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At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates 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


that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."


In response to his comments, General Motors issued a press release



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 in the road, you would have to buy

a new car.


3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You

would have to pull over 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 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. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable,

five 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 "General protection Fault" warning light.


7. New seats would force everyone to have the same sized butt.


8. The airbag system would ask "are you sure?" before deploying.


9. 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.


10. Every time GM introduced a new car, car buyers would have to learn to

drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the

same manner as the old car.


11. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.




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