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URLs too often devolve into machine formats for no good reason other than that its easier for machines (read, the machines' developers).

Friendly URLs help people understand the hierarchy of information and orient themselves within it. Friendly URLs serve as a kind of breadcrumb navigation. Friendly URLs are "hackable" by normals.

> not precise enough to serve as a reliable permalink to a specific location

If delivering mail is solvable, and considering the miracle of Street View exists, surely giving each address its own human-friendly URL is solvable too.

> And who types URLs anyway.

Everyone who uses the web.

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