GM bashes apple

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by thejazzman10, Jun 15, 2004.

  1. thejazzman10 Guest

    From a firestorm article:

    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 would 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 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 "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.

    7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.

    8. 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.

    Please share this with your friends who love - but sometimes hate - their computer!

  2. applemacdude macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
  3. thejazzman10 thread starter Guest

    WHOOPS!! :eek: much thanks for noticing!!
  4. agreenster macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2001
    Walt Disney Animation Studios
    This is SOOOOO old.

    I probably saw this 5 years ago.
  5. thejazzman10 thread starter Guest

    whoops...wrong thread title.....5 years the wasteland......AWAY! :D
  6. Oirectine macrumors regular


    Aug 11, 2003
    Tokyo, Japan
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Yeah, so did I. Nice find. Not really "Current Events", but nice nonetheless. :)
  8. sonyrules macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2001
    I think that is pretty funny, and probley true...
  9. leftbanke7 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2004
    West Valley City, Utah
    Did this actually happen or is this just another internet funny ha ha hoax?
  10. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    I have serious doubts that it is real. But very funny.
  11. raynegus macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2003
    Funny! Except Macintosh is a type of computer, not a company. They should have said "Apple would make a car..."

    Shows how little they know.

    But the "five percent of roads" line is pretty funny.
  12. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Gates might have said that, but GM would never have been original enough to come up with that reply. :)

    And, yeah, it's a VERY old joke. I'm thinking 7 years or more old.
  13. MacManDan macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2003
    Sorry to burst your bubble guys, but this is fake. it's been going around the internet a long time.

    And that's not the only one. Just google around a little bit and you'll quickly find this is well-established as fake. It's too bad the industry isn't really this witty :) A funny story, nonetheless..
  14. Roger1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2002
    Doesn't the Mercedes have some of these issues?? My understanding is they run Windows CE, and were having problems with the processors freezing up :confused:
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Mercedes and BMW are both having trouble with their in-car computers that adjust interior features (iDrive, etc). I'm not sure how much of it is MS's fault tho. Most of the problems are in the HMI area -- these things are just too difficult to use and concentrate on driving. :(

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