisor: What the hell!!!

Tech 1 and 2: Oh F#@$!

Air combat training? (2)

griffinn (240043) | more than 13 years ago | (#549164)

Here's a tip for the fibbies: It might be worthy to check out whether they're stockpiling flight-sim joypads for the PS2 at the same time.

Worldwide conspiracy? (2)

Afty0r (263037) | more than 13 years ago | (#549166)

As the world moves forward, and the internet and other communications mediums bring down international barriers from an intellectual point of view, is it completely inconceivable to think that Saddam and Iraq may attempt to sway the leaders of the world by the most powerful method possible : public opinion? If Iraq manage to acquire a large number of Playstation 2's and then create a shop to flog them at bargain basement prices, with prices dropping based on the number of sanctions dropped we could well find riots in the streets of major capital cities around the world demanding a more friendly attitude towards Iraq. Perhaps Sony are also in on this? By supplying a few millions Playstation 2s to the Iraqi leadership they could well pave the way for this sort of return. Perhaps in return a new law will be passed by Saddam requiring all Iraqi citizens to purchase a Playstation 2 within 6 months or be gassed to death? This would certainly explain the measly allocation of Playstation 2's around Europe... Time for a bit of cybersquatting methinks. /me heads off to register.com to grab getyouriraqiplaystation2shere.com

This reeks of fakeitude. (2)

dave-fu (86011) | more than 13 years ago | (#549169)

Also, the article neglected to blame the bounty of freezing rain and snow that I'm supposed to get tonight on that DASTARDLY Saddam. That's just shoddy journalism if you ask me.
1) where'd he get all the PSX2s?
2) will ebay be indicted for treason or something?
3) the PSX2 is classified as a computer in England (with the bundled BASIC); how is it not classified as one everywhere else?
4) even if all this is true, the DIA should've done that extra 15 seconds of legwork to figure out no one can make heads or tails of programming them
5) i hope these evil Iraqi computer scientists release the source code to the operating system that they build that allows for distributed computing on linked PSX2s. how are they building this cluster again?

Upshot is, there's no good games out for the PSX2 to distract the evil Iraqi computer scientists from their task of world domination. Hasn't this war been milked dry already? Cripes what a non-issue, but then again... now that Russia's our friends (here's a hint: it was china, not the us, they were soiling themselves over the whole time) might as well keep on demonizing those sinister brown people.

could you imagine... (1)

djocyko (214429) | more than 13 years ago | (#549171)

Two government agencies are investigating the purchases because the PlayStations can be bundled together into a sort of crude super-computer and used for a variety of military applications, say intelligence sources.

Apparently Sadaam could imagine a beuwulf cluster of these things...

Developing weapons with game consoles (1)

JWW (79176) | more than 13 years ago | (#549172)

What a kludge!!!

Sure the PS2 has the power, but he's going to have to graft on a lot of technology to build a unmanned vehicle. I could see the ability to build simulators, but control systems will be much harder to graft onto the PS2.

Looking for cheat codes? (2)

Alien54 (180860) | more than 13 years ago | (#549181)

I bet he is trying to figure out the cheat codes so he can beat George Bush in the next Middle East War.

Seriously, with the import restrictions, the most advanced stuff he has may be the equal to a 486. (on a broad basis) Except for the stuff he smuggles.

so something like PS2 may have superior capability. Looks like he is trying to make a crude cluster of the units:

Two government agencies are investigating the purchases because the PlayStations can be bundled together into a sort of crude super-computer and used for a variety of military applications, say intelligence sources. ...

What could Iraq do with such a primitive super-computer constructed with Sony PlayStation 2s? ...

Applications for this system are potentially frightening," said an intelligence source. "One expert I spoke with estimated that an integrated bundle of 12-15 PlayStations could provide enough computer power to control an Iraqi unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV -- a pilotless aircraft."

Iraq has been working on development of UAVs for several years as a possible platform for delivering chemical weapons, say intelligence experts.

Bundled PlayStation computers could also be used to calculate ballistic data for long-range missiles, or in the design of nuclear weapons, they add. Iraq has long had difficulty calculating the potential yield of nuclear devices -- a critical requirement in designing such weapons. Networking these computers might provide a method for correcting this deficiency, said one intelligence source.

So, why doesn't Saddam Hussein simply buy computers or workstations from friendly nations or on the black market? While this is a possibility, current United Nations sanctions prohibit the sale or transfer of virtually all types of computer hardware and technology to Iraq. However, computer-based video game systems -- like the PlayStation 2 -- are not included in the ban. Iraq's scientists and engineers have apparently found a convenient loophole in the U.N. sanctions.

Defense experts say it is also relatively easy to smuggle PlayStations into Iraq, since customs inspectors don't view toys as potential military weapons. Jordanian and Turkish inspectors rarely examine "small" shipments under 100 pounds, making it possible to send large numbers of PlayStations into Iraq without arousing suspicion.

maybe we can send him all of those old IBM PS2s filling up our land fills. there has got to be a use for them someplace.

Re:Oh. PS2. (1)

JDBrechtel (48222) | more than 13 years ago | (#549183)

This just isn't funny anymore, and it's probably been used more times than the beowulf cluster joke!

Weapons? Nah, money... (2)

AstynaxX (217139) | more than 13 years ago | (#549185)

He won't use them in weapons, he's gonna sell them on eBay and use the proceeds to buy weapons.

-={(Astynax)}=-

I don't think so. (2)

paRcat (50146) | more than 13 years ago | (#549188)

From the article:

Most Americans don't realize that each PlayStation unit contains a 32-bit CPU -- every bit as powerful as the processor found in most desktop and laptop computers

and...

At just over 4 pounds, it contains a 300 MHz-driven, 128-bit CPU.

What's wrong here?

I say it's a hoax. While it seems like a plausible thing to do, I just don't think it has happened. And 15-20 clustered PS2s? How many DoD computers completely blow that computing power away?

Great... (3)

sid_vicious (157798) | more than 13 years ago | (#549192)

Now we'll have another crappy movie with Clooney and Marky-Mark, trying to steal Saddam's horde of PlayStation 2's.

:)

Re:Dangit.. Now I'm going to be redundant.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#549197)

On the possibility that this isn't a troll, I'll point out that you should have made that last post anonymously... there are some bastard / zealot moderators out there who won't think twice about modding down BOTH comments.

PS2s (1)

Spit_Fire1 (247104) | more than 13 years ago | (#549201)

"A single PlayStation can generate up to 75 million polygons per second. Polygons, as noted in the DIA report, are the basic units used to generate the surface of 3-D models -- extremely useful in military design and modeling applications."

The governments of the world don't want him to have computers powerful enough to do anything but play pac-man and a ps2 has enough computing power to calculate any one of a thousand military computations, design new bombs and aircraft these things would take years with their computers. The same reason that one version of the ps2 is not for export to any country. With these he could create a cluster and have a mainframe. That would be pretty cool though a cluster of PS2s take on ASCI white.

I think Saddam.... (1)

canning (228134) | more than 13 years ago | (#549205)

should have duked it out with the rest of America in various Toy Stores across the country. Or been forced to bid on Ebay for every PS2.

Just Great (1)

xp0rnstar (199803) | more than 13 years ago | (#549211)

Now he can team up with the folks at that Czech hospital using the Atari and take over the world. What'll be next Afghanistan stockpiling game genie.

Re:Oh. PS2. (1)

Count Spatula (103735) | more than 13 years ago | (#549212)

Well, excuse *me* for not being on top of the lame-ass-jokes department. Browsing at 2 usually keeps those from my eyes.

Heehee (2)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 13 years ago | (#549214)

Of course it's a hoax; everyone knows that if Saddam was really worth his evil dictator worth in salt, he'd be waiting for nintendo's Game Cube [nintendo.com].

He could rule the adults by linking up the Game Cube's to a geostatic topsphere ATG missle array, and he could rule the kids by kicking their ass at Pokeman Stadium

http://www.mp3.com/subatomicacorn

My $1.00/50 about why..... (1)

Nipok Nek (87328) | more than 13 years ago | (#549216)

Here we go. I believe they gave too much away when they mentioned that if Saddam had any problems, all he had to do was wait, and the Internet would provide him the answers. This is an Obvious attempt by SONY to reduce reverse-engineering by linking it to Evil-Bad Consequences. Now, it is no longer simply that SONY will get bent out of shape if you figure out how to remove region coding, oh no..... If you hack your PS2, you could be HELPING THE EVIL TYRANT TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!!!

Very clever of them, I say.

Nipok_Nek

Other toys to weapons (3)

selectspec (74651) | more than 13 years ago | (#549221)

.

Here are some other military applications for common toys:

TickleMeElmo: incendiary explosive

Lego Mindstorm: A1 Abrams Tank

Teletubbies Video Tapes psychological warefare

Pokemon: fusion bomb

A New Sony Ad Campaign (ala Apple) (1)

CodingFiend (236675) | more than 13 years ago | (#549222)

Imagine, a single PS2 sitting in a bare white room. A roar fills the world, and tanks roar around the little console, their turrets facing outward. The voice of God, The new Play Station 2, so powerfull, it's considered a weapon!. Voice of Sodamned, The new jihad is sponsered, in part, by the new Sony Playstation 2... Kill your enemies and have a great time doing it! I swear by it, and you'll swear at it, infidels!!

Save the Kurds! (1)

NineNine (235196) | more than 13 years ago | (#549224)

Actually, Iraq is stockpiling them so that the Iraqi Army can learn to kick the Kurd's ass in the new X-Men fighter. Save the Kurd's! Either bring them to the US to train them in Wolverine's new moves, or ship them PS2's!

Re:Looking for cheat codes? (1)

Afty0r (263037) | more than 13 years ago | (#549226)

If they dont check packages under 100 pounds then it would also be feasible to smuggle small children (say, 13yr old l33t hax0rs kidnapped from leafy green suburban homes with unmetered internet access) to bring down the e-commerce of the western world?

A quick bit of DNS-"fixing" and suddenly every major domain could be repointed to www.saddamseverythingunderadollar.com
?

On a slightly more serious note, for computing power to be any use to Saddam he must have experts and technicians available.
Knowing this, surely its not hard to pop a few P3s or Athlons in an anti static bag. Same with Hard Drives / Memory chips / motherboards?
When stripped down and no case included PCs are made of very small things, which I would imagine are easy to send into Iraq. They're also very cheap. Why on earth impose a sanction that's almost impossible to enforce?

Here's what I think .... (1)

opencode (28152) | more than 13 years ago | (#549228)

In the time spent to write this article, post it on the internet, e-mail it it CmdrTaco, link it from SlashDot [insert SlashDot Effect here], the U.S. Government has bought enough time to investigate what Hussein has REALLY acquired (no, SlashDot readers still don't know this yet, and we will NOT, either). Whatever he has smuggled in, it/they are SIMILIAR enough to be compared with PS2's, hence suspectible to open debate as to what they are.

I have been somewhat concerned for nearly a year now about micro-computer technology penetrating Iraq, but they needed a diversion. And more importantly, U.S. Intelligence needed a diversion thrown to the think-they're-in-the-know public (so we wouldn't get our hands dirty, and of course, not get us concerned over what's really going on).

Now it's happened ....

PS2=Realistic Warfare (5)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 13 years ago | (#549229)

Not just the PS2, but video games in general. I'm very worried about this development; this is serious stuff. Think about what the Iraqis can learn from video games:

- how to create a plane/tank/soldier with unlimited ammunition
- a full-on frontal assualt by a lone individual will always defeat superior tactics and weaponry
- nothing says "victory" like an rapid-extending Bionic claw
- ninja's are the heart and soul of every nations defensive capabilities: defeat them, and the enemy will fall
- if you fight long and hard enough, you will eventually be faced with the leader of your enemy, who will transform into a hideous, weapon-wielding mutant of some kind. He will, however, have one key weakness you can exploit

For me, the possibility of George W. transforming into a 30-foot tall mutant with machine guns for hands is reason enough to nuke Iraq right now.

Re:Report Inconsistencies (1)

ConversantShogun (227587) | more than 13 years ago | (#549230)

I noticed that, too. Actually, an attributed quote contained the "32-bit" claim, while WND's summary of PS2 features referred to the 128-bit CPU.
Is it possible that both are correct? I know that it has a 128-bit graphics engine (Emotion, I think it's called). Might it also have another 32-bit CPU for non-graphic purposes such as handling I/O?


-----------------------------------

Quake (2)

autocracy (192714) | more than 13 years ago | (#549236)

Overheard in Sadam's lair: "Take the PlayStation2, stick it into chipmunk - wire it to his brain, insert the Quake game, and use the USB port to wire the PlayStation2 to an andrenaline bag. Make it so that whenever the chipmunk makes a frag, he gets the adrenaline. Then use the FireWire port (I use the term FireWire a: because Sony prefers i.link and b: FireWire just sounds cool) to connect a webcam. Use the USB port once more to wire goggles to the chipmunk. By taking advantage of the PS2's AI capabilities, we'll use the camera and goggles to go with the game so that what the Chipmunk sees relates to what's there. Oh yeah, and give him some grenages, a Glock, and a Deutsch..."

It's all about the Karma Points, baybee...
Moderators: Read from the bottom up!

Re:It's Economic Warfare! (1)

Mad_Irish (246820) | more than 13 years ago | (#549237)

So when we invade Iraq to reclaim these PS2's do you think we'll find stockpiles of Furbys and Pokkemon toys? That bastard Saddam, he's so wiley, first he tries to corner the oil market, but failing that moves to entertainment venues. Isn't this just the type of situation we train US special forces to combat?!? I want my tax money back!

Re:Report Inconsistencies (1)

ocelotbob (173602) | more than 13 years ago | (#549240)

Exactly the case. It's got the CPU from the original PSX (MIPS R3000 IIRC) handling all of the menial chores like I/O etc, which is why it can have a PSX compatibility mode.

Important Training Tool (1)

dgb2n (85206) | more than 13 years ago | (#549242)

If he can get enough of these things on hand, he can actually train his troops to surrender using an advanced realistic simulation rather than the real thing.

Next time the war could last 36 instead of 100 hours. Imagine how much more efficient they'll be at giving up.

Re: Processor Bits (2)

autocracy (192714) | more than 13 years ago | (#549244)

Since we're getting into detail on the processor (I dunno why, but we are), I'm going to explain it. The main processor is 128 bit. Secondary processors are 32 bit. Clock speeds also vary. Also note that it is NOT uncommon to have multiple processors. In your computer, you've got one for you video card, one for the general stuff (CPU), and one called a math coprocessor (if you don't have these, it's time to upgrade!).

It's all about the Karma Points, baybee...
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Re:note the source (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#549245)

Yea, and that makes it so much less credible than say an "unbiased" source like CNN!? WND is a Right leaning site but their news and facts still have to be checked.

Think before you post.... (1)

lunenburg (37393) | more than 13 years ago | (#549246)

C'mon, Slashdot, you know it'll only take a couple of stories like this for the government to reclassify the PS2 as munitions and make you go through tons of red tape to get one. Then there'll be the "export-grade" PS2 for selling outside the US and Canada (Code Name: "Pong").

something fishy about this... (1)

daveym (258550) | more than 13 years ago | (#549247)

Hey maybe Saddam is trying to corner the world market on PS2's. With Bush and Powell in the Exexutive Branch we can have Bush-Saddam 2 Solid: the Ps2 war. To quench America's unending thirst for well-marketed yet suspiciously rare video game consoles, Bush sends us to war to "protect our freedom"...

...seriously, though, it looks like Saddam is yet another person to be suckered in by Sony's BS-marketing about the "graphics power" of the PS-2. I find it hard to believe that the guts of a PS 2 could make a "supercomputer" more cheaply than a Beowolf cluster of PC's.

"Applications for this system are potentially frightening," said an intelligence source. "One expert I spoke with estimated that an integrated bundle of 12-15 PlayStations could provide enough computer power to control an Iraqi unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV -- a pilotless aircraft."

Yeah, and for that same $4,000 you could buy 2 PC's to controll 2 UAV's.

seriously now... (2)

MillMan (85400) | more than 13 years ago | (#549248)

Lets face it, as technology improves, the cost of designing weapons approaches zero. Whether the story is true or not, it points to this fact. Lets face it, in 30, 40 years every third world country is going to have some sort of nuclear weapon. A lot of countries will have delivery systems as well. This is just a reality we will have to face. The PS2 Weapon Development Platform(tm) might be a bit much, but how hard do you think it is for Saddam to get his hands on a bunch of PC's?

If all it takes is a cluster of PS2's to make weapons, there isn't much the FBI or CIA can do. While this site reaks of far right wing propeganda (Saddam needs to be crushed and he stole your child's PS2, as well) I certainly don't support it. America needs to realize it will be much, much harder in the coming years to rule the world.

get em! (1)

Slngal 11 (257199) | more than 13 years ago | (#549249)

As responsible world citizens, I hereby issue a call to arms against the evil stockpiling of PS2's in Iraq! We must bring this terrible evil to justice. I personally know several children and adults who will not be able to get one of these systems for the holidays, and I strongly feel that this is the root cause!

We must invade Iraq, steal all their PS2's, then nuke them into oblivion!

And then, we attain the movie rights and begin production of a game based on the battle for the PS2.

Escalating response (5)

photozz (168291) | more than 13 years ago | (#549251)

Sadly, we are at the dawn of a new arms race. Rumor is that Sadam's PS2 hording is a tacticle response to France's recently anounced "Nintendo Beowoulf cluster", capable of surendering over 1,000,000 times a second, in full 16 bit color.

Two words (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#549252)

Enders Game

I wondered... (2)

Fishstick (150821) | more than 13 years ago | (#549253)

who that guy in the green fatigues with the funny little beret was waiting outside WalMart at midnight a few weeks ago was!

15 PS2s to control an unmanned air vehicle. (2)

Afty0r (263037) | more than 13 years ago | (#549254)

15 PS2s to control an unmanned air vehicle?

If this is true, then Saddam has no chance of controlling his air fleets with PS2s.

I mean, no-one is going to hold of FIFTEEN of the elusive little buggers, getting hold of just one is hard enough.

Weapons of Mass _Distraction_ (1)

tenzig_112 (213387) | more than 13 years ago | (#549255)

Husein must be stopped! He's going to airlift those puppies to kids on Christmas thereby accompishing two goals: endearing himself to America's youth and dulling the minds of young men who would be called upon to fight him in a few years.

Clever bastard!

much happy place [ridiculopathy.com]

I really want to believe them (4)

b0z (191086) | more than 13 years ago | (#549256)

I really hope it is a credible news source. Take a look at this article [worldnetdaily.com]. C'mon, don't you want to believe this is true?!?! If a glass of beer can help protect vision, it must be why I am the only person in my family that doesn't wear glasses.

OH MY GOD!!! (1)

i_hate_windows (6811) | more than 13 years ago | (#549257)

Saddam is really trying to make a Beowolf cluster of these!!

All those "Can you imagine a beowolf cluster of these?" jokes could really happen!!!

What's really going on... (2)

SethD (42522) | more than 13 years ago | (#549258)

Here's what's really happened:

Saddam and Santa are close buds...and Sony doesn't believe in Santa. So in order to get enough PlayStation 2's in time for Christmas he had to pull some major strings!

Re:Keep in mind (1)

Mr_Dyqik (156524) | more than 13 years ago | (#549259)

Given that computer hardware shipments to Iraq have been banned since 1991, a PS2 is a hell of a lot more useful than you might think, even if you rip it's guts out for components. Plus I expect Iraq has a few experts who have been looking at cannabalisation of old computer equipment to try and keep up with the rest of the world.

Barry Levinson's Toys (1)

Scratchplate (249877) | more than 13 years ago | (#549260)

Anyone else here remember Toys? In that film a crazy general had an army of brace-wearing kids using realistic flight sims to remote control real planes etc.

Just a thought.

Re:Either it's a hoax or... (2)

Erasmus Darwin (183180) | more than 13 years ago | (#549261)

This smells like a hoax - imagine these people putting so much effort into converting the PS2s into viable development stations and networking them?

Now if he were stockpiling Dreamcasts [slashdot.org] on the other hand...

War Anyone? (1)

bingeldac (116158) | more than 13 years ago | (#549262)

So this is why I can not get my PS2? If we went to war over oil under the first President Bush maybe we should go to war over this with the new President Bush. It would get is presidency off to quite a nice start and it would get me the PS2 I do not want to pay $1000.00 for on Ebay. Rape and pillage the PS2s of Iraq! Let us show them why The United States won once and we can do it again!

Bingeldac denies any responsibility for the
spelling and/or grammatical errors above.

128 bit cpus ? hehe yeah i bet.. (1)

jooniqzb1tch (246498) | more than 13 years ago | (#549263)

hey you guys at the nasa, check this out !!! you can buy a few 16x128bit cpus cluster like saddam !! "The Sony PlayStation 2 is one of the most popular all-in-one home entertainment systems of its kind. At just over 4 pounds, it contains a 300 MHz-driven, 128-bit CPU. In addition to a plethora of new games designed to utilize PlayStation 2's hardware, it can play games from the original PlayStation's library, audio compact discs and DVD movies." someone mail him to tell him those are actually far from beeing 128 bit cpus..

Re:note the source (4)

photozz (168291) | more than 13 years ago | (#549264)

It's actually a right-wing advocacy site.

I actualy advocate both wings. Otherwise your just flying in a circle. OK, that was dumb.......

Re:A Call To Arms!!! (1)

Schnedt Microne (264752) | more than 13 years ago | (#549265)

If they're being used in the lab to develop weapons of mass destruction, your kidding around might not be far off.

This is a good thing (1)

Bojay Iverson (261262) | more than 13 years ago | (#549266)

Considering the PS2 is most overhyped piece of shit to be foisted on the public in many years. If he had bought Dreamcasts or (snigger) Indremas, he might have a viable network. Otherwise, they would be most useful stacked on top of each other as a nice art piece in his tent.

Come one people.... (1)

briggsb (217215) | more than 13 years ago | (#549267)

Unless the elite Republican Guard become l33t then I don't think we have anything to worry about? Cluster PS2s together into something useful? Puhlease.

Re:What's really going on... (1)

SethD (42522) | more than 13 years ago | (#549268)

Or maybe he's just feeling generous and wants to make sure all his family and friends get to watch "It's A Wonderful Life" on DVD this christmas?

MY GOD! What are we going to do? (1)

Gyver (62682) | more than 13 years ago | (#549269)

He's trying to build a army of killer toys in the factory that his brother owns! He must be using the PSX2's as some kind of controller.
We will all buy the toys for Christmas and....Oh wait. That was a movie with Robin Williams wasn't it? Sorry.

Nurse? More medication please! The voices are making me post stupid comments again!

Trolls working for Iraqi intelligence service? (1)

NOC_Monkey (73018) | more than 13 years ago | (#549270)

Are the /. trolls tools of Iraqi intelligence? Is the USDoD planning on bombing /. for supplying military assisstance to Iraq? Are those who mod down "Beowulf cluster" posts working for the CIA? Will Saddam also begin stockpiling nude statues of Natalie P*rtman? Will the Iraqis realize the military potential of hot grits?

Re:note the source (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#549271)

That's right, if it's not written by Nader lovers, it can't possibly be true.

Idiot.

its impossible (1)

Docrates (148350) | more than 13 years ago | (#549275)

I doubt the Iraq can afford a single PS2 at the prices they're selling in those parts of the world...

Re:This reeks of fakeitude. (1)

l-ascorbic (200822) | more than 13 years ago | (#549277)

> Surely you mean Britain?
Uh, no. Its actually a Euro classification. You could just at easily say 'the PS2 is classified as a computer in tunbridge-wells' as tunbridge wells, england, britain and all points inbetween just follow EU law on these import issues.

Re:seriously now... (2)

dattaway (3088) | more than 13 years ago | (#549279)

If I am elected president, every citizen will be able to afford a nuke for their household. Nobody should be denied...

Free Information, but not Free CPU power??? (1)

vandan (151516) | more than 13 years ago | (#549283)

I don't particularly like Saddam Hussein, but I'm curious as to why people think they have the right to restrict someone's (or a nation's) computing power. Isn't that a little against the ethic around here?

Desert Storm Part II- coming to a theater near you (1)

Ground0 (63349) | more than 13 years ago | (#549284)

(Warning - sarcasm and disillusionment follow)
Desert Storm gave Pres. Bush great ratings and that was just over yucky old oil which causes pollution and messes up the environment and unfortunately didn't sit too well with the youth voters so he didn't get a second term. DS2 will be about the PS2, something the 18-25 year old voters can get behind and secure GWB another 4 years. When do we invade?

Probably Fake (2)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 13 years ago | (#549285)

I suspect this is just the first media plant which will justify Bush invading Iraq just after he's sworn into office. With the economy slipping into a recession for which Bush will take the blame, a nice little war makes perfect sense. Between the war time economy and the lower gas prices after we split Iraq up between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, we will emerge from the recession almost before it starts. And since there's no way in Hell Congress will pass his tax cut, the war will be a wonderful excuse as to why we didn't get one. Starting a war is one of the few things Bush can do without Congressional approval too.

Did I miss anything?

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