History has given Henry L. Ellsworth a bad name. We were reading a book of Harry Truman's speeches from the 1948 campaign when we noticed a reference to the commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office who, essentially, said the patent office didn't need anymore money because everything had already been invented. This is because, in a report before Congress, Ellsworth said "The advancement of the arts, from year to year, taxes our credulity and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end." He didn't mean to say the time had arrived and, actually, made a number of suggestions towards improving the administration of patents. He was also, as the first head of the US Patent Office, instrumental in providing support for the creation of the revolver and an early believer in the power of the telegraph. Sadly, that one remark is often taken out of context and he's pegged as someone who didn't see the future coming. Of course, not everyone is excited by the future as evidenced by Boosted Lego Wagon's comments in a post about the new Syncrorev Match tech from Nissan.

Sweet! I really want them to develop a system to help with easing out the clutch too; sometimes I do that a little too jerkily. Also, if there could be some kind of way for the car to always go in the correct gear? I mean, 6 gears is a lot to keep track of. And then there's steering: left, right, who has time to keep track of all this stuff?

Nissan: SHIFT_Taxi

Progress!

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