Bill Gates Compares Microsoft with GM

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Tech.News, Aug 30, 2004.

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    Tech.News Guest

    At a recent computer expo, 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 would all be driving $25
    cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

    In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release
    stating (by Mr Welch himself): If GM had developed technology like
    Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

    1. For no reason whatsoever your car would crash twice a day.

    2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to buy
    a new car.

    3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you
    would just accept this, restart and drive on.

    4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver 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 engine.

    5. Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought
    "Car95" or "CarNT." But then you would have to buy more seats.

    6. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, reliable,
    five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on
    five per cent of the roads.

    7. The oil, water temperature and alternator warning lights would be
    replaced by a single "general car default" warning light.

    8. New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.

    9. The airbag system would say "Are you sure?" before going off.

    10. 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 grab hold of the radio antenna.

    11. 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 them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would
    immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50% or more.
    Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice
    Department.

    12. Every time GM introduced a new model 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.

    13. You'd press the "start" button to shut off the engine.

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    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=216615
     
    Tech.News, Aug 30, 2004
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  2. <snip crap>

    Jeez, you are gullible. That old joke has been circulating for years and
    was not based on any facts to begin with.

    http://www.snopes.com/humor/jokes/autos.htm
     
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?R=F4g=EAr?=, Aug 30, 2004
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    KnowBody Guest

    Its an old bad joke...

    I think its a funny (bad) joke because:
    Imagine if Micro$oft had government controls/oversight on them
    as GM as to deal with. :p

    Obviously Billy G had mouth in overdrive and brain in neutral
    - as usual.
     
    KnowBody, Aug 31, 2004
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    Mr Mucky Guest

    PMSL
     
    Mr Mucky, Aug 31, 2004
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