Last week in my Eve Masterclass - Probe Strength post I sung the praises of using the Deep Space Probes for exploration as their high strength at long ranges made it easier to nail down the types of some signatures.
Well, CCP noticed the same thing and didn't like the implications I guess.
Today' latest patch completely nerfed the base strength of Deep Space Probes from 20 to 5! A huge hit and it means that Deep Space probes are identical strength as Combat and Core probes at equivalent ranges. The end result is that the only reason to use a Deep Space Probe now is for exploration content at ranges higher than 32 AU, or ship probing at ranges over 64 AU. In other words, useless in 90% of the cases. Sigh.
I just bought some Sisters Deep Space probes last week too. Grrrr....