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April 21, 2006

Weekend reading 15

Here's a very handy Firefox extension called gTranslate. (Via A Welsh View.)

CodeWritinFool sends a link to a post at the Right to Create blog:
Write Free Software, Pay $203,000 to Patent Holder

Bob Jacobsen, a model railroad hobbyist, wrote a bunch of software to let you connect your computer to your model railroad and control trains with it. He chose to not only give the software away for free, but to make the source code available as well, so that the model railroading/hacker community could improve it and customize it to their liking.

And then KAM Industries, maker of commercial software that serves a similar role, tried asserting their 'patent rights' over doing just that.

Via Best of the Web Today, I found this blog called Waiter Rant. It's well written and worth a look.

The ultimate in out-sourcing?

Wombs for Rent, Cheap
Surrogate mothers in India are a bargain for foreigners, and the women reap a bonanza. But some observers say they pay a price.
By Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
April 19, 2006

ANAND, India — As temp jobs go, Saroj Mehli has landed what she feels is a pretty sweet deal. It's a nine-month gig, no special skills needed, and the only real labor comes at the end — when she gives birth.

If everything goes according to plan, Mehli, 32, will deliver a healthy baby early next year. But rather than join her other three children, the newborn will be handed over to an American couple who are unable to bear a child on their own and are hiring Mehli to do it for them.

Posted by joke du jour at April 21, 2006 07:32 PM

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