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Everybody wants fewer cables and chargers, and so does the environment.

I can say that personally, I appreciate that my current desktop computer (2020) uses the same power cable that every desktop that I have had since the 1980s has used - although I have a basket full of them now, possibly dozens of them, gathering dust.

Did the EU get it right by choosing USB-C?
And will the idiosyncrasies in its implementation (direct and indirect) sabotage many of the possible positive outcomes?

Heard more than a few Apple fans complain.. "We have to replace all of our cables now!"

My thoughts,
And? You were going to have to replace them again soon anyhow given how fragile the Lightning cables are, at least now you can get a cheap cable that will last 5x longer.

Apple sells cables like HP does printer ink.
You buy the printer, it runs out of ink, you buy ink, plus extra ink. Then the printer dies but you have more money in spare ink than you have invested in the printer so you buy the same printer again. I cannot tell you how many HP printer owners I see who do this, between ink, familiarity and the software "I don't want to have to reinstall everything again!", they just keep buying the same garbage.

It's the sunk cost fallacy and both HP and Apple know it very well.

yup, same with joystick drift,   they knew the whole time,  support the Kong controllers.

Surely a standard has to be semi permanent to have a significant impact, USB micro had what, 5 years?
* suicidal_orange checks10 years.  Ok that's not so bad.
Even ignoring the dodgy implementation options you have to wonder if it will it be illegal to bundle a cable with everything?  If not all the big manufacturers still will (reviews complain the "bundle" is lacking if they don't) and it will make no difference environmentally speaking.

do we actually get more insertion on usbc or is that theoretical only


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