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Here at CompanyName.website, our three main strengths are our web-facing chairs, our huge collection of white papers, and the fact that we physically cannot die.
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The nice thing about headcannnons is that it's really easy to get other people to believe in them.
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Ha!
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Alt text: "The nice thing about headcannons is that it's really easy to get other people to believe in them."
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Moving to CTA Ventra card: What you need to know

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The rollout for the CTA's new Ventra card fare-payment system begins in earnest this month. Here's what you need to know and do to get on board.
  • Beginning Sept. 9, you can get a Ventra card free - $5 fee waived - either online at ventrachicago.com, by calling (877) NOW VENTRA (877.669.8368) or in person at the Ventra Customer Service Center at 165 N. Jefferson St., next to CTA headquarters.
  • Also starting Sept. 9, you can buy a Ventra card from rail station vending machines or at hundreds of Ventra retail locations. If you register the card online or by phone (see above), the $5 fee will be immediately refunded as stored transit value on the card.
  • Spend down the balance on your current fare cards. And the CTA will help customers transfer value to their new Ventra card from a number of fare media at many locations starting Sept. 17. See the end of this release for dates and locations.
Here are some other important dates to plan your own transition to Ventra. Sept. 9:
  • Ventra is available to all CTA and Pace customers.
  • This is the last date that Chicago Card, Chicago Card Plus and magnetic stripe fare cards will be sold online via CTA’s website.
Oct. 7
  • Chicago Card and Chicago Card Plus will no longer be able to have value loaded on to them, either online or at CTA rail station vending machines.
  • Rail station vending machines will no longer sell magnetic striped stored value cards or period passes.
  • Pace offers a new 30-day premium pass for customers using Ventra.
During September and October
  • Transition to Ventra cards continues for transit benefits customers.
Nov. 15
  • Chicago Card and Chicago Card Plus will no longer be accepted on CTA buses and trains, nor on Pace buses.
  • Customers will no longer be able to add value to stored value magnetic stripe cards. They will need to spend down balances or transfer their existing balances to Ventra cards.
  • CTA and Pace will no longer sell magnetic stripe period passes. Customers need to use up existing passes by Dec. 15.
Dec. 15
  • The CTA and Pace will no longer accept any magnetic stripe fare cards.
  • Ventra replaces all CTA and Pace existing fare media.
As I've noted before, there will be glitches. Why? Because human beings created this new system and humans make mistakes. Be patient. Report problems right away to the CTA (1.888.968.7282).
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Pastafarian Wins Battle To Wear Colander In License Photo

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An anonymous reader writes "Eddie Castillo is the first American to successfully have his government-issued photo identification taken while wearing a colander, though DPS officials are reportedly planning to follow up with Castillo in order to 'rectify' the situation. Others have tried unsuccessfully, and Castillo told KLBK that he was surprised at his victory, which he called a 'political and religious milestone for all atheists everywhere.'" Two years ago Niko Alm won the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head although Austrian authorities required him to obtain a doctor's certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive.

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Terms and Conditions: A movie about privacy policies you’ll actually want to watch

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Watching Terms and Conditions May Apply (TACMA) is sort of like watching Ars’ tech policy coverage—but in an 80-minute feature film.

The documentary, released last week, will particularly interest your smart (but less tech-savvy) friends who shrug at things like the most recent NSA metadata surveillance scandal. American technology law and policy can often feel too niche, despite the fact that the issues in question apply in some way to nearly everyone on the Internet, as American companies are so dominant online. But this film might just be the most fun and accessible way to learn about what’s been happening to all of us, online, over the last 15 years.

Filmmaker Cullen Hoback adeptly uses a combination of cutesy animation, archival footage, and even guerilla journalism to make a movie that’s informative, frightening, and compelling to watch. Hyrax Films provided Ars with an advanced copy—it opened in New York earlier this month, and is currently being screened this weekend in Denver. In late July and early August, TACMA will screen in tech hubs San Francisco and San Jose, as well as Phoenix, Portland, Dallas, Richmond (Virginia), Toronto, and San Diego.

“One says that you’re totally anonymous, the other says ‘when necessary,’ you’re not.”

Within the first 10 minutes of the film, Hoback reminds us of the halcyon days of the late 1990s commercial Web, when startups rose and fell and a real digital privacy policy in America was bubbling beneath the surface. In early 2001, over a dozen privacy bills were introduced in Congress. But after Sept 11, 2011, the narrator (Hoback himself) intones: “all privacy legislation was either killed or abandoned and the PATRIOT Act was, of course, initiated.” The film deftly reminds us that this was the initial seed that gave rise to National Security Agency’s blanket telephony metadata collection program. (A Congressional vote to shut down that program was defeated by a slim margin just this past week.)

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App Store gives away popular iOS games and apps, likely to mark its 5th anniversary

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Popular iOS apps and games discounted on the App Store, likely to mark 5th anniversary

Here's a little treat on a Monday morning. A number of premium iOS apps and games have been discounted to nothing over at the App Store, including the charming and mildly addictive Tiny Wings (and Tiny Wings HD for iPad), Traktor DJ (normally $20), Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery Sorcery EP, as well as Infinity Blade II (usually $7). There's no official promotion to explain or list all the discounts, so we're left to guess that this could be a prelude to July 10th, when Apple will mark the fifth anniversary of the App Store. Cupertino has already started sending out promotional material to mark the occasion, listing the usual Store and probably reel out some more big statistics to show how far the App Store has come since 2008, so these freebies could well be a part of that. go with it. We've linked up a few of them freebies after the break, but the list isn't exhaustive so you please add more in the Comments section if you spot any others that merit the storage space. Happy hunting!

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