Showing posts with label Microsoft. Show all posts
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Governor McAuliffe Announces Third Microsoft Expansion in Mecklenburg County

English: The Microsoft Logo
English: The Microsoft Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
~ Company to invest $346.7 million and create 90 new jobs~

RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Microsoft Corp. will invest $346.7 million to expand its data center site in Mecklenburg County and increase capacity to serve its growing customer base. Virginia successfully competed against other sites in the U.S. for the project, which will create 90 new jobs. Microsoft’s original project in 2010 involved an investment of up to $499 million and 50 new jobs. In 2011 the company invested an additional $150 million to expand the site, and in 2013 announced a $348 million expansion.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Microsoft’s data center campus in Mecklenburg County continues to represent transformational growth, opportunity, and investment for the region and for Virginia. The third expansion project brings the company’s total capital investment to more than $1.3 billion since 2010. Microsoft’s success and continued investment is a powerful testament to the benefits of doing business in Virginia and the thriving data center industry in the Commonwealth.”

“Microsoft has played an important role in the success of Mecklenburg County and Southern Virginia since the establishment of its data center site in 2010,” said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “The company continues to grow its operation, and this significant expansion is another example of state partners working together to meet a corporation’s needs within a short timeframe. As Microsoft’s customer base expands, we remain ready to help facilitate its success any way we can. We thank the company for its continued commitment and investment in Virginia.”
Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
“We are excited to continue building our relationship with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the County of Mecklenburg,” said Christian Belady, General Manager, Data Center Services, Global Foundation Services at Microsoft. “Each expansion allows us to better meet our customers’ growing cloud service needs. As with the other expansions, we’re using the same state-of-the-art technology that minimizes environmental impact while maximizing our customers’ computing capacity.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Mecklenburg County to secure the project for Virginia. Dominion Virginia Power, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation also were instrumental in securing this project. Governor McAuliffe approved a $1.6 million grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Mecklenburg County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $1.6 million in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds for the project.

“Mecklenburg County is again very pleased to announce another expansion of Microsoft,” said Glenn Barbour, Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors. “Our County Administrator Wayne Carter has been working closely with the company to offer all the assistance our county could provide. This expansion opens up many more opportunities for our county to offer jobs to our citizens and greatly expand our economic base. I encourage our citizens to pursue these opportunities. We look forward to working with Microsoft well into the future.”
"I am immensely proud that Mecklenburg County has proven to be a good place for Microsoft to continue to grow and expand," said Senator Frank Ruff, Vice Chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

“We are pleased to work with and support the efforts of Mecklenburg County and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to encourage business growth and expansion in the Commonwealth,” said Robert M. Blue, President of Dominion Virginia Power. “We are ready to do our part to make this opportunity a success for all involved.”

“We are proud that our robust, open-access fiber optic network continues to pay economic dividends to Southern Virginia,” said Tad Deriso, President & CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation. “We appreciate the strong support and collaboration with the Microsoft network team, and look forward to our continued partnership.”

Monday, June 17, 2013

New Xbox One Piece Of Junk With Serious Security Flaws

New Xbox One
New Xbox One (Photo credit: netzkobold)

Most military won’t be able to use new Xbox One overseas or on deployments

Posted on: 10:21 am, June 17, 2013, by updated on: 02:33pm, June 17, 2013

Microsoft’s much-anticipated new console has just been unveiled, but most in the military will not be able to use it away from home.
The new console must check in online with Microsoft once a day, and new product registration limitations mean that its games will not be playable in most locations outside of the U.S.
“With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection,” an Xbox spokesperson tells the Military Times.
And it gets worse for on-the-go troops. The Xbox One:
■ Can play only in Xbox One-friendly countries. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a regular, reliable Internet connection while overseas, you’ll have to be in one of 21 countries included in Microsoft’s server network. So, if you’re stationed in, say, Germany, Italy or Great Briatin, you’re good to go. But if you’re based in Japan, Kuwait or Afghanistan, you’re out of luck.
■ Will have region-locked games. Games bought in the U.S. can be activated only in the U.S. That means no more ripping open the latest title that just arrived in a care package from home while you’re deployed. And forget about buying games locally when overseas — if your Xbox Live account isn’t tied to the region when you activate a game, it won’t play.
■ Serious security concerns. Even when the Xbox One is in sleep mode, its built-in microphone can always listen in. It’s a feature developers say will provide quick voice-command access to games and apps — but that could spook commanders who might worry the always-connected device could also capture more than just idle chit-chat among troops.
“Microsoft has single handedly alienated the entire military. And not just the U.S. military — the militaries of the entire world,” says naval aviator Jay Johnson.

Microsoft has replied to repeated questions by saying that people who want to game offline should use the older Xbox 360 instead.

Notes:  If the military considers the new system a security threat, you should too.  And Microsoft wants you to pay to open serious security flaws in your home?  Just vote no by refusing to buy the new system when it comes out.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Microsoft Urges Internet Explorer Users to Protect Against Targeted Attacks


On Monday nightMicrosoft urged users of Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions to deploy a toolkit that could help protect against a series of attacks hitting its system.
Image representing Microsoft as depicted in Cr...
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It was revealed earlier in the day by security forum Rapid7 that Internet Explorer was hit with a new zero-day exploit, which takes advantage of a security hole within websites to carry out attacks. This means that anyone using IE to visit a website that has malicious links could have their computer compromised.
The exploit is said to affect Windows XP, Vista and 7 systems.


“We have received reports of only a small number of targeted attacks and are working to develop a security update to address this issue,” Microsoft said in a company blog.
SEE ALSO: Internet Explorer Could Have a Huge Security Hole
The company said consumers using IE are protected when using workarounds and mitigations, such as deploying its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). This tookit aims to protect against this issue and should not affect usability of websites.
Microsoft said users should also set their Internet and local intranet security zone settings to “high” to block ActiveX Controls and Active Scripting.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

GVLN - NYPD Unveils Crime- And Terror-Fighting ‘Domain Awareness System’

English: New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.
English: New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mayor: State-Of-The-Art 

Venture With Microsoft 


Police 'In The Next 


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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bill Gates Owner Of 220ft White Cloud Ship?

Bill and Melinda Gates during their visit to t...
Bill and Melinda Gates during their visit to the Oslo Opera House in June 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Story by Chuck Thompson for GVLN.

Is Bill Gates the owner of the 220ft White Cloud ship?  69th largest private ship in the world.  Make no mistake about it.  This ship may be a bit older in design, but she is still an incredible beauty.  Just look at how she dwarfs all the other boats around her.  And yes, that is a real full size helicopter on the back deck.  For years everyone has been trying to learn who the owner of this ship is.  All of the information out there confirms that she is American owned.  Attempts to find out who the owner is by the public has not proved successful.

  Photos of the White Cloud by;  Chuck Thompson of TTC Media. 

Now there are a good number of people who fit the profile in the US to own this ship, however, none fit the profile better than Bill Gates.  He's retired and traveling the world with his wife giving away millions to certain charities.  The White Cloud is seen all over the world docked in some beautiful areas.  We met with some of the staff of the White Cloud and spoke with them.  They are well trained never to reveal the ownership of this boat.  

The pictures of the White Cloud above were taken in Yorktown, Virginia back in 2010.  Post below in the comments section and let us know where you have seen the White Cloud ship.  She makes an incredible impact wherever she goes.  

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