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Comment Sure, if you're lazy. (Score 1) 3

If you're bound and determined to get it to an extremely small number, and your sample size is ridiculously small (which 1,700 stories is), then sure, you can get it down to 6 plots. You can probably get it down to less than that. Protagonist struggles, and lives. Protagonist struggles, and dies. See how easy that was?

Comment Re:There was no before (Score 4, Interesting) 225

I'm not saying you're wrong, because I don't know, but that doesn't make logical sense. Everything we have ever known has had a cause. We might not know what that cause is, but there has to be a cause there. It may simply be inaccessible to us. If the universe is everything we have ever known, then it's by definition not possible to know what came before it. But that doesn't mean that there was no before. It just means it's imperceptible to us. If you want to say that it makes no difference if there was a before, that's another matter, but it's not the same thing.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 311

some of the features of our Site and our Service are intended to provide entertainment.

That sentence doesn't mean anything. All of the site is intended to provide entertainment, I'd imagine. Why else would you go to the site? But the entertainment being offered is talking to people who want to have hot, sticky affairs.

Their motto was not, "Life is short. Talk to a bot.".

Comment Re:e-book prices HAVE been too high. (Score 1) 97

Every publisher believes that the e-books don't really compete against one another in price because each one is unique. They aren't interchangeable...someone won't say "wow, I bet I can get this same book cheaper somewhere else..."

But they are wrong.

Exactly. People might not be able to buy that particular book for less money, but maybe they can find a book in the same genre for less money. The only reason someone would be set on one particular book is either a) it's an author they know and enjoy, or b) that particular book got great reviews or was recommended by a friend.

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