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Comment: Re:What's next? (Score 1) 291

by Richy_T (#48652997) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

I really don't care either way, I was just throwing the quote out there.

However, I have to say that I have never had much of an issue reading a book without chapters. It's usually clear when there's a change of pace in the story. At most, you might have to scan the next line or so to confirm. If you have a long chapter anyway, there might be reasons you would find a stopping point before getting to the end. I guess I'd say that chapters don't really do any harm and some people like them but an author shouldn't feel obliged.

Paragraphs, of course, are mandatory.

Comment: Re:What's next? (Score 1) 291

by Richy_T (#48652305) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

Life doesn't happen in chapters — at least, not regular ones. Nor do movies. Homer didn't write in chapters. I can see what their purpose is in children's books ("I'll read to the end of the chapter, and then you must go to sleep") but I'm blessed if I know what function they serve in books for adults.
    -- Terry Pratchett

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 1) 302

by Richy_T (#48625459) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Sure. But that's orthogonal to my point. Even if copyright infringement were theft, that's not what Pirate Bay are doing. It's like how a fence would be charged with dealing in stolen goods, not the stealing itself. (Though still not a good analogy as the copyrighted material never passes through Pirate Bay's hands).

If you start with incorrect precepts, you'll make invalid arguments.

Comment: Re:And this is why there's traffic... (Score 1) 603

by Richy_T (#48625401) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

I started out on a moped. It has the advantage that most of the time, particularly when it's a little busy, it can at least keep up with traffic.

As to bicycling, I grew up where traffic was used to and understood cycle traffic (and a cycling proficiency test was available at school (and required before you were allowed to cycle in). I wouldn't want to cycle as part of a commute where I am currently living though.

Comment: Re:Why is it there? (Score 1) 175

by Richy_T (#48620055) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

Perhaps the advantage this enzyme gives is by wrinkly skin being an indicator of age. For women, it might signal that a woman is past her best breeding years and the male should invest his resources elsewhere (that would be more of a tribal advantage). And for men (though this is a stretch), it might indicate that the man has survived longer (having good genes) and maybe has more resources, meaning he can better support his offspring.

Loads of flaws there, I'm sure :)

No hardware designer should be allowed to produce any piece of hardware until three software guys have signed off for it. -- Andy Tanenbaum