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> General Motors press release scores points with humor
> Bill Gates compared the computer and auto industries by saying, "If GM had
> kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be
> driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."
> General Motors responded with the following press release.
> If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would be driving cars
with the following characteristics.
> - For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice daily.
> - Every time they painted lines on the road, you would have to buy a new
> car.
> - Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you
> would accept this, restart and drive on.
> - Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought "Car95"
> "CarNT" or "Car2OOO," then you would have to buy more seats.
> - Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was more
> five times as fast, twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five
> percent of the roads.
> - The oil, water, temperature and alternator warning lights would be
> replaced by a single "general car fault" warning light.
> - New seats would force everyone to have the same butt size.
> - The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before activating.
> - Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and
> refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle,
> the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
> - GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand
> McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need nor
> want them. Attempting to remove this option would immediately degrade the
> cars' performance by 50 percent or more.
> - Every time GM introduced a new model, car buyers would be forced to
> how to drive all over again, because none of the controls would operate in
> the same manner as the old model.
> - You would have to press the "Start" button to shut off the engine.
> (taken from Writing That Works, Volume 11, No.9, SEPTEMBER 2000)
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