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+ - Comcast won't "support" HBOGo access via Roku or Samsung TVs

Submitted by pajamabama
pajamabama writes: Official word from Comcast tech support is that the do not "support" HBOGo on the Roku or Samsung Smart TV. This policy is confirmed by GigaOM. There is no explanation as to why or what is so special about those platforms that they should require extra support. An ongoing thread on Comcast support forums has been largely ignored by the company.

This really sounds like Comcast to force customers into only using their video-on-demand services. If you're watching HBO on your TV, then it's only via Comcast's (vastly inferior — when you consider the number of offerings) on-demand service, period.

Comment: Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 439

by thebagel (#32855464) Attached to: Colleges Stepping Up Anti-Cheating Technology

But WITH these skills, you start canvasing your friends and family for people who either just got broadband, are setting up a small business network, or are dissatisfied with the subjective speed of their computer. And with the money you earn from that, you get to eat for another day.

While I can fully appreciate requiring a balance of theory and practice (my alma mater had a very nice balance), honestly, those aren't skills that a university-educated student couldn't pick up. If you "know how a computer works more from top to bottom, transistors to code" then you should be able to quickly and easily figure out how to set up a small business network or fix a computer (and if you can't, you probably didn't earn your degree). The reverse is not necessarily true. And as an earlier poster pointed out, you know today's technologies, but in 5-10 years, without some significant study on your part, when the technologies change, you're going to be up a creek.

tl;dr - Don't underestimate the value of theoretical knowledge. It's much easier to go theoretical -> practical than the other way around.

Comment: Re:I still have bugs that make the game unplayable (Score 1) 220

by thebagel (#32084046) Attached to: <em>StarCraft II</em> To Be Released On July 27
At least from the beta, the DRM appears to be that you are required to sign in to before playing the game (in either single- or multi-player mode). Because of this, you are unable to play the game without a account (to which your CD key is associated - think World of Warcraft). Based on the SC2 beta and on Blizzard's statements to date, I have no reason to believe it will work any other way.

Comment: Re:I wonder how long until it "accidentally" leaks (Score 2, Insightful) 1224

by thebagel (#31956200) Attached to: <em>South Park</em>'s Episode 201 &mdash; the Expurgated Version

People today just want to redefine a term with a long-standing meaning to get money from their fellow citizens.

You mean money and benefits that other married couples already get, right? But of course, in the case of heterosexual couples, it's not just about the money - that would be morally wrong. Am I right? Howabout interracial marriages? That's not a norm, so should we ban that, too? Clearly

There is no benefit to society to recognize anything else.

Except that plenty of same-sex couples would love to adopt and raise children. Adopting children improves our society by providing them with a place to live, love, and grow. But that doesn't benefit us at all, I guess.

Comment: Re:Lumping these guys with actual programmers (Score 1) 166

by thebagel (#31830300) Attached to: Dirty Duty On the Front Lines of IT
I'd argue that this situation is more a failing of the company that employs the software engineer than of the profession itself. In other words, it's not your fault that your employer doesn't hold you responsible. On a related note, in my view, this sense of personal accountability and responsibility should be held by anyone and everyone, regardless of position (and regardless of how your employer views the issue) - you shouldn't have to be a PE to take pride in your work. That's a matter of ethics and integrity.

All that being said, don't misunderstand my original point - not all coders are software engineers, and therefore not all coders are engineers.

A debugged program is one for which you have not yet found the conditions that make it fail. -- Jerry Ogdin