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2.2.2-RELEASE Now Available!
https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1705
Home of the pfSense project, free Open Source FreeBSD based firewall, router, unified threat management, load balancing, multi WAN, Linux
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I've used this for years and all the projects that forked from it. Awesome project and legacy. 
Dear m0n0wall enthusiasts,. on this day 12 years ago, I have released the first version of m0n0wall to the public. In theory, one could still run that version - pb1 it was called - on a suitably old PC and use it to control the Internet access of a small LAN (not that it would be recommended ...
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Whoohoo! Been using the beta and rc for a while. Awesome work!
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2.2 Release Candidate now available! 
https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1506
We are proud to announce pfSense® software version 2.2 Release Candidate is now available! This should be a short release candidate cycle, so we encourage you to try it out ASAP to help us with the final push to release. Jim posted a good overview of the significant changes previously.
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Surely this is a joke. 
The Spanish government has just approved a horrible law that will force news aggregation services, such as Google News, to pay news sites for each link they include with their content. You read that right: On top of sending sites a ton of traffic, Google (other aggregators like Yahoo News, and maybe even Facebook or Twitter) will be forced to pay for each link they publish.
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Once their traffic dries up, they might start to actually understand how the Internet actually works... LOL. What a buncha dumbf**ks.
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This might be a screw up, but I just ordered 5 of them.  They are $18 on Yubico site. $1 on amazon with free shipping.
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Had one guy says his order was canceled too. 
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These keep showing up in my feed constantly. I've replied to a few. I usually just get a rude comment back and then blocked by the person. I'm sorry the man died, but the ignorant call for a global ban annoys me. https://plus.google.com/114137816648789163984/posts/3ig5y9g6RqG
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First Sanctuary has comments disabled for the post and then refers to a woman being killed by pits in an apartment building hallway. Those were not even pits that got that lady in the hallway. Ignorance at its finest
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+Kevin Jones Surely they are not killing off the whole thing? Who knows those. Google is famous for killing products I use. 
Google has decided to end its Google Wallet API for digital products come March 2, 2015. Merchants and customers alike will need to find alternatives.
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I was at a store the other day and on their credit card terminal screen there was a button to press to pay with PayPal. Pretty cool but would never type my PayPal info in there
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+Kevin Jones looks like a NFC competitor. Hope this one falls flat. From a cursory look, some of the alliance members are disabling NFC at the stores in favor of this.
 
From what I can gather, this is going to be Apple Pay's competitor. Never heard of CurrentC or MCX? Well, you've seen terminals that support it, probably more than you've seen terminals that support Wallet or Apple Pay. Bestbuy, Target, 7-11, Sears, Lowes, and many more. Everything I'm finding points to MCX has created their own standard for wireless payments and the terminals that support this don't support anything else. It looks like it's all software based, as there is no need to modify the terminals hardware to support CurrentC, but every terminal that is running that software seems to not accept Wallet or Apple Pay at all. Is MCX really disabling the competition at a software level when they install their software? Here's to hoping Apple Pay makes a big enough dent in the market to bring retailers back to something that supports Apple Pay and Wallet.

Why is MCX and CurrentC so popular? For the same reason you should probably hate it. It looks like they're aiming more for profiting off of data collected. Allowing vendors to build marketing campaigns and promotions off of your transactions, as well as integrate CurrentC in to their own apps. These guys aren't just about sucking up to the vendors, they are the vendors. Seriously. Something like 50 of their top vendors got together and decided to form MCX, they started about two years ago.

http://www.mcx.com/

Edit: this is a pretty good read on MCX and Apple Pay http://time.com/3532199/apple-pay-winners-losers/

Edit 2: "Here’s a teaser for my annual predictions column that runs every New Year: CurrentC will fail to gain adoption in 2015 and at least 1/3 of merchants on the list will make clear they will support NFC. That support will allow customers to use Apple Pay — and Google Wallet. CurrentC and MCX will cease to exist before the decade is out." - http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2014/10/20/apple-pay-is-here-and-its-going-to-be-great-why-the-skeptics-have-it-wrong/
I hope this person is right. People are irritated enough as it is that their credit cards and debit cards aren't all supported by Apple Pay. I can't imagine a system that starts off with ONLY checking accounts and merchant branded credit/debit/gift cards actually doing that well, but the participating vendors (110,000 of them) seem to think so.


Disclaimer : it's 2am, and I'm tired. I may have missed some stuff. If you notice any inaccuracies in my post feel free to point them out, as well as link to where you found the correct info . 
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This definitely won't fall flat, and may even surpass NFC payment methods. Some very large companies are behind CurrentC and MCX (http://www.mcx.com/). In particular, WalMart and Best Buy will be pushing this hard.

It's actually better than NFC in some ways since it uses a QR code for a one-time secure payment mechanism so the phone just needs a camera and the CurrentC app as opposed to the NFC chip which many phones still don't have. MCX also cuts out the banking middlemen (eg, VISA, MC, etc.) so it reduces both fees and theft which should translate to lower prices in the store over time. 
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Hey....it could be worse...at least the TRex did not get you....smile..
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Don't waste your time with this place. Mediocre overpriced food, rude wait staff and charges for 'extras' that are ridiculous. I had previously visited for lunch and thought it was pretty good. So I suggested to my wife, we go there after Christmas shopping at the outlets nearby. The place was fairly dead. We were seated for Hibachi and ordered some sushi. We ended up being the only 2 at this table. The Sushi, soup and salad were pretty good. We ordered the special filet and shrimp for two ($45). The cook came out and was a pleasant fellow. He did seem to be rushed preparing our food. The hibachi fried rice, which they charge an extra $2 per plate for, was ok the noodles were greasy and then it gets weird. The guy is cooking our "filet" and throws 2 huge chunks of butter in it. He puts that on our plates and this is the first time I have ever had slimy, greasy steak. It tasted more like either top round or a very cheap cut of filet. The shrimp were obviously frozen and not fresh as well. Then It really takes a turn. We get some togo boxes, thinking maybe the dogs would enjoy it, and pay the bill. I get up and start toward the door as my wife is gathering her things at the table. When I turn around a waitress has cornered my wife yelling "money, food" in very broken English. My wife has to dig the receipt out of her purse to show this lady we have paid. We eat out a lot and this is the first time in over 20 years of eating out all over this country that we have ever been accused of trying to dine and dash. All toll we spend $80 at this joint for 2 people. I have had much better food and service at the fast food hibachi places for less than half that. The one that still gets me is a $2 up charge per plate for hibachi fried rice at a hibachi restaurant
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