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+ - Reversible USB cable design finalized

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The design for the new reversible USB interface — the standardized connection for data transfers between electronic devices — has been finished. It means users will no longer have to worry which way round the part is facing when plugging it into a device. The new USB Type-C is small enough for mobiles but "robust enough for laptops and tablets", its designers said. But the new USB cables will not connect into the current ports that are found on millions of devices."

Comment: About 6 years ago for me (Score 1) 391

by supremebob (#47613541) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

The last desktop that I built for myself was about 6 years ago.

I just got myself a new one about 18 months ago, but Dell had a sale on a shiny new XPS Core i7 desktop with all of the features that I wanted for about $100 less than I could have bought the parts to build it myself. Sometimes you just can't argue with economies of scale.

Besides, I find myself using my laptop more often than my desktop nowadays.

Comment: Re:But ... why? (Score 2) 71

by supremebob (#47300049) Attached to: Oracle Buying Micros Systems For $5.3 Billion

Perhaps they want to kill off SAP's Sybase division once and for all.

I believe that Micros was one of the last big support contracts that Sybase still had. Now that Oracle owns them, you can be pretty guarantee that new version of Micros ReS will have an Oracle backend.

But, hey, Sybase is a Dead Division Walking already. When was the last time you heard about them getting a NEW Fortune 500 contract?

Comment: Re:Only 22% (Score 1) 377

by supremebob (#47249759) Attached to: Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

I'll bet that my wife is going to be one of those people. She has a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid, which only gives her an average mileage of 29 MPG.

They don't even MAKE new Ford Escape Hybrids anymore, and for good reason. The new 2014 Escape with the 1.6L "Ecoboost" 4 cylinder gets better highway mileage than her old car did, and it's $7,000 cheaper with a similar option package. We're not a fan of the styling (It looks more like a Crossover than a real SUV now), but I'm sure that we can get something else with the same gas mileage for the similar price.

Comment: Re:Android phones are also more secure. (Score 3, Insightful) 711

by supremebob (#47157007) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

The main problem that I see with Android security is that it takes forever to get security patches. It can take over six months for an Android point release to get validated by the carriers and pushed out to all of the phones, and many Android phones that are more than 18 months old aren't getting ANY Android updates anymore.

Combine that with clueless end users (like my poor Mom) who seemingly click on every e-mail and SMS link they receive without thinking twice, and you have a disaster waiting to happen. She switched to an iPhone after her old Android 2.3 phone got hacked and filled with malware.

Comment: Re:Bringing in the Indians!! (Score 5, Informative) 288

by supremebob (#47080311) Attached to: HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

I thought that they still relocating entire offices to third world countries, and staffing them with people making $3 an hour to do your tech support calls. You can't get H1B's for that cheap!

What... you still want tech support that can actually understand English and isn't just navigating through a troubleshooting flow chart to "fix" your problem? You better pony up for the Gold level Enterprise support package for $$$$$$ a month.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.