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.
-- <firstname.lastname@example.org> at work, <email@example.com> in private! "Unix gives you enough rope to shoot yourself in the foot." http://www.zytor.com/~hpa/puzzle.txt
- To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in the body of a message to firstname.lastname@example.org Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Mon Aug 07 2000 - 21:00:09 EST