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Bill Gates attacks GM

Cliff M

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For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for

the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on.


At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates

reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto

industry and stated,



'If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry

has, we should all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000

miles to the gallon.'


In response to Bill's

comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:



If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we

would all be driving cars with the following characteristics

(and I just love this part):


1. For no reason

whatsoever, your car would crash........

Twice a





2. Every time they repainted the

lines in the road, you would have to buy a new





3. Occasionally your car would

die on the freeway for no reason. You should have to pull to

the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the

car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could

continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.



4. Occasionally, executing a manoeuvrer such as a

left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to

restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the



5. Macintosh would make a car that was

powered by the sun, was reliable, give times as fast and

twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent

of the roads.


6. The oil, water temperature, and

alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single

'This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation' warning light.



I love the next one!!!


7. The airbag system

would ask 'Are you sure?' before deploying.



Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock

you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously

lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of

the radio antenna.


9. Every time a new car was

introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all

over again because none of the controls would operate in the

same manner as the old car.


10. You'd have to press

the 'Start' button to turn the engine off.

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