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Re: Will cars be the next computers we reboot?

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Forgive me if this old joke was posted already in thread
"At a recent computer exposition, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: “If General Motors had kept up with the 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, GM issued a press release stating: “If General Motors had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
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.
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.
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.
The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single “General Protection Fault” warning light.
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.
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.
You’d have to press the “Start” button to turn the engine off."
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Re: Will cars be the next computers we reboot?

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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.
Sounds like the quote was written by an Apple alcolyte. Based on using the Mac back when that quote first appeared, It should say:

Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the cheapest CPU, was not expandable or upgradable, five times as slow and twice as many clicks to do something – but would run on only floppy disks when everyone else had the choice of disks.
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Re: Will cars be the next computers we reboot?

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OunceofCommonSense wrote:
Wed Jan 18, 2023 2:24 pm
The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single “General Protection Fault” warning light.
You’d have to press the “Start” button to turn the engine off."
Those 2 are now a fact.

All cars have the big red triangle that tells you to not continue.

We have been pressing the same button to stop the car as well as start it since about 2008. Before that we turned the same key to stop the car as well as start it.
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Re: Will cars be the next computers we reboot?

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Tosh wrote:
Thu Jan 19, 2023 4:47 am
We have been pressing the same button to stop the car as well as start it since about 2008. Before that we turned the same key to stop the car as well as start it.
My electric car still has a key to turn, not a button to press. And it's never given me a blue screen yet! Maybe because it does not have a color screen. 8)
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