HP Pulling All NASA Promotional Materials, Fails FFAT.
[Posted to Random Bytes on February 5, 2003 04:44 PM| Links to this post ]

Please let me never work for a company that would do something as stupifyingly obvious and dumb as this.

"HP Pulling All NASA Promotional Materials It's becoming more and more common for companies and organizations to use the easily changeable nature of the web to rewrite history as it suits them. This explains how, when the anger rose over the Total Information Awareness group, suddenly key member bios (and the scary logo) quietly disappeared from their website. So, it's not a huge surprise when Vik writes "In the light of the Columbia crash, HP immediately went through their web site and removed any references to one of their ad capaigns that included NASA. Of particular interest is the online transcript of Carly Fiorina's Comdex speech The current version omits any reference to NASA, while Google brings up the cached page with the following missing paragraph: 'The challenge that NASA faces today is that they send some of the most brilliant minds in our country into space, and then they bring them back home. Obviously, there is very little room for error in that scenario. HP has the honor of being one of NASA's technology partners and we see it as our job to help the astronauts get home safely, so NASA can focus on its real mission: to explore, to discover and to inspire.'"  [via Techdirt]

Companies should have to write an exam before they are let into the Fortune 500. Definitely multiple choice and only one or two questions something straightforward like the following:

Fortune 500 Aptitude Test

Using a number 5 lead pencil, select one, and only one answer that correctly completes the following sentence;

Customers are:

  1. not stupid.

  2. smarter than you think they are.

  3. tired of being insulted.

  4. not an asset to be managed, but rather, part of a relationship that needs to be fostered.

  5. All of the above.

Applicants that correctly answer the above question will be contacted by the market.

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