927: Standards

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Standards
Fortunately, the charging one has been solved now that we've all standardized on mini-USB. Or is it micro-USB? Shit.
Title text: Fortunately, the charging one has been solved now that we've all standardized on mini-USB. Or is it micro-USB? Shit.

[edit] Explanation

Cueball and Ponytail see that there are 14 different competing technologies to become a universal standard. They therefore create one in attempt to become the universal standard. Instead of becoming the standard, it just becomes one of the many competitors. This sort of situation occurs often in the development of standards in technology.

A few years ago, it looked like everyone was going to standardize on mini-USB, but then smartphones decided on micro-USB and now it seems that most devices are using micro-USB.

[edit] Transcript

How Standards Proliferate
(See: A/C chargers, character encodings, instant messaging, etc.)
Situation:
There are 14 competing standards.
Cueball: 14?! Ridiculous! We need to develop one universal standard that covers everyone's use cases.
Ponytail: Yeah!
Soon:
Situation: There are 15 competing standards.
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Discussion

But this new video codec might just be the one that solves all our problems! You never know until you try it! Davidy²²[talk] 09:19, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Is the mini-USB vs micro-USB standards rift a good representative example of what this comic is hinting at? Dexterous (talk) 10:19, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
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