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Ubisoft's Constant Net Connection DRM Confirmed 631

A few weeks ago we discussed news of Ubisoft's DRM plans for future games, which reportedly went so far as to require a constant net connection, terminating your game if you get disconnected for any reason. Well, it's here; upon playing review copies of the PC version of Assassin's Creed 2 and Settlers VII, PCGamer found the DRM just as annoying as you might expect. Quoting: "If you get disconnected while playing, you're booted out of the game. All your progress since the last checkpoint or savegame is lost, and your only options are to quit to Windows or wait until you're reconnected. The game first starts the Ubisoft Game Launcher, which checks for updates. If you try to launch the game when you're not online, you hit an error message right away. So I tried a different test: start the game while online, play a little, then unplug my net cable. This is the same as what happens if your net connection drops momentarily, your router is rebooted, or the game loses its connection to Ubisoft's 'Master servers.' The game stopped, and I was dumped back to a menu screen — all my progress since it last autosaved was lost."
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2006. Holy shit. Did I really use to be on Slashdot? Back then, I was working just outside of London - as the name suggests, using primates as a model of HIV infection. The funny thing with research is that you're busy all the time, but with significant downtime in between. I should have been reading the literature, catching up on my reports or presentations, or figuring out some other experiment I could slip in between my main ones. But I wasn't. I had discovered slashdot.

Comment Agree with journal, not title (Score 1) 10

It sounds similar to recent comments made in Britain by Harman about a Royal Bank of Scotland Charimans ridiculusly generous pension. I'm more concerned by eroding legal frameworks for mindless populism than by the undeserving getting a fat bonus.

I'll leave it to A.N.Other to post that cliche Moore quote from 'A Man For All Seasons'.

Comment Second Life is transitory - global warming (Score -1, Offtopic) 151

I do not understand why people are using virtual communities like Second life. Surely fads like Second life are simply doomed, since global warming and/or peak oil will rapidly deplete our ability to use gas / coal burning power stations for supplying electricity for such entertainment? I cannot understand why someone would go to the trouble of building an elaborate alternate reality that will be switched off within the decade.

Are second lifers people who simply don't accept anthropomorphic global warming is a reality? Are they simply fiddling while Rome burns?

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