Remove 'category' Prefix from WordPress

One of the most pesky things I find about the WordPress installation is that for category pages, WordPress adds the 'category' prefix to URLs. Sure you can live with the behavior (like here on Octopress) but for real-world installs, it looks kind of sloppy and unexpected. I originally came up with this technique in 2007, and after looking at the "new and improved" ways of today, I couldn't find any better options.

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