Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
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.
- How Standards Proliferate
- (See: A/C chargers, character encodings, instant messaging, etc.)
- There are 14 competing standards.
- Cueball: 14?! Ridiculous! We need to develop one universal standard that covers everyone's use cases.
- Ponytail: Yeah!
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- Situation: There are 15 competing standards.
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)
- Yeah, it is. Though, basically, there were even more variants than that around. Before each maker basically had their own socket, most kept it through their phone models, mostly. But everyone basically just uses Micro-USB nowadays... Some still use Mini-USB, but those numbers are dwindling. What really fits to this comic is something that was just recently announced: USB 3.1. If you Google for the new USB 3.1 plugs, you see they're completely different but "cover all use cases"... Let's see how that goes. Sinni800 (talk) 13:43, 25 July 2014 (UTC)