Hey, Ubisoft earned every bit of scorn they received with the crap they pulled with Silent Hunter 4's and Assassin Creed 2's broken and draconian DRM for sure. That said, they earned back a lot of respect when they started behaving right. Uplay isn't my favorite thing in the world, but it is better than Origin and is mostly unintrusive. Points as well for not behaving like children like EA and still allowing their games to be sold via Steam even though Ubisoft has its own service.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - Mahatma Gandhi