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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible 408

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the suffer-no-more dept.
TheRealHocusLocus writes "Extreme bandwidth is nice, intelligent power management is cool... but folks should be spilling into the streets in thankful praise that the next generation miniature USB connector will fit either way. All told — just how many intricate miracle devices have been scrapped in their prime — because a tiny USB port was mangled? For millennia untold chimpanzees and people have been poking termite mounds with round sticks. I for one am glad to see round stick technology make its way into consumer electronics. Death to the trapezoid, bring back the rectangle! So... since we're on roll here... how many other tiny annoyances that lead to big fails are out there?" The new connector will be smaller too.
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

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  • Small Connectors (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @09:53AM (#45594155)

    Big fails? How about small connectors? I greatly prefer regular-sized USB to micro-USB, they sit much better in the slot.

  • by Sockatume (732728) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @10:02AM (#45594255)

    Unlike Lightning, this is just a connector for USB 2/3, not a whole new interface. A dumb, cheap adaptor should suffice. (Unlike Lightning to 30-pin adaptors which are basically tiny protocol droids translating between the two.)

  • Re:Even worse... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by loganljb (1424009) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @10:13AM (#45594397)

    Obviously, you've never tried plugging a USB cable into the back of a tower that can't easily be moved (with a lot of connections in the back, it's rather difficult to move unless all of your wires are long). The plugs are sideways. What's up and what's down?

    Equally, for micro/mini USB, have you ever tried plugging in your phone in the dark, when it's yelling at you about needing to be charged? For that matter, those connectors are TINY. Can you read anything written on them?

    Reversible connectors -- or connectors with an actual OBVIOUS direction -- would be very nice.

  • by clickclickdrone (964164) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @10:32AM (#45594617)
    Because Wikipedia isn't complete/perfect? Feel free to add the appropriate reference to the page.
  • by SJHillman (1966756) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @10:37AM (#45594675)

    A lot of times, that's by design. If the laptop is jerked, you'd want it to become disconnected rather than stay plugged in and risk mangling the plug (or worse, the receiving port).

  • Re:Even worse... (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @10:48AM (#45594799)

    No, he knows exactly what that's like. He's just being a pedantic little faggot.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @11:07AM (#45595047)

    Yes, they are well designed. Compare to them to the standard EU and US designs which are flimsy, often left to be self-supporting (which they fail at), and have a tendency to just fall out of the sockets in my experience. A UK plug is solid when plugged in, makes an earth connection before a live/neutral connection as it is plugged in, disconnects the live/neutral before the earth is disconnected, and as the poster stated has a shuttered outlet so that the socket is only opened *after* an earth connection has been made. If you think that is a "russian solution" then maybe you think good engineering is communist, and flimsy make do is the american way.

  • by serviscope_minor (664417) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @11:39AM (#45595457) Journal

    Oh right, from Apple.

    You mean the Apple who helped pioneer the first USB connector which everyone hates so much. Seriously people have been whining about the USB connector from about day 1 and reversible/rotationally symmetric connectors have existed for even longer.

    To claim Apple "invented" the idea of a reversible USB connector is utterly just plain silly. Even if you claim it is invention to do something blindingly obvious, you'll be disappointed to hear that Nokia's DKU2 cable was (a) reversible (b) carried USB and (c) existed on the 2002 eara Nokia 6100, a full 5 years before even the first generation iPhone and a year before the iPod's reversible connector supported USB.

    So no, it's not an invention and even if it was Nokia had it before Apple.

    Seriously what is it with Apple Fanbois assuming they invented everything? You know it's possible to enjoy their products *without* having to make up random shit about how they did everything first.

  • Re:fit both ways (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Bing Tsher E (943915) on Wednesday December 04, 2013 @01:46PM (#45597327) Journal

    There really aren't 'Apple Haters.'

    There are the true-believer-Apple-zealots.

    And there are the rest of us.

    Apple fosters and thrives by selling to a 'persecuted but superior minority' cult-like customer base. They make a product comparable to a Buick in a market where everybody else drives a regular Chevy, but claim their customers drive a BMW. (there- car analogy firmly in place)

It's later than you think, the joint Russian-American space mission has already begun.