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In a post earlier today, I asserted that Intel wanted to get rid of the x86 platform. It occurred to me that a lot of folks may not understand this claim, but there are good reasons for it. They have made at least three attempts at doing so, in fact, starting as early as 1986, but the momentum of the existing hardware and software base has made it impossible for them so far. Why would Intel want to kill the goose that laid the golden egg? Simple: it isn't the cash cow most people think it is. Most of their …

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I am reading a data set where each data line contains a value that I want to read over and then ignore. So, I create three variables as: int number1, number3; float number2; and read them in. I use the data in number1 and number3, but never use number2 (other than to be able to skip over it). When I compile the program I get a warning that states that the number2 variable is set but not used. This, of course, is not a problem in that my code compiles and runs just fine. But, in the spirit of cleaning …

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Security is, more often than not, a case of getting the basics right. This is certainly true of the cloud where the hyperbole surrounding insecurity far outweighs the actual risk in my opinion. Not that the cloud is an inherently secure place to store data, just that it poses similar risks to other data storage methodologies which need to be assessed and dealt with accordingly. So when I hear statistics being bandied about such as '68 per cent of employees use personal cloud storage services at work' as was thrown in my direction this last week, I cannot help but …

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Good morning everyone! I haven't been here in a while, but I have a question that I thought someone here might be able to help with. When it comes to accessing data from a SQL server, I know the logistics of getting that data through code, no issues there, but is it safe (or rather, smart) to have your application interact directly with the SQL server? As in, not using a middle-man or an additional tier? I've toyed with N-Tier data applications and I find them highly annoying and complicated as well as convoluted. I know if you run SQL …

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