927: Standards

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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

In the world, there are a ridiculous number of different charging ports and other types of connectors, all competing to be the universal standard for all devices. For example, USB, mini-USB, micro-USB, the now-defunct Apple charger, and a few dozen more. This results in people having way too many cords for all their different devices, instead of just a few universal cords, and also makes producing improved cords extremely difficult. Cueball and Ponytail recognize the problem, and decide to design a new, standard cord to attempt to unify the world of chargers; however, because the competitors are, of course, competitive and will naturally resist suddenly submitting to the new standard, their attempted standard simply becomes another competing device for the universal standard, thus increasing the problem. 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.

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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!
Situation: There are 15 competing standards.
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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)
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