Re: [OFFTOPIC]Re: FW: Crypto

From: H. Peter Anvin (
Date: Wed Aug 02 2000 - 15:55:30 EST

John Alvord wrote:
> Totally offtopic, but in the 1880s a fellow invented a safety
> mechanism for elevators. It prevented them from dropping suddenly to
> the ground by triggering brakes automatically. He wanted a lot of
> money for the licenses. All the manufacturers waiting seventeen years
> and then incorporated the new idea.

I believe the Otis Elevator Company still exists and isn't doing too shabbily. Same with RSA, Inc. and Nutrasweet: they have established themselves by now and will do just fine in a competitive world.


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