We're going about this the wrong way. We should all buy copies of the game and then return it the next day because it won't play without the internet. That will cost Ubisoft thousand of dollars handling returns / RMA's from their various vendors and send a clear message about the DRM.
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They even have a channel already to map your content into. I'm surprised no one mentioned this already.
1.) Voluntary in that if you know what it is then you can decline it most people won't
2.) All functions that are not 3rd party apps are part of the OS including minuscule ones such as the wallpaper
3.) I don't have an issue with that if there is an issue with the original activation
4.) That is bogus. The goal is increase revenue by cracking down on illegal copies which I don't necessarily have
a problem with as a developer
5.) Who in their right minds reads all that "fine" print? Those are only there to lay out legal escape clauses for these Orwellian tactics
6.) M$ does not want to piss off their business consumers. This is strictly a business decision and they could really care
less really if it was pushed out to biz's if they thought they would not complain
I don't have an issue with protecting product and I have designed many systems but after you validate your license, serial etc
it should not continuously "phone home" period. It is intrusive regardless of how much info is or is not transmitted back.
My main problem with this is it "detects"...!
"validate your Windows 7 system against Microsoft's latest database of pirated system signatures (currently including more than 70 activation exploits known to Microsoft). "
This is bogus. If it would check against a valid serial or key then it OK but it attempts to detect how and if your system was altered. As a developer I constantly and doing things to as I'm sure we all are. Now some change may trigger a "reduction" in functionality for a possible threat to Microsoft revenue stream. That is B.S.
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Many scientists say the threat [referring to "bio-error"] has been overblown. Venter notes that his synthetic genomes are spiked with special genes that make the microbes dependent on a rare nutrient not available in nature.
And we all know what happened to those critters with amphibio-dino genes, don't we? So, just because we can, should we? "