Fascinating article here -- Toyota
fears U.S. backlash over gains
. Nothing in the article is out of
the ordinary, really. Apparently, Toyota is concerned about public
opinion in the U.S. because the company is doing very well there, and
its American competitors are not. Not a big deal.
But what fascinated me was this part right here in the 7th paragraph:
"In the briefing to other Toyota managers, Sudo cited political and
social risks. The report, left unsecured on computers at the company's
Georgetown, Ky., complex, said Toyota could come under fire for: ..."
and then there's a list of items. And "Sudo" is Seiichi Sudo, president
of Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing in North America. Ok, so
what's up with the bit about "the
report, left unsecured on computers at the company's Georgetown, Ky.,
" doing in there? Did the reporter hop on to the
president's computer right there in his office and hack around while
everyone else was chatting out in the hall or something? Or was the
preso left on the computer right there in full view for all to see as
the interview was taking place? Was it leaked to the reporter and
therefore deemed "unsecured" in that respect? Did the reporter whip out
a cell phone and take a quick picture of the screen while the others
were ducking down to pick up a pencil from the floor? I'm dying to
know. How did this happen?
Judging from the amount of information from that so-called "unsecured
report" used in the article and how that source material is
characterized, I can just imagine the reporter sitting there in front
of the computer taking notes. All alone. For a long time. My goodness.