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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

Unknown Lamer posted about 5 months ago | from the suffer-no-more dept.

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TheRealHocusLocus writes "Extreme bandwidth is nice, intelligent power management is cool... but folks should be spilling into the streets in thankful praise that the next generation miniature USB connector will fit either way. All told — just how many intricate miracle devices have been scrapped in their prime — because a tiny USB port was mangled? For millennia untold chimpanzees and people have been poking termite mounds with round sticks. I for one am glad to see round stick technology make its way into consumer electronics. Death to the trapezoid, bring back the rectangle! So... since we're on roll here... how many other tiny annoyances that lead to big fails are out there?" The new connector will be smaller too.

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Small Connectors (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594155)

Big fails? How about small connectors? I greatly prefer regular-sized USB to micro-USB, they sit much better in the slot.

Atari would be proud (5, Interesting)

clickclickdrone (964164) | about 5 months ago | (#45594167)

USB, developed from the Atari 800's SIO technology (1978/79!) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_SIO [wikipedia.org]

Re:Atari would be proud (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594283)

citation?

Re:Atari would be proud (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | about 5 months ago | (#45594337)

Re:Atari would be proud (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594581)

Not the same AC, but if it were really that easy, then why isn't the wiki page you first linked using a citation?

Re:Atari would be proud (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 5 months ago | (#45594713)

Surely Commodore was first with its floppy disks/printers.

Re:Atari would be proud (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | about 5 months ago | (#45594771)

In terms of what? The Pet was certainly pre Atari 800 and had those big external floppy boxes but they weren't first either. The interface was totally different. Also, it's not about what was first, as the link noted, the same guy that designed SIO in 1978/79 used some of the same concepts in USB.

Re:Atari would be proud (4, Interesting)

crow (16139) | about 5 months ago | (#45594687)

Yes, Atari had a serial bus that was quite nice in its day. Too bad they didn't promote it as a standard for other computer makers of the day to use. There are some significant parallels to USB, as well as many differences.

But what really sets it apart from USB is the lack of standardization, not technical differences. USB was part of a vision for all computers. Atari never considered pushing SIO for use with Apple or Commodore.

Re:Atari would be proud (1, Interesting)

Maury Markowitz (452832) | about 5 months ago | (#45594773)

Meh. SIO could not be hot-plugged, did not auto-load drivers, could not be hubbed, etc. It was almost, but not entirely, completely unlike USB.

I'm sure the idea of "easy to use serial bus" was inspired by his work with SIO, but then one has to consider AppleBus, ABD, A.b and many other similar designs from many other similar companies.

Circle. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594179)

Bring back the circle. It will always fit!

Barrel connectors on brick power supplies (2)

amalcolm (1838434) | about 5 months ago | (#45594183)

I'd like to see the back of these. They pull out too easily.

Re:Barrel connectors on brick power supplies (5, Insightful)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 5 months ago | (#45594675)

A lot of times, that's by design. If the laptop is jerked, you'd want it to become disconnected rather than stay plugged in and risk mangling the plug (or worse, the receiving port).

Re:Barrel connectors on brick power supplies (2)

amalcolm (1838434) | about 5 months ago | (#45594731)

I agree, but I've seen them applied to things with no internal batteries - in that case it's curtains if they pull out.

Apple All Over Again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594209)

[The USB Type-C connector] will however not work with existing USB plugs.

Welcome to the USB Lightning... S.

Re:Apple All Over Again (5, Insightful)

Sockatume (732728) | about 5 months ago | (#45594255)

Unlike Lightning, this is just a connector for USB 2/3, not a whole new interface. A dumb, cheap adaptor should suffice. (Unlike Lightning to 30-pin adaptors which are basically tiny protocol droids translating between the two.)

Re:Apple All Over Again (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594569)

Good thing we can have adapters. In the EU, micro-USB is required on devices so they will have to keep using the old connector until the law catches up with th enew one...

Re:Apple All Over Again (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 5 months ago | (#45594747)

afaik the device is compliant as long as there's a converter for the device..

Doesn't Apple have a patent on this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594211)

Nobody's ever seen a reversible connector before :-)

Re:Doesn't Apple have a patent on this? (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about 5 months ago | (#45594245)

Europeans have. Every time they plug something into a power outlet.

Re:Doesn't Apple have a patent on this? (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about 5 months ago | (#45594269)

Um, dude, US/North American power plugs traditionally have been the same. Today most plugs have grounds or polarization that prevents them from being reversed, but theoretically they still can reversed.

Re:Doesn't Apple have a patent on this? (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 5 months ago | (#45594355)

Not in the UK. Our plugs are very well designed. Even the sockets include covers over the power holes which can only be retracted by inserting the (Slightly longer) earth pin first.

Re:Doesn't Apple have a patent on this? (4, Funny)

RDW (41497) | about 5 months ago | (#45594401)

Very well designed until you step on one in bare feet, anway.

Re:Doesn't Apple have a patent on this? (2, Funny)

alexandre_ganso (1227152) | about 5 months ago | (#45594445)

You really think that those are well designed? It looks like russian solution for me. While it's harder to die from an electric shock, one can easily kill somebody else with such plug :-)

Re:Doesn't Apple have a patent on this? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594493)

Completely non-standard and proprietory, but I quite like these. [legrand.co.uk]

another design cue from apple? (2)

alexandre_ganso (1227152) | about 5 months ago | (#45594213)

Reminds me of the notebook's keyboard position, then the trackpad, then the clean designs etc etc...

Re:another design cue from apple? (2)

Sockatume (732728) | about 5 months ago | (#45594271)

The notebook computer's keyboard position... on the inside?

Re:another design cue from apple? (1)

alexandre_ganso (1227152) | about 5 months ago | (#45594347)

No. Before, notebooks had the keyboard farther from the screen, touching the device's borders. Apple came with the idea of a palm rest, AFAIR.

Some even had printers after the keyboard, like this one:

http://cdn.ttgtmedia.com/rms/computerweekly/photogalleries/233641/194_20_dan-darcys-1993-canon-bj-notebook-bn22.jpg [ttgtmedia.com]

Re:another design cue from apple? (1, Troll)

Joce640k (829181) | about 5 months ago | (#45594645)

Rubbish. Laptops had trackballs in front of the keyboards long before Apple added a touchpad to their powerbooks.

Re:another design cue from apple? (2)

alexandre_ganso (1227152) | about 5 months ago | (#45594707)

Even more: Later PowerBooks featured optional color displays (PowerBook 165c, 1993), and first true touchpad (PowerBook 500 series, 1994), first 16-bit stereo audio, and first built-in Ethernet network adapter (PowerBook 500, 1994).

Re:another design cue from apple? (3, Interesting)

swb (14022) | about 5 months ago | (#45594535)

Cue the anti-Lightning connector posts.

The proprietary nature of Lightning and its excessive control by Apple is bad, but as a functional connector it works pretty well. I can plug my phone in without being able to see anything and thusfar it has been plenty durable, too. (My Proclip car charger/holder uses a lightning/30pin cable in the base, so it gets pretty hard use without any issues).

I think Apple would have been smart to create a cheap licensing program for it to gain wider adoption, especially for devices that aren't phones or tablets, as well as a more open spec that would have allowed for more innovative use with iPhones for third party components. Now that a USB spec is coming that eliminates the mechanical advantage of Lightning as a plug, the proprietary nature of of Lightning will be more glaring.

Re:another design cue from apple? (1, Informative)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 5 months ago | (#45594695)

then the trackpad, then the clean designs etc etc...

.. then the addition of indiscernible hieroglyphics. "No mom, the thing that looks like a crooked T... next to the clover.... thing.. " That's one cue I'm glad as hell never got released into the PC space. For all of Apple's touted wisdom, they do some equally idiotic things sometimes just to "be different".

Re:another design cue from apple? (1)

alexandre_ganso (1227152) | about 5 months ago | (#45594759)

I have in my lenovo three indiscernible hieroglyphs: one that turns out to be the old-generation of the windows logo, one that engages the right click on the mouse (why?), and one called Alt-Gr. It seems that Microsoft took what was bad, made it worse and it is now a standard. Never mind the rest of incomprehensible bullshit I have on this keyboard, like "fn" in blue, but also the whole enter key in blue. Or keys for page back and page forth, right next to the up arrow. Or....

Nah, I am fine with the alt key looking like an alternative line.

Even worse... (4, Funny)

cpotoso (606303) | about 5 months ago | (#45594219)

Is the fact that the standard USB connection (rectangle) is not really 180 degrees symmetric (despite a shape that indicates it should be), usually takes 3+ attempts to get it in. Damn it, Jim, a spin-1/2 connector!

Re:Even worse... (0)

amalcolm (1838434) | about 5 months ago | (#45594243)

I read this that the new connector would be truly reversible - perfectly possible with a full wave rectifier to guarantee correct polarity - though the forward volt drop ~ 1.2V for two diodes implies a switching regulated after the regulator if 5V is required.

Re:Even worse... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594531)

You aren't making sense. No fancy hardware is required for a reversible connector. Put a full set of contacts on the top edge of the connector, put a full set of contacts on the bottom edge. Take all the same cables going to the top, split them, and connect them left to right instead of right to left.

Maybe you are talking about a reversible cable, which is different. Even then we have ethernet cables and whatnot, so it is just handled by having send and receive lines criss cross going to the other connector.

Re:Even worse... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594303)

I don't really see the problem. All the cables I have and all the peripherals I use have a distinct USB-logo on one side showing which side of the cable/peripheral is the "UP"-side.

Of course, making sure people who don't bother to think can plug in a cable too is a nice feature. I never needed that though...

Re:Even worse... (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 5 months ago | (#45594361)

All of the USB ports on the front and back of my computer are sideways, and don't get me started on USB flash drives.

Re:Even worse... (5, Insightful)

loganljb (1424009) | about 5 months ago | (#45594397)

Obviously, you've never tried plugging a USB cable into the back of a tower that can't easily be moved (with a lot of connections in the back, it's rather difficult to move unless all of your wires are long). The plugs are sideways. What's up and what's down?

Equally, for micro/mini USB, have you ever tried plugging in your phone in the dark, when it's yelling at you about needing to be charged? For that matter, those connectors are TINY. Can you read anything written on them?

Reversible connectors -- or connectors with an actual OBVIOUS direction -- would be very nice.

Re:Even worse... (1)

chihowa (366380) | about 5 months ago | (#45594517)

Flash drives often don't have any USB logo. Some of mine have writing on the logo side and some have writing on the other side or both.

The port on my phone is upside down, so that the USB logo faces the back of the phone.

The users aren't the only people who don't bother to think.

Re:Even worse... (5, Funny)

clickclickdrone (964164) | about 5 months ago | (#45594383)

I find if I go to plug in a USB connector, it's best to change your mind at the last minute and turn it over because you're *always* wrong first time.

Re:Even worse... (5, Funny)

JackieBrown (987087) | about 5 months ago | (#45594541)

I find if I go to plug in a USB connector, it's best to change your mind at the last minute and turn it over because you're *always* wrong first time.

Unfortunately, the only times that I would not be wrong the first time are the times I do this. There is no way to win.

Re:Even worse... (5, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | about 5 months ago | (#45594579)

Damn it, Jim, a spin-1/2 connector!

USB connections are quantum entangled. At the other side of the wormhole there's a reality where you've spent your entire life getting the usb in in the first try.

In that reality you're rich and powerful.

Nitpick (1)

Drethon (1445051) | about 5 months ago | (#45594239)

They are not actually redesigning the mini USB connector (if I'm passing reading comprehension 101...), this is a redesign of the full size USB Type-C connector to become a mini type connector. They don't say if the existing mini is changing so it seems like this may not effect cell phone style connectors?

Re:Nitpick (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 5 months ago | (#45594315)

There is no full-size Type-C connector, and the press release explicitly lists phones and tablets as the target.

Re:Nitpick (1)

Drethon (1445051) | about 5 months ago | (#45594485)

Ok so I fail at researching... when I searched for type-c connector the first ones that appeared were actually type-b http://www.google.com/shopping/suppliers/search?source=cunit&group=Connectors+and+Terminals+L4&gclid=CKf_r7HhlrsCFfBAMgod5BEAjg&q=usb+connector&oq=USB+Type-C+connector [google.com]

Feel free to rate my post into the basement for stupidity...

Re:Nitpick (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | about 5 months ago | (#45594459)

The first two sentences say:

The next version of the USB connector will accept the plug either way up, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group said Tuesday. The USB Type-C connector, initially intended for USB 3.1 and 2.0 devices, will be a complete redesign, the group said.

Video output too (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 5 months ago | (#45594241)

The spec explicitly includes video output now. I know MHL and the like have become almost de facto standards but this will finalise it. Basically you've got all the advantages of the Lightning connector in a standardised design. I liked Lightning when it came out, but score one for universality.

Re:Video output too (1)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | about 5 months ago | (#45594705)

The spec explicitly includes video output now. I know MHL and the like have become almost de facto standards but this will finalise it. Basically you've got all the advantages of the Lightning connector in a standardised design. I liked Lightning when it came out, but score one for universality.

So just save all that work and imcompatibility with Apple devices and use Lightning? Unless there are improvements in this new design over Lightning, then you are just reinventing the wheel.

There will be patent holders on the new design as well.

Re:Video output too (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 5 months ago | (#45594751)

If Apple was licencing Lightning to anybody but manufacturers of accessories for Apple products you'd be onto something. By comparison the USB-IF exists to get as many people using USB as possible without ceding administrative control.

any pictures of this thing yet?? (0)

RobertLTux (260313) | about 5 months ago | (#45594251)

what i want to know is how easy will this connector be to try to fit SIDEWAYS and how breakable will the connector be??

USB cables are 4 dimensional (4, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 5 months ago | (#45594275)

Proof that USB cables are 4 dimensional [smbc-comics.com] .

Apologies if this appears twice. It looks like slashdot ate the first attempt.

Re:USB cables are 4 dimensional (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594585)

So... the fact that people are blithering idiots is proof that USB cables are 4-dimensional?

No, seriously. I must be the only human being alive who figured out the "deep, dark secret" of how to align a plug with what amounts to a chock that makes it asymmetrical. I guess those reports about most Americans being well behind the rest of the world in education must be true if the rest of my country is blindly jabbing plugs into USB sockets like apes, and I'll bet the apes figure it out before those knuckle-dragging cheap neanderthal knockoffs do.

Re:USB cables are 4 dimensional (5, Informative)

Sockatume (732728) | about 5 months ago | (#45594635)

In human society we have this thing called "humour", and one of its functions is to obviate the stress of common irritations by acknowledging them in an ironic or unexpected fashion, such that the next encounter with the irritant brings the joke to mind and is therefore less irksome. If your own society hasn't reached that level of nuance yet I dare say it is you, sir, who is the ape.

Re:USB cables are 4 dimensional (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 5 months ago | (#45594761)

"So... the fact that people is proof that USB cables are 4-dimensional?

No, seriously. I must be the only human being alive who . I guess those reports about being well behind the rest of the world in education must be true if the rest of my country , and I'll bet the apes figure it out before do."

Fixed that for you.

USB 50/50 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594277)

USB 50/50 chance of getting it in the right way round.
wrong way round 100% of the time.
and usually 3-4 attempts to get it in.

Problem in Europe? (1)

Coward Anonymous (110649) | about 5 months ago | (#45594285)

Now that Europe is mandating the existing micro-USB for all phones are they going to modify the mandate to include this connector or is it too late for that and Europeans will not be able to enjoy this marvelous new connector?

Re:Problem in Europe? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 5 months ago | (#45594339)

Given that it's acceptable for a manufacturer to simply sell an adaptor for the device, I don't think it's going to be an issue.

Re:Problem in Europe? (0)

barlevg (2111272) | about 5 months ago | (#45594371)

Seriously. I'm convinced it's all a scam to get us to go out and buy new chargers and adapters.

Hopefully the width of the connection will be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594301)

AT LEAST 3 times the height - otherwise people will jam the thing in sideways.

How hard is it? (1)

CHK6 (583097) | about 5 months ago | (#45594325)

My minor annoyances with plugs are with all plugs that require a single form of orientation to work. I seem to find myself frequently having to twist wires to match up with the devices.

My biggest gripe are the small AC to DC wall warts. Try as they might with different orientations of their bulbus shapes, they always take up to much room on my power strips.

I do love the headphone jack. Simple, easy, and universal.

Re:How hard is it? (1)

tverbeek (457094) | about 5 months ago | (#45594559)

"I do love the headphone jack. Simple, easy, and universal." And as doomed as POTS and broadcast NTSC. The headphone jack is currently the constraining design factor that prevents phones and tablets from getting any thinner. I guarantee you that Apple is working on a flat (reversible) replacement for the iPhone 6 or 7 or 8; the only question (other than when) is whether it'll be an open standard that will (over a few years) be embraced by the rest of the industry, proprietary to Apple, or something halfway in between that gets adopted by some manufacturers but not others and splits the media-playing industry into VHS and Beta again.

Re:How hard is it? (2)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about 5 months ago | (#45594603)

headphone jack. hmmm. inherently shorting!

as you insert or remove, the ground (larger band) shorts to the other contacts and for amps (and worse, psu's!) this is horrible.

I first learned this when I was building a diy bipolar (plus and minus) psu. I need a 3 conductor connector. hey, 1/4" phones jack has 3! so I used it.

took the box into work and it was immediately pointed out to me that for power use, it was really bad! yet I can remember audio alchemy (long gone company but they were well known once for audio gear) used 1/8" trs jacks for power! talk about ZAPPP!! when you insert or remove them. I was just a dumb kid at the time and I realized right away it was wrong; but a full company was doing this for years before they stopped.

for high end audio gear, they often remove protection circuits and if you remove the phones jack while music is playing, you can often blow the final output transistors or chips. this is well known on many diy designs (some people went with locking trs phone jacks to avoid this problem).

xlr (for audio) does not short as you insert or remove. but the banded trs or trrs does and for that reason, its one of the worst connector designs, ever.

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594341)

I have to say, even on the technology front this hits my "first world problem" button. Its on the same device I used to control my TV remote control when its out of reach.

Magnet Connector (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594349)

How about a round connector with concentric rings and a magnetic post at the center. This way it has 360 degree placement. You can also have the connector be surface mount with no recessed areas. To connect, you just put the connector close to the port and click, it is connected. If someone pulls or yanks on the cord, it just pops off instead of breaking or pulling the device with it.

Death to ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594367)

How about the CAPS LOCK key? I never use it and it has the size of the major keys, but somehow it lives on

Re:Death to ... (2)

jones_supa (887896) | about 5 months ago | (#45594575)

This. The crusty AT keyboard needs a redesign. While you are at it, make it so that it will automatically tell the operating system which language's layout it is.

It's about time (2)

chihowa (366380) | about 5 months ago | (#45594387)

Connectors that are (un)plugged often should either be symmetrical or clearly indexed. The original (big) USB plug was almost right (in the sense that the plug wouldn't go in the wrong way), except that it was difficult to tell which way the index should be facing. Firewire was a decent implementation of an indexed plug.

The current micro USB plugs are ridiculous, though. It can takes three tries to plug it in and every time you get it wrong you stress the socket a little. The difference in feel between a correct and incorrect fit is very mushy with some plugs/sockets.

While we're on the subject, a pure rectangle (a la the USB A plug) is even worse. The USB connector design over the years has been so bad that I wouldn't be too hopeful about what they come up with next.

Re:It's about time (1)

swb (14022) | about 5 months ago | (#45594619)

I don't know how, but when plugging a USB A plug it usually takes me more than two tries to get it in. USB B is easier because the plug orientation is more visually apparent.

Mini-B is less troublesome than Micro-B, which is really hard to work with in low light for old farts like me with presbyopia.

Re:It's about time (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594639)

I've had a customer that said their new printer wouldn't work.
The issue:
The USB type A cable was plugged in upside down.....
I was able to yank the cable out and flip it, but then got usb protocol errors.
So, I got the printer up via its network port.
The customer was a marine. Anyone else I think wouldn't have enough strength to force it in upside down like that.

I get to buy all new cables for this connector! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594415)

Hooray! No, wait, the opposite of that.

mangling mini usb ports? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594431)

you must be a chimpanzee, have a tad bit of respect for the expensive shit you buy

Just great.. (1)

bjwest (14070) | about 5 months ago | (#45594439)

Another way to sell us yet another cable to replace one we already have that works just fine.

It's not easy to pug the connector in upside down, so if someone forces it in in the wrong direction and breaks it, it's not the fault of the connector.

What will I do (1)

Saethan (2725367) | about 5 months ago | (#45594553)

But what will I do with the 600 or so micro USB cables I currently own?

MONSTER is the answer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594737)

Why, you replace them with patented microgold polished MONSTER (r) brand cables made from special oxygen free copper, mined by highly trained trolls at MONSTER(r)'s secret mine. Each MONSTER(r) brand cable has been individually crafted and packaged in a secure plastic clamshell case, and is sold only by certified sales partners, who have each received training at MONSTER(r) University at their own expense.

There are n kinds of USB connectors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594583)

"n? Ridiculous! We need one standard that fits everyone's use case."

Now there are n+1 kinds of USB connectors.

Who's the lotto winner cashing in on this patent? (1)

ggraham412 (1492023) | about 5 months ago | (#45594595)

US Patent Pending

A Method To Allow Device Insertions In Any Orientation

A device being any device that can be held in the hand between two fingers, too large to be grasped by two fingers yet small enough to be grasped by the whole hand, or too large to be grasped by a hand, an insertion being a process by which a device is brought close to another larger device with a receptacle and the first device placed into the receptacle to facilitate mutual operation, and orientation being the angular position of the first device relative to the second device along the common axis defined by the midpoint of the first device and the receptacle of the second device or being the skew position of the first device major or minor axis relative to the major or minor axis of the receptacle of the second device. This patent asserts a new method covering insertions of devices into receptacles of other devices in any orientation, and if it just works, whatever it is, you owe us a million dollars.

Now that i think about it.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594615)

ALL connectors are fucking terrible.

The exceptions are pc power plugs. And ethernet. And rj11 phone jacks.
Those are pretty much the only 3 you can plug in. In the dark. In a weird blind location and get it right 99% of the time on the first try.
The next one up that is 'idiot proof' is the giant 3 prong triangular 220v plugs on major appliances.

Every other plug in existance is a pain in the ass trying to put in blind. (i really hate polarized plugs)

I'm just glad the ps2 port is going away. Along with the AT keyboard port. Those are finally gone. Serial and parallel are pretty dead too.

Now we're just still stuck with the VGA port, usb, hdmi, dvi... All fucking terrible. And the 'mini' "micro" usb ones are the absolute worst.

We need more use of the barrel connectors! ROUND! Multilayer/level. You can't get round plugged in wrong.
Combine the design of an RCA cable with the layers of a 1/8th audio jack. Idiotproof and right there is 4 lines.

Safely remove device (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 5 months ago | (#45594631)

A tweak that USB would need is to remove the requirement of having to "safely remove device". It would be much more streamlined and user-friendly if I could just chuck the device out any time.

Re:Safely remove device (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594785)

That's an OS problem related to filesystem operation, nothing to do with USB per se, or even physical plugs.

And don't forget the computer end of the cable (1)

Applehu Akbar (2968043) | about 5 months ago | (#45594685)

Making it reversible too would save millions of collective hours of fumbling. At the very least, standardize the plug just above the connector in such a way that the orientation is easily determinable by feel, rather than by use of a flashlight, magnifier and dust in one's contact lenses.

What about HDMI (5, Interesting)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about 5 months ago | (#45594721)

The WORST connectors are the trapezoidal HDMI connectors. Not only are they orientation specific, but they are often used on heavy cables that pull on the connector causing it to lose contact, and even bend the pins in the socket.

Add in the fact that the data rate is like a zillion bytes per second and there is an encryption handshake that must go just right at the start and you have a clusterfuck.

HDMI connectors seriously need an upgrade.

Adapter Heaven (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594757)

So far I have managed to salvage my car charger with a full USB connector, with a USB > mini USB > micro USB adapter chain. Before long my string of adapters will be as long as the cable.

FAILZoRS!? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45594775)

Foolowed. Obviously and was taken over distribution make Creek, abysmal
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