UTF-8 Support in SQL Server 2019

UTF-8 has been the predominant character encoding system for the world-wide web since 2009 and as of October 2018 accounts for over 90% of all web pages. As of October 2018, UTF-8 is not supported by Microsoft SQL Server. SQL Server 2019 will remedy this situation, as current SQL Server community technology previews illustrate. The […]
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URL Homograph Attacks Can Deceive Anyone

“If it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, it must be a duck!” Or so the famous saying goes. But that isn’t always true on the web or in print. Two symbols can look visually identical and be something completely different. By “different” I mean “be represented by different encodings”. That […]
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Your Linear Regression Need Not Be Linear

Anyone who has ever done a linear regression in R has seen an R formula. R formulae are examples of the Wilkinson notation, sometimes called the Wilkinson-Rogers notation. This same notation is used by other applications including Matlab and Octave to indicate relationships between variables. In most cases, R users have seen the Wilkinson notation […]
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Fraudsters Use Padlocks, Too: More on Certificate Use and Abuse

A couple of months I wrote here about HTTPS and website security from a user standpoint. I need to add to that because bad guys can also use the digital certificates that make browsers show green padlocks or avoid notices about unencrypted sites. The issue here is that the certificate that lets a site use […]
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Microsoft Office Compatible Productivity Tools on Your Mobile Phone or Tablet

Use Polaris Office to access Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint files on your mobile phone just like you do at your office! Let’s face it a majority of businesses use Microsoft Office productivity tools every day. But one day you find yourself on the road traveling on business without your laptop and you need to access […]
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