posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 02:42 PM
Unraveling the Octopus would more than likely unravel every major conspiracy and major historical event since at least the rise of the Nazis and going
up to the destruction of the WTC.
That sort of thing with Inslaw has happened with software many many times. The value of software isn't how much time it took to develop, it's how
much of others people working time it can save as well as the amount of raw materials it can save.
Had a friend who consulted with various companies to make a standard purchase/order form/sales receipt for the purchase of aviation fuel. He went
around all the different accounting departments, got the design of the form laid out and then started selling them as word processing templates. Next
thing, some other guy in another part of the city is selling the exact same templates ... but could he do?
Another time, there was a guy who wrote a little expert system to fix toy railway engine motors. Gave it away for free to other toy railway
enthusiasts. Then one chap who is working in the oil industry figures out that little application can be used to fix industrial oil industry winches
and and motors. He's set up his own company and charges a £10K consulting fee (half the price of the system) per repair. First guy is kicking
himself for giving away the software for free - basically his knowledge encapsulated in an expert system.
Another time, a start-up company was contacted by a university to ask the company if there was anything they needed researching. The company made the
mistake of saying yes, and giving the university a topic that could be researched, which just happened to be their future product. A year later, the
postgrad students has done his research, filed a patent, and is offering the company a license fee for their own product.
I've had that happen to myself as well. Took on a PhD with the hope of establishing a research career. Four years later, I'm about to publish my 3rd
research paper, when an ex-student demands that I hand him a copy of all my research work. I refuse, he goes to my supervisor (who backs me up), then
the whole academic chain. I was then told to hand over all my graphics work to another student. I refused, and so they dragged my thesis out for four
years, until 2009.