Cocoa beans are loaded with things that are good for you included saturated and monounsaturated fats. What's bad for you is all the sugar (carbs) they add to cover its bitter taste. You should only eat chocolate that's 70% or higher cocoa.
It would appear that we have reached the limits of what it is possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be careful with such statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in 5 years.
John von Neumann, circa 1960
Patents are a privilege, not a Right. Patents exist to encourage innovation. Clearly, they are not. It's time to get rid of them.
Intellectual property is an oxymoron. Ideas belong to the commons. The law even says so. Patents are a violation of this. But they were suppose to make things better despite the violation of the peoples' Right to ideas. They do not. It's time to get rid of them.
Patents are not needed by pharmaceutical companies since the only research they fund is to modify their own drugs so they can get another patent on a variation when the current patent runs out. (And, of course, nobody else can get a patent on any variation because its too close to the original.) Funding new drug research comes from grants from the gov't or other outside organizations.
Anyone who thinks a paywall is necessary just haven't looked at PBS. A nation-wide TV system that survives only on donations. If you have a high-quality product, you don't need to force people to pay you; you can thrive on donations alone.
I find that many writers and artists completely ignore two markets: eBay and craigslist. They still want a middleman even with ebooks. In the new world of epublishing, you have to do your own sales or you're just as likely to get screwed as with traditional outlets. :(
There is no balance; there never was a balance. Have you ever read any of the copyright "agreements" offered to artists and writers? There are for _all_ rights. That means, if you're a musician, and you sell a song to a record label, you _must_ pay for playing your song every time you do so. Yes, even though you created it, you can't play it without paying. If you are a writer and sell a story, you can't write a sequel, prequel, or or work using the any of the characters or settings without giving (that's correct, giving) it to the publisher. And in the US, you can be sued if you don't.
Copyright was never about balance. It's about creating a monopoly for the copyright holders, the big money companies. And by monopoly, it means that big money can force the creators to accept whatever pittance they're willing to give to the creators. Creators do _NOT_ benefit from copyright, only big money.