Topic. What's going on? The new update bricks your PS3, so I'm sure as heck not going to update. I was online one second, then booted off and can't sign back in without updating to the PS3 Brick update. What gives? Sony, do something about this NOW.
All mandatory firmware updates prevent the user from signing into PSN until they download it -- That is nothing new.
As for the 4.45 firmware update having so many reported issues, Sony is aware and looking into it.
Welcome to the forums, btw