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They even took out ads trying to sell it as the
original "killer app". When some states wanted
to adopt electrocution as the "humane form of
execution", Westinghouse (I think), refused to
build the generators for that application. GE,
on the other hand, was happy to do it.
That's competitive capitalism at work.
From: Richard Tobin [mailto:email@example.com]
>Just FYI, a tiny little company called General Electric created that
>standard at the behest of an employee named Thomas Edison. GE choose AC and
>pushed that. After the AC / DC argument was won, it became a standard.
Edison used DC, getting AC adopted for executions to prove how
dangerous it was. It was Westinghouse that used AC.