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Comment Re:Essentially a dupe from 3 months ago (Score 1) 112

The test equipment wasn't designed to test for mis-wirings like this. Most equipment will fail if you plug in something like this, although the USB cable wasn't that bad, it merely had the power line connected to the wrong pin.

His equipment was a laptop and a dongle designed to sniff the USB port for protocol problems. It wasn't expecting something this bad.

Comment Re:Not a bad deal, really. (Score 1) 102

take the look to independently investigate the research that has been done in this area. There is a lot of bullshit, but there is also work that has never been refuted—work whose significance level is such that it is above and beyond anything except it is adequate in any other area

Please link to this, I am not aware of such research.

Comment Re:Essentially a dupe from 3 months ago (Score 1) 112

That sounds like an invitation for corruption. A few large companies manage to take control of the FCC (or whatever), who then sets regulations that only large companies can follow. Or a similar problem.
It is enough to check if the cable has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories or something similar.

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