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(Gizmodo)   After $42 billion in research and development, and 14 years of rigorous testing, someone finally invented a reversible USB cable   (gizmodo.com) divider line 32
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2013-12-04 06:12:12 AM
Great. Now that every portable device has just about agreed on USB as a standard charging interface, lets change it.
 
2013-12-04 07:24:39 AM
An article that tries to describe USB as somehow a pain to use. Jesus.
 
2013-12-04 09:17:27 AM
Wonderful.  All my porn is still on a USB 2.0 device.
 
2013-12-04 09:29:58 AM
Scientific Fact:  you will attempt to plug in your USB cable the wrong way over 95% of the time.

/or is it just me?
 
2013-12-04 09:37:28 AM
discussions.apple.com
 
2013-12-04 09:38:29 AM

taglius: Scientific Fact:  you will attempt to plug in your USB cable the wrong way over 95% of the time.

/or is it just me?


img.gawkerassets.com
 
2013-12-04 09:44:04 AM
Picture of Lightning cable

The end that fits into the computer isn't reversible.

//FU Apple for once again using a proprietary cable and making the dozens of existing proprietary cables that people have for your devices useless with your newest shiny piece of plastic.
 
2013-12-04 09:47:20 AM

taglius: Scientific Fact:  you will attempt to plug in your USB cable the wrong way over 95% of the time.

/or is it just me?


It's just you.
 
2013-12-04 09:58:24 AM

mr_a: Great. Now that every portable device has just about agreed on USB as a standard charging interface, lets change it.


Considering you can connect USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 to USB 3.0 sockets, I don't think this would be wholly different. I'm sure it will allow for backwards compatibility. Look at your regular USB plug and sockets, you just need to make minor alterations to make it reversible.

Still, the fact that it took SO MANY years to finally do it is ridiculous.
 
2013-12-04 09:58:42 AM

flaminio: taglius: Scientific Fact:  you will attempt to plug in your USB cable the wrong way over 95% of the time.

/or is it just me?

[img.gawkerassets.com image 640x360]


scientific proof that USB cables are 4 dimensional.
 
2013-12-04 10:11:46 AM
Came for "flip the plug-flip the plug" comic.

Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-12-04 10:14:44 AM

mjbok: Picture of Lightning cable

The end that fits into the computer isn't reversible.

//FU Apple for once again using a proprietary cable and making the dozens of existing proprietary cables that people have for your devices useless with your newest shiny piece of plastic.


You mean the USB end that the headline is specifically talking about?

And useless? Buy an adapter. I have the same USB cable in my car I've had since my first iPod (the one that locks into place and needs pressure on the sides to remove) and it works fine with my iPhone 5. They even make an adapter to use micro USB if you're really curmudgeonly.
 
2013-12-04 10:53:39 AM
FTA: the new connector will be around the size of a Micro USB plug

I hate micro-USB plugs with a passion because they are so hard to insert.  I would have been very happy if they would have stopped shrinking the standard at the mini-USB plug.
 
2013-12-04 10:56:21 AM
Hopefully they increase the wattage capability.
 
2013-12-04 11:07:03 AM

Saiga410: Hopefully they increase the wattage capability.


Honestly I'd just get one of those multiport charging things you can buy.  It's going to be faster than a USB port on a computer and you don't end up with power bars full of AC->USB chargers.
 
2013-12-04 11:26:35 AM

taglius: Scientific Fact:  you will attempt to plug in your USB cable the wrong way over 95% of the time.

/or is it just me?


Nope. This excellent pic in the comments sums it up nicely:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-04 11:45:48 AM
i.imgur.com

Tripp Lite makes reversible USB A-male adapters.
 
2013-12-04 12:33:09 PM
On the lighter colored cables I took a red sharpie and marked the top side of the cables.  On a couple of the darker ones I stole some of my Mrs. Eugenides's nail polish and put a red mark on the top.  The overall simple solution is to add a requirement to the spec to include a dimple on the top side of the cable.  Now that I've solved their problem, the USB working group can send me the $14 million they used on the reversible cable idea.
 
2013-12-04 12:34:53 PM
I don't have the article link handy but I read the original was designed relatively quickly and cost next to nothing. Was so much time being wasted on the job as to justify this complete redesign?
 
2013-12-04 01:10:30 PM
I didn't realize until like a year ago that one side of the plug has the USB logo on it, and that always indicates the top. So this new cable is either coming a year too late to be the solution I needed, or it's way too early as I'm now really enjoying my new-found ability to put a rectangular thing in a rectangular hole with almost perfect results.
 
2013-12-04 01:57:37 PM

Scrotastic Method: I didn't realize until like a year ago that one side of the plug has the USB logo on it, and that always indicates the top. So this new cable is either coming a year too late to be the solution I needed, or it's way too early as I'm now really enjoying my new-found ability to put a rectangular thing in a rectangular hole with almost perfect results.


You just blew my mind
 
2013-12-04 02:01:54 PM

Scrotastic Method: I didn't realize until like a year ago that one side of the plug has the USB logo on it, and that always indicates the top. So this new cable is either coming a year too late to be the solution I needed, or it's way too early as I'm now really enjoying my new-found ability to put a rectangular thing in a rectangular hole with almost perfect results.


The problem is when you are doing it blind, like when reaching behind a desktop computer, or when doing it in the dark that label doesn't help you.

//I just look at the holes, because they look differently on top v. bottom.
 
2013-12-04 02:03:12 PM

mjbok: //I just look at the holes, because they look differently on top v. bottom.


I use smell.
 
2013-12-04 02:32:31 PM

Zombalupagus: taglius: Scientific Fact:  you will attempt to plug in your USB cable the wrong way over 95% of the time.

/or is it just me?

Nope. This excellent pic in the comments sums it up nicely:

[i.imgur.com image 320x555]


I always knew USB was a spin-half cable.
 
2013-12-04 02:33:04 PM

mjbok: //I just look at the holes, because they look differently on top v. bottom.


This. If the holes are filled, that's the down side.
If the holes are empty, that's the up side.

farking brain! Use it, people!
 
2013-12-04 02:41:56 PM
But then, USB is beginning to show its age, seeming large and clunky

I think you mean "robust and dependable".  Ah, well.  Another flimsy and unreliable USB format appears.

/I'm looking at you, USB 3.0 micro B
 
2013-12-04 03:02:20 PM

flaminio: [discussions.apple.com image 850x637]


While the lightning connector is simpler to use and is certainly pretty, it has a few significant problems that will never allow it to become the standard:

-Easily shorted external contacts
-The spring loaded pins are inside the device itself.  Wear and tear will manifest on your $500 device before they do on your $10 cable
-Active circuitry within every cable (not a deal breaker, but adds significant manufacturing cost without much benefit)
-Apple would never allow it
 
2013-12-04 03:32:18 PM
Add a little bit of nail polish to one side. Be consistent with all of your cables. Once it dries, it will always be there and you'll remember which side it is forever based solely on feel.

There. You can now feel free to charge your devices in the dark without worry.

/This solution takes 5 seconds to change your life forever
 
2013-12-04 07:16:54 PM

mjbok: Scrotastic Method: I didn't realize until like a year ago that one side of the plug has the USB logo on it, and that always indicates the top. So this new cable is either coming a year too late to be the solution I needed, or it's way too early as I'm now really enjoying my new-found ability to put a rectangular thing in a rectangular hole with almost perfect results.

The problem is when you are doing it blind, like when reaching behind a desktop computer, or when doing it in the dark that label doesn't help you.

//I just look at the holes, because they look differently on top v. bottom.


The little embossed USB logo would allow you to do it by tactile sensation alone---except every manufacturer insists on embossing their logo on the opposite side, so it's a pain in the ass to tell which is which without looking.

The nail polish trick is interesting, may have to try it.
 
2013-12-04 10:07:59 PM
So I can wear it in the rain?
 
2013-12-04 11:29:29 PM
Who cares about that. Sweet sweet 10 Gbps.
 
2013-12-05 11:57:21 AM

MrEricSir: [i.imgur.com image 220x220]

Tripp Lite makes reversible USB A-male adapters.


Came for this, leaving satisfied.
 
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