Ubisoft's 'always on' DRM scheme for all of its PC titles as of late has been maligned by press and fans alike, but the company has not been completely beyond reason, releasing a patch for Assassin's Creed II shortly after launch which allowed the user to resume from the last point of play if their Internet was disconnected then restored.
Reddit user 'ofNoImportance' says a new patch has released this week for both Assassin's Creed II and Splinter Cell: Conviction which removes the 'always on' requirement (as displayed above), so now you just need to authenticate each time you launch. If your Internet disconnects after this point, gameplay will not be affected.
It's not clear if other titles benefit from this change as well -- feel free to boot them up and let us know.
While this is still very heavy DRM, it is quite an improvement. Hopefully, Ubisoft will eventually move to patch the DRM out entirely or at least make it authenticate only once or every 30 days.
Update: Ubisoft has confirmed the news, saying it's done on a case by case basis, and that new titles may still ship with the always-on DRM.