If you are one of these deluded people who thinks we can do everything through wireless then you couldn't be more wrong.
I never said that, and your feigned outrage as you distort what I said isn't helping your argument.
When it comes to phones, yes, we could eliminate data cables. We certainly don't need them often, so it's ridiculous to pretend we need data (rarely used) and power (frequently needed) combined.
Perhaps you aren't old enough to remember every frickin' cell phone vendor shipping their own unique power cable.
Yes I am... and they were ALL combined power + data. If they didn't tack data onto it, they could have used simple barrel connectors. That's how you end up with proprietary connectors... tacking-on new mis-features.
Who gives a shit?
You do, genius. Don't you remember what you JUST SAID?
"USB just needs to settle on a single un-keyed connector that can carry enough power to run a laptop" -sjbe
Single function cables are idiotic, wasteful and unnecessary in the vast majority of cases.
No, in fact we've got decades of history to prove they're the best options, all-around, every time.
Demonstrably not true and completely missing the point.
Nobody has ever demonstrated that, because you're spouting nonsense. Tiny pins can't take a fraction the force of big solid metal barrels. And you're missing the point that broken USB cables, and worse, jacks, are a HUGE and ridiculously common failure mode, resulting in tons of money being wasted, and a great many phones being thrown away for no other reason.
Having to carry a special quasi-unique power cord around everywhere is idiotic design.
Laptop connectors don't have many variations, and they could easily settle on a single one, if just a fraction the government interest that was put on phones to get micro-USB MANDATED, was directed towards other devices like laptops.
Barrel connectors have their uses but powering a laptop, tablet, cellphone or other mobile device should not be one of them. It is wasteful, unnecessary, and provides no meaningful performance benefit.
You're actually describing USB... It has its uses, but it's a clumsy and fragile piece of shit as a power supply. Barrel connectors are nearly the perfect design for just such a task. Hell, the headphone jacks one cell phones tablets and laptos, which nobody ever has trouble with, is proof enough of the durability of such a simple connector design.