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Displayport V1.2 To Take Giant Leap Over HDMI

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the any-old-port-in-the-storm dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "With HDMI becoming increasingly common, Displayport has been slow to emerge as a widely used connection interface, but a plethora of new features in the new v1.2 standard could see that change. As well as doubling the data rate of the existing v1.1a standard to 21.6 Gbps, the update allows for multiple monitors to be connected to a single Displayport connector and adds support for transporting USB data at up to 720Mbps, enabling embedded webcams, speakers and USB hubs over a single cable. Ethernet data is also supported. The improved data rate will allow for richer, larger and higher resolution displays, and the new version is also backward compatible with the current display technology, so all the ports, cables and devices will be interchangeable, although they will revert to the lowest common denominator."

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no no no no no! (4, Insightful)

cybrthng (22291) | more than 4 years ago | (#30818938)

HDMI is fine
Ethernet is fine

No more "super cables" for the sake of another super cable so i have to replace everything i own just to run a damned super cable.

Thanks.

Choice (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30818972)

It has come to my attention that the entire Linux community is a hotbed of so called 'alternative sexuality', which includes anything from hedonistic orgies to homosexuality to paedophilia.

What better way of demonstrating this than by looking at the hidden messages contained within the names of some of Linux's most outspoken advocates:

  • Linus Torvalds [microsoft.com] is an anagram of slit anus or VD 'L,' clearly referring to himself by the first initial.
  • Richard M. Stallman [archive.org], spokespervert for the Gaysex's Not Unusual 'movement' is an anagram of mans cram thrill ad.
  • Alan Cox [microsoft.com] is barely an anagram of anal cox which is just so filthy and unchristian it unnerves me.

I'm sure that Eric S. Raymond, composer of the satanic homosexual [goatse.fr] propaganda diatribe The Cathedral and the Bizarre, is probably an anagram of something queer, but we don't need to look that far as we know he's always shoving a gun up some poor little boy's rectum. Update: Eric S. Raymond is actually an anagram for secondary rim and cord in my arse. It just goes to show you that he is indeed queer.

Update the Second: It is also documented that Evil Sicko Gaymond is responsible for a nauseating piece of code called Fetchmail [microsoft.com], which is obviously sinister sodomite slang for 'Felch Male' -- a disgusting practise. For those not in the know, 'felching' is the act performed by two perverts wherein one sucks their own post-coital ejaculate out of the other's rectum. In fact, it appears that the dirty Linux faggots set out to undermine the good Republican institution of e-mail, turning it into 'e-male.'

As far as Richard 'Master' Stallman goes, that filthy fudge-packer was actually quoted [salon.com] on leftist commie propaganda site Salon.com as saying the following: 'I've been resistant to the pressure to conform in any circumstance,' he says. 'It's about being able to question conventional wisdom,' he asserts. 'I believe in love, but not monogamy,' he says plainly.

And this isn't a made up troll bullshit either! He actually stated this tripe, which makes it obvious that he is trying to politely say that he's a flaming homo [comp-u-geek.net] slut [rotten.com]!

Speaking about 'flaming,' who better to point out as a filthy chutney ferret than Slashdot's very own self-confessed pederast Jon Katz. Although an obvious deviant anagram cannot be found from his name, he has already confessed, nay boasted of the homosexual [goatse.fr] perversion of corrupting the innocence of young children [slashdot.org]. To quote from the article linked:

'I've got a rare kidney disease,' I told her. 'I have to go to the bathroom a lot. You can come with me if you want, but it takes a while. Is that okay with you? Do you want a note from my doctor?'

Is this why you were touching your penis [rotten.com] in the cinema, Jon? And letting the other boys touch it too?

We should also point out that Jon Katz refers to himself as 'Slashdot's resident Gasbag.' Is there any more doubt? For those fortunate few who aren't aware of the list of homosexual [goatse.fr] terminology found inside the Linux 'Sauce Code,' a 'Gasbag' is a pervert who gains sexual gratification from having a thin straw inserted into his urethra (or to use the common parlance, 'piss-pipe'), then his homosexual [goatse.fr] lover blows firmly down the straw to inflate his scrotum. This is, of course, when he's not busy violating the dignity and copyright of posters to Slashdot by gathering together their postings and publishing them en masse to further his twisted and manipulative journalistic agenda.

Sick, disgusting antichristian perverts, the lot of them.

In addition, many of the Linux distributions (a 'distribution' is the most common way to spread the faggots' wares) are run by faggot groups. The Slackware [redhat.com] distro is named after the 'Slack-wear' fags wear to allow easy access to the anus for sexual purposes. Furthermore, Slackware is a close anagram of claw arse, a reference to the homosexual [goatse.fr] practise of anal fisting. The Mandrake [slackware.com] product is run by a group of French faggot satanists, and is named after the faggot nickname for the vibrator. It was also chosen because it is an anagram for dark amen and ram naked, which is what they do.

Another 'distro,' (abbrieviated as such because it sounds a bit like 'Disco,' which is where homosexuals [goatse.fr] preyed on young boys in the 1970s), is Debian, [mandrake.com] an anagram of in a bed, which could be considered innocent enough (after all, a bed is both where we sleep and pray), until we realise what other names Debian uses to describe their foul wares. 'Woody' is obvious enough, being a term for the erect male penis [rotten.com], glistening with pre-cum. But far sicker is the phrase 'Frozen Potato' that they use. This filthy term, again found in the secret homosexual [goatse.fr] 'Sauce Code,' refers to the solo homosexual [goatse.fr] practice of defecating into a clear polythene bag, shaping the turd into a crude approximation of the male phallus, then leaving it in the freezer overnight until it becomes solid. The practitioner then proceeds to push the frozen 'potato' up his own rectum, squeezing it in and out until his tight young balls erupt in a screaming orgasm.

And Red Hat [debian.org] is secret homo [comp-u-geek.net] slang for the tip of a penis [rotten.com] that is soaked in blood from a freshly violated underage ringpiece.

The fags have even invented special tools to aid their faggotry! For example, the 'supermount' tool was devised to allow deeper penetration, which is good for fags because it gives more pressure on the prostate gland. 'Automount' is used, on the other hand, because Linux users are all fat and gay, and need to mount each other [comp-u-geek.net] automatically.

The depths of their depravity can be seen in their use of 'mount points.' These are, plainly speaking, the different points of penetration. The main one is obviously/anus, but there are others. Militant fags even say 'there is no/opt mount point' because for these dirty perverts faggotry is not optional but a way of life.

More evidence is in the fact that Linux users say how much they love `man`, even going so far as to say that all new Linux users (who are in fact just innocent heterosexuals indoctrinated by the gay propaganda) should try out `man`. In no other system do users boast of their frequent recourse to a man.

Other areas of the system also show Linux's inherent gayness. For example, people are often told of the 'FAQ,' but how many innocent heterosexual Windows [amiga.com] users know what this actually means. The answer is shocking: Faggot Anal Quest: the voyage of discovery for newly converted fags!

Even the title 'Slashdot [geekizoid.com]' originally referred to a homosexual [goatse.fr] practice. Slashdot [kuro5hin.org] of course refers to the popular gay practice of blood-letting. The Slashbots, of course are those super-zealous homosexuals [goatse.fr] who take this perversion to its extreme by ripping open their anuses, as seen on the site most popular with Slashdot users, the depraved work of Satan, http://www.eff.org/ [eff.org].

The editors of Slashdot [slashduh.org] also have homosexual [goatse.fr] names: 'Hemos' is obvious in itself, being one vowel away from 'Homos.' But even more sickening is 'Commander Taco' which sounds a bit like 'Commode in Taco,' filthy gay slang for a pair of spreadeagled buttocks that are caked with excrement [pboy.com]. (The best form of lubrication, they insist.) Sometimes, these 'Taco Commodes' have special 'Salsa Sauce' (blood from a ruptured rectum) and 'Cheese' (rancid flakes of penis [rotten.com] discharge) toppings. And to make it even worse, Slashdot [notslashdot.org] runs on Apache!

The Apache [microsoft.com] server, whose use among fags is as prevalent as AIDS, is named after homosexual [goatse.fr] activity -- as everyone knows, popular faggot band, the Village People, featured an Apache Indian, and it is for him that this gay program is named.

And that's not forgetting the use of patches in the Linux fag world -- patches are used to make the anus accessible for repeated anal sex even after its rupture by a session of fisting.

To summarise: Linux is gay. 'Slash -- Dot' is the graphical description of the space between a young boy's scrotum and anus. And BeOS [apple.com] is for hermaphrodites and disabled 'stumpers.'

FEEDBACK

What worries me is how much you know about what gay people do. I'm scared I actually read this whole thing. I think this post is a good example of the negative effects of Internet usage on people. This person obviously has no social life anymore and had to result to writing something as stupid as this. And actually take the time to do it too. Although... I think it was satire.. blah.. it's early. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well, the only reason I know all about this is because I had the misfortune to read the Linux 'Sauce code' once. Although publicised as the computer code needed to get Linux up and running on a computer (and haven't you always been worried about the phrase 'Monolithic Kernel'?), this foul document is actually a detailed and graphic description of every conceivable degrading perversion known to the human race, as well as a few of the major animal species. It has shocked and disturbed me, to the point of needing to shock and disturb the common man to warn them of the impending homo [comp-u-geek.net]-calypse which threatens to engulf our planet.

You must work for the government. Trying to post the most obscene stuff in hopes that slashdot won't be able to continue or something, due to legal woes. If i ever see your ugly face, i'm going to stick my fireplace poker up your ass, after it's nice and hot, to weld shut that nasty gaping hole of yours. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Doesn't it give you a hard-on to imagine your thick strong poker ramming it's way up my most sacred of sphincters? You're beyond help, my friend, as the only thing you can imagine is the foul penetrative violation of another man. Are you sure you're not Eric Raymond? The government, being populated by limp-wristed liberals, could never stem the sickening tide of homosexual [goatse.fr] child molesting Linux advocacy. Hell, they've given NAMBLA free reign for years!

you really should post this logged in. i wish i could remember jebus's password, cuz i'd give it to you. -- mighty jebus [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Thank you for your kind words of support. However, this document shall only ever be posted anonymously. This is because the 'Open Sauce' movement is a sham, proposing homoerotic cults of hero worshipping in the name of freedom. I speak for the common man. For any man who prefers the warm, enveloping velvet folds of a woman's vagina [bodysnatchers.co.uk] to the tight puckered ringpiece of a child. These men, being common, decent folk, don't have a say in the political hypocrisy that is Slashdot culture. I am the unknown liberator [hitler.org].

ROLF LAMO i hate linux FAGGOTS -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

We shouldn't hate them, we should pity them for the misguided fools they are... Fanatical Linux zeal-outs need to be herded into camps for re-education and subsequent rehabilitation into normal heterosexual society. This re-education shall be achieved by forcing them to watch repeats of Baywatch until the very mention of Pamela Anderson [rotten.com] causes them to fill their pants with healthy heterosexual jism [zillabunny.com].

Actually, that's not at all how scrotal inflation works. I understand it involves injecting sterile saline solution into the scrotum. I've never tried this, but you can read how to do it safely in case you're interested. (Before you moderate this down, ask yourself honestly -- who are the real crazies -- people who do scrotal inflation, or people who pay $1000+ for a game console?) -- double_h [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Well, it just goes to show that even the holy Linux 'sauce code' is riddled with bugs that need fixing. (The irony of Jon Katz not even being able to inflate his scrotum correctly has not been lost on me.) The Linux pervert elite already acknowledge this, with their queer slogan: 'Given enough arms, all rectums are shallow.' And anyway, the PS2 [xbox.com] sucks major cock and isn't worth the money. Intellivision forever!

dude did u used to post on msnbc's nt bulletin board now that u are doing anti-gay posts u also need to start in with anti-black stuff too c u in church -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

For one thing, whilst Linux is a cavalcade of queer propaganda masquerading as the future of computing, NT [linux.com] is used by people who think nothing better of encasing their genitals in quick setting plaster then going to see a really dirty porno film, enjoying the restriction enforced onto them. Remember, a wasted arousal is a sin in the eyes of the Catholic church [atheism.org]. Clearly, the only god-fearing Christian operating system in existence is CP/M -- The Christian Program Monitor. All computer users should immediately ask their local pastor to install this fine OS onto their systems. It is the only route to salvation.

Secondly, this message is for every man. Computers know no colour. Not only that, but one of the finest websites in the world is maintained by a Black Man [stileproject.com] . Now fuck off you racist donkey felcher.

And don't forget that slashdot was written in Perl, which is just too close to 'Pearl Necklace' for comfort.... oh wait; that's something all you heterosexuals do.... I can't help but wonder how much faster the trolls could do First-Posts on this site if it were redone in PHP... I could hand-type dynamic HTML pages faster than Perl can do them. -- phee [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Although there is nothing unholy about the fine heterosexual act of ejaculating between a woman's breasts, squirting one's load up towards her neck and chin area, it should be noted that Perl [python.org] (standing for Pansies Entering Rectums Locally) is also close to 'Pearl Monocle,' 'Pearl Nosering,' and the ubiquitous 'Pearl Enema.'

One scary thing about Perl [sun.com] is that it contains hidden homosexual [goatse.fr] messages. Take the following code: LWP::Simple -- It looks innocuous enough, doesn't it? But look at the line closely: There are two colons next to each other! As Larry 'Balls to the' Wall would openly admit in the Perl Documentation, Perl was designed from the ground up to indoctrinate it's programmers into performing unnatural sexual acts -- having two colons so closely together is clearly a reference to the perverse sickening act of 'colon kissing,' whereby two homosexual [goatse.fr] queers spread their buttocks wide, pressing their filthy torn sphincters together. They then share small round objects like marbles or golfballs by passing them from one rectum to another using muscle contraction alone. This is also referred to in programming 'circles' as 'Parameter Passing.'

And PHP [perl.org] stands for Perverted Homosexual Penetration. Didn't you know?

Thank you for your valuable input on this. I am sure you will be never forgotten. BTW: Did I mention that this could be useful in terraforming Mars? Mars rulaa. -- Eimernase [slashdot.org], Slashdot

Well, I don't know about terraforming Mars, but I do know that homosexual [goatse.fr] Linux Advocates have been probing Uranus for years.

That's inspiring. Keep up the good work, AC. May God in his wisdom grant you the strength to bring the plain honest truth to this community, and make it pure again. Yours, Cerberus. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

*sniff* That brings a tear to my eye. Thank you once more for your kind support. I have taken faith in the knowledge that I am doing the Good Lord [atheism.org]'s work, but it is encouraging to know that I am helping out the common man here.

However, I should be cautious about revealing your name 'Cerberus' on such a filthy den of depravity as Slashdot. It is a well known fact that the 'Kerberos' documentation from Microsoft is a detailed manual describing, in intimate, exacting detail, how to sexually penetrate a variety of unwilling canine animals; be they domesticated, wild, or mythical. Slashdot posters have taken great pleasure in illegally spreading this documentation far and wide, treating it as an 'extension' to the Linux 'Sauce Code,' for the sake of 'interoperability.' (The slang term they use for nonconsensual intercourse -- their favourite kind.)

In fact, sick twisted Linux deviants are known to have LAN parties, (Love of Anal Naughtiness, needless to say.), wherein they entice a stray dog, known as the 'Samba Mount,' into their homes. Up to four of these filth-sodden blasphemers against nature take turns to plunge their erect, throbbing, uncircumcised members, conkers-deep, into the rectum, mouth, and other fleshy orifices of the poor animal. Eventually, the 'Samba Mount' collapses due to 'overload,' and needs to be 'rebooted.' (i.e., kicked out into the street, and left to fend for itself.) Many Linux users boast about their 'uptime' in such situations.

Inspiring stuff! If only all trolls were this quality! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

If only indeed. You can help our brave cause by moderating this message up as often as possible. I recommend '+1, Underrated,' as that will protect your precious Karma in Metamoderation [slashdot.org]. Only then can we break through the glass ceiling of Homosexual Slashdot Culture. Is it any wonder that the new version of Slashcode has been christened 'Bender'???

If we can get just one of these postings up to at least '+1,' then it will be archived forever! Others will learn of our struggle, and join with us in our battle for freedom!

It's pathetic you've spent so much time writing this. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I am compelled to document the foulness and carnal depravity [catholic.net] that is Linux, in order that we may prepare ourselves for the great holy war that is to follow. It is my solemn duty to peel back the foreskin of ignorance and apply the wire brush of enlightenment.

As with any great open-source project, you need someone asking this question, so I'll do it. When the hell is version 2.0 going to be ready?!?! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I could make an arrogant, childish comment along the lines of 'Every time someone asks for 2.0, I won't release it for another 24 hours,' but the truth of the matter is that I'm quite nervous of releasing a 'number two,' as I can guarantee some filthy shit-slurping Linux pervert would want to suck it straight out of my anus before I've even had chance to wipe.

I desperately want to suck your monolithic kernel, you sexy hunk, you. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I sincerely hope you're Natalie Portman [archive.org].

Dude, nothing on slashdot larger than 3 paragraphs is worth reading. Try to distill the message, whatever it was, and maybe I'll read it. As it is, I have to much open source software to write to waste even 10 seconds of precious time. 10 seconds is all its gonna take M$ to whoop Linux's ass. Vigilence is the price of Free (as in libre -- from the fine, frou frou French language) Software. Hack on fellow geeks, and remember: Friday is Bouillabaisse day except for heathens who do not believe that Jesus died for their sins. Those godless, oil drench, bearded sexist clowns can pull grits from their pantaloons (another fine, fine French word) and eat that. Anyway, try to keep your message focused and concise. For concision is the soul of derision. Way. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

What the fuck?

I've read your gay conspiracy post version 1.3.0 and I must say I'm impressed. In particular, I appreciate how you have managed to squeeze in a healthy dose of the latent homosexuality you gay-bashing homos [comp-u-geek.net] tend to be full of. Thank you again. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well bugger me!

ooooh honey. how insecure are you!!! wann a little massage from deare bruci. love you -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Fuck right off!

IMPORTANT: This message needs to be heard (Not HURD [linux.org], which is an acronym for 'Huge Unclean Rectal Dilator') across the whole community, so it has been released into the Public Domain [icopyright.com]. You know, that licence that we all had before those homoerotic crypto-fascists came out with the GPL [apple.com] (Gay Penetration License) that is no more than an excuse to see who's got the biggest feces-encrusted [rotten.com] cock. I would have put this up on Freshmeat [adultmember.com], but that name is known to be a euphemism for the tight rump of a young boy.

Come to think of it, the whole concept of 'Source Control' unnerves me, because it sounds a bit like 'Sauce Control,' which is a description of the homosexual [goatse.fr] practice of holding the base of the cock shaft tightly upon the point of ejaculation, thus causing a build up of semenal fluid that is only released upon entry into an incision made into the base of the receiver's scrotum. And 'Open Sauce' is the act of ejaculating into another mans face or perhaps a biscuit to be shared later. Obviously, 'Closed Sauce' is the only Christian thing to do, as evidenced by the fact that it is what Cathedrals are all about.

Contributors: (although not to the eternal game of 'soggy biscuit' that open 'sauce' development has become) Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, phee, Anonymous Coward, mighty jebus, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, double_h, Anonymous Coward, Eimernase, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward. Further contributions are welcome.

Current changes: This version sent to FreeWIPO [slashdot.org] by 'Bring BackATV' as plain text. Reformatted everything, added all links back in (that we could match from the previous version), many new ones (Slashbot bait links). Even more spelling fixed. Who wrote this thing, CmdrTaco himself?

Previous changes: Yet more changes added. Spelling fixed. Feedback added. Explanation of 'distro' system. 'Mount Point' syntax described. More filth regarding `man` and Slashdot. Yet more fucking spelling fixed. 'Fetchmail' uncovered further. More Slashbot baiting. Apache exposed. Distribution licence at foot of document.

ANUX -- A full Linux distribution... Up your ass!

Mod up!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819148)

Stallmanus must be exposed.

Re:no no no no no! (4, Insightful)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 4 years ago | (#30818980)

OTOH Less cables is good as well. The cable mess is getting old pretty quick.

Re:no no no no no! (2, Interesting)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819180)

I must agree. I don't like wireless devices - there's something about the reliability, speed, and quality of a wired connection that I can't let go of. I use it where I must (laptop when away from home, cell phone, etc), but my home system is certainly running wired everything.

HOWEVER, I will admit that the clutter of the wires is very, very annoying. I don't see myself running ethernet over my monitor cable but having an integrated webcam or microphone that can work over it? Absolutely. Speakers would be good too - I don't personally ever use speakers integrated into a monitor (though virtually every one of them seemingly has them now), but for those who do it'd be a good thing. For those of us using something different or who don't want to use the built in devices, disabling a connected device is easy enough at the OS level.

Re:no no no no no! (2, Interesting)

hitmark (640295) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819368)

i'm a bit bipolar about integrated webcams. On one hand they are very nice to have, on the other, they seem like a very big security risk as they cant be physically unplugged when not in use...

that said, i am all for a usb hub in the screen, so that one can stuff the box out of the way (tho i guess one can always go imac and build the computer into the screen, especially now that atom and cortex is bringing the size down).

Re:no no no no no! (1)

navyjeff (900138) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819594)

I don't like webcams either. But I'll take this sort of cable-plex and just control webcams with a notecard, some duct tape, or a drill as the security situation requires.

Re:no no no no no! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819358)

I'm all for having everything cabled via point to point transmitters. single cable sharing won't work because you can usually have only two options picked from high bandwidth, low latency, cheap. and even this way you'll have the problem of powering up devices.

a natural choice would be ethernet over power line, so every device will use one cable at most. you still have to buy costly power switch to handle a complete entertainment system (audio, tv, game console and video recorder) so that you have only one cable running to that.

Re:no no no no no! (1)

bkr1_2k (237627) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819750)

Except that one cable to rule them all requires a ridiculously expensive cable to replace when your ferret/gerbil/guinea pig/mouse/small child decides it tastes good. It also makes a very fat cable that is generally harder to bury somewhere so that it isn't visible. It also requires you replace an entire computer/monitor/whatever if a single connector goes bad, rather than pieces.

Re:no no no no no! (1, Informative)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819764)

The word is "fewer". You have less sand, or less water. You have fewer cables or fewer computers.

Re:no no no no no! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819010)

um, hdmi is not fine.

hdmi doesnt have the bandwith, flexibility, or raw power computer users are going to need, and may need now.

Re:no no no no no! (0)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819168)

And what needs are those?

Re:no no no no no! (4, Informative)

Cornelius the Great (555189) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819424)

Multiple display support, for one. You can use DisplayPort to daisy chain multiple screens. While there is a dual-link spec for HDMI, it only supports 2 display devices and isn't supported by anyone.

Also, DisplayPort was designed from the ground up for bidirectional communication (ie- touch input, camera, mic input, etc). These features have only recently been shoehorned into the HDMI 1.4 spec, and may be some time before one can actually use it.

Re:no no no no no! (4, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819090)

In my day, all we had was plastic coated twisted-pair coat-hanger wire for all purposes, and it was good enough.

Re:no no no no no! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819178)

And you've proved that other contraceptives work better

HDMI is not fine though (5, Interesting)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819236)

One of the big ones, a reason that Display Port was developed to begin with, is HDMI needs additional chips/control circuits on the transmitting and receiving end to deal with encoding and decoding. Display Port is directly compatible with the display panels themselves and as such needs less hardware. It can be used internally in a laptop as the bus to the integrated display, and as output to another display. All in all it equals the ability to make smaller and slimmer displays because there's less in them.

Another somewhat related is Display Port doesn't cost any royalties. HDMI does. Added together it can lead to reduced costs. Less stuff in the display and less licensing fees equals less cost.

The bandwidth thing is a potential issue too. Even HDMI 1.4 doesn't have near as high a bandwidth (1.4 is actually the same bandwidth as 1.3). Now it doesn't matter a whole lot at the moment, but could in a few years. If we see more high refresh displays, which are useful for 3D and also look nicer, as well as higher resolutions we are going to hit in to bandwidth limits. Would be good to have a connector that is going to scale up to those.

Encoding and decoding for DRM (5, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819416)

HDMI needs additional chips/control circuits on the transmitting and receiving end to deal with encoding and decoding. Display Port is directly compatible with the display panels themselves and as such

...can't display motion pictures published by six American companies. Home users who expect to watch high-definition feature films will choose an interconnect that does "encoding and decoding" because the publishers of feature films on high-definition home video demand "encoding and decoding" for digital restrictions management. Sure, DisplayPort 1.1 and later allow for DPCP, but then you lose the advantage of no "encoding and decoding".

Re:Encoding and decoding for DRM (1)

Rocketship Underpant (804162) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819526)

That's a feature in my opinion. DRM is a defect and needs to die in the marketplace.

Re:Encoding and decoding for DRM (1)

ViViDboarder (1473973) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819632)

Agreed. If I buy a BlueRay and would like to play it on a Display Port, I'll rip it and remove the DRM and then play it on whatever display I damn-well please.

Fair-Use FTW!

Re:Encoding and decoding for DRM (4, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819646)

DRM is a defect and needs to die in the marketplace.

But unfortunately, the proponents of this defect own the incumbent news media [pineight.com]. This makes it more difficult for free culture advocates to get the message out that DRM is a defect.

Re:Encoding and decoding for DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819564)

Don't you mean five American companies? Sony is Japanese.

Re:HDMI is not fine though (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819478)

Will you be able to connect DisplayPort to a 1080i/p TV and get full screen resolution because there is no HDCP?

If there is no HDCP for DisplayPort, will Windows Media player and others provide full HD output on a 1920x1200 screen?

Or will it scale back because the device is not authenticated?

If there is no HDCP, can you play BluRay movies over DisplayPort connected screens?

With HDMI in my laptop, I can connect it to any HDTV or any AVR that takes HDMI input.

Re:HDMI is not fine though (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819588)

I defer to the other comments - with a drawer of USB 1.x and soon to be 2.x with 3.0 coming - I don't "want" another type of cable to feed the snakepit, just for the sake of something coming down the road. No wonder we've become a wasteful society, with old wires, charging devices, cords, batteries making their way into the garbage pits yearly -
There used to be a time when a plug was a plug and that was it - why can't electronics devices today do the same ( and because we "need" to isn't the answer)!

Re:no no no no no! (1)

rodrigoandrade (713371) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819312)

> No more "super cables" for the sake of another super cable so i have to replace everything i own just to run a damned super cable.

Why is that?? Will your perfectly-fine HDMI audio/video gear stop working after this standard is released??

I still use a 5.1 Dolby Pro Logic amp, which won't be replaced until it dies.

Re:no no no no no! (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819738)

I still use a 5.1 Dolby Pro Logic amp, which won't be replaced until it dies.

Oldies does that.

"I already have a sofa, bed, TV, plants, clothes, ..."

21.6Gbps? (2, Interesting)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#30818986)

Can't I just have a general-purpose 21.6Gbps hardware interface, with "supplemental built in support" for any video-specific items?

Sure, if I need 21.6Gbps for video, great, but if I don't, it sure would be nice to use the same wire to run arbitrary data between my data-storage box and my set-top box or security system or set-top box and a TV or other equipment.

Oh, yes, I know about 10+Gbps Ethernet equipment. I figure though if this is going to be priced for the home market, it will likely be more cost-effective than super-speed Ethernet over short distances.

Re:21.6Gbps? (1)

plastbox (1577037) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819280)

I've had a reoccurring though for some time now. What if one had a PCIe card with some serious FPGA business on it in ones computer, with some sort of highspeed output. If I wanted a HD Tv-out I'd download the FPGA configuration, driver and get the correct cable/converter. If I wanted to use it for USB 3, I'd download configuration and driver files for that.

What I'm saying is, please inform me of the inherit weaknesses of this idea. =P Without much actual knowledge of FPGAs, the idea itself seems pretty cool. Couldn't f.ex. media de/recoding be offloaded to such a card, if properly configured/programmed?

Re:21.6Gbps? (1)

Zerth (26112) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819590)

It would be like buying one each of whatever you wanted to emulate, brand new, 5 years ago and then putting them in storage until today.

IE, really slow or really expensive.

Plus, you'd have to make some swappable connectors whenever you changed interfaces. Or solder a lot.

Re:21.6Gbps? (1)

advid.net (595837) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819582)

Can't I just have a general-purpose 21.6Gbps hardware interface, with "supplemental built in support" for any video-specific items?

Maybe because displays doesn't need as much error correction as your data links do ?
Bad color for some pixels lasting 1/60th of a second won't change your visual experience.
One bad byte for a compressed file is a mess.

Re:21.6Gbps? (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819790)

Isn't it already?

But yes, my first reaction was why call it displayport and not dataport if this is their goal?

But I would be just fine hooking up my display over Ethernet to.

Re:21.6Gbps? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819820)

CUDA is quite capable of this. Just write the output to the framebuffer and double-buffer the output. The receiver could read data with each page flip. Use the Vblank and Vsync to ensure the writing device does not move faster than the reading device and stamping to ensure the opposite does not happen.

I want supercable! (0)

tjstork (137384) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819000)

I for one am very glad to be getting rid of HDMI/DVI/VGA cables and have just one cable to rule them all! Display port is a step in that direction! Yeah for supercable!

Re:I want supercable! (4, Funny)

Spatial (1235392) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819212)

I for one am very glad to be getting rid of HDMI/DVI/VGA cables and have just one cable to rule them all!

The surest solution to this problem: yet another cable!

HHii!! (5, Funny)

goldaryn (834427) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819040)

II aamm ppoossttiinngg tthhiiss ppoosstt iinn 33DD ffoorr tthhoossee ooff yyoouu wwiitthh DDiissppllaayyPPoorrtt vv11..22 33DD SStteerreeoossccooppiicc ddiissppllaayyss.. HHeelloo!!

Re:HHii!! (5, Funny)

ch0rlt0n (1515291) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819162)

II aamm ppoossttiinngg tthhiiss ppoosstt iinn 33DD ffoorr tthhoossee ooff yyoouu wwiitthh DDiissppllaayyPPoorrtt vv11..22 33DD SStteerreeoossccooppiicc ddiissppllaayyss.. HHeelloo!!

I have a headache. Please check the parallax in your post.

Re:HHii!! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819322)

You need to get a pair of 3D glasses to read his post.

Re:HHii!! (1)

berashith (222128) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819434)

too bad i am an old man on a green screen. I bet this would be really funny if the letters were alternating blue and red.

Why Arnet We Just Using Fibre??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819044)

shouldn't fiber be the ultimate? That way the speed/capacity/value add is just increased by improving the speed of the bitrate?

Re:Why Arnet We Just Using Fibre??? (4, Funny)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819084)

shouldn't fiber be the ultimate?

"I'm sorry, ma'am, you'll have to increase the radius of the curve of that cable going from your computer to your monitor, the index of refraction is too small for they way you have your cable coiled up."

Re:Why Arnet We Just Using Fibre??? (5, Informative)

stevelinton (4044) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819220)

This problem was solved a few years ago. Look up ClearCurve. They clad the fibre in tiny reflectors that recover the stray signal.

Re:Why Arnet We Just Using Fibre??? (1)

jgardia (985157) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819254)

The only real advantage of the fiber is the power you need to cover long distances. since people tend to have the computer and the monitor within resonable distance (less than 5 meters), I don't see how fiber can be an advantage.

Light Peak (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819794)

shouldn't fiber be the ultimate? That way the speed/capacity/value add is just increased by improving the speed of the bitrate?

Intel is working on it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_Peak

Apple (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819058)

I hate Apple as much as the next guy, but not mentioning them at all in the summary is a bit... crude. Also, here's a list of all the new stuff (taken from http://www.hardmac.com/news/2010/01/11/displayport-1-2-validated [hardmac.com]).
        * Doubling bandwidth mostly to support 3D: 21.6 Gbits/s.
        * Connect even more monitors from a single DisplayPort. Dedicated hubs should soon be available.
        * As for the HDMI, transport USB data between a computer and a display, supporting Display USB functions such as a webcam and USB hub.
        * Connect to display with 3840 x 2400 resolution at 60Hz, or a 3D display (120Hz) at 2560 x 1600.
        * Audio Copy Protection and category codes
        * High definition audio formats (such as Dolby MAT, DTS HD, all BD formats,etc.)
        * Synchronization assist between audio and video, multiple audio channels, and multiple audio sink devices using Global Time Code (GTC)

Re:Apple (1)

Malc (1751) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819352)

So can I get a Display Port to HDMI adapter? That would make it usefully interoperable.

It's annoying at the moment having to run a separate cable when connecting DVI ouput to HDMI, and typically on a laptop, running audio from a badly amplified analogue headphone socket rather than spitting out a multi-channel bitstream.

Re:Apple (3, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819822)

Depends. Some devices can produce DisplayPort and HDMI (DVI-D) signals. You can get a cheap adaptor for these that just changes the physical form factor of the connector. The formats for HDMI and DisplayPort are very different though, so if this isn't supported by your hardware then you need something that will decodes one signal and produces the other signal after buffering a frame. This is how the DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI adaptors that Apple sells work, and if you check the reviews you'll see that they are very unreliable.

Doubt it (4, Insightful)

lyinhart (1352173) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819070)

DisplayPort seems like one of those technologies that have great mind share, as well as some advantages over the competing technology, but will never gain mainstream adoption (See: Firewire).

Re:Doubt it (3, Informative)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819332)

The new Thinkpads that my office has been getting has Displayport on the back of the laptops, and docking stations. Of course, Lenovo doesn't make a monitor with displayport under something like 24".

Re:Doubt it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819514)

Lots of Dell LCDs have Displayport inputs and are generally well regarded for office use.

Re:Doubt it (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819536)

The Radeon HD5850 I bought towards the end of last year also has a DisplayPort output, and I was considering skipping DVI (my current monitor is VGA-only) and going to that when I upgrade my monitor.

Re:Doubt it (1)

GIL_Dude (850471) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819552)

I've got a Lenovo X200s with two video out ports - a DVI and a DisplayPort. I have two panels both of which have only VGA and DVI. I have a DisplayPort -> DVI adapter plugged into the DisplayPort on the X200s and it works great for having dual screen.

Re:Doubt it (1)

kingofnexus (1721494) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819390)

but will never gain mainstream adoption (See: Firewire).

Possibly it won't get mainstream, but as it is DisplayPort seems a lot more feature packed and advantageous over what firewire was over usb. I reckon its got a good chance of breaking through, but I don't see it happening anytime in the next 2 years though. I'm all for a 1-cable-that-does-everything deal so I may be a little bit blindly optimistic.

Monster? (4, Funny)

MortenMW (968289) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819072)

Has Monster started producing these yet? I cant wait to get some high-quality cables!

Re:Monster? (5, Funny)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819144)

Monster? Ha! A cheap fabrication for those who don't know better.

Ever since I switched to triple platinum-plated (no cheap gold here!) Pear Anjou cables, the colors on my monitor have been much deeper, richer and more vibrant, truly life-like! That's because they have a proprietary hybrid geometry, and the platinum plating provides ultra-low electrical reactance and the underlying copper is fully annealed 99.999% pure oxygen free. Not that cheap copper you get everyplace. All this combines to allow for new levels of digital accuracy.

Re:Monster? (4, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819266)

Oh... are people still using platinum? Well, I guess if you're willing to settle, rather than pay for unicorn horn, then it won't degrade your signal too much. Probably not enough to spoil your enjoyment, but a true videophile can tell.

Re:Monster? (3, Funny)

goldaryn (834427) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819440)

Using real monsters? That's a complicated way of getting round the Trade Descriptions Act!

Re:Monster? (1)

Dan667 (564390) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819760)

meh, people using only unicorn horn? I am using a whole unicorn and the colors smell fantastic.

Chicken and Egg (1)

CritterNYC (190163) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819106)

It's very nice technically. And it'll be useful in specialized scenarios. But it's not going to touch HDMI in terms of installbase. HDMI is the de facto standard and everything already supports it. My cable box, Xbox 360, TV, laptop, desktop and dual monitors are all HDMI. I don't need to go introducing another standard into that to have wires desktop-monitor-monitor instead of desktop-monitor for both (same number of wires, just different configuration) or to save having a wire to the USB hub in my monitor (which my monitors don't have because I'd never use it anyway).

Re:Chicken and Egg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819174)

And I'm sure you've got a laptop with 2 HDMI ports as well, toolbag. There are other applications besides "connect up everything in my mom's basement" for technology...

Re:Chicken and Egg (1)

stevelinton (4044) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819272)

Really nice for laptop users. Dump laptop on desk, plug in two cables (power and displayport) and have your whole desktop setup connected.
Be nice if displayport could also supply 100W or so of DC power.

Steve

Figures (1)

COMON$ (806135) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819124)

Our TVs were becoming too consistent, we were due for a major change. One thing you can guarantee with TV tech is they will make sure that it is obsolete the next year. It is just good business.

Nice try! (1)

sam0737 (648914) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819156)

But I doubt if it will gain traction....depends on if laptop/netbook maker.

I bet we would hardly see that in Desktop - because if it includes Video, Ethernet, USB, Sound so and so in a single cable, it must come from a single piece of hardware. Display card alone can only produce Video. So only integrated Motherboard could squeeze all these in a single port, and it's unlikely to see ATI/Nvida to include USB, Ethernet and such on their standalone PCI-E display cards.

The multi-monitor over a single cable is a something I am looking forward to though.

Re:Nice try! (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819230)

Video, Ethernet and sound are more geared for the home theater market, where Blu-ray players and TVs are more commonly becoming hooked up to the internet. The less cables to run, the better. Even HDMI is gaining Ethernet ability.

Re:Nice try! (1)

Spatial (1235392) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819326)

I'm pretty sure the newer graphics cards already do audio over HDMI. It's not that far fetched.

I'd rather not have everything be dependent on the GPU though. On the other hand, Nvidia would like nothing more.

USB switch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819188)

I really hope that we'll finally get monitors that switch both the video and the USB at the same time, serving has a keyboard / mouse / video / speaker switch in one go. I hate that I need to have multiple keyboards and mice at work for all the computers around my desk.

SCSI re-invented (1)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819202)

I remember this mess, where SCSI devices would be connected as a series, and a single slow component would silently downgrade the chain to the slowest speed. I wonder if they've duplicated the stupid termination problems as well? And the dozen different types of connectors?

Re:SCSI re-invented (2, Informative)

guruevi (827432) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819476)

They've fixed that in the mean time with auto-termination and minimum requirements in the specs. Currently it's all Serial from Serial ATA over Serial Attached SCSI to PCI-Express and DisplayPort.

The speeds are way too fast to have multiple parallel lines with different hardware and lane or cord lengths synchronized against a single clock.

Re:SCSI re-invented (2, Interesting)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819630)

Oh, the fixes of SATA and SAS are rather distinct from the SCSI problems: neither of those are normally used outside the box, nor do either of those use an arbitrary set of multiple connectors. My concern here is whether this new technology, by doing a "dumb down to slowest speed", is going to repeat some of the big problems of external SCSI. Some of those problems occurred with USB as well, with USB 1.1 devices messing up whole chains of USB 2.0 devices.

So, they've created a docking station cable? (2, Interesting)

sirwired (27582) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819252)

This sounds like nothing more than a standard for a docking station cable. If they can't get the cable/connector price down to a real low level, I don't see it having any other use. I guess it would be kind of neat to have your monitor act as your docking station, but that isn't exactly earth-shattering.

Re:So, they've created a docking station cable? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819554)

What does that mean? If you create a high-capacity cable that isn't thicker than a pen and only requires a small end component, does it matter if you call it Docking Cable, Slowass Port, or Instamatic Teleportation Transfer? Maybe I'm missing something.

Stupid question but... (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819350)

Why is it called "Displayport" if it's meant to do all of this other fancy stuff as well? Did they just not look ahead at future applications when they named it?

Stupid answer (4, Insightful)

FranTaylor (164577) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819446)

My "Display" has a webcam and speakers. It is not some futuristic device.

It would be nice if it only needed one cable instead of three to hook it up to the computer.

Re:Stupid answer (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819752)

They are clearly intending this to be used for far more than just speakers, webcams, and video though. Hence the comments about ethernet and whatnot. I think it's a promising piece of technology and would like to see it gain further adoption, but I think it has a rather poorly chosen name.

HDI-45's Successor? (1)

DanCo (576091) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819460)

This sounds familiar - some of the old PowerMacs had this crazy 45 pin connector that "...incorporated capabilities for video out, video in, audio out, audio in, and the Apple Desktop Bus (ADB)" (http://kan.org/6100/graphicshardware.html#hdi45 [kan.org]). The new Displayport sounds like a modern take on an old, er, classic?

Cable wars (4, Insightful)

michaelmalak (91262) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819512)

How is it that VGA was good for 15 years (1987-2002) and now we have, counting conservatively, three standards in 8 years (DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort)? DVI itself has multiple incompatible sub-standards. Before VGA, CGA/EGA was good for 6 years.

Is it a lack of engineering foresight, or is it a cable war with companies jockeying for position?

I've noticed that new Dells are now coming with DisplayPort, and discovered that Dell was one of the instigators [dell.com].

Another unrelated observation: this could obsolete USB, and thus USB thumb drives, and thus yet another data storage format becomes oprhaned. This was inevitable. USB has had a good 14 year run so far. It couldn't last forever, despite what people thought about USB "being different this time" regarding being able to access old data -- that somehow it was going to be different from floppies and tapes.

Re:Cable wars (1)

Dan667 (564390) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819802)

sales. You cannot resell all the hardware if the standard does not change. Who ever is pushing the cable change has just gotten better at it.

Migration path? (5, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819562)

Okay, I have a new rule: You're not allowed to define a new standard until after you've thought about how people will migrate to it from their existing stuff.

Once upon a time, we had VGA. This was a pretty simple analogue signal, which was great for driving a CRT. At high resolutions it got a bit blurry though and it was a bit silly to convert a digital signal to analogue and back for displaying on a TFT. So then we had DVI. The DVI connector incorporated the VGA signal as well as a new, digital, one. If you got a new display that supported DVI then you could connect it to your old computer with a very cheap (i.e. containing no electronics) adaptor. Then, when you got a new video card that supported DVI, you just threw away the adaptor and used the digital signal.

After a while, most things used the digital signal, so you started getting DVI-D devices, where the analogue pins weren't connected to anything. Then came HDMI, which used exactly the same signal as DVI-D. You could, once again, connect HDMI devices to DVI-D devices with a trivial adaptor. Because these adaptors are cheap, a few months after they're introduced you can usually find someone who has one if you need one and forget yours.

But now we have DisplayPort. It is digital, but it uses a completely different kind of signal to HDMI / DVI-D. If you want to connect a DisplayPort device to something that only supports VGA or HDMI then you need an expensive adaptor that decodes a frame in one format into a buffer then reencodes it in the other format.

So the migration path from DVI to DisplayPort is for graphics cards to be able to produce both kinds of signal and for monitors to be able to accept both kind. This immediately eliminates two of the big advantages of DisplayPort: no license fees and simpler electronics. Add to that the fact that you have three kinds of connector for DisplayPort (DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort and Micro DisplayPort), so you probably need an adaptor anyway, just to plug one DisplayPort device into another, and it's easier to just use HDMI.

This is a shame, because DisplayPort is a much better spec than HDMI.

Re:Migration path? (2, Interesting)

siDDis (961791) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819804)

Once upon a time, we had VGA. This was a pretty simple analogue signal, which was great for driving a CRT. At high resolutions it got a bit blurry though

Im typing this on a 24" LCD with 1920x1200 resolution connected to my PC with a VGA cable. My second screen where I have my code is connected to the computer with a DVI cable. I dont see any difference when I compare text on both screens. And yes the DVI connection is digial and not analog.

I think VGA is still the king when it comes to price/performance ratio.

Every VESA connector since VGA has been a failure (1)

TimSee (765338) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819570)

When the laptop you buy in 2010 comes with a connector from 1987 you know your standards body isn't working. Yet, VESA tries and tries again. I expect DisplayPort to join DVI and VLB on the trash heap.

onetorulethemall (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819600)

Am I the only one who looked at the "onetorulethemall" tag and couldn't decide whether it was a Tolkien reference, or a reference to the fact that I would have to buy something (go to the Mall) for this new port?

Not that it matters, I only have one device in my house with an HDMI connector. It's the new computer I just built. But my 24 inch monitor uses the VGA port, so the HDMI is covered up with the little plastic dustcover to keep it from getting dirty, just in case I ever decide to use it. Same with the digital video plug. The analog port easily supports 1080p output, and every frame looks like a work of art. Why would I want to spend more? I have audio out, and I have Ethernet. Just on separate cables, which works just fine for me.

New notebook required for large screens? (1)

gdp007 (737002) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819618)

For those of us with DisplayPort notebooks... Does this require a hardware upgrade or is it a protocol/software-only upgrade?

needs more power. (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#30819622)

If it can throw enough power to support a decent sized LCD (You can run a 4 inch LCD or probably a medium sized OLED display on the 5v of a USB hub), it would be golden.

I quite like the idea of a monitor with a built in usb hub that has only one wire leading to the pc. No extra power cables to run, you can plug your mouse, keyboard, webcam and thumbdrive in to the monitor without all that wire clutter and having to bend over and move stuff out of the way to reach the box.

SiRkIt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30819816)

now if it also supplied around 60~90 watts of power we could have a standard cable for a laptop docking station

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