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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."

Facebook Photos Lead To Cancellation of Quebec Woman's Insurance 645

No. 24601 writes "A Quebec woman on long-term sick leave, due to a diagnosis of depression, lost her health benefits after her insurance provider found photos of her on Facebook smiling and looking cheerful at parties and out on the beach. Besides all the obvious questions, how did the insurance company access her locked Facebook profile?"

Submission + - A Nuclear Renaissance, in Germany (

gormanw writes: "The German government was looking to decommission nuclear plants in favor of building 17 wind farms. However, Platts reported "Germany's RWE to build new nuclear plants at home, abroad." The CEO, Juergen Grossman stated the following to the German newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung,: "RWE will engage in projects in Germany as well as abroad. An exact number will depend on the financing options available and possible partners, but we reckon about three to five new builds." It looks like Germany is going to stay nuclear after all, though it should be interesting to see what they will do with their wind projects."
The Internet

Submission + - Nine out of Ten Users Confused by Broadband Limits (

Mark Jackson writes: "ISPreview reports that 86% of UK broadband users still don't understand the usage limits on their service and nearly one million have reached or exceeded their ISPs limit in the last year alone. This is particularly important because 56% of major providers are prepared to disconnect those that abuse the service. However it also shows how damaging bad marketing can be, with 6.2m people believing they have an "unlimited" service with no restrictions.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is also blamed for making the problem worse by allowing providers to describe their services as unlimited even if there is a fair usage cap (FUP), as long as it is detailed in the small print. However, consumers are none the wiser with over 10 million broadband customers never reading their FUP and a further 1.8m do not know if they have read it or not. Unsurprisingly 7.5m do not even know their download limit, which is understandable when so few providers clarify it."


Submission + - New Rhodes for Iron Man II

Greenmoon writes: CNN is reporting that Terrence Howard will be replaced by Don Cheadle for the part of James Rhodes in the next Iron Man movie. Howard has expressed surprise.

It's a shame when the continuity of these movies is compromised. Howard had done a pretty good job as Rhodes. On the other hand, Cheadle is a great actor and will probably do fine.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Learning to Profit from Piracy (

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "Wired has an interview with Matt Mason, author of The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism, which discusses how businesses could make money off of piracy, rather than attacking people in a futile attempt to suppress it. And some of his ideas are gaining traction; his book Pirate TV is coming full circle with plans to make it into a TV show now that Heroes executive producer Jesse Alexander is on board. Also, he's pretty good about practicing what he preaches in that you can pirate his book on his own website."

Interpol Pushing World Facial Recognition Database 171

The Register is reporting that according to some reports, Interpol will soon be pushing for a world-wide facial recognition database at the borders of all member nations. "The UK already has airport gates equipped with such technology, intended to remove the need for a human border guard to check that a passenger's face matches the one recorded in his or her passport. According to the Guardian, Interpol database chief Mark Branchflower believes that his organization should set up a database of facial-recognition records to operate alongside its existing photo, fingerprint and DNA files."

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False 259

Hugh Pickens writes "Researchers have found that the winner's curse may apply to the publication of scientific papers and that incorrect findings are more likely to end up in print than correct findings. Dr John Ioannidis bases his argument about incorrect research partly on a study of 49 papers on the effectiveness of medical interventions published in leading journals that had been cited by more than 1,000 other scientists, and his finding that, within only a few years, almost a third of the papers had been refuted by other studies. Ioannidis argues that scientific research is so difficult — the sample sizes must be big and the analysis rigorous — that most research may end up being wrong, and the 'hotter' the field, the greater the competition is, and the more likely that published research in top journals could be wrong. Another study earlier this year found that among the studies submitted to the FDA about the effectiveness of antidepressants, almost all of those with positive results were published, whereas very few of those with negative results saw print, although negative results are potentially just as informative as positive (if less exciting)."

Submission + - Changing Keyboard in Workplace

failedlogic writes: The keyboard I am using at my current employer is uncomfortable that by the end of the work day my wrists hurt a bit. I brought this up with my manager and IT and the company does not allow keyboards to be changed unless authorized by management and a doctor's medical certificate. This seems odd, as my request for a keyboard change is a preventative measure to workplace injury. In other similar sized companies where I worked the process was ask and its done. I would simply like to install a keyboard that I feel is comfortable and correct (I have studied ergonomics BTW). I'm not alone in complaining about the keyboards for the same reason. Since the current policy seems too complicated, I've considered just installing a keyboard. I don't want to take unnessary risks but there is no indication in Computer Use Policy or any company documentation that mention said procedure and the necessary requirements.

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