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You can install an annoyance list that blocks those.

Isn't it more likely that they just load the ads over those "we noticed you're using an ad blocker..." placeholders, so if you block the ads you see the ad blocker message?

I don't know what you mean by more likely. The rule is "theatlantic.com##.blocker-message > .blackbox + .disable" from "Adblock Warning Removal List". It's a default list in uBlock Origin.

I guess it's a list that blocks similar things that are "under" ads and only show when you block ads. Soon, sites will just start adding more stuff to be revealed once you block those. It's an endless pit and no one has a solution.

Disable JS. I mapped it to a hotkey when I "need" it (using surf/webkit). Makes the web great again.

>It's an endless pit and no one has a solution.

This needs a little bit of tweaking on a per-site basis, but works really well at blocking most things.

  */ Hide most everything that isn't the content. /*
  :not(.main-content) { 
    display: none !important; 
  .main-content > * { 
    display: block !important;
Combined with bookmarklets to disable CSS and strip images: http://pastebin.com/etLwqx5A

I can read content more or less marketing/fluff free. I then add several styles to make things a bit more legible (font size, a specific font I prefer, body width 85%, line height, and less-contrasting colors).

When I have some spare time on a future weekend I plan to find a way to combine all of them into a single Firefox add-on or a one-click-to-do-everything bookmarklet.

Isn't this basically Readability mode in Safari?

Doesn't work on WSJ and similar sites that require a Google UTF to read. I also have a bit more authority and control over things than the limited options of Readability.

(Readability was built into Safari 5 but is a standalone bookmarklet/add-on as well. Was actually a big inspiration for me fixing things how I want them.)

The person emptying the complimentary bowl of lollipops into their bag isn't breaking any law, but they are breaking social expectations and making things worse for everyone else.

And yet, if you punch them in the face for it, you'll be arrested for assault.

If you think that wasting 36k gallons of water a day should be illegal, write to your representative, don't go looking for private citizens to "make an example of".

In the end, you'll be the bad guy, and the law will still say it's legal to waste that much water.

No one is advocating punching anyone in the face. The journalist is essentially advocating public shaming, i.e. "Hey, look at this asshole who dumped the whole complimentary bowl of lollipops in their bag."

I find the Hacker news response to this pretty interesting. I think you'll find that many/most programmer/engineer types will think about this from a "does it follow the rules of the system" perspective: He's following the law as it exists, so if there's a problem, the issue is with the system. Many/most other people, however, will approach this from a social expectations perspective: This person is acting in a socially unacceptable way, so they deserved to be shamed.

I'm not saying which way is better or right, but as someone firmly in the programmer/engineer camp, it's been important for me to understand how so many people approach the "rules" of the world from a very different perspective.

It's not "complimentary", though. They're paying for every gallon, at the price that the utility has set.

I think I have to agree with those who have been saying that if the utility actually wants this to stop, they should change their pricing structure.

This is a terrible analogy, the water in this case is paid for by the consumer.

Often people feel morally obliged to avoid doing something for the common good. But as soon you charge a fee people will assume that that fee reflects the social cost and maybe start doing it a lot more.


Either don't charge money for something and use suasion to get people to use too much or charge enough that you're happy that they use as much as they can afford.

> charge enough that you're happy that they use as much as they can afford.

Market rates for water, which is what you are describing, sound great.

You also pay for the lollipops. The key is that it's a finite resource with a relatively (3 stage, or whatever) flat rate. The price structure is not dynamic enough to account for the fact that at some point the value of the last drop of water approaches infinity.

The lollipops are a built-in charge with an assumption of only taking a couple.

If you take ten and explicitly pay a dollar, everyone is happy.

The water in California has a limited supply, yes, but the use is plenty elastic. If it was all worth a moderate price per gallon, there wouldn't be such an issue. The elasticity and constant inflow mean that a price asymptote is just not going to happen.

And we're in a drought. I don't care if they paid for the water, it is completely selfish for them to think they should be able to use anywhere near that amount of water.

Imagine it this way. Pretend all the water is being sold, no water rights, and the government is free to do whatever it wants within reason.

The government needs a certain amount of money to keep up infrastructure and maybe to subsidize households. It sells this guy 1300 gallons an hour at a high price, and uses that money to not sell a farm 8000 gallons an hour of discount water.

Now you have less water being used, and you send the rich purchaser a thank you letter.

If you charge for externalities, then buying more is not a bad thing. If you overcharge for externalities, it can even be a good thing.

So the question is not "is he using a lot of water", the question is what he's paying for, and whether externalities are being offset.

The price in California is probably too low today, but that could easily be changed.

A better example would be if a person came into a supermarket in the morning and bought all bread and milk so no one else would have any. It's legal,but most stores would probably have a policy against it.

How many desalination plants can you build and operate on $xx,000 * the population of Bel-Air a year?

Theo Hultberg is grumpy: https://github.com/iconara/cql-rb/pull/127

In the case of cql-rb, patches are most certainly not welcome.

If you submit a request with Etag: <integrity>, the server can validate with 304, or deny with 4xx/5xx

I think this would also allow the server to "pre-validate" with HTTP2 push.

Ya, somehow we think that releasing a falsely imprisoned person after decades is fixing it. We made it right! Well, no, you took away a significant chunk of their life, and likely ruined the rest of it as well.

That doesn't mean, however, that we should give up. We should be more careful about taking away life and freedom, and we should seek to make prison more fulfilling, so that people can have fuller lives when we deem them safe to be let out (because we discovered our error, or because they were rehabilitated).

Why are you disappointed? It sounds like a device you bought a few years ago has a longer useful lifespan than you thought. You get to have a state of the art phone for less money when you own it longer.

I wonder if devices will start to be built better, with more replaceable components as the rate of spec improvements in mobile devices slows down.


I'm a little disappointed too. Don't get me wrong, my N5 is great and it doesn't have many disadvantages... but the stuff people really want should be more doable now. For example, a replaceable battery? Maybe an included thumblonger so you can reach the top-left corner :P


I have an LG G3 which I paid $50 for (upgrade price) which included an extra battery and battery charger (promo period). Being able to swap in a fully charged battery in seconds is something I now depend on when I travel - I never have any battery life anxiety. The lack of swappable batteries on most phones is a huge turnoff for me.


Not the OP (although I feel exactly the same), but I'm disappointed because the battery life on my Nexus 5 is going nowhere but down... but I am not going to buy a new phone with exactly the same RAM and storage (and no SD card slot). The features they have added I don't care about (fingerprint scanner, better camera).

I may well buy a new phone, but there is zero chance it will be a 5x.


Same thing happened to my battery, so I bought a new one and followed a YouTube video to replace it myself. Although the battery isn't meant to be replaceable, the process was not too terribly difficult. Maybe consider that as an option, too.


I've read others describe the same, but when I went to look for a part I've been overwhelmed by the purchasing process. There seem to be several sources for this part and I have no idea how to guarantee its quality. I know the replacement is easy enough, having already had to disassemble the phone to replace the display.

Can you tell me where you found the battery you are using now?

I'm disappointed by the 5X. I was planning to replace the Nexus 5, but the 5x really does not appear to be a good value. If I can really get usable battery life out of the Nexus 5, I'll gladly keep using it, because there's very little else about it that seems in any way deficient.


To be honest I didn't spend a lot of shopping around on batteries. I bought the one I found on Amazon that seemed to be made for Nexus 5, and it works: http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00NCJMQXK


The Android M preview improved the battery life on my Nexus 5 considerably.


Don't tease. If that's true, it's fantastic news - battery life of less than a day, with fairly low use, is the biggest drawback of the N5.


It's not a tease. At today's event, they specifically said the Nexus 5 gets 30% better battery life with Marshmallow, mostly due to the "deep sleep" when you leave the screen off for a long time.


I replaced my Nexus 5 battery last night. It cost very little, took about 15mins and so far the battery life is looking great.

I followed this guide (without their tools): https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Nexus+5+Battery+Replacement/260...


I was having the same experience where I was getting super disappointing battery performance and was ready to replace it, when I read an article where the author claimed it is very unlikely the battery is at the end of its life (wish I could find it) and it is even more unlikely that a battery you buy off of eBay/Amazon will be better than the one you already have.

Turn off Google Fit, turn off always on OK Google hotword detection, clear the Google Play Services cache.

I've heard of some people replacing their Nexus 5's battery with one from the LG G2. If you're handy you could maybe try that. Here's the link from reddit. https://www.reddit.com/r/Nexus5/comments/2yr8q2/swapped_my_n...


Mediocre phones today should be better than mediocre phones from two years ago.


They are, the $90 phones of today are amazing compared to two years ago (Doogee Y100X for example, surprisingly decent phone other than the camera).

I would hope so. Once the specs all start to converge, then durability will be one of the last selling points they could use.


My phones seem to last 24-30 months; they just eventually take enough damage from being in my pocket and moved around all day every day that they die. And battery life goes to crap. I too was hoping for a nice nexus 5 upgrade.


Yow. Here's a perspective from someone who has only owned two iPhones:

I purchased the first gen on release day (2007) and carried it my pocket every day without a case until the 5 came out in 2012. I still have it, it still works.

I bought my iPhone 5 in 2013 and carry it my pocket every day without a case. It has some cosmetic damage.

Not fanboy-ing; I think it's legitimately interesting that most smartphones are still designed the way early cell phones were: plastic case around components, clipped or screwed on, flimsy from day one.


I suggest that the difference between yourself and x0x0 is mostly personal, not a difference in phones.

My wife is hard on her stuff; even with a case, her phones (one iPhone, two Android) need replacing every few years.

I don't use a case, and except for slightly lower battery life, my Android phones still look brand-new 4 years later.


I used to destroy phones fairly quickly until I stopped keeping my wallet and keys in the same pocket as my phone.


I treat my smartphones like garbage and have only ever broken my iPhone 6 (shattered screen). I still have all of my Android phones since the original T-Mobile G1 and they all still work.

Now that Nexus has the fingerprint sensor I'm never getting another iPhone.


Yeah, the nexus 5 is noticeably less well built than my partner's iphone. There are gaps around pieces of the frame and lint gets in; the plastic takes more damage; etc.




That explains why it's the top voted post.


Especially given that most drivers I've seen use both the apps, and other operating costs are pretty slim.


It's the worldwide presence where Uber had the massive advantage. If Didi/Ola/Lyft/Others decide to merge/parter only than will they stand a chance.


customer acquisition costs are high, and driver acquisition costs are very high.


At least, as long as drivers are human [0]. ;p

0: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/01/27/how-ubers-autono...



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