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Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down 634

ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."

Comment Re:Payback period? (Score 1) 562

They have sold what, 40 or 50 of these? They are FAR from mass producing them. It makes sense for these companys to try them out at a few centers for high initial prices as an investment in the hope that if everything pans out, the prices will drop significantly when the company is producing them in the thousands.

I wouldnt be suprised to hear that the price reflects more of the cost to keep the company (and the brains behind it) afloat while they try to spin up than it reflects the cost to manufacture.

Comment Re:Blindness Sucks (Score 1) 226

Not necisarily true.
A stoke (I think this is right, although I may have muddled medical terms)is a blood clot or plaque breaking off and getting lodged somewhere that does damage. Typically its the brain, but not always.
My father in law recently had this happen and had a "stoke in his eye" which left one eye damaged and useless, but the brain is fine.
This sounds like what the parent is talking about IF "no perception on one side of his body" is just visual perception and not feeling as well.

Comment Re:Starship Troopers (Score 1) 922

Oh HELL yes.
The book would make a GREAT movie. The only thing they took from the book the first go around was "Humans are at war with bug like aliens". WTF? Did they really need to buy the right to the book for that?

And while were at it, how about a Star Wars reboot? Not eps IV,V and VI. Just I, II and III. Please?

Comment Re:Hmmmm... (Score 4, Insightful) 112

Dont confuse the administrator of the database with the governor of the data therein. Google is just proposing to provide the technical solution, not decide the policies that get someone on the list.

And if Google gets this, the goverment will certainly write into their charter limits on what and when they can charge.

I just dont see an issue here.

Comment Good grief people (Score 1) 553

I love it when people can only talk in extremes.
Microsoft wants to patent this technology. So CLEARLY they will immediately use it for every application.
CLEARLY they are just going to randomly access hospital records without getting any authorization.
Come on folks. Get a clue.

Someone at Microsoft (or one of their competitors withi a leak) has an idea for some sort of socially interactive physical fitness gaming network to compete with the Wii Fit. They dont want 450 lb Slashdoters having hearattacks while they try to "get in shape" by doing 3 situps, so they want to allow for sensors to see what sort of shape someone is in. (That gets them out of the lawsuit.) Someone says "While we are doing that we should allow for other means of in getting baseline data like medical records, cause they might do this fomrally in a retirement home or something."

Comment Re:Or parents... (Score 2, Interesting) 355

Mod Parent (both of them) down.

We as a people should not have to tell people to read the article before they run around spouting off.
Oh. Wait. This is slashdot. What am I thinking?

"I'm starting to realize a good chunk of those pushing for things like this..." Yeah. "Things like this" are reccomendations that people who are going to host a childrens site really ought to have moderators who can tell when a 20 year old pedophile is sending foul language to my 8 year old daughter on the Build-a-bear site and then do something about it.
HOW DARE THEY SUGGEST SUCH A THING.

I am a parent. And $#!@$ you for suggesting that it is lazy of me to expect Build-A-Bear to effectively prevent pedophiles from harassing my daughter on line. There is nothing in this article that states that these things must be implimented everywhere. Its meerly suggesting that sites that are targeted to kids need to make a better effort to protect children.

Comment Re:wrong use of "cloud?" (Score 1) 55

Your looking at it wrong.
NASA is standing up a generic service for data processing. Various programs with data processing needs at NASA can access this, and from their perspective they get "virtual hosting with a few clicks, and automatically scale up and down as demand changes, all while being billed by resources actually used."

Comment Re:or we start treating it like a war (Score 4, Insightful) 627

Thats a bit like a Cleveland Borwns fan saying "Our record wouldnt suck so much if we played by NBA rules".

Until the terrorists start fielding standing armies and holding ground, I will continue to ignore anyone who compares todays conflicts to World War 2. Eexcept to make snyde comments, of course.

Comment Re:shouldn't they be able to design the cable also (Score 1) 258

If the contest is to develop combination cable/climber technology, the only entrants will be those who have the means (financial AND intellectual) to do both. They are two very different scientific skill sets. You would weed out a lot of teams who can bring great value to only one, or the other.

Keep them as seperate contests, running in parallel.

Comment Re:sigh (Score 1) 341

Consolidating the agencies is certainly "more efficient." My question is if what we want is efficiency.

In the old days the FBI, CIA and DIA were all competing for the love of the President. This meant there were 3 different solutions to every problem. A lot of redundancy, and a lot of waste.

Now they all answer to one boss and they better toe the line. They have jobs to protect. That means for any problem, there will be one solution. Thats great and efficient, as long as the one solution keeping the terrorists from setting off a nuke in the US is the right solution.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 419

Not a huge issue.
1) Anything in a war zone covered in mirrors is just yelling out "Someone please shoot me!"

2) If we begin to have a significant number of targets decked out in mirrors we mount a 30mm cannon alongside the laser and fire a single round 2 or 3 seconds before any laser shot (depending on the range). Shatter the mirrors and were back to where we started.

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