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postheadericon Microsoft and Advanced Energy Economy give predictive power to online advocacy platform

REDMOND, Wash., and WASHINGTON — Oct. 6, 2016 — Thursday, Microsoft Corp. and the business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) announced a new predictive policy tool to support legislative advocacy in energy. Powered by Microsoft Azure integrated cloud-computing services and machine learning, AEE’s PowerSuite online bill-tracking platform will now enable AEE member companies and state partner organizations to leverage data and analytics in new ways.

The new features build upon AEE PowerSuite’s exclusive database of bills pending in Congress and all 50 states, and assess the probability of a bill’s enactment based on the hundreds of data points either known about the bill when it is introduced, or collected as it moves through the legislative process. With this new tool, users can adjust their strategies to improve the odds of advancing policies that expand markets and remove barriers to competition for advanced energy technologies, products and services.

“This is breakthrough technology for legislative advocacy that moves us to a future of secure, clean, affordable energy,” said Graham Richard, CEO at Advanced Energy Economy. “By combining Microsoft’s cutting-edge Azure machine learning with AEE’s PowerSuite tool and top-notch state legislative staff and partners, we are now more empowered to monitor and engage on advanced energy issues and policy. This strengthens our ability to impact policy.”

“We believe technology can play an important role in accelerating access to renewable energy,” said Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist at Microsoft. “Tools like PowerSuite provide valuable information and insights that are necessary to advance public policy that expands access to, and the affordability of, advanced energy.”

“This new predictive capability is just scratching the surface of what’s possible,” said Eric Fitz, vice president of engineering and product development at AEE. “In addition to legislative forecasts, we can’t wait to apply machine-learning and natural language processing technologies to our unique database of regulatory data to help make the opaque world of regulatory proceedings more transparent. Stay tuned.”

How AEE’s PowerSuite with Azure works

By identifying and analyzing predictive variables about state legislative activity, including bill topics, sponsors, legislative history and partisan characteristics, PowerSuite can forecast the outcome of state and federal bills with an accuracy of 87 percent based on information available at the time of bill filing, and up to 99.5 percent as legislative action changes the probability of passage over the course of a session.

As soon as a bill is introduced, PowerSuite provides a real-time forecast of its likelihood of being enacted. This helps advocates focus their efforts on bills with the greatest chances of success, and improves the prospects of bills that face an uphill climb. The tool shows bill details, partisan context and forecast at a glance.

Forecast details including key forecast factors
Forecast details including key forecast factors

The legislative process is not static, and neither are PowerSuite forecasts. As a bill progresses, PowerSuite automatically updates its probability of passage to consider the latest developments, such as passing one chamber, a new amendment, committee referral, new co-sponsors and more. Actions on a bill can either increase or decrease the probability that a bill will be enacted.

PowerSuite automatically updates forecasts based on new information
PowerSuite automatically updates forecasts based on new information

PowerSuite’s forecasts are also enhanced by AEE Insights provided by the business group’s team of policy experts, adding human intelligence to machine learning for continuous improvement of the forecasting tool. Their expertise both complements and informs PowerSuite’s bill outcome predictions by providing interpretation and context, strategic guidance, and new data to improve the accuracy of the model over time.

AEE is making the new PowerSuite forecasting tool available to member companies and state partners starting today. It will be offered to non-AEE member PowerSuite paid subscribers at a later date. To sample PowerSuite, sign up for a 30-day free trial.

To get an early look at the bill prediction feature, register here for a sneak peek webinar on Oct. 25.

About Advanced Energy Economy and PowerSuite

Advanced Energy Economy is a national association of businesses that are making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. AEE’s mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy businesses. AEE and its State and Regional Partner organizations are active in 26 states across the country, representing more than 1,000 companies and organizations in the advanced energy industry. AEE’s PowerSuite is the first comprehensive national database of both state and federal legislation and state and federal regulatory dockets, from every state legislature, U.S. Congress, state Public Utilities Commissions (PUC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). PowerSuite’s collection of over 500,000 bills and 350,000 dockets, representing 60 million pages of legislative and regulatory text, is equivalent to more than twice the size of the Wikipedia in total data.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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postheadericon Malware found at a German nuclear power plant

Malware has been found on a computer at Gundremmingen nuclear power plant in Germany, it has been revealed. RWE states that it is not considered a threat as the infected computer is not connected to the internet.

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postheadericon [FIREARM REVIEW] Grand Power X­Calibur

Imagine going to the largest gun show in the world and handling, fondling and drooling over many of the most excellent guns in the world. You would leave that show thinking there were several guns that you just needed to check out at the range. That is how I felt with the Grand Power X­Calibur for the past two Shot Shows in Las Vegas.

Honestly, I knew very little about Grand Power handguns. They are made in Slovakia and imported by Eagle Imports but that was the extent of my knowledge. Once I handled and checked out the X­Calibur, I became an instant Grand Power fan. The X­Calibur intrigued me in a way that I just had to check it out in person and on my range. The rotating and fluted five inch stainless steel bull barrel, grip molding options, front slide cut outs and a three pound single action trigger was all I could handle. Ok, I admit, I was obsessed with the X­Calibur from Grand Power.

The cost of an X­Calibur ranges between $ 800 ­- $ 850 which is well below other competition handguns of this quality. Many guys balk at anything that costs more than a standard $ 550 Glock however when we look at the features and functions of this gun, we will easily understand the price point much better. I’ve also noticed the price drop a little in the past year making the X­Calibur a little more affordable for competition shooters or gun enthusiasts like myself.

Specifications:

Caliber: 9mm
Action: DA/SA
Capacity: 15+1
Barrel Length: 5”
Front Sight: Fiber Optic
Rear Sight: Micrometer Adjustable Steel
Finish: Black
Grips: Polymer
Construction: Steel Slide, Steel Frame, Polymer Grip
Safety: Frame ­Mounted Thumb Safety
Weight: 29.25 oz unloaded (on my scale)
Length: 8.7”
Height: 5.3”
Width: 1.4”

Lets begin with the trigger because this is, in my opinion, one of the most impressive triggers I have ever experienced. Prior to this review, I verified the trigger poundage with Colorado Gun Works who is the master gunsmith for all Grand Power firearms to ensure my content is accurate. The double action pull is between 8 ­ 9 lbs. That is much lighter than the standard 11 ­ 12 pound double action trigger pull of other models in the same class. The single action action pull ranges between 3 ­ 4 lbs. That is amazingly light and smooth. It reminds me of a quick single action trigger pull of a 1911. The single action reset is minimal for quick double taps and follow up shots.

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The X­Calibur offers three different grip moldings to fit various hand sizes. The molding offered out of the box fit my average sized hand perfectly. The grips are lightly textured with minor stippling and very comfortable with a full three finger purchase. It actually feels rather thin considering it houses a 15 round double stack magazine. Grand Power offers two quality magazines that are all metal with a unique looking orange follower.

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The controls on the X­Calibur are ambidextrous. The magazine release release is an oversized button on the left side which is positioned for quick and easy mag changes for right handed shooters. The right side magazine release button sits more flush to the frame. The serrated thumb safety is also oversized and ambidextrous. This allows the user to carry, “cocked and locked.” They also offer a thinner and more flush thumb safety lever for those who choose to use it for it’s intended thumb safety purpose. The serrated slide release lever is also ambi which fits flush with the frame.

The sights on the X­Calibur are very nice. The fixed front sight is a bright red fiber optic rod that stands out in low light conditions. The rear sight is “combat” type (no dots) that is fully adjustable. The cut out notch in the rear sight offers very little play when aligned with the fiber optic front sight. I find the seven inch sight radius to work well as the bright glow of the front sight illuminates for quick target acquisition.

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The slide is one of the main components that stands out with the X­Calibur. It has a unique look to it and is fully functional. The scalloped rear serrations are cut very deep and the deep front serrations are cut out of the slide which exposes the stainless steel fluted bull barrel. The metal that is cut out of the front serrations offset the additional weight of the bull barrel which makes the X­Caliber very well balanced. Grand Power offers three different weighted guide rod springs to fit the shooter’s choice for recoil management. I imagine a competition shooter may vary their spring options but for me the guide rod spring offered from the factory works fine.

My shooting impressions of the X­Calibur were most impressive. I had a feeling, due to all of it’s features, the accuracy would be good however after shooting the X­Calibur at the range, I have to say the shooting accuracy was amazing. I truly enjoyed the light trigger, sight formation, five inch barrel and overall balance of the gun. The X­Calibur made an average shooter like myself feel like a professional. It was also very reliable as it fed, fired and ejected every round during my range time. For those looking for a quality competition pistol or just an outstanding multi­purpose handgun, the Grand Power X­Calibur would make an excellent choice.

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postheadericon New wave of cyberattacks against Ukrainian power industry

ESET has discovered a new wave of cyberattacks attacks against Ukraine’s electric power industry. Interesting, the malware that was used is not BlackEnergy.

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postheadericon Nissan selects Microsoft Azure to power Nissan Telematics System

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2016 Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced that all Nissan LEAF models and Infiniti models in Europe will have Connect Telematics Systems (CTS) powered by Microsoft Azure. Since the Nissan LEAF’s launch in 2010, more than 200,000 have been sold worldwide, making it the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. Nissan selected Azure to meet customers’ expectations about in-vehicle mobility solutions, create additional ways to interact with their vehicles, and enhance safety.

Nissan designs cars to meet the needs of the next generation of car buyers, the environmentally conscious “digital natives.” Having transformed the performance, practicality and public perception of EVs around the world since the LEAF’s launch, Nissan remains one of the leaders in EV technology. The connectivity to their owners and to the world around them makes electric cars more attractive and convenient. Maps, range prediction, charging station availability, charge status, plus all the services customers have come to expect when inside a vehicle are dependent on that connectivity. Azure provides a global cloud platform with cutting-edge security that allows Nissan to deliver services worldwide to this broad customer base.

Nissan CTS is coupled to Azure, allowing a remote connection to the vehicle. With CTS, Nissan LEAF drivers can perform a range of functions on their car, while not even inside. These include using mobile phones to turn on and adjust climate controls and set charging functions remotely even when the vehicle is powered down. An onboard timer can also be programmed to start the charging event.

As countries and regulations become more stringent on data privacy and technology standards, Nissan and Microsoft are committed to investing in meeting regulatory standards around the globe. Nissan selected Azure because of its enterprise-grade security and compliance. Microsoft was the first major cloud provider to adopt the world’s first international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018, providing another reason enterprise customers can move with confidence to Azure. Azure supports multiple operating systems, programming languages and tools, providing flexibility and choice for Nissan.

With the standard Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant for all Nissan LEAF around the world, drivers can manage incoming text messages via voice control without taking their hands from the wheel or their eyes off the road. Drivers are alerted to an incoming text and, after initiating the system, can hear the text read out loud and respond by voice, or via the steering wheel switches using preset answers such as “driving, can’t text,” “on my way,” “running late,” “okay.” These experiences are powered by the back-end connectivity and support of Azure.

Nissan can also send over-the-air “point of interest” (POI) updates as they become available, enabling customers to have the latest information as the company continues to refresh its services. Connectivity to Azure allows Nissan to bring new connected features to market faster and offer flexibility for the future.

The partnership allows Nissan to tap into Microsoft’s deep expertise across critical areas such as data management and analytics. Azure offers Nissan the scale and commitment to security it needs to support its global operations. The expansive global footprint of Microsoft’s datacenters provides the coverage to support Nissan’s vehicles anywhere they are in the world.

“Microsoft Azure will help us deliver a more innovative and intelligent future for our connected technologies,” said Celso Guiotoko, chief information officer and corporate vice president in charge of global corporate IS/IT, Nissan. “This is also a bold first step toward innovations that will realize future new mobility.”

Nissan’s connected platform powered by Azure is allowing Nissan to continue to provide its customers with exceptional value and add new services throughout the vehicle life cycle.

“Our partnership with Nissan shows what automakers can accomplish by tapping into Microsoft’s intelligent cloud platform,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft. “Further, our collaboration reveals tremendous possibilities for how consumers can get more out of their connected driving experience.”

About Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2014, the company sold more than 5.3 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.3 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceana; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500, and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since March 1999.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @Microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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postheadericon BlackEnergy trojan strikes again: Attacks Ukrainian electric power industry

The recent attacks on the electrical power industry in Ukraine are connected to attacks on the media and to targeted cyber-espionage attacks against Ukrainian governmental agencies.

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postheadericon Microsoft Dynamics AX delivers the power of the cloud to businesses

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 19, 2015 Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced that the next release of its flagship ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics AX, will be generally available in the first quarter of 2016. The new release, architected for the cloud, brings the power and intelligence of the next generation of cloud computing in an enterprise-class business application to people and organizations worldwide.

Microsoft announced that a public preview of the new solution for customers and partners will be available in early December. Revealing the new name of the release, Microsoft Dynamics AX, the company departed from branding that included years or versions of the product to a simple brand that underscores Dynamics AX is a cloud-based service that will be regularly updated. The company will also implement a new, simple and transparent subscription pricing model to make it easier than ever for organizations to purchase the solution in a way that helps them grow at their own pace.

“Our ambition to build the intelligent cloud comes to life with apps optimized for modern business, like Dynamics AX,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise. “When you combine the hyperscale, enterprise-grade and hybrid-cloud capabilities of Microsoft Azure with the real-time insights and intuitive user experience of Dynamics AX, organizations and individuals are empowered to transform their business operations.”

This latest release delivers a new, intelligent user experience, optimized to deliver value to organizations by enabling them to make smarter decisions faster. It brings proven business processes to the cloud, which means that the full set of capabilities of this solution will be available to customers from day one. Dynamics AX introduces continuous management services that enable the software to quickly adapt to an organization’s business needs. The new Dynamics AX also harnesses the power of the cloud, giving businesses and people global availability and scale to work anywhere, anytime so they can grow at their own pace and on their terms.

A new user experience to accelerate decision-making

Businesses are looking to empower their people with tools they want to use and to enable them to make smarter decisions faster. To enable this, Dynamics AX offers a new user experience that looks and works like Microsoft Office and delivers deep integration that seamlessly shares information between Dynamics AX, Dynamics CRM and Office 365. It gives people near-real-time analytics powered by Azure Machine Learning with the ability to visualize data through Power BI embedded right within the application. This gives users not only the information they need, but also predictive capabilities built right in the application. Dynamics AX offers a fully browser-based, new HTML5 client which gives people access to Dynamics AX across platforms and devices and enables organizations to extend and build business-specific mobile applications. Based on extensive usability analysis, the redesigned Dynamics AX brings a new touch-enabled, modern user interface that uses the principles of highly visual applications that users expect in consumer applications to their enterprise business applications.

Quicker implementation and easier management

ERP systems have traditionally been known for their rigidity, complexity, and slow deployments and implementations. Dynamics AX is changing the game in this area with revolutionary new technology that continuously enhances rather than disrupts business processes and operations. Bringing forward the breadth and depth of proven business processes in horizontal and vertical industries, including retail, manufacturing, distribution, professional services and public sector, the new Dynamics AX brings the complete capability of the product to market on day one and uses the cloud to provide ongoing service and management to adapt to business and industry needs. The new release also introduces enhancements to Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services, an Azure-based service that allows for turnkey deployment with prebuilt, industry-specific solutions available in the Azure Marketplace and automated setup on Azure, empowering customers to deploy faster with higher quality. The new Dynamics AX delivers a more flexible solution architecture that enables incremental implementations, changes and updates, giving businesses more agility and faster time to value.

Enabling business through the power of the cloud

Businesses are looking for flexibility and choice in how, when, where and at what pace they bring their operational systems to the cloud. Building on the global Microsoft Azure platform, with its strong commitment and capability to meet diverse data locality and data sovereignty requirements, Dynamics AX is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of global customers. The new release brings with it the benefits of the cloud that are most important for business — from simple signup, immediate provisioning, and built-in high availability and disaster recovery to elastic capacity to add resources but only pay for them when they are being used.

The Lotus F1 racing team knows firsthand the benefits of Dynamics AX. “The beauty of Dynamics AX is that it will help you make better informed decisions faster, and ultimately increase your business potential to take business operations to the next level,” said Thomas Mayer, chief operating officer, Lotus F1 Team.

More information on Dynamics AX and its capabilities can be found in a Dynamics AX blog post from Mike Ehrenberg, technical fellow, Microsoft Dynamics ERP, as well as a blog post from Christian Pedersen, general manager, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing. The following videos and guided tours are also available:

More information is available at www.microsoft.com/dynamics/ax.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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postheadericon WattsUpDoc: US hospitals trial AC power probes to treat medical malware

Two major hospitals in the United States are trialling a new system for detecting malware on medical devices, using probes that monitor AC power consumption to detect infections.

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postheadericon National Power Grid suffers frequent cyberattacks, says report

The US national power grid is subject to physical or online attacks around once every four days, a report by USA Today reveals.

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postheadericon Obama administration seeks more power to tackle botnets

The Obama administration wants greater power to shut down botnets, responding to the growing threat of cybercrime and increasingly complex, modern techniques.

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